Curious about Star Wars cosplay? In this article, we will review the various helmets of The Black Series wearable helmets offered by Hasbro. As perfect or near-perfect replica helmets, you can expect to look the part when you dress up for a Star Wars convention. The Black Series replica helmets were first sold in 2015, which was also the year The Force Awakens was released and were widely acclaimed for their features and quality for entry-level prices. Today they are improving in quality with every new release and gaining more and more popularity.
Black Series Kylo Ren Helmet
The first-ever helmet released for The Black Series, it remains hard to find and expensive. In terms of looks, it is very similar to the exact one worn by Kylo Ren. It also has a voice changer which can be activated by a button on the right side.
The black plastic helmet requires some assembly, and include the mask, helmet, and straps. They fit firmly together and come apart easily when required. There are some dents and scratches very similar to the original prop, and they look very realistic even when viewed closely.
While it looks very detailed, the voice changer does not seem to do a good job, though you can modify it yourself if you want to add a touch of authenticity. You can even talk over it because it is not very loud. It does fit remarkably well with the adjustable straps allowing for a snug wearing experience during cosplay.
Black Series Shadow Trooper Helmet
This replica helmet was released in 2016 and has improved upon the quality of the features. It has speakers that play lines from the movies when you press the right button. The visual details are also very accurate to the original prop.
Having been molded exactly as the original props were, there are no stickers unlike other replica helmets, and every part is solid. The black does make some minor dings very visible, but you can always chalk it up as wear and tear a Shadow Trooper might go through. The visor is also coated in reflective material and makes taking photos harder, though they look very authentic this way.
Both the strap and voice changer do not work very well, unfortunately. While you can add padding yourself, it does not seem to be a very good fit without some padding. However, it is still a very good entry-level wearable helmet and works just as well for display only.
Black Series Imperial Stormtrooper Helmet
Also released by Hasbro in 2016, the Stormtrooper wearable helmet has the batteries located at a better spot than the Kylo Ren helmet, the same as the Shadow Trooper helmet above. This also seems to help the helmet stay on better. Besides, you can breathe comfortably and have good vision, although looking down is harder due to the visor.
There are no stickers on this helmet as well, as they are all part of a solid design. The white hides some dings and scratches easier than the black of the Shadow Trooper helmet, an unanticipated bonus if you plan to wear this often. It comes in three parts that make them stay permanently together, so disassembling them is not a good idea.
Like the Shadow Trooper helmet, the voice changer does not function very well at all, and larger heads have a bit of a tight fit. The sculpting is still great, and the build is solid. For an entry-level helmet, it is well worth your money, as both the visual and physical qualities are excellent.
Black Series Poe Dameron Helmet
This replica helmet released in 2017 does not have a voice changer. Instead, you have three speakers, one on each side and another at the back to provide an immersive experience. These speakers play sounds from BB8 and other X-wings flying by and move from one side to another as if you have a surround-sound system on, adding a touch of realism.
The details on this helmet are very accurate to the original, and when seen from up close still resembles Poe’s real helmet. Some wear and tear on the surface show the abuse it went through during his adventures, and this will score bonus points on the realism chart. As there is no need to change your voice, no voice changer is included in this helmet.
You can say ‘hey BB8’ or something similar to activate the voice lines, or beep lines, in this case. The quality and looks are very well-worth your money. It also has removable padding, and it is optional if your head is larger, as smaller heads seem to find it very snug and comfortable.
Black Series Darth Vader Helmet
The iconic replica helmet of Darth Vader’s terrifying visage released in 2017 is a very accurate product for its price tag. This premium electronic helmet features speakers for breathing effects similar to the movies and magnetic “seals”. When you remove the outer mask from the collar, it will hiss, and putting it back on gives a meaty “thunk”.
Inside the helmet are some of the electronics the original mask and helmet have. Hasbro did a very good job replicating them, and these are often not noticed by lower-end replicas. However, for this price tag, the interior design is no less detailed than the exterior.
