Review: 75182 Republic Fighter Tank

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As further Star Wars films are released in the coming years it appears inevitable that the volume of products based on each one will be diluted. The prospect of seeing material from beyond the movies seems even more unlikely but 75182 Republic Fighter Tank is just such a set, having never appeared in any of the films or animated series released to date.

One might reasonably assume that this will reduce its appeal, although the inclusion of an Aayla Secura minifigure is bound to draw great interest as the popular Jedi has only appeared once before. In addition, the set costs just £19.99 in the UK or $24.99 in the US which seems very reasonable when compared with the piece count of 305 and typical Star Wars pricing.

Minifigures

Aayla Secura only features briefly in the material which now constitutes Star Wars canon but has made many appearances in video games, comics and books, thereby inspiring particular interest in the Twi'Lek Jedi. A minifigure based on Aayla's animated character design from The Clone Wars was previously included in 8098 Clone Turbo Tank but this is the first rendition based on Revenge of the Sith and it looks great. The lekku are decorated with dark brown straps like those seen in the film and the torso and leg printing is similarly accurate.

75182 Republic Fighter Tank

I like the angry expression on one side of the Jedi's head but think a smirk might have been more appropriate on the other given Aayla's cheerful personality. Nevertheless, this is an excellent minifigure on the whole and I am very pleased to see the character return, particularly since Quinlan Vos, with whom Aayla is often associated in Legends material, appeared in 75151 Clone Turbo Tank last year. A blue lightsaber completes the figure.

75182 Republic Fighter Tank

A wide range of specialised Clone Troopers are introduced during Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. This Clone Gunner is not among them, although he did appear as an action figure in 2005 and that happened to be one of my first Star Wars toys! I am therefore indisputably biased in my excitement at seeing this character in LEGO form but beyond that he serves an important purpose as the driver of the tank. His helmet is printed with a unique design which includes dark tan padded areas while a black pauldron extends across both the front and back of the torso.

75182 Republic Fighter Tank

A standard Clone Trooper head is found beneath the helmet and he is equipped with a blaster rifle in case the weaponry on the Republic Fighter Tank is disabled. It is worth noting that gunners like this one are traditionally trained for the use of the mass driver cannon on AT-TEs but it seems logical that their skills could also be applied to similar equipment, as they are in this set. Hopefully some standard Phase II Clone Troopers will be released to compliment this specialised soldier in the near future.

75182 Republic Fighter Tank

The set includes two Battle Droids to challenge the tank. These figures have undergone little change since 1999 but I am not sure that any significant alterations are necessary. The moulded details on the front and back of the head look great and I like the straight arm which allows each droid to hold a standard blaster. It is exactly a decade since the arms were introduced in 7662 Trade Federation MTT and it is nice to see them still in use.

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The Completed Model

The TX-130 Saber-class Fighter Tank does not appear in any current canon material so it is quite surprising that it has formed the subject of this set. Nevertheless, I think the vehicle looks marvellous, with a varied colour scheme and an attractive shape. I was surprised by the small size of the model while building it, although this is attributable to the relative scale of 7679 Republic Fighter Tank which was released in 2008. In fact, this 17cm long tank is more faithful to the source material than the original set and almost every aspect of the design has been improved.

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The entire model is protected by angular armour plating and this is formed primarily using wedges and slopes, as at the front of the tank. I love the dark red and white colour scheme which extends throughout the structure and the lime green highlights look great too, due in no small part to the careful balance which has been struck between these colours. Republic insignia adorn either side of the vehicle and further stickers are used to represent rows of bolts running down the centre.

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Mechanical systems line the edges of the hull and these are reasonably accurate in relation to the tank as it appears in comics and video games. Light bluish grey handles form fuel lines and this is only partly effective in my opinion, although the small scale does limit the possible alternatives. Stickers are used to create some detail towards the rear and there are clips for storing accessories such as the pearl silver wrench, shown in the image below, beneath the heavy laser cannons.

