I know that this has been done before but I thought I’d write down my very own review anyway of this newly released and first LEGO set/toy from the coming Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones just for fun and to share “my” views of it.
Here in Sweden/Europe the Jedi Starfighter comes in what I call a cornflakes box, a thick cardboard box that opens by pressing down a perforated halfcircle etc, and not as a seal box issue with an inner tray for parts as earlier sets has been released in. It seems that LEGO has gone for these somewhat simplified boxes at least here in Europe and a qualified guess is that it’s done to cut down the cost of packaging a bit but then again I’m not sure and to be honest I like the seal box issues better. The once so famous trade mark of the LEGO logo with the characters from the films are also gone in the European releases that also have just the plain and simple “Star Wars” logo type on top of the box.
The instruction booklet:
Nothing new here but just the same design as with all other sets released earlier but on the interesting side is that the Episode II sets are being shown off except the Republic Gunship that’s only shown off on the backside of the box.
The ship/set itself:
The construction of the ship was straight forward as usual and it was great fun to build the Jedi Starfighter as it is the very first merchandise from Episode II that I’m buying since the action figure and hardware series of toys aren’t available at all here in Sweden.
My view of the Jedi Starfighter:
I don’t really know how accurate the ship is compared to the design in the movie but at least it looks like a Jedi Starfighter and I like the set even if I’m not overwelmed with it but I’ve got to agree with most of the negative feedback it has gotten though.
- Just as JediTricks said the Jedi Starfighter is longer then the X-Wing Fighter and way out of scale as it is supposed to be smaller then the later but then again what’s new with LEGO system set spaceships being out of scale. Sigh.
- Once again as JediTricks said the cockpit fails as the canopy leaves a huge gaping hole and then again the cockpit is way to narrow so that Obi-Wan sits in this come-to-daddy-I-want-a-hugg kind of pose.
- I agree with JediTricks and all you other as well that the wings are way to floppy and that the click-brick parts used in the 7130 Snowspeeder set would have been way better and more stable to use.
- The idea of having a decent landing gear unlike the 7140 X-Wing Fighter set was a very good idea of the LEGO designers but I agree that they are a bit too weak due to the weight of the ship itself.
Having seen the “Hasbro” toy version of the Jedi Starfighter with options of “Attack” mode makes me wish that the LEGO designers had gone for this option as well but then again I guess most people can make their very own custom adjustments of this ship.
I’ll give the ship a total amount of three out of five lightsabers for being an okay set.
Lars Olsson in Sundsvall, Sweden.