Big Cam did a stellar review of the 2007 Sith Interceptor, and there was some discussion about the quality of the old version versus the new. Of course, a 1999 Star Wars set isn't going to be as sleek as the current generation, but does it have a value unto itself?
Name: Sith Infiltrator
Theme: Star Wars
Minifigs: Darth Maul
Same as the box.
A random page. Again, we see that Lego were able to make clearer instructions at the turn of the century. There is no doubt which is black, which is dark grey, which is light grey. Ah, those were the days.
A full-on narrative of alternate builds goes on here. The story is nothing, but I find the creativity of the alternate builds enlightening.
Total alternate builds shown: three.
Damn jawas. Scum of Tatooine.
Total alternate builds shown: five.
Total alternate builds shown: seven. Absolute insanity. What happened there? Are costs really cut by not doing these fun things? Something that really should be brought back.
A small melange of subdued tones. Only a few specialized pieces, like those in the tie fighter wing joints.
Darth Maul is great. How do you keep a cape in this condition for over a decade? Don't play with it, and keep it in a box for most of that time. It's been about seven years since he saw the light of day.
The print is slightly off, but I think this is a nice looking mini-fig. There is an off-set white tone here, but it shows up in close-up then just looking at the figure. In my opinion, this was the most interesting mini-fig released in the original line.
The set is built in four parts, and comes together like a tie fighter with a big nose. It's an incredibly simple build, with pretty much no chance for error.
Snap those together and...
The Finished Product
This actually looks quite nice, if quaint. Compared to the MOCs on Eurobricks, it is too simple.
Here is the real model. As we can see, it's sleeker than this Lego model.
I've seen Phantom Menace too many times, but I really don't remember the ship that well. It appears fairly briefly. So, when I got this I was quite happy with it, and I was happy building it again now. Juxtaposing it to the 'real' thing, it is quite clunky. The wings are the weakest part, as the hard angles don't capture the curves of the actual ship.
Another weakness is the stand. And as a matter of fact, those same round stands don't work on the mid-size Millennium Falcon last year.
The back is nice though. A nice printed hatch. Flip that blue latch, and what happens?
A certain Mr. Maul is revealed.
You can just grab him by the speeder and pull him out.
In a 100% Lego design motif, there's a hood that opens to store the spy droids, and that double chrome light saber if you're so inclined.
And those spies in all their glory.
His speeder is alright. The actual one has a curve to it, which this doesn't have, but as a simple Lego creation, it's elegantly simple. And that beige base piece is one of a kind for me.
Yes, simple is the word.
The Final Verdict
This is a decent set. Not amazing, but very respectable.
Design: 6/10 This is obviously a design from the years before slopes. I think they did a good job with the pieces they had, but then other design choices, like the landing gear and hood do nothing for this ship.
Build: 7/10 Nothing new. At the time, I loved it, because at that time, I hadn't played with Lego in over a decade, so it was great. And I enjoyed making this again too. But if I bought it now, I wouldn't be knocked out by it. Respectable and traditional.
Playability: 9/10 Only one mini-figure, sure, but he has a speeder, which enters the ship, plus the alternate builds. And it's sturdy, good for the kids.
Minifigures: 9/10 Only one. But one of the rarest and most desirable. Maul was the coolest thing about the whole damn prequel trilogy. I can remember seeing his photo in that big Vanity Fair shoot months before The Phantom Menace was released. That was a high point, like the week before Christmas... A tease of something awesome, with belief that it would live up to the build up... And he died in the first movie
Price: 6/10 It is what it is.
Overall: 7/10 For me personally, I really dig this set. But it's because it was the set that rescued me from my first dark age. So I work my hardest here to rate this fairly. The ship isn't slick, and doesn't capture the original well. For what it is, it's a nice fun thing, but that's not what we expect from a Lego Star Wars ship, is it.
This is not a must-have, or a hidden gem, just a work-horse of a set from the first run of Star Wars Lego. Where it stands out is the Darth Maul mini-figure, which to this day is a rare figure. But, if you were to pick this figure up, you're better served to pick up the 2007 version of it.
Edited by KimT, 03 February 2010 - 04:59 PM.