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Review: LEGO 75118 – Captain Phasma

I can’t seem to get enough of the new LEGO Star Wars buildable figures. Honestly, I’ve been quite surprised by how much I’ve been enjoying these buildable figures. They’re relatively quick builds, are mostly quite well designed and look great on display due to their sizes.

Call it a bit of nostalgia, but these action figure type LEGO creators take me back to days I would spend playing with poseable action figures. I’ve reviewed Kylo Ren (which I really liked) and Finn (which I didn’t like) – up next, a review of the Captain Phasma buildable figure!LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure - Box

Name: Captain Phasma
Set Number: 75118
Pieces: 82
Price: AU$39.99 (AUS LEGO.com link) | US$24.99 (US LEGO.com link)
Theme: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Buildable Figures
Year of Release: 2016
Instructions: N/A at the moment

After assembling the Captain Phasma buildable figure, it became increasingly clear to me – the Star Wars buildable figures work tremendously well for “non-organic” characters and fall flat for fleshy human characters. Captain Phasma falls firmly into the former, and as such starts off with a very distinct advantage over other sets in this theme.

Before The Force Awakens came out, Star Wars fans had astronomical hopes for Captain Phasma. She was billed as the new female Boba Fett, her gleaming Stormtrooper armour striking fear into soldiers under her command as much as her enemies. Played by the towering Gwendoline Christine of Game of Thrones (Brienne of Tarth) fame, expectations were high for Captain Phasma’s role.

Unfortunately, she barely featured at all in the movie and was criminally underutilised… kinda like Boba Fett. Anyway, we all know why Captain Phasma, a chrome Stormtrooper with a menacing cape was put in the movie – to sell merchandise. I don’t have any complaints with that!

LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure - Cape

Here’s Captain Phasma’s asymmetrical cape, which drapes over one shoulder in a really attractive and cool manner. The red trim looks really good and the fabric is heavy enough to have significant weight and it has a bit of a velvety texture to it.

LEGO 75118 - Captain Phasma

Here’s the completed build. Like all buildable figures, the build process is fairly generic. You snap together all the different parts using ball joints and clips to Phasma’s central torso piece which is enclosed in the front and back armour pieces. Phasma wields a blaster rifle, which is similar to Finn and requires some assembly.

Man, does Captain Phasma look good. Unfortunately, LEGO didn’t manage to chrome her up like in the movies, so we end up with a pearly silver sheen which still looks awesome. I would love a properly chromed special edition version of Captain Phasma – if the buildable figures line does well, I can definitely see it happening in the future.

LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure - Face Front View

Captain Phasma’s helmet is a thing of beauty. It’s identical to a Stormtrooper’s helmet (the new version), just in a different colour. The moulded details are really exceptional, from the air vents to the battle-scarred marks that you’d expect from a decorated Captain of the First Order.

LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure - Helmet Side View

Here’s a side view of Captain Phasma’s helmet, where you can really appreciate all the fine details etched or printed into it. I’m beyond impressed by the quality, workmanship and overall design of these helmets.

LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure - Torso and Head

While her helmet is wonderfully detailed, Captain Phasma’s torso could’ve been improved a lot more. For starters, it looks quite plain and bland. The distinct layered segments and belt are moulded well but I would’ve loved a lot more printing on her torso to give it a bit more detail.

Compared to the battle-scarred helmet, Phasma’s torso just seems unnaturally clean and sterile. Have I mentioned how much I like her one-shouldered cape?

LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure - back

Captain Phasma’s back is mostly obscured by her cape, so you don’t really get to view it under normal circumstances. There’s nothing particularly of note, just a back armour piece.

LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure - Blaster Rifle Side View

This is Captain Phasma’s blaster rifle, which contains a spring loaded missile launcher. The blaster is quite well designed with a small number of technic parts to give it a bit of weight and a more interesting design.

LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure - Blaster Rifle

Here’s how it looks from the side – there’s a clip for extra ammo, Just in case you lose one of them firing it all over your room.

LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure - Hands

I do wish that LEGO could improve the buildable figure’s hands. They’re reversible, which makes them a bit of utility, but the design suffers as a trade-off. I would’ve preferred them to be moulded to mimic a human’s hands, with a noticeable thumb in the right location for some extra realism.

LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure - Shooting Blaster

Like all Star Wars buildable figures, the poseability and playability of these models cannot be overstated. The articulation afforded by the ball joints allow you to pose Captain Phasma in any number of ways – making her a particularly attractive display piece.

LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure - Flexing

You can do plenty of fun things like making Captain Phasma flex and show off her guns.

LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure - Posing

Or pose her in all sorts of silly ways!

 

What I liked:

  • Has a super design that works incredibly well in this format
  • Exceptionally detailed helmet
  • Awesome looking cape
  • Limitless number of ways to play and pose her around
  • Looks amazing on display

What I didn’t like:

  • Would’ve been cooler if she was chromed
  • Plain looking torso

Final thoughts:  Like Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma works incredibly well as a buildable figure. The robotic look of Stormtroopers, of which her design is based on translates very well to the buildable figure format. Chalk it up to Captain Phasma’s Stormtrooper armour, she really looks brilliant on display.

I’ve seem to have caught the buildable figure bug, and I was really pleased with Captain Phasma, despite some shortcomings like her plain torso which could do with some additional printing. The fantastic details such as the rich battle-scarred helmet and great looking cape more than make up for her detail-lacking torso.

While Captain Phasma might’ve been robbed of an interesting role in the movie, the buildable version of her manages to check all the right boxes. Captain Phasma looks imposing, menacing and most of all, like a First Order Captain that you do not want to cross.

If the LEGO Star Wars buildable figures appeal to you, you cannot go wrong with Captain Phasma.

Rating: 4/5

LEGO 75118 Captain Phasma Buildable Figure

Thanks so much for reading! Have you gotten into the Star Wars buildable figures or own Captain Phasma? Let me know what you think of her, or the theme in general in the comments section.

Captain Phasma, along with some of the other 2016 LEGO Star Wars sets are starting to show up in stores across Australia. They seem to be selling well, so don’t wait too long to pick one up!

9 responses to “Review: LEGO 75118 – Captain Phasma”

  1. Warmongurl says:

    Okay, now I want the Captain Phasma buildable figure! Thanks for so many reviews on the buildable figure line!

  2. Duncan says:

    Wait, Bionicle is just as cool as those Star Wars CCBS (Character/Creature Building System) figures. I see a Bionicle review sometime in the future….

  3. Keaton says:

    Captain Phasma is pretty much the same as the First Order Stormtrooper, except $10 more expensive. I think it’s to do with the cape, but seems weird to me.

    • Jay says:

      Well she is a “special character”, and the new paint job probably has to do with the price increase as well. That said, the cape is lovely!

  4. Michael says:

    Nice review! Have you seen the Olaf bonus on the Lego Shop?

    • Jay says:

      Thanks Michael! Yes I did, but unfortunately I’ve put in an order just a couple of days ago and completely missed out on him. I’ve got 2 Olafs though, so I’m not too devastated.

  5. The hands are not new. They are old. Like, 2012. See, THIS is why you should review Hero Factory and Bionicle. You learn these parts are from 2012. Lego’s been sticking with the four-fingered hand for a bit. They used to have THREE-fingered hands for the last few years of G1 Bionicle. Anyways, I must pick this lovely lady up. And I also would have preferred Phasma getting more scenes. But I did love her badass walk down the corridor… until the reb- I MEAN WHAT SORRY I MEAN- Resistance just tackles her. It’s an awesome scene, but they should’ve just let her go on walking, THEN SNEAK BY.

    Until you review a Bionicle, I’ll be watching you! I’LL BE WAAATCHING YOUUUUU. #BillCipher #GravityFalls #WHYDOESITHAVETOENDWHYYYYYYY #WeirdmageddonIII

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