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REVIEW: 75154 TIE Striker

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Hello everyone,

The new Star Wars Rogue One and the LEGO sets got me very excited. To conclude my 2016 reviews on Eurobricks, I decided to do this for my last reviewing attempt. This review would count as my third LEGO Rogue One reviews, including my earlier 75153 AT-ST Walker and 75155 Rebel U-wing Fighter. I rarely review relevant sets at one go and this is certainly one of such exceptions. I will do my best not to include any major movie spoilers or plot twist but if you have not watched this movie at all and force-sensitive towards any spoilers, then don't continue reading it. For your information, I am also integrating many supporting references and facts which can be found in the informative DK Star Wars Rogue One (Ultimate Visual Guide). Without further ado, let me bring forth the continued excitement of Rogue One. 

Movie spoilers ahead (potential), read at your own risk. :devil: 

Name: 75154 TIE Striker
Theme: LEGO System / Licensed / Star Wars / Rogue One
Year: 2016
Pieces: 543
Minifigs: 4
Price: USD $69.99, GBP 59.99, EURO 69.99, SGD $139.90
Resources: Brickset, BrickLink

An original box image of the 75154 TIE Striker
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Back view of the original box image of the 75154 TIE Striker
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The latest new LEGO Star Wars Rogue One minifigures addition
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The unique experimental generation of Empire's combat spacecrafts
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The Imperial Empire has been secretly developing new TIE (Twin-Ion Engines) and is successful in establishing the TIE Series such as the TIE Fighter and TIE Bomber. In this review, I will be bringing you the latest prototype design of the TIE Striker which is secretly developed by the military design think tank on Scarif. The team is tasked to develop and test next generation of TIE designs and the TIE Striker is one of such experimental designs. The TIE Striker is appearing for the first time in the Star Wars Rogue One series and the first in the Star Wars universe. This Imperial spacecraft was seen briefly in the Battle of Scarif. 

The TIE Striker is a streamlined variant of the classic TIE Fighter. It is specifically constructed for atmospheric patrols over Imperial ground-based installations and one of such is the Scarif Vault which contain and house the deepest technological secrets of the Empire. Though the TIE Striker is capable of suborbital flight, it is best deployed in low to high atmospheric defence capacity in order to yield the maximum combat capabilities. 

The content of the sealed box
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The sealed box comes with five numbered mint packs and are numbered from one to five. The instruction manual and the dreaded sticker sheet which contain the stickered detailing of the TIE Striker are also found in the midst of the content. After the set has been built, these are the remaining spare parts which are spread across the packs. You can view the spare parts for packet 1 including an orange brick separator, packet 2, packet 3, packet 4 and packet 5.  


There are more new amazing LEGO Rogue One minifigures

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Let's examine at these minifigures from this third biggest Star Wars Rogue One set which contain a large number of the Empire's personnel and a single member from the Rebel Alliance. From left to right, we have Imperial Shoretrooper, TIE Pilot, Imperial Ground Crew and Rebel Trooper. I am impressed with these four minifigures with their iconic and detailed designs from these selections. Upon removing their helmets and hairpieces, you can see their actual minifigures' facial expression and back view of the minifigures with Rebel Trooper's alternate facial expression. All of the four minifigures are featured with detailed back printing. All of these minifigures are almost unique to this set in the first wave. However, to include the upcoming second wave of Rogue One release, we are able to get more Imperial Shoretroopers and a Jyn Erso in Imperial Ground Crew disguse which can be easily substitute to actual crew member if you get multiples of these 75171 Battle on Scarif
 

Shoretrooper and Rebel Trooper
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Imperial Shoretroopers formerly known as coastal defender stormtroopers are specialist elite stormtroopers who are assigned once-beautiful world of Scarif. These troopers lead security patrols, scout the beaches and man the barracks of the Imperial military installation on the planet. Most Imperial Shoretroopers operate at an effective sergeant rank, allowing them to command squads of stormtrooper infantry. Scarif's isolation, and the heavy defence that surrounds it, mean that these troopers do not expect to see combat operations. However, gruesome drills and live-fire exercises keep them in operational readiness for unexpected assaults. 

Rebel Troopers are entrusted with defence and missions vital to Alliance High Command and this Rebel Trooper is part of the elite Special Forces (SpecForces). The rebel Pathfinders who have infiltrated the grounds on Scarif quickly disappear into the jungle canopy. They are able to conduct wilderness fighting while camouflaged. They take to heart Captain Cassian Andor's orders to make ten men feel like a hundred.  
 

