it’s the one we only really glimpse at during season three of The Mandalorian, without ever seeing in action. But from what we have seen, the design approach taken here makes sense and offers up a credible replica in brick plate form.
The cockpit design in particular shows off the more recent attention to detail that such smaller
sets benefit from nowadays – there are no fancy new pieces here, but a presentation that colours the interior in a nice warm tan contrast to the cooler exterior of the ship. It’s a little thing, really, but gives an air of quality to the overall design.
Whilst quite flat and generally plate-based in design (as needs to be for the thin appearance – it’s just not the most fun to put together), the Fang Fighter remains incredibly sturdy – lifting by the tip of one of the wings is demonstration enough of this, even if MandR chose in his review to test its strength a little too well.
Alongside the Fang Fighter comes the TIE Interceptor –
’ first System minifigure-scale model of this ship since 2006. A lot has changed in the 17 years in between, from the obvious aspects such as the shift from a blue and black colour scheme, to the finer points, such as the use of so many smaller and better-suited pieces to capture the unique shape of the Interceptor in
are four characters – three minifigures for The Mandalorian, a Mandalorian Fleet Commander and a TIE Fighter Pilot, and one droid, R2-E6.
The two Mandalorians are where most of the attention will be, for the updated and far-more-accurate helmet for the titular Din Djarin (with the rarer face print underneath), and a long-awaited (if a little late) new mould for the Darksaber; and another Mandalorian in the form of the Fleet Commander to add to the collection and great for army building.
Could we have had a named character such as Axe Woves or Koska Reeves instead? Most definitely, but it doesn’t take away from the really nice design for this Mandalorian Fleet Commander, who himself does get a bit of screentime and some lines during season three.
The TIE Fighter Pilot is fairly standard whilst the detailing on R2-E6 seems even more refined – even if these characters will be overlooked, the
Overall, this is a very strong line-up for such a set to contain. The only complaint is the risk that the helmet on the Mandalorian Fleet Commander will come scratched. Much like with the helmet for Bo-Katan in
is priced pretty much where you’d expect it to be, considering the size and quality of the two models that come in the box. For everything about how good this set is – across both models, but in particular the TIE Interceptor – and for a glance across what else the same budget could land you this May the 4th, that price represents fair value and an easy way to move closer to any of the promotional gift-with-purchases available from release day this May.
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