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Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby Staff » Fri May 31, 2013 8:28 pm


1. Overview


The last planet in series 3 takes a detour away from the central film of the PT trilogy to visit the much stronger second film of the OT as we hunt for what is arguably the most infamous ship (at least in the mind of one smuggler) in the Star Wars universe.
Let's see if this set sends series 3 out with a whimper or a bang.




2. Box Front3. Box Back


I still remember how hopeful I was when this set was announced. It seemed like a golden opportunity for LEGO to produce a large molded asteroid that could possibly be used in future sets. They had already done so with the Death Star and a that required two separate molds where they could get away with one here and like the normal sphere just double it. Change it up a bit and it could be used as a rocky base or a full boulder in any number of sets and themes. My disappointment when the reveal came was crushing and I was left feeling cheated and baffled at LEGO's "planet" on this one. Still, you can't dwell on what could have been forever and the decision needs to be made when the product hits the shelf.


4. Asteroid Field5. Empty Space


Basically, it could have been worse. As I said in a previous review, LEGO could've taken the lazy route they did with the two random swirly planets and given us a black ball with random speckles splashed over it. It's a nice print, but it still seems like a ridiculously baffling choice to represent an asteroid field in a series called planets. I will say that the more useless a part seems, the more impressed I am when someone finds a way to use it really well. In this case I think I'm going to be waiting for a while.


6. Stand


Again... the stand. Moving on.


7. TIE Bomber Front
8. TIE Bomber Back8. TIE Bomber Back
9. TIE Bomber Right Side10. TIE Bomber Left Side
11. TIE Bomber Top12. TIE Bomber Bottom


Series 1 capped off with the TIE Interceptor and I did like that one despite it's flaws. Here we are with another specialty TIE and I have to say I like this one too. The fantastic printed cockpit dish makes a triumphant return on this second offering of TIE and it actually makes me hope for more TIE variants if this thing keeps rolling. Speaking of rolling, if they made a TIE Crawler (which I didn't know was even a thing until the seemingly unpopular LEGO version popped up) I could get another sweet printed dish and a bunch of those sweet chain links too boot.


14. New(ish) Part


The new R5 head piece makes it's set debut as an unprinted part and really adds to this sets appeal as a mini parts pack that might make it worth picking up multiples on sale (and who wouldn't want more asteroid fields?). The model is solid and I think it really captures the shaping of the old 4479 TIE Bomber set (sans the comic-colouring blue) which I think is fitting and it should keep those that claim sets don't have the proper "LEGO aesthetic" at bay. You could never capture all the colour detail at this scale, so don't worry about it and move on to more important things. I love that they kept THE EXACT SAME WING DESIGN as the TIE advance mini from a decade ago, but actually fleshed out the rest of the model in a much more satisfying size and style. The square to round shaping of the pods with the mish-mash of different textures thanks in part to the grilled 2x2 round bricks and the tapering of the truncated cone at the end really works as an attempt to deal with detailing.


15. TIE Pilot
16. TIE Pilot Front17. TIE Pilot Back


Hey look! Another unique figure we didn't need. What was wrong with the TIE Fighter Pilot from the two sets it appeared in last year with a torso that was still good enough after flying nearly every TIE under the suns for more than a decade? Seems like another waste to me. If they really thought they needed new prints, why not on the two sets last year? Then we could already have a few of the new print, but now you'll need multiples of this if you want to get the new shiny, unnecessary version. Not cool LEGO. I have about a half dozen of these guys (probably more) and now one of these things is not like the other. The worst part, I really like the new torso. It seems sharper as the newer prints tend to do and the tubes are a much better size. I shake my fist in your general direction LEGO, or at least I will... just give me a second to get my bearings. There we go. *Shakes Fist*


18. The Build



What I Liked:

  • Tie Bomber is a nice little model with some great parts and another sweet cockpit dish. BOOYAH!

  • Printing on the new pilot is nice if unwarranted and mildly frustrating.



What I didn't Like:

  • Asteroid Field. Seriously LEGO?

  • Honestly, I'd rather have gotten the pilot from last year. The other pilots will be livid when they see his new threads.



Vedict: If you can see past the 'roid rage, get it. I actually almost didn't, but it went on sale for 8 bucks just weeks after release here. Not the whole series, just this one. Yeah, think about it. I don't know what I regret more, not buying an extra or the fact that I want to in the first place. Series 3 was a tough one with no real stand out that dazzled me on all three fronts and while this entry isn't a whimpering exit, it's no bang either. I look forward to series 4 and the possibility of sniping a review or two out from under the boss when he's not looking. Like I did with this one. Shhhhhhhhhh!


