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#1 mutley777

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 12:54 PM

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My third and Final review of today is the final planet set in series 1 9676 TIE Interceptor & Death Star.

The set again looks very good in the packaging with the Death Star's lazer looking out at you. Worth noting is that this set has no planet printing, all the detail is molded.

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Just 2 bags in this and not as many parts but they are larger parts.

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As I said earlier there is no printing on the Death Star just molding. Of course you also get two different parts, you would not your DS to have 2 giant lazers would you! :laugh:

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The instructions. Some nice techniques to make the main hull look round.

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The Tie pilot fig has the new face printed black head.

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2 printed parts in this set. The TIE window is a great new part!

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A good mini build and the hull looks good for a small round ball.

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The finished mini TIE looks good. Much better than the last one, which was quite some time ago now.

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The stand is the same as the Naboo one.

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The finished display.

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The Death Star! Lego movie makers are going to love this.

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The 2 parts don't lock all the way together so you get the gap around the DS equator.

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Left over parts with the hanging piece.

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The whole set.

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This was probably my most anticipated set of the planet line and it is very good. The Death Star mold is perfect and will end up hanging from christmas trees everywhere next year !
The mini Tie is a nice looking set and we finaly can get a TIE pilot in a cheap set. Well worth the £10.

#2 Solscud007

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 01:40 PM

That looks fantastic thank you. Can't wait to get one. I wish there was a hole so you could use a green light saber blade as a laser for the DS.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:03 PM

Very good final review! Love the new face and cockpit window!

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:05 PM

I like them, but can't justify £9.99 each, will wait until they come on offer.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:06 PM

Thanks for the review it looks great. I think the death star mold is worth the $10 by itself. I'll definitely be getting all of this series.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:08 PM

I was excited to pick up this set, thinking it that Lego had moved to the TIE pilot in the Defender set.  I suppose this fig is more accurate.  :sad: Thanks for the review, I guess I will be skipping this one.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:07 PM

Pointless set - a hollow plastic ball and a common minifig?

Why would a casual fan buy this when a battle pack is damn near the same price for much more?
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:42 PM

View PostTheBrickHitHouse, on 14 January 2012 - 03:07 PM, said:

Pointless set - a hollow plastic ball and a common minifig?

Why would a casual fan buy this when a battle pack is damn near the same price for much more?
I compare this set with year's battle packs, and the BPs don't seem too exciting. Their vehicles are rather in comparison to this mini TIE. There are four figures but in fact, this minifig is not that common. I think this might be the least expensive set to come with a dark helmet trooper thingie.

The death Star (which besides of being a hollow ball has texture that makes it easily recognizable as a death star) is probably going to be great for vignette MoCs.

The packaging concerns me, I don't really want the DS to be exposed to the elements like that :/

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:20 PM

View PostTheBrickHitHouse, on 14 January 2012 - 03:07 PM, said:

Pointless set - a hollow plastic ball and a common minifig?

Why would a casual fan buy this when a battle pack is damn near the same price for much more?
Maybe bacause these are a one of a kind..Just like any collector they would want it for that reason... That's why i bought 1 of each...9.99 is not bad for these imo. :classic: :thumbup:

Great review BTW..
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 06:51 PM

Thanks for this review!  Im gettin these without a dout!!...
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:15 PM

Thanks for the review, this is a set I will get for sure!

Very nice little set and that new cockpit piece is a must-have!

Even though the cockpit piece is great I actually think the back of the Interceptor looks even better than the front.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:42 PM

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Excellent work Mutley!  This is really the only one I'm interested in as $10 is a good bit of cash for one. :hmpf_bad:
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:43 PM

I like this one the best, mainly because I can already see myself putting that death start up on my tree next year for sure
And the printed tie window is REALLY nice, brings a lot of life to the mini that was missting from previous tie minis

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:27 PM

The pilot, ship and of course the Death Star....imagine that on my Christmas tree later in the year :laugh: ....are huge winners ! :grin:
Thanks for this review ' mutley777 ', though the Interceptor is not really canon for the first Death Star...it's a solid build I like it ! :grin:

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:29 PM

I find the DS mold disappointing. Not only does it not have any print, but it also could have had a hollow stud in the center of the eye for attaching a death ray, like Solscud007 said, considering that they made a special mold for this. The printing on the TIE's windscreen and the pilot's head make up for it though, and I look forward to getting these planet sets!

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:55 PM

It's a good average set in my opinion. The death star would have looked a lot better if it was half built rather than complete meaning that around a quarter of the globe could have been molded with jagged edges.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 11:28 PM

I was tempted to get this for the TIE pilot Minifigure, but I think I shall pass after getting one in the Advent Calendar on clearance. I can't justify $10 for just a variation on a figure I already have.
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 12:20 AM

Doesn't look that great, the printed cockpit piece will be great for mini TIE MOCs
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 06:44 AM

Out of the 3 planets the death star is the most uninspiring, at a distance it just looks like a grey ball, no detailing at all, figure and tie look good though, thx again for the review mutley
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 11:44 PM

View Postmutley777, on 14 January 2012 - 12:54 PM, said:

2 printed parts in this set. The TIE window is a great new part!

It looks like five printed parts to me. I gather you weren't counting the minifigure elements, most of which are printed parts.

I'm very enthusiastic about this set. I'm totally jonesing for an inexpensive means of getting TIE pilots, and I do like the Death Star elements, limited uses though they may have. I'll probably get multiples of this set.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 10:14 AM

Hmm. Though the Death Star does have moulded lines, it still looks very odd without print. If the lines were printed on as well as moulded, it'd look really good.
I agree, the laser is a real missed opportunity. The Death Star doesn't look complete without a hole at the centre of the firing array.

Oh well, I suppose if you buy lots of these, you'd get some really great Christmas ornaments.  :classic:
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 12:55 PM

Thanks for the review. I think the Interceptor is the best of the three, due to it's useful parts (for me at least) and the useful printed piece. The Death Star would be better with printing indeed, but oh well, I can live with this too.  :classic:

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 07:06 PM

View PostOky, on 14 January 2012 - 10:29 PM, said:

I find the DS mold disappointing. Not only does it not have any print, but it also could have had a hollow stud in the center of the eye for attaching a death ray, like Solscud007 said, considering that they made a special mold for this. The printing on the TIE's windscreen and the pilot's head make up for it though, and I look forward to getting these planet sets!
Keep in mind that molds with additional details can be expensive to make, especially if they involve sliders (i.e. parts of the mold other than the two main halves to add detail at different angles). In this case, the new Death Star's top could perhaps have been molded with a simple two-piece mold, which would be far less expensive to produce and install.

Anyway, this is a cool set, even though I don't expect to buy any since I'm not a Star Wars collector. The printed windscreen for the TIE is very stylish, as is the Death Star mold. Personally, I don't feel the Death Star molds need printing; the contours are enough to make a quite striking resemblance.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 08:47 PM

Of course the space around the equator could be the Death Star Trench!

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 12:31 AM

Thanks for the review mutley777  :thumbup: .

I can't wait to get my hands on one of these. The printed windscreen is nice but I'm not overly impressed with the Tie Interceptor - just another mini-Tie with a square-ish cockpit :sceptic: .  But for parts, the minifig and of course the Death Star  :wub: - I think this is easily worth a tenner. If these end up on sale I'll probably pick up more than one, and who knows with a bit of experimentation, maybe a little drilling, maybe a little gluing it could be possible to fit a super-laser.

Does anybody know how long these will be available for? ie Is series 1 deleted as soon as series 2 comes out?
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