• Swarm Interceptor

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    Very fun, very cool looking--packed with playability!

    Written by (AFOL , bronze-rated reviewer) in United States,

    The Swarm Interceptor would be a great set even if it lacked several of its play features--it's got that much to offer. Aesthetically, it's perhaps overshadowed by Star Wars (as most of the space theme has been since SW came around), but in terms of detail and play features, it's a stand-out set.

    But even compared to SW, the Interceptor's still a very good looking model. It's sleek, can be folded into several different configurations, and manages to look good in all of them. Folding the wings completely down gives it a sort of chicken-walker feel (this is how mine is displayed--the nose angles slightly down, and my bug-eyed alien friend is pointing his ray gun right back up at it, defiantly). The color scheme is nice, though the medium azure tends to make it look a little less serious than I'd like. The stickers lend some nice detail but I think for this set, aren't really all that necessary.

    The hoverboard goes a completely different direction and has an organic feel, with fluorescent green parts and several textures. Again, several of the parts even on this small craft are articulated. There are a lot of other details in this set that certainly didn't need to be included but were. You'll find those new 1x1 round tiles scattered all throughout, which give the craft added texture--even a few tucked under the wing joints where you probably wouldn't even see them.

    Both minifigs are high quality. The pilot has a printed torso and legs, two-sided, and his head is reversible (one with a bit of a determined sneer, the other with an oxygen mask). And the alien speaks for himself--he's fantastically creepy and yet endearing, all at once.

    All that said, where the set really shines is playability. Playability is huge for a set this size:

    • The main wings fold on click hinges from horizontal to vertical and several very nice angles in between (one click down from horizontal is probably my favorite look)
    • The smaller winglets on the nose section fold out
    • The nose-mounted guns swivel, giving several distinct looks, and are easily removed and used as hand weapons for our pilot, whom I suppose could even wield both at once
    • Concealed in the aft section are a pair of trans-red flick missiles which pop out--I especially like the execution on these
    • The nose section rotates on a swivel (similar to the Star Wars B-Wing), keeping it level as the plane meneuvers. It also easily detaches as an escape pod.
    • Then there's our little nemesis, the bug-eyed alien on his hoverboard for our hero to chase after. He comes with one of those fantastically-retro Ray Guns introduced with the Alien Conquest theme.

    Complaints are few and minor on this set. I could do without the technic bits, and I don't actually like the swivel feature of the cockpit--I ended up sliding the lower assembly forward so it engages the cockpit and stops it from swiveling. A quick fix, requiring no extra parts. As great as the alien looks, I'm afraid those antennae would get lost very quickly if the set were used for anything other than display. Lastly, the computer in the cockpit is at the pilot's feet. There's plenty of room to place it properly and I'm not sure why it wasn't. That one's easily fixed by a couple 2x2 plates.

    It's been a very long time since I've come across so much fun packed into such a small set. Though I've mostly let the Galaxy Squad theme pass me by, I'm very glad we picked up this little set. Highly recommended for any space fan, young or old.

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  • Swarm Interceptor

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    Lots of fun in a small package

    Written by (AFOL , bronze-rated reviewer) in United States,

    The Swarm Interceptor is a a deceptively fun spaceship. The build is pretty straight forward and not difficult at all, but the finished product has folding wings, a hidden flick-missile compartment, and a swiveling cockpit. The two minifigures, the winged mosquitoid and Solomon Blaze, are also great.

    Pros

    • Folding Wings: The Interceptor's wings fold out to fly but fold down to serve as landing gear for the ship. It looks cool, and it saves a lot of space if you have a landing pad set up or are putting the ship on display.
    • Cockpit: The Interceptor's cockpit is unusual in that it rotates separately from the rest of the body and wings of the ship. This allows the pilot to always face "up" while maneuvering through obstacles. The cockpit can also be detached with a little pull and has small wings that fold out like a glider.
    • Hidden Compartment: The upper aft section of the Interceptor's body flips open to reveal a hidden compartment containing two flick-missiles. Normally I'm not a big fan of flick-missiles, but I thought this was a cool feature (the compartment can be folded back far enough to fire the missiles behind the ship as well).
    • Minifigures: I'm a big fan of the Galaxy Squad minifigs. The humans' helmets are nicely done and the heads are double-sided so you can change how they look. The aliens are also well done and very unique, and include wings and antennae. Also, the mosquitoid comes with a nice speeder/ship to fly on his own.

