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Review: 75006 Jedi Starfighter & Kamino

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Review: 75006 Jedi Starfighter & Kamino

Postby Staff » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:27 am


1. Overview


The first of the series 3 planet sets takes us on an intelligence gathering mission to Kamino in a Jedi Starfighter piloted by our beloved Jedi... R4-P17. Well, flying is for droids.


2. Box Front3. Box Back


Digging right in, I have to say that while Kamino isn't my favourite I do like it quite a bit. The printing is very well done and the mirroring effect that comes with the use of two identical halves is not as obvious as it is with the other "Class M" or Earth-like planets thus far.


4. Kamino5. Hollow Kamino


I was very disappointed by the cop out LEGO pulled on Yavin 4 and Bespin in series 2, representing them with random swirly paint jobs instead of nice clean print. Kudos that they seemed to have committed to printing with series 3 and 4 when the "asteroid field" and Hoth could have gone the swirly way with some random flecked roids for the former.


6. The Build


For those that display these on their desks or what-not, the aesthetic in this one is pretty great. They don't always colour co-ordinate the figs and ships. Thank Episode II's tendancy towards that trend for this slick little display.


7. Stand


The stand is the exact same in each of the three sets in this series with the exception of the printed description tile, of course. It is nice to see they've settled on a standardized design for these sets when it'll work, though ships like the B-wing are always going to throw a monkey wrench into the mix.


8. JSF Front9. JSF Side


Moving on to the meat of the set and I use the term loosely, I was surprised to realize that the JSF hasn't been mini'd in a decade. It's a hell of an upgrade really and that's a lot easier to do when they leave a good span of time in between releases. It's just a mini, so no one has been clamouring for a re-release as is the case with larger sets that haven't been revisited in a long time.


10. JSF Back11. Jedi Starfighter
12. JSF Bottom13. JSF Top


Sure it isn't perfect and there will be those that hold the fact that it doesn't slope down on the sides or the tail fin is too thick, etc. Overall I think it's great. They could have used a bunch of plates on hinges as they have so many times before (and in the next planet set), but they chose to use slopes and some nice little SNOT parts to pull it off. I love the printed 1x1 round tile and you get a spare as a bonus, which is always nice. Nice and symmetrical. The design has one flaw that bugs me, but it's fairly minor. Extremely minor if you aren't the type to leave your sets built and displayed, but definitely worth mentioning. The two white 1x4 slopes that make the nose are only connected to the ship by one stud each and not to each other at all. The way the side slopes are attached doesn't create enough friction to stop them from wiggling, so they have a tendency to get misaligned.


16. MMI (Minor Misalignment Issue)


It is certainly not a deal breaker. I'd have to call this one a win for me.


14. R4-P17 Front15.  R4-P17 Back


For the first time we get a droid instead of a minifigure and the new R4-P17 was certainly a welcomed addition to my astromecollection. Nice printing on this one, but that's pretty standard for these guys now. We've gotten a nearly full spectrum of characters now, with super generic ones like troopers and other pilots, rare specific ones like Sebulba and Lobot and exclusives as seen here. The only thing missing is an extremely popular fig like Solo or Boba Fett, so we'll have to see where this goes because it's obvious this line isn't specifically aimed towards army builders.


What I Liked:

  • The planet has a good print and is a nice addition to the orrery I'll never build.

  • The JSF is a nice mini with a sweet printed 1x1 round tile.

  • R4-P17. Yay for dark red droids!



What I didn't Like:

  • The front of the JSF is a bit wobbly, but not bad really.

  • I suppose I could complain that we didn't get a Kaminoan.



Vedict: Buy it because you like nice looking mini builds. Buy it because you want to add a good planet to your star system or buy it because you love astromechs. With a strong showing for ship, planet and figure, could this be the breakaway set in this series? We'll see, next up is 75007 Republic Assault Ship & Coruscant, so stay tuned.



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Re: Review: 75006 Jedi Starfighter & Kamino

Postby freight69 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:32 am

I have never heard the word "orrery" before. Kudos for employing it, and thanks for teaching me something today.

Oh, and the review was good, too.
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Re: Review: 75006 Jedi Starfighter & Kamino

Postby sparkart » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:31 pm

Nice to see the crisper printing return to the planets. The printing on the asteroid "planet" was better than I thought it would be.

I'm going to try to make a Marvel Micronauts Homeworld model with these planets. Maybe an exploding Alderaan, someday. I think there's a lot of potential in portraying a galactic scale with the planet hemispheres.
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Re: Review: 75006 Jedi Starfighter & Kamino

Postby sparkart » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:17 pm

Coruscant seems like a good stand-in for Cybertron. More than meets the eye, deeee-ump!
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Re: Review: 75006 Jedi Starfighter & Kamino

Postby Ultron32 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:47 am

I wish for a Kaminoan...
Thought you'd like this about the Vatican cameos.
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Re: Review: 75006 Jedi Starfighter & Kamino

Postby CaptainFordo » Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:50 am

Looks pretty sweet. Fun fact though: For the episode II era Delta-7 Jedi Stargfighters, the droids were only built-in heads, as there was no room for a full body, so that R4-P17 is actually from episode III where he was given a full body. Pretty insane and awesome of them to do a printed 1x1 republic symbol.
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Re: Review: 75006 Jedi Starfighter & Kamino

Postby buriedbybricks » Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:41 pm

Not really fun, nor a fact. He actually would have already had the body. They were removed for integration and reassembled later for use in the larger ships. So, while he may not have brought his change of clothes with him in that scene, it more accurately represents his factory stock look and I know I certainly wouldn't want just another head.
Poor oppressed, disposable droids...

Any time a mini set includes printed tiles, it instantly gets extra points!
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Re: Review: 75006 Jedi Starfighter & Kamino

Postby CaptainFordo » Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:15 am

buriedbybricks wrote:Not really fun, nor a fact. He actually would have already had the body. They were removed for integration and reassembled later for use in the larger ships. So, while he may not have brought his change of clothes with him in that scene, it more accurately represents his factory stock look and I know I certainly wouldn't want just another head.
Poor oppressed, disposable droids...

Any time a mini set includes printed tiles, it instantly gets extra points!


Well yes, but my point was that for all his screentime in episode II he is just a head =P, I'm not disputing that it makes sense to give him a body for the set though.

I think printed tiles full-stop warrant extra points these days, really ;)
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