Name: X-Wing Fighter & TIE Advanced
Theme: Star Wars
Price: I paid 1000 yen
MSP: $4 US
Part three in my mini review series! This is of course the X-Wing and TIE Advanced, and came with 1/4 of a mini TIE Bomber. The X-Wing was also released identically in a Kabaya set, which I don't have, so I was glad to get this. I wouldn't mind having two though. If I could go back in time, I'd buy a few of these and make a mini squadron.
The set has 4 printed pieces, four pieces with almost identical prints, two mirroring the others. The only other unusual pieces were the clear pieces used for the X-Wing TIE cockpits.
The set has 1/4 of a tie bomber, shown here.
It's a fairly simple build, but I like how the wings snap on.
The wings are folded.
The overhead view cuts a nice silhouette! Here is a clear view of those printed pieces.
And again, it looks great in 3/4 view.
The side view is good, but it would be better if it balanced parallel to the surface.
The back view looks along the lines of the larger model.
One last side view. Is that gray stud Artoo?
The TIE Advanced
The build on this is really neat, maybe more interesting than the finished product. Some studs stick out at 90 degrees. They're locked in above with a three-stud piece, and those grabbers on either side lock in between studs on the wings to keep the wings steady.
The 3/4 view looks nice here too.
The blue piece on the back makes a nice engine.
The overhead has a nice silhouette too.
The Tie Piece
It is a wing piece, identical to that of 4485
The extra parts... Not so much, the fewest of the 4484-4487 sets.
Design: 10/10 Between the iconic design of the movie ships, and the accuracy of these mini models, this is a 10. Compared to the other minis of the 4484-4487 series, it feels like equal effort went into both ships, not a big one and a little one.
Playability: 10/10 A perfect pair. Have a deep space dog fight with two stable ships. I don't do that myself, but I like to pose them behind my computer, and they look great together. Great.
Price: 10/10 If I saw this for $4 I'd buy two or three.
Build: 9/10 They both have interesting builds to create ships with unusual angles. The TIE Advanced, though shorter, was the more interesting build for me.
Overall: 10/10 This is the set everyone would like to have. The X-Wing and TIE Fighter(s) have been released multiple times by the TLG because their fundamental design and popularity, and this is a solid set that continues the tradition. Any Star Wars/LEGO fan should track this set down.
Edited by KimT, 22 March 2009 - 07:55 AM.