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Review: 4484 Mini X-Wing Fighter & TIE Advanced


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#1 Speedy

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 05:27 PM

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Set#: 4484
Name: X-Wing Fighter & TIE Advanced
Theme: Star Wars
Year: 2003
Pieces: 76
Price: I paid 1000 yen
MSP: $4 US

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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 Package
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The Pieces
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.
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The Promotion
The set has 1/4 of a tie bomber, shown here.
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The Ships

The X-Wing

It's a fairly simple build, but I like how the wings snap on.
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The wings are folded.
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And open.
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The overhead view cuts a nice silhouette!  Here is a clear view of those printed pieces.
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And again, it looks great in 3/4 view.
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The side view is good, but it would be better if it balanced parallel to the surface.
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The back view looks along the lines of the larger model.
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One last side view.  Is that gray stud Artoo?
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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.
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All together.
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The 3/4 view looks nice here too.
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The blue piece on the back makes a nice engine.
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The overhead has a nice silhouette too.
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The Tie Piece
It is a wing piece, identical to that of 4485
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The extra parts... Not so much, the fewest of the 4484-4487 sets.
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All together
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Final verdict
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.

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#2 Derek

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 08:32 PM

Nice review. I really like these Mini sets and I wish TLC will resurrect the line. I recently purchased the mini V-19 Torrent and Grievous' Starfighter and they are really solid little sets with great design. Its a shame that the line ended the way it did. Your reviews are making me want these sets I was never able to get!  :laugh:

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 05:45 AM

Dang, i had hoped to get these in the coming month and try my first crack at a review, and then do all these mini's.

Oh well, thanks for the review, going to have to buy these now, they look sweet.
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 03:59 PM

I :wub: those 1x2 printed plates and that clear blue one too :thumbup:

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 10:36 PM

They are all right so I rated them above average :pir-sceptic: First the TIE fighter's wings are to bulky,second the Xwings front end is not very well designed. It needs tiles on the front part, anyway I wouldnt buy it.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 11:29 PM

View PostBroadside, on Mar 19 2009, 06:36 AM, said:

They are all right so I rated them above average :pir-sceptic: First the TIE fighter's wings are to bulky,second the Xwings front end is not very well designed. It needs tiles on the front part, anyway I wouldnt buy it.

You'll have to do a MOD and show us how you'd do them better  :tongue:

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 10:06 AM

View PostBroadside, on Mar 19 2009, 08:36 AM, said:

They are all right so I rated them above average :pir-sceptic: First the TIE fighter's wings are to bulky,second the Xwings front end is not very well designed. It needs tiles on the front part, anyway I wouldnt buy it.

Um isnt the voting supposed to be for the review, not what is thought about the set.
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Posted 20 March 2009 - 10:20 PM

View PostDarthSion, on Mar 19 2009, 11:06 AM, said:

Um isnt the voting supposed to be for the review, not what is thought about the set.
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That's why it says "Rate the set"  and not "Rate the review".
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Posted 20 March 2009 - 11:19 PM

I like the X wing in this set but the tie advanced could use something else in my opinion. Nice review

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