Magma-wha? Manga guard? What does this have to do with anime? Oh, Magnaguard. Okay.
On to this review business.
The Magnaguard starfighter, or the Porax-38 Utapaun fighter as it was originally named during Episode 3 production, made its first screen appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, piloted not by Utapauns but the henchdroids of General Grievous. Thanks Wookieepedia!
Letâ€™s talk accuracy first and get that out of the way. Note the side-by-side comparison. Accurate? Yes. Itâ€™s about as smooth as you could ask for from a Lego company effort, though I would argue that a couple more tiles on the body couldnâ€™t have hurt. The new color accents (dark red, light bley) donâ€™t bother me; simply more variety of parts to build with when it all comes apart.
Whatâ€™s the build like? Solid. Satisfying. The submodels are well thought-out and help break up this medium size set. It was nice to start out with the cockpit, the head of the ship, which is how I tend to draw character (when I do actually draw, which is less and less often in recent years): head first, body follows. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve noticed this in other builds before, but it struck me this time around. And just like the cockpit on the Droid Gunship I reviewed, the cockpit here was one of the more enjoyable parts of the build. A working canopy is always a win, and this one does it in such a fun way.
In closing, this set is a fair value, an extremely solid build, and one of the best parts pack sets Iâ€™ve built to date- especially if youâ€™re in need of dark bley. The exclusive MagnuaGuard minifigs jack the price of the set up, but the popular trick nowadays is to sell off the figs to recoup some of the cost of the set: do that and youâ€™ll make this set even better value. With some great (and one confusing) play features, a high swoosh factor, and a smooth streamlined shape, this starfighter is a fantastic entry in the Clone Wars line. Get the set at Lego Shop @ Home
Build Quality: 10/10
Swoosh Factor: 10/10
Play Features: 7/10
Reviewerï¿½s Tilt: 9/10
Final Score (Average): 8.7images used in this review
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