Name: TIE Fighter
Theme: Star Wars
Minifigs: Stormtrooper, TIE Fighter pilot
Price: $20.00 U.S.
I got this used last year for a pretty fair price (about $30). Tie Fighters have been the only really consistent release for Lego Star Wars, with 5 variations, plus some re-releases. All of them use the same fundamental building technique, so maybe it would get tiresome, but since this is the original, all the rest are copying this guy.
Very short book, very large. I'm sure now it'd be made half the height, and twice as long.
A real nice touch is the movie scene showing at the top of the page, this set showing a scene from Jedi
Only 12 pages for the build, the remaining pages showing what was available at the time (if you could go back in time... )
The pieces have a fair amount of repetition to them, but if you ever wanted to get a lot of little blue vents, this is the set for you.
There are 5 printed pieces, which is nice. I love the cockpit cover.
The Finished Product
The stand for this is fantastic, and makes display a lot easier.
As far as I know, this isn't how a real TIE fighter cockpit works, but a real model would be too hard on the fingers to put the figure in and out.
It looks quite close to the movie version, except for the supports on the wings, which are structurally necessary for a LEGO set.
3/4 view, this looks almost perfect. The only difference from the movie is there is no web shape on the inside of the wing. That would be an easy mod if you wanted it though.
A nice simple wing design.
Back 3/4 view
The back is alright, not spectacular. The shape is good, mildly spherical, but I don't know why it needs those little beige pieces.
Overhead, cockpit closed
The printed piece looks real nice, and I like the way the blue pieces trace the shape.
The cockpit isn't overly techy, but it fits the pilot well, and is fairly easy to get in and out of.
I love this stand, and I wish more ships had this sort of thing (like the Magnaguard Fighter, or General Grevious' Fighter) since they look a little flat on my bookshelf. I'm using this for the new Vader's TIE fighter right now.
The main product
This is really cool looking.
The minifigures are alright. The Pilot is hard to take pics of though.
Here is the stormtrooper next to a 2008 version. The newer one has a much better helmet painting, and the body paint is sharper. (new on the left, old on the right)
Just a pinch of yellow sticking out under the helmet of that old trooper.
Design: 9/10 It is a classic ship, that the company has barely altered in 10 years, compared to the massive overhauls all the other early ships got. It is fairly sturdy too. The only thing I might criticize it for is the wings are slightly wobbly. But, it doesn't show on the stand it comes with.
Build: 7/10 The cockpit is fun to make, but the wings are boring and repetitive.
Playability: 8/10 Grab it in the back and fly it around!
Minifigures: 9/10 Early stormtroopers, early TIE pilot. No complaints for a $20 set.
Price: 7/10 It's not fantastic, but fair.
Overall: 8/10 This is a nice, simple ship that holds up when compared to current ships, and has quite a legacy in the LEGO Star Wars line. All the other TIEs (Interceptor, Bomber etc.) are nice, but this is THE TIE Fighter, the image people usually get when they think of TIEs. If you can find it for a good price, by all means pick it up.