Theme: Star Wars Episode IV/V/VI
Set Name: Tie Bomber
Pieces: 225 + 1 minifig (299 in total)
Price: 30 USD
Minifigs: 1 (Tie Pilot)
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"Behold the Tie of utter destruction"
"The Bomber laid waste to several cities in the Universe, mostly those who'd somehow offended Darth Vader"
"Guarded by several regular Ties, these machines of mayhem spared noone with their superior numbers and continous bombing"
I never fancied this set much. It's big and somewhat bulky. Still I got me two of them. (They were cheap), and now I am actually quite fond of it. To me it represents the simplicity used in the the early Star Wars sets. Also I have to admit that the launcher adds quite a lot of playability.
The box art is somewhat confusing to me. Why would a bomber roam the Universe? Is it rushing a Rebel Frigate to bomb it in space? I'd rather the Bomber was heading for Mos Eisley or a Rebel base. Still it's acceptable and as usual a little too big for what's actually in it.
ImperialShadows had this comment to my opinion:
The modular build of a Tie:
The Tie Bomber is built in modules and then put/clicked together.
There's the cockpit, the bomb-section and finally the wings.
This counts for all the ties released so far. (well I'm not sure about the Tie in the 10188 DS - I am sure someone can tell us that)
The modules (in random order):
The bombsection features a missile launcher using this ever beloved fancy missile:
And a few pics of the complete Tie Bomber:
In my opinion this is an acceptable version of the Tie Bomber.
Bear in mind that this was designed and released in 2003 and for that period I actually think that this is an ok solution.
I am not a fan of the annoying use of missile launchers, but it does add great playability.
The idea of building the Tie in modules also adds a lot of playability.
When the ship takes a hit, one can easily dismember it, removing a wing or the cockpit for example.
Playability: 4/5 Missile and detachable parts
Design: 3/5 Blue and black , same measurements as other Ties
Price: 4/5 Fair price, though as usual overpriced in the Non-US parts of the world
The Bricks: 3/5 A fine selection of useful bricks, though the launcher is kinda useless
Overall: 14/20 A slightly Above Average set with some minor pro's and con's
Edited by KimT, 09 October 2008 - 10:13 PM.