9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor review, part 2

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9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorIn part two of the review we look at construction of the model, and discuss the swooshability of the completed ship.

Read on to find out why this is one of the best Star Wars ships LEGO has made...

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorConstruction is divided into 6 bags. The first bag builds the bottom of the ship's body.

 

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorBag 2 builds on this to complete the body.

 

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorIn addition to the cockpit being hinged the back is also hinged, into which a small module slides, as you will see in a later picture.

 

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorThe back of the body: note the hexagonal door, typical of Sith designs.

 

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorThe wings are very complex structures. Bag 3 builds the bottom of the left wing and as you can see Technic beams are used to create the angle of the top and bottom of the wing.

 

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorBag 4 builds the top of the left wing. The top and bottom of the wings are held together with one of those 1x2 rubbery technic beams, which is used because it needs to be bent slightly to enable them to be joined.

 

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorThe top and bottom back section of the wings can be opened. They are held open using the relatively new air-damper cylinders. There is a clever mechanism on the bottom of the wing to prevent gravity from opening it.

 

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorLeft wing affixed to the body. The technic beams with tiles on top sticking out of the wing, seen in the picture above, are slid into a hole in the body.

Bags 5 and 6 build the right-hand wing. They are a slightly tedious build, having just dong the left one.

 

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorThe completed model

 

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorNote the tapered wings

 

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorFront view

 

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorRear view

 

9500 Sith Fury-class InterceptorThe troopers sit on a small module that slides into the back of the ship...

 

9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor...which can be removed.

 

CapnRex101 on the completed model:

Not only is this model highly durable and swooshable, but it also contains quite a few features. The first of these is the opening cockpit which opens in a similar way to the cockpit in set 9492, TIE Fighter and features a small boarding ramp as well. The printed control panel in the cockpit can be hinged out of the way for access to the pilot's seat and there are a few lights inside the cockpit to add extra detail inside. A Sith Trooper can easily fit in the cockpit, but Darth Malgus cannot sit comfortably unless his cape is removed. I doubt Darth Malgus would want to pilot the ship anyway; he would get one of his troops to do it for him I imagine (despite what the back of the box shows)!

The rear compartment of the ship can be accessed via opening the back panel much like the cockpit and a small floor section can be slid out for ease of access to the area. Two minifigs can be stood or sat in here and two weapons (either blasters or Darth Malgus' lightsabre) can also be held by clips in this section of the model. Along the top of the main body of the ship there is a bit of greebling and some red lights which is a good bit of detail and two black harpoons are used cleverly here to create pipe work.

There is also plenty of detail on the wings which are very reminiscent of TIE Fighter wings much like the cockpit. The four stickers included are found between the wing panels on either side, they are not particularly easy to apply, but with a bit of patience they can be lined up perfectly and they add some more depth to the look of the model from the side.
There are two flick fire missiles on each wing which can be launched a reasonable distance and are a fun feature for younger Star Wars fans, but look fine if you wish to display the set as when they are loaded, they look like simple laser cannons. The main feature of the set however, is probably the four opening flaps which can be extended while the ship is in flight and retracted for landing. However you position these flaps they do not slide open or closed and are held solidly in place. The unique shape of this gorgeous ship has been perfectly created in LEGO form and it looks brilliant.

CapnRex101's summary:

This is a set I cannot recommend highly enough, not only are the minifigs fantastic, but the Fury-Class Interceptor itself is also a delightful model which looks amazing on display and has plenty of playability as well, making it ideal for pretty much anybody! The price is perfectly reasonable I think, much more so than one or two others in this summer wave of sets (I am looking at you Jabba’s Palace). The four stickers included to add some detail between the wings are not particularly easy to apply but if you take care you can line them up nicely and they really compliment the model. However for those of you who are not fans of stickers that should be taken in to consideration. Nevertheless, all three of the Minifigures are just about perfect and the set too is marvellous.

Huw's summary:

Although I am not familiar with the source material that this ship is based on, I was drawn to its interesting shape when I first saw it, so it was a set that I was looking forward to buying and building. I have not been disappointed. As you can see above it's an interesting, complex, build that achieves a sleek, angular, look of the wings. The ship is one of the most 'swooshable' I have had the pleasure of, er, swooshing, and I'd go so far as to say that it's one of the best Star Wars craft LEGO has ever made. The excellent minifigs are the icing on the cake. Overall then, it's highly recommended.


26 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Great Job CapnRex n Huw! I was planning on buying this set anyway but after this review I'm sure I will get 2 now.

