9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor review, part 2
Read on to find out why this is one of the best Star Wars ships LEGO has made...
Bag 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.
The 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.
Bags 5 and 6 build the right-hand wing. They are a slightly tedious build, having just dong the left one.
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.
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.
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.