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Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

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Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby Staff » Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:24 pm

7868 set overview


Since 2002, we’ve gotten a slew of Jedi Starfighters in all shapes and sizes. We’ve gotten seven unique starfighters in System scale alone! Somehow I’ve managed to skip all of them except the very first: 7143 Obi Wan’s Jedi Starfighter. It is still one of my favorite sets and one of my favorite Star Wars vehicles. The ship has recently been appearing frequently in the Clone Wars Animated series, and naturally LEGO has been producing sets based on the animated variants.

Right now there are three LEGO Jedi Starfighters available- 7868 Mace Windu’s Jedi Starfighter, 8093 Plo Koon’s Jedi Starfighter, and the largely-hated 10215 Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter. 7868 is a Walmart/ LEGO Store exclusive and is priced at $39.99 for 309 pieces. Not great if you still go by the $.10/part golden ratio, but that was before the dark times… before inflation! Plus, you get four vehicles and five minfigs, so there’s a lot of playability here.

7868 box front 7868 box back


Like all retailer exclusives, the box has a “Special Edition” stripe running down the side. The front box art does a good job making the set look pretty. The battle appears to be taking place on Geonosis or a similar rocky planet. The back of the box is poorly designed though. Your eye doesn’t know where to look. Thicker, more defined borders for all the images would help.

On the plus side, there is not a whole lot of empty space like a lot of sets have been guilty of lately. I’m glad LEGO is working to reduce its waste and environmental impact. Maybe now they can find an alternative to those horrible plastic bags.

7868 Box Contents


Inside the box are three numbered polybags, plus very crinkled instructions and sticker sheet. The instructions always tell you to open one bag at a time, but unless it’s a huge set I don’t think that’s necessary. With a set this size, I like to be rebellious.

7868 Box Contents (out of bag)


Much better. Numbered bags make it too easy. Half the fun is searching for parts out of the pile. The instructions have you start with the minifigures, followed by the Separatist speeder, STAPS, and finally Mace’s Starfighter.

7868 Minifigs Front


7868 Minifigs Back



Not a bad assortment. You get one minifigure and four droids. Pretty good for a set this size.

The Tactical Droid is a nice addition to any Separatist army. There’s some nice micro printing on him. Not sure why he has an anchor tattoo on his chest. Maybe he's in the Separatist Navy. His head reminds me of something out of Star Fox 64. From what I’ve seen of these droids in the cartoon, they are cold and calculating, a quality the entire droid army should possess. Not slapstick antics and helium voices.

Mace Windu is his usual creepy Clone Wars self. At least he’s not as bad as the Mandalorian Battle Pack head prints, which are pure nightmare fuel. This is the exact same minifigure as the 8019 Republic Attack Shuttle from 2009. He has no back printing, which we have been seeing in other recent releases. Plenty of room for improvement, and this was a wasted opportunity.

Mace Windu Clone Wars vs ROTS


The last six years have not been kind to Master Windu. The 2005 minifig wasn’t anything mind-blowing, but at least he looks human. This Clone Wars print looks more like a fish.

The real shining star here is R8-B7. I love astromechs, and this one is one of the best in LEGO form. The color scheme is pretty slick, and he’s a great addition to the LEGO astromech family. I love that they’ve stuck with the new printing that covers the entire dome. At least this cartoon has LEGO churning out cool R2 variants.

The Bricklink inventory of this set lists two blasters as extra items, though I did not get any. It would have been nice to get weapons for the Battle Droids. They don’t stand a chance against Mace even with blasters. This is just cruel! I would also like if LEGO included extra battle droid limbs, especially for the Tactical Droid, which has exclusive dark blue parts.

7868 STAPs


The STAPS are pretty much identical to the 30004 UK polybag. They really nailed the STAP with this design, and it’s nice to see slight improvements while retaining the same design. The STAPS are now completely blue, and there's a sticker on the 1x2 tile.

7868 Speeder Bike


The Separatist Speeder is similar to Count Dooku’s speeder from 2002’s 7103 Jedi Duel set, but it’s been overhauled with newer parts. It’s mostly a solid build, but the foot rests and rear flaps are pretty loose. Dooku’s speeder wins in that regard. It’s nice they gave the Tactical Droid something to ride on. I just wish it didn’t have so many darn stickers to apply.

7868 JSF 3.4 view


So here’s the main attraction- Mace’s Jedi Starfighter. There are now four versions of the Clone Wars model, each with its own color scheme and slight build variation. First we got Anakin’s, then Ashoka’s, and now we have Mace’s and Plo Koon’s. Unfortunately, this one has the worst color scheme. I would have much preferred if Mace had a purple starfighter. That just makes more sense, and would be a great parts pack for purple. Hasbro gave him a purple one!

7868 7143 comparison


7868 rear view 7868 interior detail



We’ve come a long way since 2002. The wings are still a bit flimsily attached, but the overall shape is more compact and cleaner. They tried to add a storage feature for Mace’s lightsaber by adding 1x2 clip plates on the back, but they are impossible to access without knocking the engines off. The stickers for formerly printed parts is also super-lame. Oddly enough, the round 2x2 tile with the Republic insignia is printed, just like it was in 2002. The instrument panel slope in the cockpit is also printed. So the two easiest parts where stickers could be applied are printed. Thanks, LEGO. Overall it's a tight design, but the stickers and color scheme hold it back.

7868 Flick Fire Mechanism


This starfighter has the best flick-fire function I've ever come across. What you see above is the complete mechanism. Elegantly simple, and easily removed from the model if flick-fires aren't your scene. It actually works well too. Nicely done.

