A few days ago I bought this set in an online lot of used Star Wars sets. I've been wanting to buy it for a few years, and now I did. Does it live up to expectations? Let's find out!
Set name: Jedi Starfighter
Set number: 7143
Year of release: 2002
Retail price: $20
I start with the instructions, as I bought it without box.
A rather peacefull setting, compared to today's covers. Just the fighter, flying through the asteroid field of Geonosis. No lasers or explosions.
Yoda, searching the Lego website for news. Much better than the current screaming kid.
Clear, easy to follow instructions. I love the stary/computerish background
All 139 pieces, sorted by collor (I appologise for the rather unseeable black). Not too many pieces, mostly white with grays, black and red and some lime green and odd colours.
Yes, you heard me right. All of these pieces are printed! Not a single sticker. The good old days.
This is one of the two sets that has Episode 2 Obi-Wan (not counting next years Gunship). He has long, orangy hair, dito beard and the back then standard Jedi robes. He has a chrome lightsaber and a pair of binoculars.
Obi doesn't have back printing, or a cape.
His face is exclusive to the set, as in Bounty Hunter Pursuit he didn't have a headset. It's gold with black and gets partially coverd by his hair.
The other 'figure' included in this set is the head of R4-P17. It reuses R5-D4's head from the Y-Wing. I don't think lego did good here. R4 is supposed to be dark red with grey accents, not white with red.
It's not a verry long build, 15 minutes at most. It's 22 steps long It's not verry repetitive exept for the wings. It doesn't use a lot of exiting techniques.
Just the bottom plate with some landing gear
The bottom is nearlu complete and work is starting on the cockpit.
Wing connection point is added, main body done.
Wings have been added,finally taking shape.
Front has been added.
Almost done, just the flag piece and the cockpit piece.
The completed set in all it's glory. It looks pretty good.
The front of the ship looks good, resembles the real one pretty well
You can see the buetifull printed pieces here. Sadly, there's a gap between the cockpit and the ship.
You can see the engines from this shot. theyre made up of old stule wheels and attatched to the landing gear.
Mirror immage from the left, except for the republic symbol being replaced by R4.
A nice triangular shape, the wedge plates line up well.
Verry bare except for the landing gear. Not much to say
You can open up the cockpit to fit a minifig inside.
Plenty of room in there. Behind the 'seat', there's a spot to place your lightsaber and binoculars.
Say hi, Obi-Wan!
Ready to face of against Jango's Slave 1 (if only I had one ).
You can also fold the landing gear up for swooshing.Sadly, they are a bit wobly and are likely to bend when you place the figure or the cockpit piece on the ship. The engines fold along.
Design 8/10: it has a few gaps and wobly landing gear, but overall an accurate portrail of the ship.
Build 7/10: it's nothing really new and a little short, but fun.
Parts 8/10: a nice array of parts, nothing special, but the fact that everything's printed makes up for that.
Price 6/10: the price is quite steep for not a lot of pieces and only one minifig,but they had to print everything, so they get poits for that
Minifigs 9/10: what more could you want? You at least get all the necesearry figs. Only drawback is the inaccurate R4-P17
Swooshability 10/10: nothing really falls of, so if you buy Jango's Slave 1, you can have a nice battle
It's a nice little set with a nice minifigure. I recomend it to anyone who is a fan of Jedi Starfighters or the Republic Fleet or just Ep 2
As a parting shot, a picture of this with the Delta 7-B's I have.