Posted by: Draddog | February 21, 2012

Review: TIE Fighter (#9492)

The Tie Fighter is one of the more iconic Star Wars ships that you build.  Most recognize it, only the X-Wing is more well known.  The problem building the Tie Fighter out of LEGO bricks is the wings. Past renditions (#7146 and #7263) kept the Tie Fighter on the edge of the plates, making them not so sturdy. The 7146 version even came with a stand to display it.

One of the most noticeable differences is the latest rendition has an edge to the wings which makes it a bit more stable.  Read on to get the whole scoop!

Co-Build Rating: 3/5

This was a tough set to rate.  There are four minifigs to build, including a cool droid and the Tie pilot.The cockpit is tricky to co-build. While you can alternate building steps, it is difficult for a build this small.  You are handing the cockpit back and forth which isn’t as fun as it sounds.

The wings are great for co-building however. While both wings are symmetrical, they are a bit of a complicated build. There is a lot of interlocking plates that take some understanding to build. The edge pieces in particular can be a bit of a challenge for smaller builders. Sam managed to get them together, though it took her some time.

It’s possible to co-build the set – heck the wings make it something you almost want to do! Expect some learning curve for the younger builder though.

Overall Rating: 3/5

If you happen to have the Death Star (#10188)  set, the additional minifigs make great additions to the scenes. The Tie Fighter is very swooshable, it’s a solid piece once its complete. The flick missiles are kind of boring, though LEGO has been hard pressed to figure out a better way to add play value. Combine this set with other Star Wars star fighters, and you can have some epic battlers.  Don’t let the rating steer you wrong, it’s a great set and has lots of fun detail.  However, the price tag ($55 US) is a bit hard to handle for what you get. If you can find it on sale, it’s a strong recommendation for any Star Wars enthusiast.

 

 

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