Set Index: 9492
Hunt down the Rebels in the iconic TIE Fighter! Equipped with dual flick missiles and opening cockpit, this instantly recognizable and hugely popular starship of the Imperial fleet returns to battle the Rebel Alliance once again!
- Includes 4 minifigures: TIE Fighter Pilot, Imperial Officer, new Death Star Trooper and R5-J2 Droid
- Features TIE Fighter and 1 blaster
- TIE Fighter features opening cockpit and dual flick missiles
- Battle the 9493 X-wing Starfighter!
- TIE Fighter measures over 9” (23cm) tall and 6” (17cm) wide
TLG releases new TIE fighters regularly and they don't seem to like missing a year. (For the record, I consider the Scimitar to be a TIE ancestor.) This is the 2012 edition of the TIE/ln starfighter!
Three bags, 2 and 3 are identical, one for each radiator panel. (I'd already opened bag 1 and then I decided to do a review.... )
Four figs! I bought this set mostly for the model, but the figs are good just the same. "R5-J2" is the highlight to me.
Only one has a double site face, only the Imperial Officer has backprinting (vertical creases and a belt), but the pilot has a happy face!
I love the new helmet!
I hope the new droid head becomes a common part. (Since it has a stud it's likely! )
...and now it's time for the main event!
The new radiator panel design is a vast improvement. The center part is a print.
The border is held on via the top and bottom by four 6x2 with a 4x1 snot parts...
...and it ends up being very thin and it really looks the part.
The rear is less of a success; that back part is supposed to be concave. But it's a hard detail to do right. While complaining, it's a shame that TLG didn't divide the hexagon on the inside as well. Mod job?
The pilot has controls! And a seat! You can also see here how the new 4x1 curved parts (from Cars sets) is used to smooth off the top nicely.
This canopy is a huge improvement for so many reasons (especially the loss of the integrated laser cannons)...
...and the printing is much better as well.
For optimum swooshing, the radiator panels are held on very securely; two pins are on the pylon, and this axle...
...goes though and connects with this technic part. (Normally hidden.)
I recently moved so I don't have my other TIEs assembled, but I fixed this TIE/D Defender for the review.
The Defender looks bad in comparison here. The wings are sagging, the cockpit looks blocky and the tiles on the wings look lame in comparison.
Ditto. My "studio" looks lame here too.
Hmmm. Concave rear or not, the TIE/ln starfighter looks superior. It's hard to believe that these sets were about the same price...
It's a winner for pilot ergonomics too! A seat, controls, more room... makes you feel bad for the TIE/D Defender seeing it's equipped with a hyperdrive!
Previously unseen parts. EDIT: smokebelch picked my mistake; two of those gray wedges go inside the cockpit.
Not too many but the flick-fires are subtle, the canopy connection is sturdy and the radiator panel construction and connection is really strong. 8/10
Nothing too exciting, the new figs and the canopy are the highlights. 8/10
At $89.99 AUD ($54.99 USD) for 413 parts it's not too good. But it's a Star Wars set... 5/10
The best TIE yet, by a huge margin. I think it looks better than the UCS ones too. Guaranteed to make your older TIEs look crap. 10/10
This is so close to the perfect TIE that I'd be surprised if there is ever another one of this model. They'll probably do a bomber next year, and an interceptor next year and then they can never make a TIE ever again. (Feel free to rub my face in this comment in a few years.) 10/10
One thing that always bothers me about TIEs; how do the poor guys see? The left and right sides are a huge blind spot, as is the back. If it's some sort of holo-display why have a viewport at all...
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