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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby DagsBricks » Fri May 31, 2013 10:10 pm

As nice as the shape of the TIE bomber is I found the construction to be crappy. I can't even swoosh it without the wings folding or something distorting. I'd be happy to link to my own review if I didn't feel that to be bad form and visitor harvesting.

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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby buriedbybricks » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:56 am

I had no issues with that. I even put the wings in different positions and flew it around for kicks. I guess it depends on how much play your hinges see.
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby jnd2k3 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:31 am

Actually, the real gem about this set is kinda hidden: The "asteroid field" is actually Alderaan. Take a look at your extra parts... there's a little Death Star in there! This little, oft overlooked prize makes this set one of my favorites of the whole series, imho.
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby thepatient » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:25 pm

It's funny to see how others collect LEGO for different reasons. I liked the fact that the tie pilot was different. When displaying my collection, I put them together so the variations can be seen. Some people want them to be the same so they can build an army. I get that.

As far as the asteroid orb. I doesn't bother me either. To save room, I have built lots of stands to place as many sets in a given space. These sphere do a nice job of hiding my, less than stellar, stands. This worked great for hiding the stand behind it. It's on a black shelf and not well lit. That asteroid sphere helps blend away the stand behind quite well.

Good review by the way. I can see where your coming from on it.
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby buriedbybricks » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:50 pm

For the most part, it's because I don't really "collect" LEGO. I buy it, build it and tear it down to build other things as it is meant to be. So when my son and I are playing with them, it seems wrong when one doesn't look like the rest. I only very recently started to display some minifigures and I blame Ace for that. I've never seen a point in displaying different figures of the same characters. Ten Luke's in ten different outfits sure if you love some Luke, but not variants of the same outfit with a new hat. I just pick the one that matches the others I'm displaying or the best of the bunch.

At this point, I'm trying to be extremely limiting in what figs I display. The only SW to make my cut is the astromechs and yes, old R2 got the bump for the newer dome.
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby spacysmoke » Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:01 am

This is actually my favorite planet set of the series and it's mostly because of the minifigure.
I don't think Lego intended this set to be an army builder and I believe they purposely made this figure unique.

Why? Because the helmet is based on a unique TIE fighter pilot helmet seen in A New Hope. You may have noticed the silver triangle on his "mohawk". Whoever designed the paint deco for this figure did some research, and the details are replicated down to the Aurebesh lettering.

Here is a photo of the screen-used helmet this figure is based on:
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You can read more about the various screen-used helmets at http://www.starwarshelmets.com/original-TIE-helmet-costume-overview.htm

So I for one, applaud Lego for making this figure. As a Star Wars fan who loves these little details that most people don't notice, I think it really shows their dedication and their love for Star Wars.

Besides this helmet design, there is one other unique TIE fighter pilot helmet; it has 'tears': silver stripes running vertically from the eyes. If Lego makes this helmet in an upcoming set, I'd buy it.
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby spacysmoke » Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:21 pm

Yes, they should have included the Death Star and a slightly different TIE Fighter model than the one you can currently buy at any Target because people wouldn't consider that a rehash at all, right?

I don't know about you, but for me, the biggest draw of these sets is the minifigure. The planets are nearly worthless to me and as you say yourself, the ship can be built and then taken apart for other uses. This figure could have come with an MTT and Naboo and I would've still bought it, but again, that's just me.

When they did the X-wing and Yavin set, I complained that it was a wasted opportunity to include a pilot we haven't gotten before, or an updated version of Wedge perhaps. In this instance, they actually did include a specific TIE pilot and I think it's something they should continue when possible.
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby buriedbybricks » Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:30 pm

It would have made more sense to put it in with the TIE Fighter set last year, since that's the fighter this pilot was flying is what I was getting at.
It's still an unnecessary update if the only thing they needed to change was his helmet to make him unique.

And I do buy these primarily for the mini, as I enjoy building them. Building is the point of LEGO still, right?
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby spacysmoke » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:49 pm

That was a TIE Interceptor, so it still would have been the wrong ship. :p :)

My point is that this is a specific TIE fighter pilot just like Luke Skywalker is a specific X-Wing pilot. In other words, I don't see it as a mere update. You wouldn't use Luke's helmet to update a generic X-wing pilot and I don't think this helmet print is meant to replace generic TIE fighter pilot helmets. I just think it was a convenient way to give us a specific TIE fighter pilot seen in the movies. If Lego starts including this helmet print in all future TIE sets, I will be disappointed because in general, the helmets should be black.

