Hey everybody! Today I have a review of another Solo: A Star Wars Story set – 75211 Imperial TIE Fighter! This is a new 519-piece set that retails for £64.99 (UK), $69.99 (U.S.), $99.99 (Aus), and $119.99 (NZ). Many fans have wanted a new Original Trilogy TIE Fighter for a while, so let’s see if this set is good! There are four minifigures included, but the first one we’ll take a look at is Han Solo. The Solo movie will introduce a new troop class known as the Mudtrooper, and you can see their outfit here. Han appears to be disguised in a Mudtrooper uniform in this set, and he gets a new helmet mold to show that. The goggles are printed on the top of the helmet, but unlike the AT-ST driver‘s helmet there’s extra molded detail all around. Han’s new head for the Solo movie is present here, and currently appears in two other sets. He wears a grey outfit that has a lot of sand green dirt on it, as well as a new poncho cape with printed hood. The poncho is the older cape material so may crinkle up if you’re not careful, however I think LEGO selected this material because I don’t think you can print on the new cape material. I therefore think it’s a fair tradeoff. Han is armed with a blaster rifle, which is unusual as he normally uses a blaster pistol, but he’s probably trying to blend in with other Imperials here. The second minifigure is Woody Harrelson’s character, Tobias Beckett. He plays Han’s mentor in the film (and notably calls him ‘kid’ several times), and his character currently appears only in this set. He wears a kepi, the hat of an Imperial Officer, and has a new head print, which I think looks slightly off but I suppose it’s tolerable. Interestingly, he appears to be wearing a mudtrooper uniform too, but with extra holsters on the legs and with the poncho draped over. That’s probably why he doesn’t come with the printed cape piece. Beckett comes with two silver pistols which are not too common and are nice accessories. Hopefully, we will get a normal, non-disguised version of Beckett one day.The third minifigure is a TIE Fighter Pilot. I believe this minifigure is new, as he looks like he has some new, very detailed printing on the helmet. The torso and leg prints are good too, and he is armed with a black blaster pistol. A good minifigure who is necessary for this set. Last but definitely not least is the Mimban Stormtrooper. Mimban Stormtroopers are a new variation on the Stormtrooper which were deployed on the planet Mimban and will make an appearance in Solo. This minifigure uses the new helmet mold for the Imperial Patrol Troopers from 75207, but in light grey and with new prints. The prints on the helmet, torso, and legs are all that of a normal stormtrooper but with lots of added dirt printing, which looks good but also slightly odd as the dirt doesn’t continue on to the sides. I’m also wondering if LEGO is planning on replacing the existing Stormtrooper helmet mold with this newer mold – I personally hope not as it has a new ridge on the forehead which is present on the Patrol Troopers and Mimban Stormtroopers, but not on the regular Stormtroopers. Only time will tell. The Mimban Stormtrooper is equipped with a blaster rifle as well as the same printed grey poncho. All in all, the four minifigures included are all nice but I would have definitely liked at least a couple more. There’s only one build included, which is the TIE Fighter itself. It has a similar design to 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter, and with good reason too, though some areas have of course undergone some changes. The wings follow the same design as the First Order TIE, but with the colors inverted which looks good. They are attached with clips so are still secure.
The cockpit itself, though, is slightly different. Obviously it only sits one, and it uses the new 6×6 canopy piece for the front, but the top hatch is a printed 4×4 radar dish which was a poor choice in my opinion as it looks less rounded than using the same 6×6 piece instead. Other TIEs like 75101 and 75082 TIE Advanced Prototype have used the round canopy piece on top which I really think looks better. It appears the LEGO design team also tried a more angular style, with regular slope pieces and this Minecraft piece recolored in grey. I think this is another odd choice as TIE Fighter cockpits are famously spherical. The front canopy piece can be hinged down and the top hatch opens on this hinge piece. Inside is a decently spacious area for the TIE Fighter Pilot to sit down and pilot. He gets a droid body as a control yoke, but that droid body piece has an extra clip which helps to keep the guy in his seat no matter what stunts you do.
There are a pair of spring-loaded shooters built into the body. They fire off red projectiles. In the movie, the TIEs fire off green lasers but the laser nubs are red, so I think going with red was the right decision.
There’s actually no other play features for the TIE, though you can fly it around which is pretty fun. Nothing like flying around an iconic ship. You can also pair it up with 75212 Kessel Run Millennium Falcon, though they are out-of-scale.
On the whole, I think this set is just alright. The build is nice, but it really could have been better – the cockpit is too angular IMO and the use of the 4×4 dish as the top hatch was a strange choice. The minifigures are nice but I would have liked a couple more. It’s fun to swoosh it around and shoot at targets but beyond that there’s nothing much to do. Also, the price is rather high – £49.99 (UK), $49.99 (U.S.), $89.99 (Aus), and $99.99 (NZ) would be more reasonable. This set could have been really good, but it has quite a few shortcomings.
- Builds: 4/5
- Minifigures: 3.5/5
- Playability: 3.5/5
- Price: 3.5/5
- Personal Rating: 3.5/5
- TOTAL: 3.6/5
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VaderFan2187 out! 😀