View Full Version : TIE Interceptor... too little, too late

08-30-2001, 07:47 AM
It's a good thing Hasbro is releasing the TIE Bomber because the Interceptor does NOT deserve to wear the "POTJ" name. I'm not saying it's terrible, it's not, but it's really not up to the current standards. It's a reuse of the original TIE pod without the electronics with some of the same old sloppy design flaws that the original had (that hatch still sucks, even with the peg to hold it in place, and the cockpit w/ sticker is LAME), and the wings are a bit too loose -- heck, even the "cinema scene" style packaging doesn't really work here.

It could be a lot worse - it could be the POTF2 TIE Fighter - but as it stands, I think Hasbro didn't really do very well here and this toy should have come out as-is 2 years ago. Today, Hasbro has been increasing quality and shouldn't resort to toys like this.

08-30-2001, 07:58 AM
I have to agree. It is just not anything special. I also just read that the Tie Pilot has bendable knees, but since the cockpit is the same as the vintage one it has to be put in straight leg. I am passing on ths one.

08-30-2001, 10:55 AM
Well, I think that the mold on the TIE Interceptor is great! It was awesome the firts time around and now that Hasbro has added the sculpting on the wings its even better. Granted, the pod could have been redesigned but I don't believe that takes away from the vehicle.

This is all just my opinion but I still like it.

08-31-2001, 11:07 AM
Originally posted by evenflow
I have to agree. It is just not anything special. I also just read that the Tie Pilot has bendable knees, but since the cockpit is the same as the vintage one it has to be put in straight leg. I am passing on ths one. yup, bending knees on legs that have to be arrow-straight in order to fit in the cockpit seat... a seat who's gimmick (raising up and down) doesn't even appear on this toy.

I forgot to mention, the wings are also surprisingly soft and feel like they'll warp if I set the ship down on a table.

Starfig, you're certainly entitled to your opinion, but I disagree with it. I'm not unhappy to have it, I'm just not thrilled with Hasbro's less-than-impressive work on this. Still, I'd recommend it to anybody who doesn't have the original or the POTF2 TIE Fighter.

Cool Han Luke
08-31-2001, 12:01 PM
I'll agree that the Pilot to ship makes no sense. I'm sure Hasbro felt giving the figure the articulation at the knee would somehow justify the shortcomings of the Tie. The ship still looks pretty cool but they could have made it better.

Just like anything else they have had to offer us from the current line and before - always room for improvement. Instead of making the product a "10" Hasbro makes it an "8" having given us a product that should have been better( CT Stormtrooper- perfect sculpt but no wrist articulation) and leading collectors into believing that the next version of that particular toy will be an improvement. We keep Hasbro in business and they keep the less than perfected sculpts and models coming. The day they make their products a "10" is the day Hasbro stops making figures and closes shop.

09-01-2001, 02:08 AM
If this ship was an 8 to me, like Vader's TIE is, then this thread wouldn't exist, but the Interceptor is like a 6.5 at best, and there's no excuse for the wobbly head on the TIE Pilot.

Sean the Hutt
09-01-2001, 10:50 PM
It would be nice to find one to complain about!

09-02-2001, 11:14 AM
I will still buy it like I did with the B-wing which we all know wasn't worth the price.[still like it through]I just want it to complete my collection of starfighters.I think they[Hasbro]need to bring back the sound FX to thier ships to justify the prices they are charging.

Obi-Dan Kenobi
09-02-2001, 02:06 PM
Yeah. I was excited when I heard that it was coming out. Upon seeing the pictures from the conventions, my excitement died. There was so little effort put into this. It's basically the same job they did on the TIE fighter from 1995. If they had totally redone the central pod and cockpit, I probably would be at TRU right now looking for it. As it is, I'm going to pass. I will gladly buy that TIE Bomber, though. That one looks like a 10, if you ask me.

09-03-2001, 12:09 AM
Jeditricks mentioned:

I forgot to mention, the wings are also surprisingly soft and feel like they'll warp if I set the ship down on a table.

I think the reason for this is a current toy safety code more than anything...the wings taper down to a point & in hard plastic, that could be pretty deadly to a little kid (consider how good the little tykes have gotten killing themselves with fast food toys). Remember Aurra Sing's rifle is pretty soft too.

As for this reissue....I'm kinda on the fence. The figure follows the footsteps of the lame one that comes with the B-Wing. After the excellent resculpts of the Biker Scout & the Sandtrooper (& the now-classic Commchip Stormie) would it have KILLED Hasbro to take that extra step and redone the TIE Pilot with the same quality?

