Review: Captain Phasma

THE SET

Captain Phasma

Captain Phasma

The Captain Phasma set is one of the LEGO Star Wars Buildable Figure sets, released in 2016. With a number of other buildable figure sets having been released, including DC and Marvel lines, the Star Wars line has a large number of figures from the original series and The Force Awakens.

Captain Phasma, the commander of the First Order Stormtroopers and played by Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones’s Brienne of Tarth). A towering figure, sporting a distinct silver armour with a black cape with red lining. Although she has a small amount of screen time in the movie, she is a popular character and set to reappear in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII.

LEGO Captain Phasma

LEGO Captain Phasma

I have never been particularly interested in these figures, they are a bit too “bionicle” for me. But I was fortunate to receive the figure as a gift, and I do enjoy Captain Phasma so I thought I would give it a whirl.

The set has 82 pieces, which include a combination of technic pieces and what I understand to be long beams and pieces unique to the buildable figure series. These include arm and leg pieces with socket joints, which when pieced together give the figure considerable flexibility.

The arms, legs and chest are covered by custom pieces, giving the model its shape. The head is also a unique piece and is quite a highlight.

Captain Phasma’s black cape is also quite a highlight, not only feeling good but looking stylish. It has the right look and feel to it as well to give the character some charm (or sass).

THE BUILD

As you will see from the video, it took about 18 minutes to complete the model. It is not a particularly challenging build, although I did goof up and use the wrong piece for a leg at one point.

I did kind of feel that the build went about building the model in a sort of inefficient manner, with you jumping back and forth between the front, back, legs and arms. There were also a few spots where working out exactly where to insert a piece was a little confusing.

Building the gun, which required some slightly challenging angles to build was a bit frustrating. It took a few attempts to work out which was the various pieces needed to go or align.

SUMMARY

The finished model has a rather imposing character about it, coming in about 30cm tall. The arms and legs are very poseable, and unlike some other LEGO bipedal models it is surprisingly stable.

"I like this thing!"

"I like this thing!"

The look of the helmet and cape is quite a highlight, and I did get a sense of “this is cool” as I finished the model up. The detail of the helmet is also really nice. The gun was surpassingly detailed too, although it is a shame it is mostly a single molded piece with a few other items added on around it. I do like that the trigger to fire is a big easy to hit switch, and the resulting shot is quite satisfying.

The set is pretty fun, so I would recommend it to anyone wanting to complete their Star Wars collection. For people not into the buildable figures this one was a good start, but I am not sure it has convinced me to get more of the series. It does feel rather simplified, especially for the price.

  • Set: Captain Phasma, set #75118
  • Pieces: 82
  • Minifigs: 0
  • Price: $39.99 AUD
  • Value for Money: 3/5
  • Design: 3/5
  • Playability: 4/