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Review: 7259 ARC-170 Starfighter

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#1 Lego Builder

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 07:52 PM

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Lego 7259 ARC-170 Starfighter
by Lego Builder

Theme: Star Wars, EpIII
Released: 2005
Pieces: 369
Price: £40
Minifigs: 4

Welcome to my first review. Today I am reviewing the Arc 170 Starfighter.
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To start, Unfortunately the box and instructions are long gone so I am using images of Peeron. The box is an average size with the usual Darth Vader Mask in the corner.
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Sticker Sheet
Fortunately no sticker sheet in sight.

Pieces of Interest
There are some rare printed pieces:
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Thank You TLC for including 3 clone pilots which is the first set they are featured in the only other being the V-Wing. Also included is an astromech droid which is included in only a few other sets including the original B-Wing. The pilots also have back printing!!!
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Also a place to place the droid:
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Play Features

One of the best play features in this set are the wings which can go up and down just like the X-wing.

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There is also a nice cannon on the back which swivels so you can blast those droids apart.

And a shoot that can drop bombs to the battlefield!!


The build is excellent and not a lot of repeats. Also the ship including the wings are very strong having never broken on me even under pressure.

Final Verdict

Design: 8/10 This set is well designed but could have been better.

Build: 9/10 Good as I said earlier but some things were repetitive.

Playability: 7/10 Great playability.

Minifigs: 9/10 Would be 10 if they had forgotten about one the clone pilots and added oddball. Droid good.

Parts: 7/10 Good selection of parts. No seriously rare but good printed pieces.

Price: 9/10 really really cheap for a set this size and quantity.

Overall: 10/10 A must have sets for any collector. Greta detail and great features. Good minifigures and nice colours. Nothing bad.

by Lego Builder
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#2 Rocky


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Posted 27 August 2009 - 08:01 PM

Thank you for a good review Lego Builder. You can tell there was a lot of work and thought put into this one. :classic:

The set itself is pretty good. I'm not a fan of the elastic bands (tend to stretch out) but the printed pieces make up for that. The wings and bomb functions on the ARC-170 make the ship really stand out.

Thank you for sharing  :classic:

Edited by Rocky, 27 August 2009 - 08:02 PM.

#3 382nd Legionnaire

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:27 PM

Thank you for the great review. I was thinking of doing a review of a set in a few days and this one would have been my choice. :classic:

#4 cottonwood


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Posted 27 August 2009 - 09:42 PM

I missed out on this set in 2005, and I even remember that I looked for it with intent. I always enjoy reading reviews about sets I don't have as some sort of compensation... Hopefully next year the Clone Wars version wil be as good or better, but I can already expect fewer minifigs and a less reasonable price...

Great review, I appreciate it!



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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:18 PM

Nice first time review. Just a couple of friendly suggestions. You should make sure your pictures are high quality and can be posted a bit bigger so that they are easier to see. Try ones that are a bit less grainy. Also, a few more pictures would be great. I like how you broke down your score.
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#6 Destroydacre


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Posted 28 August 2009 - 06:53 AM

Good review, but I wouldn't mind seeing a few more pictures. The cockpit interiors, the turning mechanism and the bomb dropping mechanism in particular.

I wonder how similar in structure the clone wars ARC-170 is going to be...

#7 Fumoffu


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Posted 28 August 2009 - 07:02 AM

Thanks for the good review.  This is a nice set despite some of its shortcomings.  Will be interesting to compare it to the new one ... assuming the rumours are correct.

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