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Staff Review:

Ah, Microfighters... I feel sorry for you. You're like a rebound relationship, unfortunately, and so many of us aren't over the sting of losing the Planets series for you. It's not really your fault, it's just that everything you do is always going to be compared to those glorious little orbs of swirly colors. It's kind of a shame, really. If we weren't so stung by the fact that we miss planets, we could look back and see that they weren't really the right series for us. Sure, the minifigs were cool, but there weren't hardly any cool parts and most of those spheres now sit in a bin that we totally swear we are going to use someday. Okay, in truth, I wasn't shocked at all to see Planets go. They languished on shelves, distribution was sketchy at best, and LEGO was hampered by poor distribution and marketing choices for...(read more)

User Comments:

  • Epic Emperor writes:
    Pros: You get some absolutely amazing minifigs. The new astromech is one of the most beautiful ones TLG ever made, the detailed printing and the color really make it shine among other figs. The pilot has an incredibly intricate and accurate print as well, even without the detailed helmet the fig looks great as the breathing tubes printed on the head connect perfectly with the ones on the torso.
    The overall color scheme of the starfighter looks really good, the combination of black with silver and grey gives off a very nice "Empire feeling".
    Using the rotating mechanism is quite enjoyable, it works smoothly and makes the model posable both in flying and in landing mode(although it does look especially sleek and dangerous when displayed in flight).

    Cons: The design of the ship isn't accurate at all, the "nose" is supposed to be all even with a lower middle section and the guns are much too stubby and short(which can be seen on this reference picture).
    The stickers are quite annoying, at least the round tiles on the wings could have been printed.

    Comments: The Imperial V-wing Starfighter is a model I enjoy to have in my collection - having to pay nearly 20 cents per part seems expensive, but it is quite big and looks much more imposing than other 25 dollar sets like the aforementioned Freeco Speeder. For everybody who is interested in minifigs and doesn't particulary care about the accuracy of the model as long as it looks good, this is a definite must-have!

  • Morgan19 writes:
    Pros: Highly swooshable, nice color scheme, doesn't rely too much on stickers, great figures, and the price isn't that bad considering LEGO's recent hikes.

    Cons: Wings can be annoyingly floppy without modifications.

    Comments: I honestly feel like this'll be a set I keep built and on my shelf for a long time to come.

    m19

  • Brickweiser writes:
    Pros: The V-Wing has a very interesting build with new exclusive figures.

    Cons: I have not found any obvious flaws.

    Comments: Considering last year's prices on sets like the Freeco Speeder, $25 CND for this is very reasonable.

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