Today we are taking a look at Star Wars LEGO set #9492 TIE Fighter, This is yet ANOTHER TIE fighter added to the many others LEGO has produced. I haven’t owned many of them, so this review offers no basis for comparison. At $55 it seemed priced on the high end for only four minifigs and the size of the ship. That said, I REALLY like the minifigs. I got a good deal on two of them, so I will likely keep the minifigs, and sell off the TIE fighters.
Like most Star Wars sets, they are filled with black and gray pieces:
Here is the completed set, with everything in the box:
The minifigs are the real highlight of the set (like many of the 2012 Star Wars sets. Here we have R5-J2, which features the new droid head. The detail on the head was less than I expected, but overall, I’m glad they went through the effort to produce this. To me, it feels as though the head doesn’t fit on the body 100% properly. Something just seems a bit off, but I can’t figure out why:
Here we compare the new astromech droid to others:
I was excited about the new helmet design for the Death Star Trooper.
Back of the helmet:
Compared to a similar minifig, the Imperial Trooper:
TIE Fighter pilot:
The new printed face:
The new Imperial Officer. A favorite of mine:
Compared to other LEGO Imperial Officers:
The TIE Fighter:
A weird looking ship, which I overlook since I can only view it from the sentimental lens of childhood:
The back of the ship:
Inside the cockpit:
The front of the ship:
There are lots of nice details in its construction.
A detail on one of the wings:
Comparing it size-wise to the UCS Y-Wing, it holds up pretty well:
In hot pursuit:
I’m not sure the official size comparison of these two vehicles, but I could reasonably see them not far off from this scale difference:
Overall a fine set with minfigs that I appreciate, but I don’t have the impression others will really be enamored with. I expect this set to be widely discounted later in 2012 and 2013.