I also think it's a bit of a cheap shot to use these old molds & not include the features that were on the original releases like the lights & sound. Considering the price points, it would have been nice. (At least the wings have sculpted panels now instead of the horrible decals the came with the originals).

I also don't mind the packaging....while it's not as effective as the B-Wing, it makes getting one in mint condition alot easier.

I'm still looking forward to the TIE bomber...the first new imperial ship in many years!

09-03-2001, 07:55 AM
I don't think the wings are soft because of safety compliancy, Hasbro's put out other stuff this big and pointy for the same age group that doesn't use this soft a material, and really, I don't think it's soft enough to fall under the govt regulations like that anyway.

09-03-2001, 10:38 AM
I'm really just happy that I now have a TIE Interceptor! Always wanted one, never had one. Thanks CoolHanLuke!

I look forward to adding to the armada.

(though I'm still trying to figure out what's up with the wobbly head. There must be some point to it...)

09-05-2001, 12:00 PM
Is it possible that the TIE Pilot's knees bend because they will need to bend to fit him in the TIE Bomber? Therefore, they are giving us a new figure with the Interceptor as a bonus now, and will re-use him for the Bomber?

Just my $0.02 on why they give us bending knees for a figure that sits in a flat seat.

hairless chewie
09-06-2001, 01:09 AM
It must be nice to even have one to complain about!!! :rolleyes:

09-06-2001, 09:33 AM
"Spoiled"?!? The only thing that's spoiled is the brain of the Hasbro manager who let this thing go out with so many sloppy points wearing the "POTJ" logo. I don't think Hasbro should be pulling yet another "General Leia" fiasco in a relatively otherwise-untarnished line, and I certainly don't think I should keep my opinions to myself on this matter.

Mandalorian Candidat
09-06-2001, 03:44 PM
What's really sad about this vehicle is that they're charging $30 for it! All it really is is a TIE with different wings with a figure in a nicer looking box.

You know what Hasbro? Just give us good quality with more features. We know you can do it without having to jack up the price really high. You've already paid GL for the licensing so you don't have that excuse for the price. We want some electronics (lights and sounds), a shooting projectile (maybe not necessarily in this case, but what about the B-Wing), and a real cockpit-not just some lame piece of crap left over from the original TIE from 1978. If you can do that, then it's worth the thirty bucks.

09-07-2001, 06:29 AM
MC, they didn't even do the main design on the mold, they merely touched it up. I don't understand Hasbro's thinking there, they claim that design factors into the cost of a toy, but then when they simply take designs that were paid for by another company, they charge as much as if they did the design. Feh!

Mandalorian Candidat
09-07-2001, 05:09 PM
JT, are you saying that my assumption is correct? I wasn't 100% sure if Hasbro did that, but both cockpits (TIE/F and TIE/I) look identical. If that's the case, then the question about Hasbro marketing to kids or adults is moot. What kid could afford a $30 tag for an almost identical vehicle?

09-08-2001, 08:42 AM
The cockpit pod is the same, or at best, slightly modified somehow that I can't see. And with the wings, they're modified, but the bulk of the design was done in 1983, Hasbro only added the checked area and the clear "non-stand" to the back of each. Pretty lame, huh?

El Chuxter
09-10-2001, 03:12 PM
Yeah, what's up with those clear things? And the neck. I like the Interceptor much better than the Fighter, partly because the wings are a better scale and partly because the Interceptor's one of my all-time favorite vehicles. But as cool as this piece could've been a couple of years ago, it's still on the disappointing side.

I have a question for everyone who's found and opened this vehicle, as I'm not sure whether something I noticed on mine is an error or shoddy manufacturing. On the front of each wing, in the section that goes inward toward the cockpit, there are what appear to be two small laser cannons, one above the other. On one wing of my Interceptor, the longer of these cannon-thingies is on top; on the other, it's on the bottom. Is anyone else's like this?

09-11-2001, 05:44 AM
The clear rectangles on the back are a safety feature, we've had them in the MM line for 7 years now. They're there to keep the ship from standing straight up, so if a kid falls onto it while it's standing, the points won't be sticking straight up and will roll the ship forward instead of just digging straight in.

Chux, you hit it on the nose for me, I like it better than the TIE Fighter, but it's not up to today's quality.

09-19-2001, 03:21 PM
Since i never had the vintage version i welcome this ship to my collection, i think its pretty cool!!

09-22-2001, 08:28 PM
I went against my better judgement and bought one on Thursday. Much nicer than I expected, especially the sculpting on the wings. The pilot got instantly tossed and replaced with the vintage pilot, but other than that it's a nice looking ship. My only real beef is the lack of electronics. *sigh* It seems we'll never have a TIE Fighter that makes that super-cool fly-by sound.:(