Woop woop! I finally purchased this set. It retails for £19.99 in the UK and $24.99 in the US, and I bought it for $49.99 in New Zealand. This set comes with 4 minifigures, which seems rather good for a set of this price: Aayla Secura, a Phase II Clone Trooper Gunner, and two Battle Droids.
Let’s take a look at the figures first.
Here is the Phase II Clone Gunner. LEGO has only made one other clone gunner before, but that was a Phase I variant. This minifigure looks like a regular Phase II Clone Trooper, but with some added printing on the torso and helmet for his gunning equipment. His choice of weapon is the regular Star Wars rifle with a grey Technic pin at the end. I used this technique before to add variety to my Star Wars blasters and I am happy to see LEGO using it.
Aayla Secura is a long-awaited figure in this set. Her previous variant was stylized for the Clone Wars, and that meant creepy, huge eyes. I am happy to see that LEGO has made a regular version of her now, and I hope that other minifigures like Ki-Adi Mundi and Shaak Ti will follow suit. She has great printing on her torso and legs…
…and also has an angrier alternate face! Her Twi’lek headgear is great as well and I am overall happy with this figure.
You get two droids as cannon fodder too. They are the usual battle droids and are unchanged from previous sets. I’d like to start seeing LEGO include backpacks for them, as otherwise they look too hollow. However it is easy to put a 1×2 tan plate on the back.
The main build is, of course, the Fighter Tank itself. I like its dark red and white color scheme, along with the touches of light grey. It is perhaps on the smaller side for this price point, and the prongs on either side are a little too flat, but those are relatively minor.
There is an opening hatch on top, and the Clone Gunner can sit inside fully enclosed. There is also a printed 1×2 slope for controls, plus a black bucket handle as a control yoke. Unfortunately there are rather prominent gaps around the hatch and they could certainly have been covered up better. There are rotating cannons on either side with stud shooters clipped on. In my opinion the stud shooters look a little awkward and I would have preferred spring-loaded shooters on the bottom of the tank to the stud blasters. Do note that there are 1×1 white clips beneath the cannons, to stop them from pointing downwards and to store accessories.
There is also a mailbox at the back for storing extra stud shooter ammo. If you look at the bottom you can see small grey wheels; there are four of those in the set and they help the tank to roll along ever so slightly above the ground. I like the use of fencing swords as antennae on the tank, though I believe that is not the first time they have been used in this way.
The tank itself has some stickers to add detail to it, but I don’t think it’ll look too bad without them. The hatch can be popped open and there is a 1×2 plate with bar for the Clone Gunner to hold on to, so that his head can poke out. There are 4 transparent cheese slopes to simulate windows but you can’t really see through them.
Overall, this set is a good set. I still cannot decide whether this set or 75183 Darth Vader Transformation is a better set, as this has a better build but weaker figures. The build seems a little small for the price but the inclusion of 4-ish figures helps buffer that. I honestly think you should get both; combined, their price is lower than that of the Quadjumper set and the value from both sets combined is better than the Quadjumper’s value.
Personal Rating: 4/5