The helmet does get a bit hot, particularly if you want to breathe deeply to achieve the perfect Vader sound. However, this is offset by the remarkable build and visual qualities. Overall, it is a very good helmet for its price.
Black Series Shock Trooper Helmet
As a repaint of the mentioned Stormtrooper helmet above, this one is a Gamestop exclusive, while the helmets are still made by Hasbro. The features seem to be the same as the standard Stormtrooper replica helmet, and there are no other changes other than the paint. The other features like straps and a voice changer are also present.
The paint job is very accurate, looking just like a real Shock Trooper’s helmet. The red paint is very realistic and fits the aesthetic perfectly. The sculpting is very precise as well, contoured just like the real helmets.
Unfortunately, the voice changer does not seem to be working as before, and it can be uncomfortable for some head sizes. However, it is built solidly and you can add padding if you wish to. It is a great entry-level replica helmet like the others.
Black Series Luke Skywalker X-Wing Helmet
Commonly held as an upgrade of the Poe Dameron helmet, this replica helmet is very widely liked, as the detail on it is astounding. The paint job also includes wear and tear, showing how much it would have gone through in the movies. It also includes a fake microphone, which can be adjusted.
Made in the same sculpt as the original prop decades ago, it is a very comfortable fit, and the padding inside can be removed as it is attached with Velcro. Inside are also speakers that play some nostalgic sounds, perfect for fans who like an immersive experience.
The padding is slightly flimsy and might be uncomfortable for smaller heads. The sounds from the helmet are very accurate, and the attention to detail is still very good for the price. For cosplay, it is perfect except for extended periods.
Black Series Incinerator Stormtrooper Helmet
A furious-looking wearable helmet, it evokes a hearty level of fear and intimidation to those who gaze upon it. The helmet is very beefy-looking and less glossy than the standard Stormtrooper helmet, which makes it all the more awe-inspiring.
The red paint and wear and tear are very fitting for the Incinerator Troopers’ color scheme. Wielding flamethrowers, they have to scare their enemies away as well. The detailing is very exact, and you don’t need to worry about not looking the part.
The voice changer is not very good, but it is said to be slightly better than before. However, while not the best it is still cool. If you want to cosplay as an Incinerator Trooper, this is your best entry-level option.
Black Series Boba Fett Helmet
Many collectors and fans consider this the best-looking replica helmet in the series. It has various scuff marks, dents, and scratches to mimic the hardened bounty hunter’s journeys and exploits. The helmet also comes with a range-finder that simply adds to the cool factor of the helmet, as it has lights and deploys at a button press by battery power.
The interior is also very well made. With details down to the inch and showing all the circuitry and nuts and bolts, you can expect to feel like you are Boba Fett both on the outside as well as inside the replica helmet. Hasbro outdid themselves with this product.
The padding included in the helmet can be replaced if you don’t like it, and it seems to be adequate for most situations. The quality and build are impressive for its price range. You’ll turn some heads cosplaying as Boba Fett with this wearable helmet.
Black Series Boba Fett Prototype Helmet
Made for the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, this wearable helmet is a replica of what Boba Fett was originally meant to be, a Super Stormtrooper. It is white and glossy, very stylish in design. It also does not have many dents and scuff marks like the real Boba Fett helmet’s paint job.
The simplistic design is completely lifted from the concept art drawn long ago. It still has the range-finder but it is completely black. It also has a HUD (heads-up display) to simulate wearing a combat helmet. The range-finder also has bright lights like the real Boba Fett design.
Offered as a limited-edition item, you will enjoy its stylish design and comfortable fit. Like the current Boba Fett design it has padding, and it can be removed if you wish. A unique option, it will surely please you for your Mandalorian armour cosplay.
We hope you enjoyed reading this review and that you will find out which one you want. While these helmets, like everything, are not perfect, they just might be the right one for your specific purpose. In the event you decide to buy one, enjoy these detailed replica helmets at a very good price!