What I liked:
It is a great set with lots of playability. There’s a neat collection of swooshable vehicles, and you get a couple of cool exclusive droids. It was a fun build, and it would make a great first Star Wars set for a kid. While the price/parts ratio isn’t spectacular, you do get four vehicles and multiple Clone Wars characters. The flick-fire play feature is the best I’ve come across, and everything in the set is swooshable.

What I didn’t Like:
My biggest gripe with this set is the sheer number of tiny stickers they want you to attach. Worst of all, the Starfighter has a complex geometric pattern across four stickers, all of which go on angular wedge slopes. It was a real pain to get all the stickers to line up, even for a veteran sticker-applier. Also, the inclusion of guns for the droids would have been cool. It would just add a little more playability.

Overall it's a pretty good set with lots of playability and some cool ships for a decent value. If you're into Clone Wars, I'd recommend picking one up.


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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby Solo » Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:28 pm

Wait, flick fire missiles that work? Seriously? I call witchcraft.
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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby GIR3691 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:41 pm

I got them to easily fire a good couple of feet. AND it doesn't hurt your fingers to flick them, as there's a plunger you push in. I'm very impressed with the mechanism.
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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby RfAurora » Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:13 pm

This is one of the better jedi starfighters sets that Ive gotten recently. Im only missing Asohka Tano's and still figuring out how to do a new Obi-wans.
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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby deco_droid » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:58 am

On the plus side, there is not a whole lot of empty space like a lot of sets have been guilty of lately. I’m glad LEGO is working to reduce its waste and environmental impact. Maybe now they can find an alternative to those horrible plastic bags.


uhhhh, "horrible" plastic bags? what are you talking about? there's nothing wrong with plastic bags. in fact, on this planet, plastic bags are easily reclycled, along with those nasty cardboard boxes LEGO uses. non-issue, rick old boy...

as far as the set itself, i like seeing more variations of the jedi starfighter, though i would agree at this price point, more printed bricks would be appreciated. i tend to leave off any stickers meant to be applied on textured slopes as they are less likely to hold.
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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby Zrath » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:09 am

The set does come with spare limbs for the droids.
One extra arm for the Tac Droid and 2 extra arms for the Battle Droids.
Lego always seems to include at least one extra arm per Separatist Droid in their sets.
I expect they will do the same with the upcoming Commando Droids (finally!).
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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby GIR3691 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:16 pm

deco_droid wrote:uhhhh, "horrible" plastic bags? what are you talking about? there's nothing wrong with plastic bags. in fact, on this planet, plastic bags are easily reclycled, along with those nasty cardboard boxes LEGO uses. non-issue, rick old boy...


uhhhh, yeah it's kind of an issue, old boy. The kind of plastic they use is difficult to recycle.

Zrath wrote:The set does come with spare limbs for the droids.
One extra arm for the Tac Droid and 2 extra arms for the Battle Droids.


My set came with the following extra parts (1 each):
-battle droid arm dark blue, tan
-pneumatic T bar
-technic bush 1/2
-cheese slope- blue, trans clear, light bley
-1x1 blue tile
-1x1 round plate- black x1, bley x1

I'm saying it would be nice to get an extra set of arms for the battle droids, and especially extra SBD legs, as they have a tendency to break easily.
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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby Brainslugged » Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:35 pm

The head print on that R2 unit looks a lot better and fuller than any I've had, and better than the little guy that came with the Arc Starfighter that I've just had a look at cos it's in my office. I know they improved the print once on the R2 head units, had they made it even better a second time?
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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby onions » Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:40 pm

don't mind deco_droid and his patronizing tone. all he does is make negative comments when he comes around these parts.
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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby deco_droid » Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:46 pm

uhhhh, yeah it's kind of an issue, old boy. The kind of plastic they use is difficult to recycle.



hmmm, yah i missed the part where you're boycotting LEGO because of this injustice. if it's so horrible for you, stop buying their product. until then, pipe down, hypocrite.
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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby onions » Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:47 pm

deco_droid wrote:
uhhhh, yeah it's kind of an issue, old boy. The kind of plastic they use is difficult to recycle.



hmmm, yah i missed the part where you're boycotting LEGO because of this injustice. if it's so horrible for you, stop buying their product. until then, pipe down, hypocrite.



no need to troll. warning issued.
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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby Morgan19 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:26 pm

Hmm, good review. Think I'll keep an eye out for this one... Might as well, I've enjoyed the bazillion other versions so far. :D

Apart from the obvious "should've been purple" angle (I agree), I think what kills the color scheme for me is just how blocky the dark red tiles make the ship look. This photo illustrates it nicely: because of their shape, being right up against an edge, and being so much darker than the other lighter colors, the long dark red tiles up towards the front visually square off that whole section, effectively overriding the sleekness of the body and wings. It's yucky.

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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby fox171171 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:29 am

The Tactical Droid is a nice addition to any Separatist army. There’s some nice micro printing on him. Not sure why he has an anchor tattoo on his chest. Maybe he’s in the Separatist Navy.


The anchor is actually the Aurebesh letter for T.

See:
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TX-20

Behind the scenes section:
TX-20 had the letter 'T' Aurebesh on the left side of his torso and his head, the T stands for T-series tactical droid.

See also:
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Aurebesh
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Re: Review: 7868 Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Postby fox171171 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:33 am

Is it just me, or does this thing need some guns? Four missiles and then he's all out.
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