Star Wars Masks Review (Hasbro)

Star Wars Masks
What It Is

First, we have a basic assortment of masks featuring the helmeted baddies from the Skywalker saga: In this assortment, we have Darth Vader representing the classic trilogy, and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and a First Order Stormtrooper representing the modern trilogy. The masks are essentially simple face masks for quick, no-frills play sessions. The masks are held up by a single elastic strap in the back and should comfortably fit most heads in the intended range of 5+; adult heads may not fare quite as well, particularly for larger sized adult heads like my own.

The Force Rage Electronic Mask of Supreme Leader Kylo Ren is honestly pretty cool and should be a really fun choice for not just playtime but also Halloween or convention outings for your little Sith. The mask is held by a fairly sturdy set of elastic that also holds to the top of the head, which is good as the addition of two AA batteries will add some heft to this mask. It shouldn't be very heavy even with the electronics, but do be aware of this for extended use. The mask should fit most young heads comfortably (I strongly recommend adhering to the 5+ rating due to the sizing), and it shouldn't look TOO ridiculous on parents who wish to join the fun at their child's request, though the nose rest may cause discomfort to larger faces in this instance. The electronics respond fairly well, just be aware that a button press is needed to activate them in the first place.

Finally, we have the Luke Skywalker Battle Simulation Helmet from The Black Series. While a little bit of overkill compared to the past two sets, it does build on what was great about the Force Rage Kylo Ren mask and goes a few steps further by being not just an incredible display piece, but a functional and high-quality costume piece if you want to take your X-Wing Pilot costume to a whole new level. The helmet is a wearable piece that requires three AAA batteries. Fit will vary as it's definitely intended for medium to larger heads, though even then not all larger heads will fit, which is a real shame considering how cool some of the features are: with a switch that lets users choose between the battles of Yavin and Hoth, a button press on the side of the helmet will give you an audio experience featuring the hums of an X-Wing or Snowspeeder accompanied by sound effects from the respective battles. While the included movie quotes take a little away from the experience, the periodic blaster fire and accompanying lights really make this a fun wearable experience for collectors young and old.

Is It Fun?
Absolutely: all three have different attributes, but all share the common factor that they will make costumed playtime more enjoyable.
Who It’s For

Basic Masks and Force Rage Electronic Kylo Ren mask: Ages 5+.

Luke Skywalker Battle Simulation Helmet: Collectors and cosplayers 18+, but can be worn by younger costumers if the helmet fits them and you're comfortable letting them run around with such a piece.

What To Be Aware Of

Protrusions and more angular aspects on Vader's mask. Weight of Force Rage Kylo Ren mask for smaller wearers; this mask requires two AA batteries.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    3 AAA batteries required