There’s perhaps no better-timed LEGO Star Wars set than 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter, arriving as it does to mark not only the 20th anniversary of the release of Attack of the Clones, but also starring Jedi of the moment Obi-Wan Kenobi, revitalised in popularity following the recent Disney+ show.
This is well and truly Kenobi’s summer, and while the other new sets based on completely new material from his new show may pull most immediate focus, 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter flies under the radar as a more-than-welcome trip down memory lane – one that we warn you will have you pining for more Attack of the Clones LEGO Star Wars sets…
— LEGO Star Wars 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter set details —
Price: £29.99 / $29.99 / €34.99 Pieces: 282 Minifigures: 2
— LEGO Star Wars 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter build —
Believe it or not, it’s been five years since we last had a version of this Starfighter release, in the form of 2017’s 75191 Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive. Priced at £89.99 / $99.99 / €109.99, it was a thoroughly-detailed yet rather inaccessibly expensive set for most, and really the closest comparison to 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter is any number of the Starfighters that released during the Clone Wars era of LEGO Star Wars, or indeed further back than that, 2002’s 7143 Jedi Starfighter.
In short, a lot has changed about LEGO Star Wars design in that time and so even if 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter feels familiar, it’s likely very different to what may be covered in dust on your shelf.
The primary change is in the pieces used to construct the Starfighter, given how some of them weren’t around when the last model arrived. Is the ship also built that differently? It’s actually hard to remember, given the time since the last version of this, which is important to acknowledge with regards to how LEGO Star Wars can sometimes be guilty of releasing updated versions of ships relatively close to previous versions.
Indeed, such is the interesting way this model is put together, it really pulls you back into a class of ship most of us have not thought about since, well, 2002. The arrowhead design of the model is simple yet contoured with subtle angles and detailed with particular aspects to make it far more engaging to look at, pick up and hold than you would otherwise expect.
If you think back to 2002’s 7143 Jedi Starfighter in particular, which didn’t need to do much beyond look like what we saw in Attack of the Clones, 2022’s 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter is all that and more, as a cleaner, smoother and far more intricate and solid model. It’s the same ship, but it’s nowhere near the same LEGO set.
It’s also not overly-complicated in design, and it doesn’t need to be to accurately capture the source material and effectively engage your imagination back to how it was 20 years ago. As it is, the most complicated part to 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter is the stickers, and arguably those are the only things to criticise too – angled stickers are always that little bit more frustrating to align correctly, and when it’s crucial to a LEGO Star Wars ship’s final appearance, even more of an occasion to – albeit unrealistically in 2022 – call for printed parts.
And if tricky stickers is the only compromise we have to make to be able to have an Attack of the Clones-based LEGO set releasing in 2022, where we can revisit an old classic from a long time ago in LEGO Star Wars history and have it built to the modernised standards of today’s LEGO Star Wars, that’s more than okay.
Indeed, here’s hoping that 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter is well received and further Attack of the Clones (and generally prequal trilogy) sets can come out of this, because there is a surprising amount of nostalgia to be enjoyed in this set, particularly when worked through the modern and very high standards of the LEGO Star Wars design team.
— LEGO Star Wars 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter characters —
Part of the curiosity the LEGO Group has managed to inject into 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter comes in the form of the two minifigures. Clearly, Taun We is the novelty of the entire set, appearing for the first time in minifigure form after a 20-year wait. Speculation was that perhaps her design could have come as a mini-doll, instead, but the approach taken in minifigure form here works almost as well, if leaving the Kaminoan looking a little chunky. That is primarily going to be in ensuring the integrity of the neck in particular.
Even if the idea of a mini-doll version remains a tantalising concept, the reality of the minifigure version in front of us is still full of the same charm and wonder we come to expect of any new LEGO Star Wars minifigure well into this third decade of the theme’s history.
The same can also be said for the design of Obi-Wan Kenobi, whose all-round appearance from Attack of the Clones – outer robe still on – is wonderfully recreated in LEGO minifigure detail here. The printing between torso and legs matches up in colour and alignment and is very true to how Obi-Wan appeared while on Kamino.
The only improvement that could have been made is unfortunately likely one that the LEGO Star Wars team considered but maybe could not make, because of the other Obi-Wan Kenobi sets releasing. The new hairpiece for older Ben Kenobi that appears in those other sets looks to also be a better match for rain-soaked Kenobi on Kamino here. But, placing the same hairpiece on the character in separate LEGO sets from two very different eras of Star Wars would pull them together on shelves where – we assume – they need to be clearly separated.
Any other year we may not have had this possible clash, yet any other year we probably wouldn’t be getting 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter too.
— LEGO Star Wars 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter price —
75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter comes in at £29.99 / $29.99 / €34.99, which perhaps a couple of years ago would have been £5 or £6 cheaper, all things considered. However, for the complete package that this set represents and for the quality and nostalgia that it delivers for LEGO Star Wars fans, 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter is packed with enough value at that price.
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— LEGO Star Wars 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter summary —
75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter is as well-timed a LEGO Star Wars set as the LEGO Group or any of us could have hoped for. It’s been a surprisingly long wait for Attack of the Clones to be really revisited in LEGO form and, for just how on point and fun 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter is, here’s hoping a lot more sets from this era of Star Wars will follow.
This set was provided for review by the LEGO Group.