"To start, the MSRP seems bonkers. This set breaks the expected cost based on piece count model that we've come to expect, but it is worth pointing out that many of these pieces are less common, or are pieces commonly found in other colors. I can understand the set commanding a higher than expected cost based on piece uniqueness, but I still think the MSRP is too high. I would bet that the cost of the set is based on the the general 'spare no detail' design and the Minifigs included.
About the Minifigs - they are pretty cool. It's tempting to justify the purchase if you don't already own a Grievous Minifig, or for the new clone trooper, or if you don't have this particular Obi-Wan. But the cost is just too high - this isn't a great set to buy if you only care about the Minifigs. I was surprised at the skin tone of the clone trooper's head - most of our clones and stormtroopers are a few years old, but the head here is darker than I expected. It is a nice distinguishing feature - or maybe we just missed the switch to that tone.
So, the starfighter - it's a nice enough vehicle with several well thought out design features. The engines are connected via Technic pins, so they can be dismounted easily. Each engine has a sliding door to store lightsabers, and the sliding door has a satisfying click when closed so you know it's going to stay put. Likewise, the rail-mounted canopy has a solid click when fully open, and it doesn't move around [when fully open]. Where it gets very disappointing is when the canopy is closed - there is nothing there to hold it closed except your hand. Unfortunately, this makes this model a poor choice to zoom around the room - descent throws the canopy open, and you may have to unclick it to close it again. Forget about the General performing any evasive maneuvers, because he's likely to fall right out of the starfighter if he goes inverted. I included a picture of what it looks like when the nose of the starfighter is pitched down.
To finish - there are some neat pieces here, some good design, and nice Minifigs. However, it's on the small side for a pure display set, the canopy/cockpit design makes it a poor play piece, and the high price is off-putting. In my opinion, this set is best suited for completionists who buy every set from each release cycle."