    Cons

    • Cockpit: As much as the rotating function is neat it can also be annoying. I added a piece on top to hold it in position most of the time.

    For the price - $20 - and all the features this is a great set. It was my third Galaxy Squad set but it could easily be the first set for anybody starting a collection.

    4 out of 5 people thought this review was helpful.

  • Swarm Interceptor

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    Classic Space Meets New Design and Pieces

    Written by (TFOL , gold-rated reviewer) in United States,

    I just received this set from my grandparents for my Christmas gift (it was belated, but does that really matter anyways?). I really was hoping to get this set because it just looked awesome and very much had a Classic Space vibe to it. After building it, I can safely say that my early predictions and thoughts have led me correctly. The set feels simple yet unique, it has nice new pieces, and it has an excellent amount of play features that make this set very attractive.

    Pros

    • I love the new mosquitoid minifigure; Solomon Blaze is also nice (especially with the masked face), but the mosquitoid is very unique and different to the aliens of my Space collection.
    • The amount of playability here is excellent; kids will love the (always present) flick-fire missiles in the turret (which actually look rather excellent with the new smooth piece), and the ship split is logically done.
    • I am also a huge fan of the design of the ship; it feels very Classic Space-y to me for some reason (especially with the color scheme), and it has many new pieces, but I feel it would work well in any Space collection, new or old.

    Cons

    • I love the antennae on the mosquitoid; they look excellent, but they are a pain in the but to apply to the head, and can very easily be lost with the kid element added in.
    • I do wish that the separated ship had a small rocket on the bottom of it (or somewhere on it) since it would almost make it fall with only wings. My quirk is minor, but it would be a bit nicer to see, more realistic.
    • My final con (and possibly the biggest) would be the alien scooter flyer ship; although it isn't terrible for its size, I do believe that it isn't perfectly executed as a ship. A bit more substance would be nice here, and a 25 dollar price tag would be fine for a better scooter.

    This is an excellent taste of the new Galaxy Squad line; it blends Classic Space with newer pieces and more simple building techniques. It has a lot of playability options for children, and the design is simple yet superb. This is a great set to get for a birthday present or bribery, and older fans will love its design. If you're a fan of Lego Space, get this, and you will not be disappointed.

    5 out of 5 people thought this review was helpful.

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    Even my wife loves it. (That's saying something)

    Written by (AFOL , silver-rated reviewer) in United States,

    This is one of my favorite sets ever. Cool play features all around. Much better than the trite/obligatory ones in many sets. ;p

    Instructions

    Some of the colors are way off, but it's still really easy to follow

    Parts

    I really love the parts here. It's a very cool set with very cool stuff. The huge fin/wings are very cool.

    Minifigures

    The Mosquitoid is pretty stunning. The wings have this holographic effect in them. The head print on the human is really cool as well. Hard to pick which side to use.

    The build

    It's quick and easy and super sturdy.

    Playability

    It's so coooool! It's super swooshy. It transforms, splits, and has hidden missiles. Even the alien skiff is poseable.

    Value

    I think it's perfect for the money. Nice big ship. Two great minifigs. There's not really much more that you could ask for.

    8 out of 8 people thought this review was helpful.

  • Swarm Interceptor

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    Great Spacecraft

    Written by (TFOL , gold-rated reviewer) in United States,

    This is a great set and a great addition to the Galaxy Squad theme. The spaceship is awesome with a detachable escape pod with folding wings, hidden flick fire missiles, and folding wings the turn the back section of the spaceship into a turret. One of my favorite functions, though, is that when the plane flies, the cockpit rotates to stay level. This function works very well. The bug vehicle is a nice addition to this set. It is very small, but it has some very mice details. The minifigures are great. The mosquito guy torso and legs are very detailed and look like an insects exoskeleton. His head is great with two compound eyes, the pointy nose thing, and the two antennas. His wings are also well done with details that look like they are made up of small hexagons.

    Pros:
    Spaceship has an escape pod with fold out wings that can break off
    Back section of the ship can turn into a turret when the wings bend down
    Two retractable flick fire missiles
    Cockpit rotates to a level position when it flies
    The alien vehicle is a nice addition
    Great minifigures
    Comes with two space guns and an alien blaster
    Comes with some cool elements

    Cons:
    Clear stickers
    The space ship probably could have needed a vertical fin on the back

    Overall, I give it a 10/10! This set has a lot of functions for the money. I t is a great addition to the Galaxy Squad theme. I recommend this set to anyone.

    6 out of 6 people thought this review was helpful.