"I've had almost every iteration of the TIE fighter since it's initial 2001 appearance, so you could say I've grown up with the TIE fighter.
The TIE/LN was the front line starfighter model used by the Galactic Empire from shortly after the end of the Clone Wars, to well after the Galactic Civil War. This starship, as well as the Star Destroyer, Stormtrooper, as well as Darth Vader, was seen as the symbol for the Empire.
This model is a huge improvement over past designs of the standard TIE fighter. The wings are locked into place with a new mechanism, so the wings no longer "jiggle" around when flying. The detail has drastically improved as well since the previous 2012 model, and that model was already well detailed. The cockpit also now includes clips to holds weapons for whomever is flying the ship, a feature new to the standard TIE model. Also a great improvement is how the cockpit canopy and hatch are independent of each other, so you can open one hatch without having to necessarily open the other.
The minifigures included are interesting. You have the standard Imperial pilot, of course, as well as the new Mimban trooper (which has very well designed armor), as well as Han Solo in Imperial Army attire, and Tobias Beckett disguised as an officer with combat apparel.
All in all, the only issue I had with this set was the higher price point. $89.99 CAD seems a little high for a ~500 piece set."
"There's not much to know about this vehicle as it only appeared in two episodes of the Clone Wars, one of which actually aired. It was featured in one scene where Grievous chases after Jedi younglings, Ahsoka, and Hondo as they're trying to flee Floruum.
When it comes to design, this set is very well modeled. The detail on the speeder is very well crafted, however the scale seems too large for the minifigures. Grievous appears between a quarter to half of his size on this speeder than how he does in the Clone Wars. The minifigure selection is good, as it's difficult to get Grievous and Mace Windu, and the playability is good. The price however, is far too high.
The piece count of this set is comparable to a battle pack, which normally includes 4 minifigures, and a small vehicle. If this vehicle were featured in a battlepack, I feel that the scale would be better suited for minifigures, so I feel that it's a missed opportunity there. If anything, this set should be roughly the same price as a battle pack, as since it has less minifigures, there are more pieces. Perhaps Lego felt justified to sell it for a larger price due to the larger and more uncommon pieces featured? Even though the price is very high, it is a cheap way to get Mace Windu, whom has only been featured in larger and more expensive sets, and the same can be said for Grievous in recent years. Both are rare figures, and this is a good way to get them. In my opinion though, this set is only worth getting if you find it on sale at a retailer, or if you use your VIP points to reduce the price (like I did). The set is also better to get online (at least in Canada), as it fits the price range for free shipping."
"While it is great to get access to figure like Ki-Adi Mundi and Barris Offee for a cheap price, I still find it rather annoying that they are in battle packs. Like the Bounty Hunters battle pack from last year, it's a cheap way to get rare minifigures, but battle packs are supposed to greatly expand your army. You don't need multiple Ki-Adi's or Barris' on the battlefield, one of each is fine enough. Despite this, the textures on them are great though, as they don't have their goofy Clone Wars art style as they did with previous sets. Barris' slanted brick piece that acts as her legs is an interesting addition, however I would have prefered her to have actual legs. A minor note, I would have prefered that the Clones had solid white Phase 2 armor, like they did in preliminary images, as solid white phase 2's are hard to come by. A similar issue I have with the Imperial Patrol battle pack is the the driver of the craft has nowhere to put their weapon while flying the craft, which seems like an odd oversight."
"This is a neat little set, with two brand new Stormtrooper models, as well as a new Imperial Officer and Imperial trooper. It's small, makes sense to have many of, and is a good price. These are what to look for in a battle pack. The only Issue I have is that a minifigure driving the speeder bike has no place to store their blaster while driving, as well as the handle bars not actually being able to be gripped by minifigure hands."
"Given how when lego sets are updated and re-released, I tend to expect an overall change to the scope of the set. When the Mos Eisley Cantina was first released in 2004ish, my mind was blown, because we got Han, Luke, Obi-Wan, and brand new to the lego line, a Sandtrooper, and Greedo. To add, we got a Dewback, Luke's X-34 landspeeder, as well as the cantina which was really just a door, a table, and a small bar. It wasn't great by today's standards, but it was amazing at the time. Fast forward ten years and we get a huge improvement. We got Han, as well as Luke, Obi-Wan, Greedo, and a Sandtrooper with updated textures, as well as 3 Bith musicians, a largely expanded Cantina, updated X-34, and a Dewback that can be customized to be either domesticated or wild. This set was larger, but definitely worth the price. And four years later we have this.
This set isn't terrible, but it isn't an improvement. It's really just...average. Han is updated with his new hair, and we finally have Wuher as well as a White Pauldron Sandtrooper with updated textures, and of course greedo. But really, this set seems like a version of the 2004 edition with a slightly updated pieces. The Ubrikkian 9000 is a nice touch that makes it feel new, but this set seems really average and lackluster compared to the 2014 version. Like my title, it feels like one step forward (Wuher and the Ubrikkian 9000), and two steps back (drastically reduced Cantina size, with a lower amount of minifigures)."
"I'm really at a loss for words as to how to describe this set.
I should start by saying that this set shouldn't be a toy for children. It's playability isn't exactly the greatest and is more praised for its detail. Also the fact that it weighs 20-30 lbs indicates that a child couldn't pick it up very easily. This set is mostly for display.
