"I honestly only picked this little set up because I needed a £20 order on Amazon to ship some PC parts, and this cute little set was just under £5, just what I needed to get my parts dispatched.
I am very glad I did, as it's a cute little thing to sit on my desk (I have the full size Snowspeeder sitting on display).
Pros: -Perfect size for sliding around a desk (typical feature of the Microfighters series). -Stud Shooter is a vast improvement over the lacklustre flick-missiles (which at best feebly fall a few cm out of their hole, at worst fragment into their two component pieces and roll around on the floor) of previous Microfighters (I have the AAT and Vulture Droid) and allows for fun target shooting situations.
Cons: -Stud shooter studs are limited (4 including the spare, 5 if you include the spare orange), and those have a very nasty habit of pinging across the room, hiding in the carpet, then taking hours to find. -The minifigure is missing the skirt part normally seen on Snowtroopers, which makes it much easier to sit him down, but also less displayable. Double studded brick there.
Overall, I would still buy this little set at the full £8.99 price as it is worth it."
"Let me get this clear, this was NOT a quick build, mostly due to it being over 1350 pieces (with all the tiny spares) in numberless bags. I kinda forgot they existed (but this is an older set).
It was very satisfying though, as the details are incredible and it makes a great display piece.
Pros: -Detail is incredible, especially liked the little "Make Lego Models Not War" shirt (although the slogan "Make Lego Not War" would've been a little snappier and closer to the parodied quote, but a little more ambiguous) in the closet space behind the mirror. -Stickers were used sparingly to enhance details on the windows, as well as add a mirror to the interior and a shiny VW badge on the front. -Very posable, the amount of positions you can display this set in makes it a great display piece, with over 10 different moveable elements.
Cons: -Numberless Bags, this pretty much doubled (maybe even tripled) build time as I seemed to spend more time searching a tray of parts (as the set is mostly white, red and cream, colour sorting is probably not precise enough) than building. -Certain parts are extremely fragile, notable examples would be the bumpers (understandable) and the rear-most part of the roof (2 pretty large parts (2x 2x6x1.2 curved-sloped bricks) only supported by bottom mounted 1x 2x4x0.4 plate and 2x 1x2x0.4 plates.
Overall, a solid 4.5 stars (or 1x1x1.2 yellow bricks), not quite a 5 due to the numberless bags. Now I have to find some shelf space (so much Lego I'm running out of shelving to display it all on) to display this set alongside my Lego VW Beetle."
"The moment I saw this announced, it was an instant want. But, since my Birthday was just a month away and getting gifts for me is very difficult (although any and all LEGO is good, but I do own a lot now so it's hard not to get duplicates), I decided to let it be bought as a gift (LEGO.shop doesn't have a "as a gift" function because it assumes the buyer is the one reviewing it).
2 months later, and after about 3.5 hours (with breaks for work and a meal), I am more impressed than I was looking at the images.
Pros: -The detail is very impressive. -Despite the box being labelled "Expert", it really is pretty easy to build, the techniques used are Expert-Level, but they are by no means fiddly or difficult to do (See the head part of last year's AT-AT for fiddly and difficult). -The varied number plates (License plates if you readers are from the USA) allow for personalisation, I chose the WOB J98 plates, but put the front on the white piece and the back two on the yellow pieces to get a custom British plate look. -Price is good.
Cons: (These are really, really minor) -Playability isn't great for kids as it's display scale, not mini-figure scale, although the details such as the engine and spare tyre (which is a space-saver sized one so it can actually fit inside) help bring playability up. -The Blue, while very nice, makes normal LEGO blue seem very dark (I have a few MOCs on my computer's desk that are regular LEGO blue).
In conclusion, I loved it when I saw it, and I love it more now I've made it."
"Let's just get the main point out of the way. The price is insane, I only bought this set because through VIP points and an offer (new site), I had £20 off which took it from wildly overpriced (10p a brick average (which incase you are from the USA, is more than your often cited 10cents a brick average which personally is a little ambitious for Non-LEGO owned properties (E.g. Star Wars)). I understand that unlike most sets, a lot of the bricks in this set are larger bricks, but £85 for a 650ish brick set is extreme even for the number of large parts included.
