Thanks to the first wave of Solo: A Star Wars Story sets from Lego I can finally say after two-and-a-half years that I have an Imperial TIE Fighter set.
Up until now I had a few TIE Variants. Vader’s TIE Advanced, the TIE Striker, Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer and the First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter. All of which are on display here
Not bad right.
But I digress. I bought the Imperial TIE Fighter with Amazon gift cards I got for my birthday for £59.99 which is less than the usual RRP of £64.99, which for 519 pieces and four mini-figs (three of which are new characters) is still a bit steep but for a set that had only been out a month and a half I wasn’t going to complain.
The mini-figs that are included are Han Solo in his Imperial outfit from the Mimban sequence. Tobias Beckett in his Imperial disguise, the new Mimban Stormtrooper with a new helmet mould and the pre-requisite TIE Fighter Pilot.
The first two bags build the cockpit and wing pylons. The details on this section is great, even though it’s grey and another shade of grey. The build looks almost spherical and the new and improved wing connectors look nice and sturdy.
Bags 3 and 4 give us the two wing panels. Bag 3 is the main bulk of the wing with Bag 4 adding the details.
Being similar in size as the First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter I though that I wouldn’t enjoy bathos build because building the FOSFTF was tedious and very repetitive but I really loved building this set despite the repetitive nature of the wings.
My only grip is the missiles that stick out at the back of the set, but that is the nature of the missiles and the size of the cockpit. Also, can’t we get green missiles for the TIE Fighters to be more screen accurate?
I really love how the control yoke is built, it looks and feels very screen accurate.
A great but slightly over-priced set. The new mini-figs look great, the dirty, grubby details on Han and the Stormtrooper make them look like they have been on Mimban for a long time. If you need a TIE Fighter for your collection I recommend running out and getting this one, but if you wait a bit longer the price will drop to a better piece to price ratio.
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