Packaging: 8 / 10
Paint: N/A / 10
Design: 9 / 10
Sound: N/A / 10
Durability: 8 / 10
Star Wars is the one franchise that proves it’s good to be bad. Ask anyone who their favourite character is and they’ll likely tell you it’s Darth Vader. Heck, just ask any retailer of LEGO which is the most popular set and they’ll tell you it’s the Death Star.
Sadly, Vader is no longer with us (R.I.P.), so it’s up to his grandson, Kylo Ren, to carry the lightsaber and be the best representation of the dark side that he can be. With Star Wars: The Last Jedi imminent, LEGO has released a new set for those who favour the bad guys: Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter.
It’s a snazzy brick-by-brick representation of Kylo’s latest mode of transportation – and naturally comes in his favourite colour, black, and grey, with some red detailing to drive home the Sith influence. Consisting of over 600 bricks, it’s a build that should take you a good two to three hours to complete (unless you’re hopeless like me and take an entire weekend). And when it’s finished, it measures at 41cm in length, 23cm wide, and 12cm tall.
In addition to being an excellent rendition of the source material, the model also consists of an opening cockpit and trigger-activated spring-loaded shooters. Even with these features, which you might worry will lead to flimsiness, the model remains sturdy and resistant to fiddling and pew-pew noises. I mean, did you really think you were going to build a Star Wars vehicle and not fly it around the room while re-enacting the scenes from the trailer?
Included with the set are four figurines (Kylo Ren, BB-9E, First Order TIE Pilot, and First Order Stormtrooper) and three weapons (Kylo’s lightsaber, a blaster, and blaster pistol). While Kylo is obviously the star of the show here, the inclusion of BB-9E is the ultimate fan service since this new evil droid is sure to become a fan favourite after The Last Jedi‘s release. If you already have a BB-8 figurine from before, it’s time to make the two droids do battle.
While Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter might not be as intricate or in-demand as the Millennium Falcon and Death Star sets, it’s still an ideal collector’s item and one that’ll delight many fans if it’s under the Christmas tree this year. It’s another strong addition to the LEGO Star Wars collection and further cements Kylo Ren’s importance to this new trilogy.