Pros: -Watto is pretty much exclusive to this set (I think he was in a Pod Racer set a few years ago) and is a very nicely printed addition to the collection. -The design on the ship itself is good, but also nice and simple to build (retract the landing gear, it will make building easier). -Stickers are minimal, with a grand total of 6 (2 of which are inside the cockpit on a brick I've never seen printed).
Cons: -Price. -Maul's face is a little on the goofy side, and because he doesn't have a headpiece that covers the back, he doesn't have the dual face, which means the goofy grin is the only face you get. Not too bad, but it could've been toned down a little.
Overall, a decent set that looks good in the collection, but too pricey to consider when not in a sale and/or using VIP points."
"I got this set on a whim because it was a rather insane 27% off on Amazon and I have to say, I am very happy with it, even if I was left with 2 mysterious spare pieces (a light grey 2x2 circular plate and a dark sand 1x2 sloped tile).
-Pros: -Playability is great, there are loads of little launchers hidden in the floor to send Luke flying with a force jump as well as a destroyable staircase and collapseable balcony. Not to mention the neat little deployment mechanism for Palpatine's light saber. -Stickers are minimal and only used for the bottomless pit. -Minifigures are all good, especially Palpatine and his two-tone force lightning bolts. The Imperial Guards are a nice touch as well.
-Cons: -The structural rigidity of the 2 side pieces pretty much require the long bridge to be retracted so you can clip the sides on if you want to move this set (quite a tall segment is held by a single hinged brick). It also results in needing a flat solid surface, not a bed (which is where I build, about as illogical as it gets I know) or exceedingly plush carpet.
Overall, it's a good looking set with lots of playability. I also get the feeling it will be retiring soon as it still uses the pre-Force Awakens Rebels style banner, so get it while you can."
"The main reasons I got this set were the unique unmaskable Kylo and Maz minifigures, and the fact it was 20% off on Amazon.
Pros: -The minifigures are great, I normally dislike those little short legs, but on Maz it works and her head mold is great. -The Action Features are nice, but I only care about the sliding doors and falling tree, the other two are rather weak. -It looks good as set dressing when placed against a wall, will pair nicely with Kylo's shuttle to recreate the scene in the movie.
Cons: -I hate to comment on it normally, but Price. This feels exceedingly overpriced, so much so I only bought it because it was 20% off. -Weaker action features. This set features 4, the doors and falling tree are nice not just for play but also for posing for a display. However, the stud thrower and breaking walls are weak. The wall is overly sensitive on it's trigger, but barely explodes off when triggered. The stud thrower in the floor has the opposite problem, it sends up an explosion effect, but only if it works, I put 4 studs in it as a test, pushed it, 2 came out, but the other 2 got stuck inside side by side.
Overall, I don't regret buying it, but I wouldn't have gone out of my way and paid full price for it. There are better LEGO SW sets out there to get with my disposable income."
"I've been looking for a TIE Advanced for a while now, and here it is, in addition to the equally hard to find A-Wing.
As of writing, I have only actually built the A-Wing and intend to build the TIE tommorow.
-A-Wing shooter mechanism is one of the best I've seen, yes the firing is a bit awkward, but it blends in seamlessly (no weird finger holes or levers) by moving the middle of the ship to fire (the rubber bands keep it in the correct position when not firing) so it covers both playability and, more importantly for AFOLs like me, displayability (although there is something fun about shooting those spring powered shooters at minifigures, but picking the shots up afterwards can be a chore as their power often sends them bouncing off walls).
-This set is not just for people who have seen the "Rebels" TV Show. Both of these ships appear in the movies (TIE Advanced in IV, the A-Wing in VI). In fact, the only "Rebels" only element is the Sabine Wren minifigure.
Cons: - I normally wouldn't, but price. Is this a problem with TIE Fighters? But the price and brickcount aren't good, there are less than 10 pieces per Pound and just 4 minifigures.
