Wednesday, May 29, 2013

LEGO Star Wars #9492 TIE Fighter Review

Theme: Star Wars
Name: TIE Fighter
S/N: #9492
Year: 2012
Pieces: 413
Minifig: 4
Price: RM299.90, USD54.99, GBP49.99

Last year box art theme is to have Darth Maul. While this is the United States version of box, it comes with parts printed in front of the box. On the right side of the box, the minifigs were shown together with their name. The top side of the box shows all the minifigs in actual scale while tha back of the box shows the playability of the TIE Fighter and a few shots of the minifigs.
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We have two pieces of parts that are not sealed in any of the numbered bag besides of the bags of bricks and instruction book. The three bags of bricks are numbered and each of the bag assemble the different parts of the fighter.
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While this set comes with four minifigs, there is only one accessory given. Guess most of them do not need a blaster. Was thinking to have two blaster actually.

From left are the Death Star Trooper, TIE Pilot, Imperial Officer and R5-J2. The two new minifigs looks just great, especially R5-J2 astromech droid that comes with new head piece.
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As you can see from the above pics, most of them only have their torso printed one side expect Imperial Officer which have both side of his torso printed. Death Star Trooper is the only minifigs with two expression printed, while under the helmet of this TIE Pilot are the same head as what the Sand Trooper and Storm Trooper have. Same face.
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TIE Fighter
After long stop from production they come out with a better version of TIE Fighter, the new colour scheme grey and black makes them looks more accurate and better. Although this fighter have great design, but there is not much playability, just like the same old TIE Fighter.
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The first playability here is the cockpit windscreen that can be open and close to place your minifig in the cockpit. The roof are movable too, so you have more space to attached the pilot into the seat. The cockpit have no computer screen but instead just a translucent red grill part. The windscreen is printed part, probably they know that sticker will be very hard to stick on such round surface.
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Below the cockpit are two flick-fire missiles. This is the favorite function for the designer team to use. The two makes the ship looks better anyway. Just that it is rather common playability in LEGO Star Wars universe.
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The two hexagon wing now gets thicker and is definitely a good idea since the TIE fighter are more stable when you put them on display. Other than that, the wing surface are rather smooth, hardly have stud, which is another great, since it looks better. Some details are added to the wings as well and that round piece is a printed parts again.

Here's another shot of the TIE Fighter

Extra pieces
These were the extra pieces that I have left after the assembling process. Very few parts.

Completed model
This is one of the iconic ship too in the Star Wars Original Trilogy Universe other than X-wing. This fighter is not bad at all although there are very few playability. Is a great set for display and also comes with great minifigs. Overall, I still like it despite of the low playability since the design are good and the amount of minifigs are good as well.

Playability: 4/10 Flick-fire missiles and open and close cockpit.
Building experience: 4/10 The wings part are really bored since you repeated it twice and most of parats goes to the wings.
Parts: 6/10 At least there are printed parts and not sticker, a lot of plates too.
Value for money: 4/10 Pricey. . . 
Overall: 4/10 If you ever found one at a great value, just grab it, the ship and minifigs really are good. 

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