Hi everyone! Today I have a review of 75154 TIE Striker! This is a 2016 Rogue One set that retailed for £59.99 GBP, $69.99 USD, $109.99 AUD, and $129.99 NZD. I have found the LEGO Rogue One sets to be quite good, but does this fit the general trend? Let’s find out! 😉
There are four minifigures included in the set: a Rebel Trooper, a TIE Pilot, a Shoretrooper Captain, and an Imperial Ground Crew.
The figure on the left is the highly anticipated Shoretrooper. Sand blue markings denote a captain, though regular ones also appear in 75171 Battle on Scarif. Shoretroopers use upgraded blasters in Rogue One so a double-barreled gun is used to represent those. They are a decent representation.
The TIE Striker Pilot is quite a good figure too. I don’t have a lot to say about the figure, but he looks accurate to the in-movie troopers. One thing I don’t like is that the back of his helmet is open, exposing a lot of skin on the back of his head. I wish LEGO would make a new mold that covers it up. Both minifigures use the Angry Clone head, which is unfortunate.
The third figure in the set is a Rebel Trooper. According to Brickset, he is based on Rogue One character Private Basteren. I like his torso and legs, but sadly they are reused from other rebels in the Rogue One line. His head is also the very same head used for Captain America from the Marvel Superheroes line (and later used for Hawkeye and DC’s Steve Trevor).
The Imperial Ground Crew has a new hat mold that is reminiscent of a Death Star Gunner. He has new torso and leg printing, and has two batons that are similar to those used at airports. Jyn Erso uses this design to disguise herself in the film, though the head underneath the helmet in this set is a regular Imperial head.
Four minifigures included in a set of this price is not very satisfactory, but the even more grievous sin in my opinion is the fact that, unlike the other Rogue One sets, not a single main character is included in this set. Personally, I feel Saw Gerrera could have been included in the Hovertank set while Chirrut could be added here, as both minifigures were present in their respective scenes.
On to the build!
There is only one build in the set: the TIE Striker itself. The ship saw quite a lot of action in the final battle on Scarif in the film, and while never really took the limelight (due to Rogue One being rebel-centric), they are honestly not easy to miss.
The first thing I would note is that the TIE Striker’s wings are, honestly, a bit sloppily done. Regular TIE Fighters would have a brick-built centre with a layer of plates that wrap around the exterior, however, here the designers chose to use layered plates which results in an inaccurate, and, honestly, ugly, finished product.
There are, however, several play features which I will cover.
The first play feature is something that I expect of every starfighter: an opening cockpit. Here, the hatch and front cockpit glass open. The front glass uses the 6×6 TIE Fighter cockpit glass but strangely the hatch above chooses to use a regular 6×6 plate with brick-built details above instead. Anyhow, you can plop the pilot in the seat and, unlike the First Order TIE set, he won’t rattle around during flight. A droid body is used as a control yoke which is pretty decent.
The second play feature is the adjustment of the wings. Moving two Technic levers at the back will cause the TIE Striker’s wings to switch from down to up or vice-versa. The action works very well and in a satisfying manner, though the wings are not linked. In the movie, the TIE Strikers had their wings down during flight, though in Battlefront they are shown with their wings upward during landing.
The set includes two spring-loaded shooters beneath the cockpit to represent laser cannons. Rogue One sets generally integrated the spring-loaded shooters quite well in the models but that is not the case here, as the shooters stick out like a sore thumb. In addition, the studs on the top of the shooter bricks have not even been fully covered, which looks sloppy and is quite disappointing.
The final play feature is a rear storage section, with space to store a blaster, a walkie-talkie, and a binoculars. In the movie, there is a rear section for a bombardier, which makes me wonder why storage was chosen over a bombardier section. Furthermore, this area seems overengineered and a bit superfluous.
In conclusion, this is probably my least favorite set from the Rogue One wave. There are no main characters included, which hurts the minifigure lineup. The set also feels overengineered and some sections feel superfluous, and I think they could have cut the piece count to sell this at $49.99 USD. The set as it is now does not feel very worth it. In addition, some of the play features are not integrated very nicely.
Personal Rating: 2.5/5
Thanks for reading! What do you think of the set? Let me know in a comment below! 🙂
VaderFan2187 out! 😀