-Stickers, not a fan, and this set sadly has quite a few to get the otherwise impossible details. Surely the A-Wing's console (a sloped 1x2x0.8 (length x width x height where a plate is 0.4 high and a brick is 1.2 high) brick could've been printed instead of stickered, I don't think the set has more than one.
-A-Wing Shooter mechanism is a bit awkward to use, as it needs to be pulled back to load it and those rubber bands have some force behind them (to compensate for the resistance of the mechanism).
"Let's just throw some spare bricks at the elephant in the room. The wings do NOT fold outwards by default. Thankfully, this is easily fixed by removing the larger wing support each side, and not using the red bricks to lock the small one in place allowing for a nice folding wings action without having to dip into the parts bin. Very rarely do I get to PUT pieces (other than the obligatory spares of the small pieces) into my parts bin.
P.S. I will not complain about this design choice, as this was designed when the only known shot of this shuttle was in landing shape, and it's not like the wings can't fold if you take a few pieces out.
Pros: -Design is good, and the lack of folding wings is easily fixed without compromising structure. -Minifigure selection is good, Hux is a nice addition and Kylo has 2 forms (Hood up and Hood down).
Cons: -While the wing extension mechanism is well thought out, putting it onto the wings while they are attached to the main hull can result in plate delamination on the main wing unless you are careful and/or have dainty fingers (I have rather meaty hands, making the fiddlier stuff harder). -Wings do not fold by default. It's best to know this BEFORE attaching them, so you can remove the appropriate parts to get them to fold. Otherwise you will have to deconstruct a large amount of the wings.
Overall, nothing too difficult (the most recent AT-AT's Head side panels spring to mind for fiddly and difficult) and the only real problem can be fixed by removing a few pieces and being gentle."
"Having purchased the 75038 Jedi Interceptor, I was a little disappointed with this one. However, it is still a good set, it just feels like a bit of a disappointment after 75038 was done so well.
Pros: -Minifigures. You can never have enough Astromechs, so R4 is a nice addition to my collection. As for Obi-Wan, I like the special pilot variation in this set. -Playability/Displayability. As an AFOL, I don't really play with my lego, but this set is both inexpensive, good looking, and robust enough to survive heavy play which is enhanced by moving pieces and those powerful spring launchers (MUCH better than those useless Flick Missiles older sets have by the way).
Cons: -R4's Socket. R4 fits in his socket so badly it's almost comical how high he sticks out. While I rectified this with a couple of grey bricks from my spares buckets (mostly old Harry Potter Years 2-3 sets from when I was a kid), it makes me wonder why R2 fits in his socket fine in 75038 while R4 sticks comically out in this set. -Cockpit. The cockpit just doesn't feel as well made as it was in 75038 and lacks the lightsaber storage clips, not too big, but fitting Obi-Wan into the cockpit with his lightsaber still in hand is a bit fiddly."
Pros: -Easy to build. The only thing I struggled with was the large back panel, and that was because I put one of the stacks of circular plates on the wrong way (studs the wrong side) round. Although I did end up with a mysterious spare raked (||||| ===) 2x1x1 grey brick during bag 3, must've missed a step, but the lack of it didn't seem to affect anything. -Good display and good play. As an AFOL, I don't really play with my lego, I lounge on my bed, build it, then figure out where I am going to display it. This set is nice and detailed, but is also light (looking at the FA Millenium Falcon here, that's one heavy bugger) and sturdy enough to be played with, with enough moving parts to keep the play value high.
Cons: -The Stickers. There are loads of them, and those 3 on the cockpit's canopy are hard to apply well, line up badly, and I feel will crack flake off in time (unless LEGO has fixed that issue). -Leia's hairpiece. I've noticed a strange hole in the hairpiece of Leia almost as if it was the moulding for a keychain (those keychains are a great way of getting rare minifigures by the way). Nothing too noticeable, but enough to be noticed. -Minifigures. Could really have done with the Red Arm C3-PO, but not a big deal for me as I got two of those during their promotion."