Review - 75272-1 - Sith TIE Fighter
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
...Or rather 43 years ago in the Milky Way, Star Wars hit our screens and transformed popular culture forever. The Sith TIE Fighter is part of the newest wave of Star Wars sets based around Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. I'm not a huge fan of the sets surrounding Star Wars, I find the color schemes dull and the price too high. But this caught my eye, let's see if it can change my mind.
What could I possibly tell you about Star Wars that you already don't know? LEGO owes a lot to it's current existence to Star Wars. The theme helped bring LEGO out of it's awkward years. Over 20 years later the theme is still one of LEGO's most popluar. The latest wave had sets based on the ninth and final installment of the Skywalker Saga. Surprisingly (maybe due to Disney keeping a lot of details close to their chest), the sets released were light on recognizable moments from the movie. The Sith TIE Fighter (often referred to as the TIE Dagger, or derogatorily the TIE Dorito) appears in the climactic final space battle but was hardly showcased. I welcomed the extra splash of color added in the latest movie. It gave new life to well-used, iconic, ideas. The Sith Trooper bust is a great example of what I'm talking about, it's just a shame that was a Comic-con exclusive.
Open up a galaxy of adventures for youngsters with this super-sleek LEGO® brick model (75272) of the Sith TIE Fighter from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker! It has a minifigure cockpit so kids can pretend to be a First Order TIE fighter pilot firing the spring-loaded shooters. There's also a docking tower to recreate launch and landing… or to display this striking building toy. First Order vs. Resistance battles! A great gift idea for kids, this building kit also includes 3 minifigures – First Order TIE Pilot, Knight of Ren and Finn – with cool weapons to inspire children to role-play their own First Order vs. Resistance battles.
The box measures 350 x 375 x 70 mm. Inside are 5 bags numbered 1 to 3, and an instruction manual.
The instruction manual measures 270 x 190 mm. With 102 pages and 122 total build steps. The manual is really thin which gives the first impression of it may turn out being a light build.
The pdf can be downloaded here.
The set contains 470 parts and 4 spares, in 17 colors, and 24 part categories, with a total of 127 unique parts/color combinations.
Main colors are:
- Light Bluish Gray: 41 unique parts, 146 quantity.
- Black: 34 unique parts, 130 quantity.
- Dark Bluish Gray: 18 unique parts, 74 quantity.
Main categories are:
- Plates: 25 unique parts, 139 quantity.
- Plates Angled: 21 unique parts, 107 quantity.
- Bricks Sloped: 10 unique parts, 26 quantity.
New Prints of Existing Parts:-
Part in a new color:
Rare Parts (appearing in 3 or less sets):
This set comes with 3 minifigs, Finn, a TIE Pilot, and a Knight of Ren. Finn and the Knight are new but the TIE Pilot was previosuly in 2018's 75194-1 First Order TIE Fighter Microfighter.
Bag 1: The stand is first, not much to say really, it seems small and once the model is on it it feels even smaller. The cockpit is built from Bag 1 too. Again this feels small but has a nice opening making it easy to put in the TIE Pilot. And that red window looks really awesome.
Bags 2 & 3: These bags build the wings. They are identical so the second time around is very repetitive, but thats unavoidable. They are actually a nice build, and I get to use some of the new wedge plates. The firing mechanism for the missiles works great and is seemlessly built into the wings. Is it just me of does the wing look like an imperial destroyer.
I like the overall look of the model however I do think it's too small. If you compare it to the one in the movies it also look unfinished, especially for the price. It's a very expensive set, even for Star Wars (17c per part, USD). If you compare recent TIE Fighter sets that have a similar price tag, this set has 50 to 150 parts less. Here's a comparison for 2017's 75179-1 Kylo Rens TIE Fighter for example.
|75272-1 - Sith TIE Fighter||75179-1 - Kylo Ren's TIE Fighter|
|Price per Part||17c||13c|
The only major Pro for this set is the playability. My 5 year old son loves it, and this is actually when it's smaller size works well because he's able to hold it and fly it around without trouble, and without breaking any of it. It's a very stable model, the wings connect with more than enough strength.
I only recommend this for completists, who need every TIE model released, or hold off until LEGO get around to doing a UCS Sith TIE Fighter. For everyone else, I'd steer clear and save my money for something else.