I have ordered some custom LEGO samurai helmets made by Sidan Toys via A Minifig.Cat’s Store. I’m extremely happy with the look and quality of each piece! They fit LEGO minifigs just perfect! I was trying to find a minifig head that would work well with these helmets, and give the minifig a real samurai look.
First I have tried some regular minifig heads. I choose heads that I thought would work well for a samurai. (You can click on any of the pictures to see a larger version.):
I thought they look okay, but I was not entirely happy with the eye area. It just seems that the eyes are too small for the cut-out of the helmet.
Then I tried some solid color heads:
Using solid color heads gives an interesting look; highlighting the shape of the helmet, while leaving the samurai’s face in mysterious darkness. I think this would be a great choice for some kind of a fantasy samurai minifig. This combo works well for same color head/helmet combination (for example black helmet/black head), as well as a different shade combination (for example gray helmet/black head).
Then I tried the old Exco Force heads:
I was amazed how well the eyes and the mouth align with the shape of the helmet! They are a perfect fit! And not just one of the Exo Force heads work, but all of them!
I personally prefer the open-mouth versions as the mouth fully aligns with the cut-out of the helmet, but the closed mouth versions are pretty nice too. The eyes are so expressive, and fill the space of the helmet’s cut-out, giving the head/helmet combo a balanced look. And I really like the one with the red headband!
In case you are not familiar with Exo Force: it was a theme released by the LEGO Group between 2006 and 2008. The sets are very interesting and the minifigs are very nice! You can still find Exo Force sets and minifigs on Bricklink.
Here I will just show you the heads. (Click on any of the pictures to take you to the exact Bricklink page). The Exo Force heads are great! They are all dual sided (face on both front and back), so you get twice your money’s worth and twice the possibilities!