Review: LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

by admin on February 14, 2012

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.

LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

Like most Star Wars sets, they are filled with black and gray pieces:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

Here is the completed set, with everything in the box:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

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:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

Here we compare the new astromech droid to others:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

I was excited about the new helmet design for the Death Star Trooper.
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

Double-sided face:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

Back of the helmet:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

Compared to a similar minifig, the Imperial Trooper:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

TIE Fighter pilot:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

The new printed face:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

The new Imperial Officer. A favorite of mine:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

Compared to other LEGO Imperial Officers:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

The TIE Fighter:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

A weird looking ship, which I overlook since I can only view it from the sentimental lens of childhood:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

The back of the ship:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

Inside the cockpit:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

The front of the ship:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

There are lots of nice details in its construction.
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

A detail on one of the wings:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

Comparing it size-wise to the UCS Y-Wing, it holds up pretty well:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

In hot pursuit:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

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:
LEGO 9492 TIE Fighter

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.

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