In general, I too buy the sets for the builds, but when it comes to Star Wars or other licensed sets, it is equally for the minifigures. The figures have been the highlight for planet sets for me for the most part. Initially, I actually bought this set for the ship/parts because I assumed the pilot was a rehash. When I found out it had a new torso and helmet print, it became my favorite part of the set.
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby buriedbybricks » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:40 am

Dude, you're not getting it. THE TIE FIGHTER SET.

9492 TIE FIGHTER.

If I'd meant the Interceptor set, I'd have said it.

Also, you don't seem to get that I'm saying they didn't need to do a new torso print, just to include a specific helmet. The uniform would remain the same. Hence, unnecessary update.
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby rushiosan » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:10 pm

A different pilot would be nicer. I agree with the guy @ above, the main highlight of these sets are the somewhat unique or rare minifigures at a "low" price (not that low if you consider what's inside the box). Lobot and Sebulba were great examples. So, since I already have the TIE Interceptor, I'll be skipping this one for sure...

I hope they include Lando Calrissian in the next series, that's a gorram rare figure nowadays. Maybe with the Millennium Falcon and a ROTJ 2nd death star, who knows...
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby spacysmoke » Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:57 pm

buriedbybricks wrote:Dude, you're not getting it. THE TIE FIGHTER SET.

9492 TIE FIGHTER.

If I'd meant the Interceptor set, I'd have said it.

Also, you don't seem to get that I'm saying they didn't need to do a new torso print, just to include a specific helmet. The uniform would remain the same. Hence, unnecessary update.


Whoa, whoa, whoa, calm down there. I thought we were talking about planet sets so it was an honest mistake.

I completely understand that you think the torso print was unnecessary, but you seem to have missed the fact that I was never commenting on your opinion about the torso in the first place. I was merely stating why I like the figure -- mostly because of the helmet. You'll notice that the helmet is all I'm talking about in my posts; I never mention the torso.

You are arguing that even with the new helmet, the new torso print was unnecessary. That's a valid argument and I have no issue with it so just put it to rest already and let's move on.
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby buriedbybricks » Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:45 pm

I'm perfectly calm. I just needed to make sure you finally got my point. Mission accomplished. I come to forums to discuss and debate, it's kinda the point of a forum, eh?

I get that you're all about the helmet and you never said torso specifically, but it hard to believe
You wouldn't use Luke's helmet to update a generic X-wing pilot
wasn't meant to refer to the new helmet in relation to the non helmet part of the fig, aka the fig.

Remember, all I initiatially said was
Such attention to detail that they put him in the wrong ship and movie.
you opened up the discussion beyond that totally true/sarcastic statement. You can't put the Djinn back in the bottle and I for one wouldn't want you to, Smokey.

Funny that this topic popped back up all of a sudden, I just picked up three more of these on clear out today for two bucks a pop. One to put away for the boy and two for parts. This is the only one of the three I've seen on discount in Canada and the US and it took putting them at $2 here to get rid of them. At least I ended up with an even number of those printed dishes.
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby spacysmoke » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:32 pm

buriedbybricks wrote:I get that you're all about the helmet and you never said torso specifically, but it hard to believe
You wouldn't use Luke's helmet to update a generic X-wing pilot
wasn't meant to refer to the new helmet in relation to the non helmet part of the fig, aka the fig.


So from that you thought I didn't understand your point of view about the torso? That makes total sense. So talking about swapping parts on figs means I want to talk about the new torso being unnecessary! Got it. I'll remember to never talk about helmets AND figs at the same time because who knows what you might infer from that.

Absurdity aside, from my point of view, there was no "debate". You think the torso is unnecessary and I had no issue with that. In fact, I knew that since I read the review because that's all you really talked about in regards to the figure. Why you felt the need for me to "get your point" after that is beyond me.

Just look at my response to your sarcastic reply; I address the sarcastic reply and then move on to talk about my own personal thoughts. I didn't start this so-called "debate" about the torso, you did.

If you want an actual debate about the torso, I'm game.
This torso is necessary because it's more detailed, it seems sharper as the newer prints tend to do and the tubes are a much better size. I really like this torso and guess what? You do too!
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Re: Review: 75008 TIE Bomber & Asteroid Field

Postby spacysmoke » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:10 pm

:lol:
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