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Wheels are hidden underneath the vehicle which allow it to roll across a surface with ease. They are almost entirely invisible when viewed from most angles, although I wonder whether castor wheels could have been used instead to better represent the swift manoeuvrability of the tank. There are a few brightly coloured elements found underneath but luckily these are not visible under usual circumstances.

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Heavy laser cannons are situated on the sides of the cockpit and these can be rotated through an impressive arc of almost 180 degrees. The light bluish grey mountings look slightly out of place and I am not entirely convinced by the positioning of the two stud shooters, although they do offer some additional play value which is always welcome.

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The vehicle is accessed by a door at the rear. Unfortunately the small size of the model has compelled the designer to leave this feature out but the space is still well used and includes a storage box. This contains some extra ammunition for the stud shooters and opens around hinges at the base, just like the door on the original vehicle. Moreover, communications antennas are formed using foil elements which is very effective.

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Star Wars vehicles are not famed for their practicality but the TX-130 Saber-class Fighter Tank includes some fairly realistic features. The windows are very small, reducing the potential target for small arms fire but also restricting the pilot's visibility. I think they look great when viewed from the front and the low profile of the entire model is perfect in relation to the source material, contrary to 7679 Republic Fighter Tank.

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A circular hatch on top of the craft opens on a hinge so the driver can survey the battlefield. This works well for display but a laser cannon turret is usually placed in front of the hatch and it is a shame that this has been left out, presumably due to the limited parts budget. It would also have been nice to see a tighter fit around the circular hatch as there are some gaps left at the edges. The new 2x2 diagonal corner tile might have been useful here.

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Accessing the interior is quite difficult without the removal of the entire roof structure. This has not been designed to be taken off which is a shame, although the detailed interior makes up for that in my opinion. A single minifigure can slot into the tan seat and there are plenty of controls for the pilot, including a yoke represented by a black bucket handle. It is unusual to see quite so much detail in a Star Wars set but I welcome this change and hope to see a similar trend in future.

Overall

This is one of my favourite Star Wars sets of the year so far. The vehicle is highly detailed and looks brilliant in relation to the source material, although I would have preferred to see the dorsal turret included. Furthermore, the minifigure selection is excellent and it is particularly pleasing to see Aayla Secura included given the exceptional popularity of the character and her prior exclusivity to a much larger set.

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Ultimately, the relative unfamiliarity of the TX-130 Saber-class Fighter Tank may limit the appeal of this set but it is certainly a worthy purchase in my view, particularly given the low price of £19.99 or $24.99 which seems very reasonable. Hopefully we will continue to see occasional sets from the period of the Clone War like this one even as additional movies are released in the coming years.

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50 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Wait a sec - twenty quid? Lego seems to be apologizing for upping the prices of bigger sets... By LOWERING the prices of smaller sets! At times like this only one phrase comes to mind: what brexit!?!

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review! Looks like a nice set.

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By in United Kingdom,

This would be a fantastic set at £25, I can't believe it's so cheap! I love that control yoke, I haven't seen that done before. Definitely a must-buy for me.

I'm surprised they made this set at all to be honest - I don't think it's appeared in any new canon sources since the great Disney Purge, has it?

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By in United Kingdom,

Thank you for the review I had been looking forward to it but although the proportions are excellent, the missing cannon and the small scale makes me prefer the older one.

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By in United Kingdom,

However the price is excellent and it is good to actually see the vehicle again.

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By in Belgium,

Great looking set, loving the Aayla figure! Very happy, first Bossk then Aayla, I'm going to get there in the end.

Pretty sturdy looking set too and like the colour scheme.

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By in United States,

I remember playing tons of Video Games with this tank in them while growing up, so I will gladly get the set for that alone!

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By in United Kingdom,

Four (ish) figs, 305 pieces, £20. For a licensed set, what gives?

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By in United States,

^^I'm the same way, I grew up playing Star Wars battlefront so I think this set is awesome. Also the bonus of Secura in a cheap set makes this a must buy for me.