TIE Pilot and Imperial Ground Crew
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TIE Pilots are excellent combat spacefighter pilots who graduated from prestigious flight academies across the galaxy. They undergo rigorous training and testing to become TIE Pilot. The final phase of testing often occurs on board a larger battleship, such as Star Destroyer in order to expose cadets to realistic and relevant surroundings. TIE cadet pilots may also undergo literal trials by fire, plunged into combat situation by forcing them to survive based on whatever means possible. 

Imperial Ground Support Crew are like the surface air-traffic directing marshal equivalent. These desk technicians wave ships in with luminous traffic wands  and eyeball distances without sensors. These technicians wear piloting gear as they are authorised to commander certain vessels in order to steer them into proper positions on landing deck. 
 

The determined Rebellion Alliance
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The loyal Empire Soldiers
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The entire building content for Packet 1
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The completed built for Packet 1
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The completed built for the first packet is to form the firm base of the TIE Striker. This packet also include Imperial Ground Crew and TIE Pilot minifigures. 

The entire building content for Packet 2
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The completed built for Packet 2
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The completed built of packet 2 is focused mainly on the building of the firm base of the TIE Striker outline for the centre fuselage. 

The entire building content for Packet 3
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The completed built for Packet 3
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The third packet focus on the right wing of the TIE Striker and placing it together with the centre fuselage. This packet also include the minifigure of Imperial Shoretrooper and Rebel Trooper. 

The entire building content for Packet 4
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The completed built for Packet 4
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The fourth packet focus on the left wing of the TIE Striker and placing it together with the centre fuselage.

The entire building content for Packet 5
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The completed built of the TIE Striker
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This is the completed built for the TIE Striker with mixture of grey and black parts which are common among the TIE design colour scheme. This spacecraft measures over 6cm high, 41cm long and 21cm wide. It is highly swooshable without bricks dropping in the midst of swooshing. There are good overall interlocking mechanism for this design through the use of locking and Technic parts together. There are several playing mechanism including the shooting missiles playing feature which can be seen clearly through this close up shot. The TIE Striker is suppose to have a two-seater cockpit for maximum combat efficiency which comprise of a pilot and an optional bombardier or gunner. The larger hull will allow for ordinance payload and increased acceleration and emergency repulsor features. It is basically can be configured into a combat fighter spacecraft or bomber based on the deployment procedures. 

The next playing mechanism is the opening of the rear storage cabin which can be seen clearly through this close up shot. You can lift the printed circular part and able to see the content of the rear storage cabin which contain a blaster, comms equipment and bincoulars. However, in the actual TIE Striker's design, there is no such rear storage cabin as the rear is the repulsorlift field equipment, computer and engine generator. You can see the full stretch of the centre fuselage which is rather compact and compressed. The small built of the TIE Striker body is needed in order to reduce the overall gravitational weight and is closely modeled against the Geonosian Starfighter technology. The last fun playing feature is the adjustment of wings into attack mode which can be achieved by adjusting the knobs to achieve the TIE Striker attack mode for maximum aerial combat. 

These are the images of the TIE Striker which can be viewed from the front, side viewback view and bottom view.

TIE Striker in attack mode
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It's unusual for a TIE spacecraft's solar panels to be so articulated. The upwards configuration is meant to maximise VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) capability, increasing lift for rapid ascent or decent. The horizontal configuration is built for linear velocity, transforming the TIE Striker into a rocket fast dart exceeding speeds of 1,500 kilometres per hour. The TIE Striker is extremely well armed, with a pair of fixed heavier cannons to provide ground support and anti-armour fire. The wing-tip mounted cannons are rapid fire and well designed for aerial combat. 

These are the images of the TIE Striker in attack mode which can be viewed from the front and side view.

TIE Striker preparing for assault deployment
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TIE Striker Nine, ready for take off
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Prepare for take off
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Destroy that TIE Striker at all costs
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Fun and enjoyable integration of battle experience
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The next Rogue One set is ready to be featured in battle
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To conclude, this set is quite an interesting TIE design series which is not your regular TIE Fighter which you are familiar with. It's fun to play and swoosh this around but the building experience is quite boring due to the excessive use of Technic parts from within. I had actually played with it and swoosh it around and simulate air assaults. For this set, I actually got two of them to play with. It is a good set to play with and it will certainly be good to have this brand new design in your TIE collection.  

