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When I first heard about this set I couldn't wait. You guys know me, I'm all for Commander Cody, and new minifigures too. (I really am turning into a mini Clone O'Patra!) Okay I like my starfighters too, I guess that doesn't show though, I don't have any of the Jedi Starfighters. But when I saw the picture I was very pleased with the way the minifigures were designed and how well the starfighter looked. I had missed the first one so let's see what I think about this one!
Name: Geonosian Starfighter
Set Number: 7959
Theme: Star Wars
Year of Release: 2011
Take on the Geonosian Starfighter™ in a Clone Wars battle!
On the desolate surface of Geonosis, Clone Commander Cody and Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi prepare the Clone Army for another assault on the Separatist droid factory. Suddenly, they spot a Geonosian Starfighter speeding towards them. Can they defend themselves against the Geonosian pilot, armed with a powerful turret-mounted cannon and proton torpedo launcher? You decide!
* Includes 3 minifigures: Ki-Adi-Mundi, Clone Commander Cody and Geonosian pilot
* Features opening cockpit, rotating laser cannon and proton torpedo launcher
* Lower the hidden compartment and fire the proton torpedo!
* Measures over 10” (25cm) long and 3” (7cm) tall
Okay now too the box! Here we have all three minifigures and the ship interacting in a nicely edited picture, characteristic LEGO box art. In the lower left hand corner, we have the little blue box showing us the minifigures, as well as their names, and a little button telling us that all of the figures included in the set are new ones. And the blue Rex box art has appeared again here.
The back of the box has the cockpit open, and the minifigure interacting a bit more with the ship. The Geonosian is climbing out of the ship, Cody is trying to shoot him, and I have no idea what Ki-Adi is doing walking in the opposite direction! We also have the usual ads for other sets from the summer wave, and a few pictures showing the functions of the ship.
The top of the box has all three minifigures pictured but on their sides. Probably because there's not enough room to put them right side up. And I noticed that Ki-Adi-Mundi's lightsaber handle is upside down. (At least too me) I find it kind of odd that they call Cody "Clone Commander Cody."
When I first got the set box out of the shipping box I thought, "Wow the box is tiny!" I had expected it to be about the same size as the Alien Conquest box you see here. As you can see, it is several inches shorter in height, and a few inches shorter in length.
Inside the box we find three baggies, two loose parts, and one bent up instruction manual. I was very happy to find that this set didn't come with any stickers. I was surprised that the manual wasn't encased in a plastic bag on cardboard.
The manual, as usual, features the same art as the front of the box. LEGO has removed the set information so you can see the picture a little bit better.
First up, we have the minifigures. As always, LEGO has a nice box showing you how to assemble them. Ki-Adi's lightsaber is the right way up here. Go figure.
In the upper left hand corner LEGO has put the Darth Vader mask that has been present for several years now. It's almost a cartoonish drawing really.
Here we have ads for four of the Summer 2011 wave sets. Now I find this odd because LEGO put all of the new set releases in the Winter waves set manuals. Why LEGO chose not to do it here is a mystery to me.
On the last instruction page, LEGO has put the function for the set in a nice little box showing us how to operate it. I find this page really nice; I don't really know why I like this. I just do.
Ah the minifigures. I'm very excited to have all of these in my collection now. As I mentioned before, I missed Cody so it's good to have the second chance to get him. All of the figures have new torso print as well as head printing. Really all of the new torsos are quite well designed and look really nice. Mundi's torso is quite different from other Jedi torsos.
And all of the minifigures have back printing! If you notice Ki-Adi's torso has an almost hood like print there. The Geonosians neck is very long looking, and those lines on the back of Mundi's head look kind of weird.
Here's a close up picture of the minifigures heads. Nothing special about Cody’s face, he just has the usual clone face. (Thank goodness he's looking forward!) The Geonosian almost looks like he's an old guy and trying to squint to see!
LEGO hasn't quite gotten Cody quite right yet. He still needs an orange visor. I bought mine from Arealightcustoms.com. It works very well with the LEGO minifigures, and the orange color is a perfect mach. And since Cody and Rex interact so much, I figured it be cool to show them together!
