The Jedi Starfighter (Delta-7, for the especially nerdy among us) has become some sort of LEGO annual tradition, the Star Wars version of the City Police 4×4 (which shows up in Advent Calendars, polybags, and sets year after year, for those that do not collect City Sets). This year, we get Saesee Tiin’s starfighter, continuing a storied tradition of making up unpronounceable names and rainbow ships. We’ve been nice to Mace Windu’s fighter, released last year and Ahsoka’s Starfighter a few years back. We actually didn’t review Plo Kloon’s fighter from a couple of years back, which is probably for the best, given that it’s far and away one of the worst ships ever made, or Anakin’s Starfighter that kicked off the Clone Wars (though technically, Obi-Wans from the Episode II wave in the long-long ago was the first).
I suppose what I’m trying to say is that this version of the Jedi Starfighter, mostly inspired from the Clone Wars cartoons, has been absolutely done to death. What can possibly be done to make this ship unique and different at this point? It’s kind of a given that consumers are desensitized to paying for the same thing over and over wrapped up in some new package each year (see Madden Football, iPhones, Call of Duty games, all of popular television, and the McRibb sandwich), so obviously, LEGO realizes that they can get in on that game. How does our new $30 starfighter stack up?