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By in United States,

I have the 2008 version of this set, and I have to say I'm a bit disappointed when comparing this to the previous; which is a bit unfair as the previous version was roughly twice the piece count. Having played the first to Battlefront games, I'm quite fond of this ship, however, since the "wings" don't bend down, I'm a little put off from buying it. On the other hand, at $50, if I didn't already have the first version, I would probably buy two of these!

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By in United Kingdom,

Great set and review, is the Aayla hair-piece the same as in the older Aayla figure sw284? It certainly looks very similar from the front picture.

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By in United States,

As others have said, this brings a lot of memories from SW Battlefront but also from the CW GameCube game as well. It's known as the Jedi Starfighter on land due to the fact that Jedi commanders used such vehicle to great effect when they entered the fray, just imagine what Skywalker could do in one of these.
I would love to have one costum in grey.

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By in France,

I need to agree with you Cap, this set is a perfect set! And for info, the tank is based on the ones which appears in the Battlefront 2 video game. Thx for this review , will get this tank.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hmm now I wonder will we ever get the awesome imperial version of this tank?

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By in United States,

Yessss this tank is such a huge part of my childhood. Some Attack of the Clones game I think. Will have to to get one (or two - that price) just for that.

How hard would it be to mod the set so that the sides angle down like they're supposed to?

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By in United States,

Woah, I thought this was $35! I may get this... But I wish the figs were a little more interesting.

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By in United States,

That's a really nice set.

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By in United States,

I had both the CW game and both original Battlefronts so yes, nostalgia!

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By in United Kingdom,

I originally thought this was £30 & on the fence leaning towards not getting it.
At £20, the only thing stopping me getting it is the thought it is going to be in a sale soon. £12 - £13 for this? It'd be hard not getting two

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By in Germany,

Well, you've further encourage me to buy this set. I just hope the Euro price is as reasonable as those in the UK and US.

I actually find it quite weird that this vehicle never popped up in The Clone Wars, it's a perfectly good design that could certainly have been utilised in a couple stories. Maybe it'll find its way into New Canon in the upcoming Battlefront sequel.

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By in United States,

This review has gotten me interested in the set. Minifigs are great and I like the color scheme. Very clever use of both the foil elements and the simple bucket handle. Brilliant!

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By in United Kingdom,

Great little set for £20. It reminds me of a Mega City Manta Prowl Tank from 2000AD.

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By in Netherlands,

I don't have many ground vehicles yet so I think I'll add this one to my collection. I was a bit disappointed because of it's size, it is a tank and tanks should be impressively big right? But the price makes up for that. :)

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By in United States,

I believe the tank was created for sequences cut from Revenge of the Sith, which is why it appeared in multiple spin-off materials, most notably as mentioned the now non-canon Battlefront II.

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By in United States,

Oh wow, the Battlefront memories with this set... ahh. : ) I do have to say, having played the game, I wish the, um... pontoons(?), of the craft, could be moved slightly up and down like they do in the game when you strafe the vehicle from left-to-right. And I do love Aayla to, she was awesome in BFII on Felucia, however she should come with her second green saber : / Nonetheless, this is nice!

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By in United States,

It is a great set... never liked it in the promo pics because it looked like a Microfighter of the first version, but these pictures make it look quite a lot better. Will probably get this thing.

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By in Brazil,

Aayla Secura, an exclusive clone, a nice small tank. I'll get one in the future.

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By in United States,

@brainslugged. Thanks for the AD. I am amazed that this tank was never in The Clone Wars TV show. This is a great buy and at first I just wanted Aayla Secura, but with seeing this review; I really like the clone trooper. Aayla's face looks a lot better compared to the old clone wars figure. However, I do like some of the clone war style heads.

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By in United Kingdom,

As someone who only generally collects OT+ sets, this wasn't on my radar. It looks like a nice build, so I'll pick it up at some point, especially if I see it discounted in the future.

