This review will be on the 7915 Imperial V-wing Starfighter
From Lego.com said:
- Includes 2 minifigures: all-new Imperial pilot and Astromech droid R2-Q2
- Rotate wings to navigate ship between flying and landing modes!
- Deploy your forces against the #7913 Clone Trooper Battle Pack
- Imperial V-wing starfighter measures 5” (12cm) wide, 9” (22cm) long
Set Name: 7915 Imperial V-wing Starfighter
Theme: Star Wars
Released: 2010 for 2011
Price: $19.99/14.98 EUR/12.91 GBP I ordered mine from Lego.com.
Here are some quicklinks Lego.com, Brickset, Bricklink
Wanna see some pictures? Let's start with the normal box arts and manuals!
Box art front
I do like the new style of boxes. Looks very well done. Nice background without too much fluff to throw you off on what's in the box.
Box art rear
Like the other 2011 boxes, it shows what moves and views of other sets for you to spend your hard earned money on. Btw, the original 6205 V-Wing did not have wings that swivel.
Notice that they didn't put the nose piece in any bag. Oh no. There's no numbered bags. Oh how am I going to build this...
I wish there was a way to not get the manual all bent out of shape.
The stickers felt a bit thicker. I hope they don't peel off/get brittle in less than a year like some of my other stickers. Oh, the 6205 V-Wing didn't use any stickers.
R2-Q2 and the Imperial Pilot. I love the silver look for the R2.
R2-Q2 and the Imperial Pilot. But I hate the swirly marks the silver makes in the R2 shell.
On to the build!
Here is your first view of the gear that helps rotate the wings. Not very hidden.
That "L" grey technic piece is used so the wings only rotate in one direction and also so it stops at the right angle for flight. Nice idea, but again, not very authentic looking on the set.
Finished! Not bad looking.
Wow. Only 2 pieces. Even the smaller sets have more spare parts. lol.
A picture on how R2-Q2 fits in the back. Oh look. He flies without his body.
This view give the ship a very sleek profile. Don't ever look under this ship. Very ugly. But it's better than the 6205 in that respect.
Ah, now you can see the gears for the wings. I guess it's cheaper to make stickers for the imperial logo than to make pieces with it on them.
Final shot from the front.
Yes. No control panel. And yes, he's holding his weapon. Why? The instruction book shows him in the cockpit that way. Very sad. At least the cockpit is hinged. The 6205 is not.
6205 vs 7915
I'm sorry for the BRIGHT yellow stands. I don't have any clear pieces. Overall they are about the same size, but you can see where the extra thought went into making the newer version. Larger, rotating wings, detailed nose, better canopy, and stickers. But that's a toss up.
Again, you can see how it's cleaned up some. Since the new version uses stickers, the wings don't look as bulky. The wing hubs don't have holes in them.
Comments: I like this set. But only because it's a V-Wing. It feels cheaply made. Better than the 1st version, but not up to par. Like buying the Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter for $99. It didn't feel like a UCS set. This set kept wanting me to want more.
Playability: 4/5 This is playable. They give you both the pilot and full droid. And the R2-Q2 is unique. Nothing really breaks easy. And parts move for great action flying for the kids.
Build experience: 2/5 Easy build. I see no problems in putting this together. EXCEPT for the stickers. I HATE putting round stickers on. It's a pain to get them just right in the middle without it looking like something isn't right.
Overall: 2.5/5 I can see this going on clearance. It's OK. Good for collecting if you love Star Wars. But a bit weak on design. I can just see Toys R Us selling this for $30. Resist the store. Well, unless it's the $19.99 price.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!
All photos are viewable in full size on my flickr site. Here is a direct like to my: 7915 Imperial V-wing Starfighter