Kylo Ren Black Series Helmet Review
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was the unsurprising hit of Christmas 2015 when the movie was released. In this Kylo Ren Black Series Helmet Review, we take a look at one of the best toys to emerge based on the big bad of the movie.
When Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released in theaters, it made a new generation of kids fall in love with the Star Wars universe. It also to use a pun on the title, reawakened the imagination of its existing fan base. It also introduced us to a new lead villain of this next chapter in the story – Kylo Ren.
It’s not surprising that toy shelves and bestseller lists are filled to the brim with everything Star Wars. But out of all the new Star Wars toys, the Kylo Ren Voice Changer Helmet (The Black Series) is probably one of the coolest.
The Kylo Ren helmet is more than just a headpiece that will make you channel your inner sith lord. The new Episode VII movie introduced some pretty cool characters, and Kylo Ren is arguably the most intriguing.
Introduced early on as the villain for the new trilogy, everything about Kylo Ren is an ode to the iconic Darth Vader, from his helmet to his all-black outfit and his red lightsaber. But he is more than meets the eye, and like the original trilogy it is soon revealed that he has familial links with the protagonists of the movie.
The mystery and tragedy of Kylo Ren’s character makes him really appealing, as well as having the mantle of his predecessor Darth Vader to live up to, so it’s no wonder his helmet is selling like hotcakes.
Kylo Ren Helmet Black Series Product Features
The Kylo Ren Helmet is unlike any other helmet you’ve ordered as a toy. Its details are quite realistic, down to the battle scars and visible ‘imperfections’ that are peppered throughout the helmet.
I was quite impressed as it really looks like a helmet that came from seeing service in the course of battle. It’s made of tough plastic, but because it has a very smooth chrome finish it doesn’t look cheap at all.
These are some of the key product features that you can expect from the Kylo Ren Black Series Helmet:
- The helmet is 8.5 x 10.8 x 12.5 inches and weighs 2.2 pounds.
- The realistic details make it a movie-accurate reproduction, which means that from neck up, you’ll really look like Kylo Ren from the movies.
- Because this is part of the Black Series, it’s a full headpiece (front and back) and not just a half mask.
- The helmet comes with fit-adjustment straps, which helps it fit snugly onto smaller heads.
- There’s a switch that you can turn on to change your voice so that you sound like Kylo Ren when you speak, and for this feature you’ll need 3 1.5V AA Alkaline batteries.
Pros of the Kylo Ren Black Series Helmet
The details are spot on.
As far as helmets go, this is one of the most realistic. It’s far from cheap-looking, so you really know that you got what you paid for. Having the attention to battle damage detail incorporated into the design, makes it look more real.
It’s great for role-playing and perfect as a costume.
Because of the accurate details, this helmet really makes the wearer channel his or her inner Kylo Ren. It works for kids chasing each around the house with helmets and lightsabers. But it also works great for adults for cosplay or costume party, or for a Halloween party. All you have to do is complete the Kylo Ren look with a lightsaber, gloves, and maybe even a full suit.
The quality makes it a good collectible item.
It’s really great as a toy, but it’s also good to keep in a helmet collection, because of its exceptional quality. The Black Series range of Toy Wars always has gems such as these when they are released and this is the best value for money Kylo Ren helmet on sale.
Cons of the Kylo Ren Black Series Helmet
The fit-adjustment straps and noise piece may be constraining.
It works perfectly for kids, but adults or teenagers with bigger heads might need to remove the fit-adjustment straps altogether and just put some foam to achieve a snug fit. Also, when I tried on the helmet, the nose piece is exactly where I want it. However, some might need to adjust it for it to fit more comfortably.
Kylo Ren Voice Changer Helmet Issues With The Voice Changer
The Kylo Ren voice changer is a really cool feature, but some people take issue to the volume of it. They feel that it is too noisy. For them, they feel that the voice that it produces is a bit too noisy and has too many sound vibrations.
The Pitch 4 setting in particular vibrates and picks up a lot of background noise. It’s a full front and back helmet so when you speak, you can really hear the sound and it’s a little too loud.
Tweaking / Fixing The Kylo Ren Voice Changer Helmet
The good news is that this voice changer issue can be fixed easily. You can watch the video at the end of this review to see a buyer demonstrate how the helmet works, the issue with the voice changer, and what he did to solve it.
Here are the three simple steps.
- First, you need to remove the mouthpiece that looks like a bowl, which you’ll find behind the microphone. This is what picks up all the sound and makes it echo or rumble a tad too much.
- You should then tape some foam around the microphone so that it absorbs the excess noise.
- You can also place foam sheets in the helmet’s interiors to help drown out the excess noise.
Of course, while the fix is simple to do, it should also go without saying that if you do this, be aware that there is a possibility that doing so may invalidate your warranty. So only proceed if you are okay with that possibility.
Kylo Ren Black Series Helmet Review Conclusion
Overall, the Kylo Ren helmet is a really cool toy and I would definitely recommend it. Star Wars masks and helmets that make noise are all the rage right now. Chewbacca Mom ramped that up even further thanks to her viral video of self-induced joy and laughter from wearing her now very popular and in demand Chewbacca mask.
There may be a minor issue with the voice for some out of the box, but it’s something that can be addressed easily. It’s nothing that has dented the popularity of this toy as one of the hottest toys for Christmas 2016. Thanks for reading our Kylo Ren Black Series Helmet Review.