Like many, I've waited very long for this to be stocked in the store to the point where I checked the web page daily for months. I was very lucky I bought it when I did because it sold out again within a day. Building this set was very challenging as many of the pieces are similar in colour, so finding whatever piece you needed was a chore. The new design for Hoth Leia and Han Solo were very well defined. The printed heads that show the breath masks were a nice touch. C-3PO is slightly different from his recent versions as this one doesn't have sand printed on him (as the more recent versions depict him on Tatooine). Chewbacca, Finn, Rey, BB-8, and Old Han are as far as I can tell the same versions from the 2015 Millennium Falcon model. The Porg and Mynock builds are very interesting and well designed. Unfortunately, there are stickers, but not many, but I am a fan of how the hall stickers give the illusion that the falcon goes on farther than it does. I like how you can customize the look of the Falcon to either it's Episode V look or Episode VII look. I'm not a huge fan of it's more recent look, so it's good that we have the option on how to keep it. The detail is beautiful, and the design great, but not perfect.
Unfortunately, the size of this set is almost too big. It's hard to find a large enough surface to store this set, and the fact that a vertical stand wasn't released with this is a huge con (luckily the stand that a fan made for this has parts that are well into circulation, so building a stand isn't difficult). It would have been nice if you could at least swivel around the top quad turret, but unfortunately the design inhibits this.I feel that there is missed opportunity with the interior, as you can easily add more with the two unused quadrants of the ship. It's difficult to store 4 minifigures in the cockpit and the fact that you can't even store a whole minifigure in the smuggling compartments is also a con.
Despite all this, it is a beautifully designed set, and is essential to the LEGO or Star Wars collector, if you have the money, space, or the means to obtain this set."
"This is a very simple set for a very good price including some extremely rare characters.
Bossk, Dengar, IG-88, and 4-LOM were background characters in Empire Strikes Back, and were Bounty Hunters hired by Vader to catch Han Solo. Obviously they didn't get the bounty...
*cough* Boba Fett *cough*
Despite this, they became popular characters, with Bossk and Dengar appearing in the Clone Wars.
The molds of the characters are very well done, and the lack of stickers is a huge plus, but I'm not a huge fan of the stud thrower blasters on minifigures or of the Speeder Bike, as it's quite bulky, but I guess it fits well with the bounty hunter aesthetic as it looks threatening.
Either way, this is a really cheap set to get four extremely rare minifigures and is very much worth it's value."
"This was the Jedi Starfighter model that was used by Obi-Wan Kenobi during Attack of the Clones, and the Jedi Order during the early stages of the Clone Wars. Likely the best thing about this particular model though is that it includes the Hyperdrive ring, which was only released once before with Obi-Wan's Blue Eta-2 Interceptor from Revenge of the Sith.
The build of this model was well designed, taking much from the design from the Azure Angel (Anakin's custom Jedi Starfighter) from 2015, minus the additions like the fins and air intake engines, and with good reason as it was a solid design. One good additon to that design was adding a rack for the lightsaber on the underside of the ship, which I found lacking with Azure Angel. Compared to the original Jedi Starfigher model from 2002, this design is a huge improvement. The stud launchers are a great addition as laser cannons, as well as the rotating piece for R4's head is a great addition as well. While R4 didn't have a full body at this part of the timeline, her full body is added, and is stored in a removeable part of the hull in front of the cockpit. Just placing R4 in here fully can give the illusion that this is the Delta-7B used during the mid stages of the Clone Wars, so you can customize the ship to your liking.
The Hyperdrive ring is well designed, albeit repetitive to build. The Starfighter stably hooks into place in the middle. The addition of Jango and Boba is a great addition to reenact the scenes from Kamino, or the Geonosis asteroid belt if you have a Slave 1 model. The only issues I have with this part of the set is that the landing gear doesn't stabilize the ship, the amount of stickers, as well as the higher price per part. Despite all this, this is a great addition to any Lego Star Wars collection."
"I've waited for many years for an updated Slave 1 with the decals that Boba Fett used, and Lego delivered. So far, I have the very first Slave 1 model that was released back in 2000, as well as Jango Fett's Slave 1 released in 2002. This iteration knocks both of those out with the size and detail.
As stated before, this utilizes the decal of Boba Fett, but also contains the various weapons hidden underneath hull panels that Boba Fett added to Slave 1 over his bounty hunting career. The size of this is massive, and the scale is perfect. The detail in the cockpit as well as the exterior of the ship is beautiful, and the addition of being able to hang up carbon frozen Han Solo on the inside is a great addition as well. The addition of a Stormtrooper and a Bespin guard adds much to the playability of this set. This set is near perfect save for two things; the amount of stickers, as well as the lack of a fully detailed interior (which is a necessary sacrifice when it comes to stability of the craft).
This is a great set for playing with, or just to have it on display. A worthy addition to the collection of any Star Wars collector."
"This variant of the T-47 (commonly known as the Snowspeeder) was designed for desert climates, with extra filters for sand, as well as features for higher maneuverability (seen with the fins). If you don't recognize this set, that's because it was a page taken from the Expanded Universe.
This set is brilliant. It's not much different from the Snowspeeder model from 2014 and the included model with the Echo Base playset from 2016, aside from the obvious change in colour, lack of tow cable, and the spring missiles moved. The new pilots are generic characters, but come with beautiful new helmets. The added moisture vaporator is a nice addition for the desert vibe.
Building it was easy, but fun. Not many stickers (which is great), and the lack of tow cable is a plus (I've always had trouble tying the knot for the cable). The price point for this set was perfect for the piece count. This is another great set to help build your Alliance army."