Summary review
Playability: 8/10 (Absolute fun to form your own battle scenes with highly swooshable fun.)
Design: 7/10 (Good design, but I wish it can actually incorporate two minifigures instead of one.)
Price: 7/10 (Price seems quite reasonable and is priced at somewhere higher mid-tier, but the Singapore SRP is on the high side which is disappointing.)
Overall: 7.3/10 (Do absolute get this set especially if you are able to find it at an affordable pricing to complete and form the Battle of Scarif.)

I gave it a "4" based on my Review Score Card. :wink: What about you?

I hope every one of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Criticisms are welcomed.
Pictures can be found in My Flickr.

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Dear Eurobricks Community, 

I am very pleased to share my last 2016 LEGO pictorial review on the latest Star Wars Rogue One series. I hope you enjoyed reading it. 

Thank you and have an awesome Happy New Year Eve all around the world. 

WhiteFang

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On 1/1/2017 at 2:54 AM, LEGO Train 12 Volts said:

I love this set ...I want to buy my own copy! :sweet:

Then why don't you buy one? :classic:

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I really liked this set: but I think that some parts count could have been somewhat reducted for the middle section: making space for a second pilot at the back, which there is in the real thing: and reducing the cost.

 

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1 hour ago, RetroInferno said:

I really liked this set: but I think that some parts count could have been somewhat reducted for the middle section: making space for a second pilot at the back, which there is in the real thing: and reducing the cost.

 

Yeah the price is the only part which needs to improve.

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Nice review!

I like the back story bit, it definitely adds to the set for me, as even after seeing rogue one i had no real clue what the point of the Tie Striker was.

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Thanks for the review, i was just thinking about which set to build next, well, TIE-Striker it is :-)

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Thanks guys for your nice thoughts. 

On 12/31/2016 at 5:22 PM, VaderFan2187 said:

Very nice review :classic:

Must get for me...

Great set for army building if you can afford multiples imo.

Yes, it is certainly nice for some army building but I don't think we need a large army of it since this is not as iconic as TIE Fighters. A few of them to form a squadron will probably suffice. 

12 hours ago, RetroInferno said:

I really liked this set: but I think that some parts count could have been somewhat reducted for the middle section: making space for a second pilot at the back, which there is in the real thing: and reducing the cost.

Well, I prefer this set to be able to contain two minifigures instead of one. 

5 hours ago, vectormatic said:

Nice review!

I like the back story bit, it definitely adds to the set for me, as even after seeing rogue one i had no real clue what the point of the Tie Striker was.

Indeed it is. When I watched the movie, there is no background reference on this TIE Striker. The DK reference book was very useful to help me understand a lot more on the background story too. 

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Posted (edited)

17 hours ago, RetroInferno said:

I really liked this set: but I think that some parts count could have been somewhat reducted for the middle section: making space for a second pilot at the back, which there is in the real thing: and reducing the cost.

 

To make use of the wasted space in the rear cargo hold of the tie striker body, just bypass step 34 but still include the two 2x1 grey holey bricks. You can also possibly skip step 50 too but until I try this I don't know for sure.  Step 50 seems to purely be a strengthening piece, but I could be wrong there !

P.S - Great review, and it's a great set too. I am blown away by the physical size of this craft, and I will try my own recommended mod sometime soon. I need to check also whether there needs to be an engine detail/trans orange studs etc on the rear of this thing on the black 4 stud circular plate?  

link to pdf instructions - http://cache.lego.com/bigdownloads/buildinginstructions/6179341.pdf

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added lego pdf soc

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Posted (edited)

On 1/2/2017 at 1:24 AM, RetroInferno said:

I really liked this set: but I think that some parts count could have been somewhat reducted for the middle section: making space for a second pilot at the back, which there is in the real thing: and reducing the cost.

 

Do we know where the bombardier is supposed to sit - immediately behind the pilot, or in the rear? If they sit in the back, where are the engines located?

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13 hours ago, belkor said:

Do we know where the bombardier is supposed to sit - immediately behind the pilot, or in the rear? If they sit in the back, where are the engines located?

There is a bombardier?

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On 1/4/2017 at 0:15 AM, belkor said:

Do we know where the bombardier is supposed to sit - immediately behind the pilot, or in the rear? If they sit in the back, where are the engines located?

Hope it helps. This reference image which I have extracted from the DK book showed the seating positions. 

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Awesome, thank you! Must get me a copy of that book.

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