TIE Advanced Prototype

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Suggested Age: 6-12
Pieces: 93
Casual Build Time: 15 minutes
Dimensions: Over 2″ x 1″ x 3″
Brand: Star Wars

I can’t believe that I’ve been doing this blog for months now and yet this is the first time I’ve featured a Microfighter! This is a cheap range of Star Wars kits, each featuring the pieces to make an iconic spaceship and one minifigure to ride on it. If you look at the pictures in my introductionary post, you might be able to spot a few of the other sets in this range (I have also built the AT-AT, Snowspeeder and Millennium Falcon). For today’s post, I’m going to take a look at the TIE Fighter.

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Despite the simplicity of the set, it does boast poseable wings and two firing missiles. The minifigure – a TIE pilot – comes with a blaster accessory. It is intended to be the counterpart of the The Ghost microfighter in order to allow for duels, though you should note that this kit is sold separately.

Here’s what came inside the box:

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As you can see, there isn’t a lot to this set. It’s really designed to be an affordable build for a young Star Wars fan. In this regard, it really excels. The kit was very fast and easy to put together and din’t contain any stickers or fiddly parts that would be troublesome for tiny fingers.

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The finished result is actually pretty effective. The positioning of the wings makes it instantly recognisable as a TIE Fighter and I do like the rather cute way that the pilot can be seated on top. I must admit that I do actually prefer this set to the First Order TIE Fighter that I built a few months back. While its obviously not as detailed, it does fit together a lot easier. While the wings were a bit of a pain to click into place on the big kit, they slotted onto this on quite nicely.

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The figure, while not especially exciting, is appropriate for the set and captures the look of the pilots from the film. The helmet can be removed to reveal a bald little LEGO man beneath. My only real problem is that these guys are pretty common in LEGO kits. After building a few ships and opening a couple of the Star Wars advent calendars, I now have loads of them.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this set. While there’s not much to talk about, it does look good and I think it was well worth its price. Check back later in the week to take a peak at a newer and more exciting set!

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