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By in Netherlands,

There are actually multiple versions of this vehicle in Legends material. The 2008 Lego version is based on one that has a dual laser cannon turret on top. The most well-known version is the one from the old Battlefront games, which has a single beam turret. This 2017 version is based on a turret-less version: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TX-130_Saber-class_fighter_tank (main image on page).

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By in United Kingdom,

Another excellent review! This will be another set to buy on June 1st for me (they're starting to stack up).

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By in United Kingdom,

@CapnRex101 why is this listed as a Clone Wars set if it wasn't in the show?

Great review, like others I wasn't really thinking about this set until I saw your review. Aayla Secura makes this set a buy for me and the price is good too.

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By in United Kingdom,

Now all we're missing is something to oppose it. I've got a few suggestions myself, actually! A snail droid would be cool, perhaps with the newest version of luminara? Or maybe a separatist AAT from felucia? The perfect way to get commander bly!

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By in United Kingdom,

@SMC - Good point, I have changed it to 'Legends'.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Thanks Cap

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By in United States,

It's great to see LEGO's releasing some Prequel Trilogy Jedi that don't have the cartoony Clone Wars facial features, but there are still quite a few to fix. Ki-Adi Mundi and Shaak Ti are probably the ones we need the most right now.

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By in United Kingdom,

Like many others, I used to and still do play Star Wars Battlefront so I have a great love for this vehicle. The Clone Wars version released in 2008 was one of the sets I wanted the most but I actually like this one better. The scale is great. The detail in the cockpit and on the hull is lovely and I like the bright color scheme. I also love the minifigs. I thought the price was going to be like £35 so I was ecstatic when I discovered it would only be 20 smackeroos. Gonna cop as soon as it drops. Not even gonna wait for a discount (even though there is always a discount).

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By in United States,

Defiantly will be buying 3 of these, two for display and one for parts

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By in United States,

I loved this tank in Battlefront II! It's honestly one of the best looking SW vehicles. The addition of Aayla Secura makes it 20 times better. I've been trying to find a cheap way to get her minifig for years! If I find this on clearance at some point, I'll definitely get a second one.

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By in Australia,

Like so many others here this brings back awesome memories of the old Battlefront Games, in fact I think the first Battlefront game is probably my most played game :)

I really wasn't planning on buying this, especially since I just bought the ridiculously overpriced 75159 (on sale at least), but this review has really sold me, and I've always wanted an Aayla Secura minifigure, which is just icing on the cake. It looks this will be my first Clone Wars Era system set since 2013 :D

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By in United States,

Those clips under the cannons should really be moved forward one stud, as their current placement prevents the cannons from lying flat. I'm kind of surprised no one has mentioned that in a review up to this point. Maybe it's just me...

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By in United States,

Nice little set will consider grabbing it

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By in United States,

Correction: it (or a similar variant) appeared in The Clone Wars, towards the end of season two, used to take down the Zillo Beast the first time, if memory serves. Clone Wars is still canon.

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By in Italy,

But is already available on Lego store online? it doesn't seem so...

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By in United Kingdom,

@beskadberserker - Those are RX-200 Falchion-class Assault Tanks. Their hull shape is loosely similar to the TX-130 but they are much larger and include a large stun cannon on top.

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By in United Kingdom,

I bought this set today and I have to say it's one of THE best sets around this price point I've encountered. It seems like it's priced £5-10 cheaper than it should be - not that I'm complaining! It's a really solid build (bar a couple of steps) with some really interesting techniques, and it was a joy to put together.

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By in United States,

One of the best vehicles in Battlefront. Definite MUST HAVE.

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By in United Kingdom,

I brought this set yesterday and I remember the 2002 version which sadly I never got. I love the fact that Lego brought this set back and for a cheaper price too!!!

I love the fact that this vehicle is from the Star Wars the Clone Wars video game. Which is one of my favourite games as this tank is heavily featured. I have already begun work on a grey version so I can build scene from the game

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