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By in Switzerland,

At first I thought this set was a 'must have'.. then I was having second thoughts. Now it's on my 'must have' list again :) The shape of the ship is intriguing! Great review guys

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By in United Kingdom,

This ship looks fantastic. My love of all LEGO spawned from my love of LEGO space. I started first buying space, then Star Wars, then went out of control any buy any set that looks good.

Seeing this ship reminds me how much I love LEGO spaceships! I'll be buying one for sure, wish I could afford a whole fleet of them!

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By in Australia,

the price:(

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By in Australia,

I don't always break down into a blubbering, incoherent heap, but when I do it's because this is AU$140.

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By in United Kingdom,

My Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue needs this Lego set!

I picked up the Republic Starfighter when they were briefly available in the UK, but didn't get chance to buy the Fury. So looking forward to getting it.

Any ideas when it will be (re)released in the UK?

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By in United Kingdom,

Great job guys! You've convinced me to pick up this set :D

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By in United Kingdom,

I've just checked Amazon.es, and they have 3 instock (well, 2 now) for the lower price of 67 Euros.

So I've just bought one! Yay!

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By in United States,

nice job capnrex101

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By in United States,

The last sentence of CapnRex101's summary seems to have been cut off.

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By in United States,

Where do the stickers go? I can't seem to find them in the pics.

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By in United States,

Try to beat me, MaverickDengo! I found a typo! In the caption for the picture of the ship with one wing, "dong" meant to be "done"(I think)

^Huw never puts on the stickers, but they are in the front, on the long strips of black tile between the wings

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By in Canada,

^^^ Thanks. Sorted.

^ Correct, particularly those on white backing plastic, they will peel off in a couple of years.

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By in United States,

Ok, just that "The four stickers included are found between the wing panels on either side, they are not particularly easy to apply, but with a bit of patience they can be lined up perfectly and they add some more depth to the look of the model from the side."

This implied that they were applied and as a result, appeared to add some depth.

Or am I reading that incorrectly?

Not a fan of stickers, myself, but I just wanted to see what they looked like.

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By in United States,

@billybobjoe - Lol! I... (scans article to find error) saw it, yep! I... uh... Just let you post first...

I really love this ship! It's definitely on my must buy list!

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By in United States,

It's a nice design and decent overall package; but as I said in part 1, without a price drop or sale, there's no way I'm laying down $90 for it.

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By in United Kingdom,

A bit better than I was expecting. I shall pick up this set when it's out.

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By in United States,

Great job guys! The ship is better than I thought. Definetley going on my want list!

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By in United States,

For those of you not familiar with the source material. Thought I would offer info.

The model as itself, is true to the design style and line from SWTOR (Star Wars The Old Republic MMO) Sith Fury, but is no where near the correct size (read on). Figs are great and as a fan of the game I want them myself.

HOWEVER. In a way this set is a disappointment. You should know that this ship should be Millennium Falcon sized, not star fighter sized like the new Republic Starfighter (maybe LEGO was trying to make them comparable). For example that front cockpit should be seating those 3 figs in a triangle formation with 2 pilots up front nearest the screen and the captain in the middle behind them. When I heard this set was going to be made I was expecting it to be in the $150 range with the Falcon and same sized. I am disappointed in that. Here is to hoping this awesome ship comes out as a much more correct UCS version. That, I would drop $400-$500 for. Im not sure Id buy the full set here, maybe just buy the figs.

My 2 bricks worth. :)
GREAT reviews guys, please keep them going.

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By in United States,

Way cooler than I thought, may actually want to buy it. :D

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By in United States,

This review has renewed by anticipation for this set! I hate having to wait until later this summer for it, but I guess that gives me time to save some money for it (you know, after I purchase the Lord of the Rings, Monster Fighters, Marvel, and Ninjago sets I want too.)

I hope Lego continues to make a few more sets from Star Wars: The Old Republic. I don't play the game, but I've seen enough footage on X-Play to know how awesome it looks and plays.

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By in Malaysia,

I'm always intrigued by shapes of LEGO SW spaceships , which sure will promise a fun and challenging build (not to mention useful parts for my MOC needs). But alas.... their prices are HUGE DETERRENCE for acquisition.

This review really shows what I've been missing all along.



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By in United States,

CHEESE AND RICE THIS SET IS AMAZING.

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By in United States,

I personally think it is overpriced, despite the awesome figures and the size of the ship it is still just one ship, not a star cruiser.

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By in Taiwan,

I'm also not familiar with the source material behind this set, but something about it seemed oddly familiar. After reading the review it struck me - the ship looks a bit like a Cylon raider from Battlestar Galactica! I might get one just to make it into that.

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By in United Kingdom,

Another fine review ;-)
This set caught my immediately. I am now looking forward to it even more.

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