Mofo Jones wrote:...and likely beats the snot out of the Republic Frigate too...
Curious - why do you say this? I have both, and I think they're pretty similar. I guess Tantive has more skeletal structure to it with all the technic blocks, but they feel pretty evenly matched to me.
Because the new 7964 Republic Frigate is a "flick-fire + sticker + fan-wank Jedi = justify $30 price increase" rehash of the awesome "plethora of red and dark red in a mostly bley world" 7665 Republic Cruiser. 7665 and 10198 Tantive IV are on the same level for me - great designs, solid builds, good detail, swooshable, and they look great parked next to each other. My exact reasoning is that the discounted price should lead one to go with the Tantive. Tantive beats the snot out of the Frigate - nearly 400 more parts, 1 additional figure, instant icon status as the first ship seen in ANH, etc. 7665 and 10198 are among the few sets that pressed the mental "insta-buy" button that resides in this AFOL.
I think the Frigate is a lesser design at a higher cost. That said, for those who don't have 7665, feel free to get the Frigate and I promise I won't judge you. I might feel pity, but I won't judge.
Oh, and GIR3691, I apparently fail at reading comprehension this week