Now for a comparison picture. The first thing that jumps out at me is the fact that he head is so large. It just looks too big for me. Other than that I'm very happy with the minifigure. LEGO has done a great job with the torso print and head print. Contrary to popular belief, he doesn't have two brains. He has a large brain so he requires two hearts, typical of his species, so that's why his head looks so weird.
The Geonosian doesn't look so bad either. LEGO has gotten the head right, including the squint, the armor looks good too. The color of the actual Geonosian, and LEGO's is too hard to compare. There really isn't a good picture of them. I would have loved LEGO to include some wings for this guy though.
Now to compare the new to the old. (Thanks Slayerdread!) Now I know that the new one is for the TV show and the old one is from the movie, but I still feel like the new one is better. The head is way better, as well as the torso printing.
Okay now we've made it too the new parts. I've very excited about the new orange colored bricks, the 2x1 with the clip was introduced this year and it works quite well too, the 2x4 tile is another fairly new part, the large dark brown curved bit is a new color for this set, and the cockpit piece is also a recolor. The cockpit piece was, aside from the ship and minifigures, part of the reason I wanted the set. The reason I want the cockpit piece will remain my secret for now, though I will tell you that you can expect a starfighter MOC from me in the near future.
Here are the extra parts! The ARC gear doesn’t really count as extra parts in my book but since I haven't used them they shall appear here. Nothing super interesting here really, though we do see the light blueish gray ARC gear appear again, apart from that there would only be one extra piece!
The first 15 steps or so, have you mostly complete the bottom of the starfighter. No special techniques just yet. All studs up building so far. Though we have used quite a few of those lovely new orange bricks.
Steps 15-30ish get you though the bottom half of the starfighter, as well as building the gun and the engine. This is where it starts to get a bit interesting. LEGO has us use some of those axle bricks to connect the two sides. Good idea there.
The last set of steps has us complete the starfighter. The top is basically a copy of the bottom but with a spot for the cockpit. A simple click and the fighter is complete!
LEGO hasn't done a bad job of matching the fighter to the real one at all. They got the prongs right, as well as the whole in the middle between the engine and the gun. The shape is about right, okay a little less curvy but what did you expect? Curves are hard to do in LEGO.
Here's a frontish view. The gun only swings side-to-side and I would prefer it to be able to swing up-and-down too.
And here we have a backish view. The engine can swing in almost any direction though. Using the cup-and-ball socket piece from the old fighter.
The Geonosian fits snugly into the cockpit. As in, his head rubs the cockpit. But really that's okay with me. It means he can't fall out of his seat.
And here I've pulled out the Geonosian to try to give you a sense of the scale of the fighter. LEGO certainly knows how to make 155 pieces go the distance. Really the fighter is a bit too large but LEGO is kind of hard to get exactly the right scale.
See this little hatch here? Well open it and the little "bomb" drops out. Now I know what you're thinking, "Where's the flick fire missile!" Well my only guess can be is that LEGO has decided that the nice little feature would be better than flick fire missiles. Personally I think it works very well, though the edge of the missile can get caught on part of the "door".
Now that I've built this am I still happy with my purchase? I guess I am. This set really feels like it was worth the $29.99. The minifigures weren't designed quite the way I had expected but I'm happier with the way they are now. The fighter is better than I had expected. I had thought that it would be smaller but it’s quite large. And did I mention that I’m very happy with all of the new colors in the set? Well I m. I’m always glad to get more orange parts. So in the end this is one of my favorite “The Clone Wars sets.”
Playability: 9/10 The little bomb function is great and I think it works very well for this small set.
Design: 10/10 Very well designed. LEGO certainly got the shape right as well as making a very nice function model. So swoosh-able!
Price: 9/10 While I don't usually pay attention to the Price-per-piece-ratio, this set only having 155 parts, I still feel like I got my money’s worth out of this. Great minifigures, and the ship was bigger than I had expected.
Minifigures: 9/10 While Cody is a recycled minifigure, I hadn't gotten the Clone Gunship, so I'm glad LEGO decided to include him here. The other two minifigures are new and both are extremely satisfying. (Though ugly)
Parts: 8/10 There are a few new parts here, though not too many. The recolor’s of the parts are what stick out too me. LEGO always manages to work with the parts they have in most instances.
Total: 45/50 An amazing score for one of my favorite "The Clone Wars" sets of this year.
Hole? What hole? This is supposed to be here!