Star Wars Advent Calendar: Day 4

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LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendars have typically focused upon certain planets or films for several days in succession but the first three days of this calendar have been extremely varied.

I am excited to discover what will appear behind door number four...

Today's gift contains an impressive total of 21 pieces, along with six spares. These elements form a tiny rendition of a TX-130 Saber-class Fighter Tank which has not appeared in a Star Wars Advent Calendar before. I appreciate receiving something brand new but am not sure how effective this model really is. It does resemble the Republic's light tank but certain details of its shape have not been captured properly.

View image at flickr

Furthermore, the trans-black cockpit looks out of place in my opinion. The original tank features small viewports nestled between heavy armour so they could probably have been excluded altogether at this scale. I do like the laser cannons on either side of the cockpit though and the colour scheme of dark red, white and light bluish grey looks superb in relation to the source material.

Overall - 3.0 - I am pleased to find a new vehicle on day four but the designer has struggled to capture the shape of the original tank at such a tiny scale.

 

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By in United States,

God, that's terrible.

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By in United Kingdom,

I liked this one - I thought it was immediately recognisable as the fighter tank when my son showed it to me (he didn't recognise it - but hasn't seen clone wars series that much)....

I really like these micro-builds and it is amazing how much detail you can get in a model roughly 5 studs by 3...

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By in United Kingdom,

Wait. THAT's a Fighter Tank?
I thought it was a disfigured A-wing, looking at how sloppily it's been put together.

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By in Germany,

I really liked it. I knew what it was and I thought that it was a good idea. I think of them as how a toy would be made in my lego world so I think that makes choice like the cockpit make more sense.

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By in United States,

^drbaggy, it's in none of The Clone Wars series, neither the Genndy Tartavosky one from the early 2000's or the later Dave Filoni CGI series. It's first appearance was in the video game Star Wars: Clone Wars, followed by Battlefront I, Battlefront II, and an Imperial version in Battlefront II and bulked up in Star Wars: Empire at War. The Imperial version has shown up in the new canon only in Mobile phone games. Have no clue if the Republic version has shown up at all in canon.

Lego has made it in Minifigure scale twice. A horrendously out of scale version with lots of play features a few years ago, and a smaller more accurate but simpler design that came out recently. I have the most recent Minifigure scale version, it's a great little low cost set.

Now I don't intend to disrespect that tank, I have very fond memories of all the video games it showed up in! But unless your son has been playing mobile phone games, or some now considered 'antiquated' games from my childhood; I don't blame him for not recognizing the tank.

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By in United States,

took me a while this morning to figure it out, and i own the 2nd minifig scale version. not bad, but not good, either (yup 3/5).

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By in United States,

Really don't care about the build, but I'm happy to get those pieces.

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By in United Kingdom,

Not a fan of this one at all. Shape is all wrong, I'm sure they could have done it better with a similar number of pieces. If it wasn't for the side cannons, I'd have no idea what it was meant to be.

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By in United States,

I was a bit unsure about this one. I thought it might be the tank, but it could also be a really weird A-Wing.

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By in Germany,

I think it's fine

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By in Ireland,

I really have to brush up on my Star Wars lore as for a second day in a row I didn't know it was!
Thanks brickset for enlightening me!

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By in United States,

When I saw the parts and the instructions, I thought it was going to some unknown Freemaker original content set. As soon as I finished building it, though, I realized what it was. I don't remember it from the show, but there's a very similar (if not the same) vehicle in the old Battlefront games from the PS2 era. Not to mention the synergistic marketing of set 75182!

I do wonder whether the instructions might be a bit difficult for young children. There is a fairy complex sandwich-ing of lots of little pieces, which obviously no AFOL would struggle with, but younger builders might. Or maybe I am just underestimating them, I don't know.

@xboxtravis Sorry, I guess I should have not skimmed over your post. So there we go, it wasn't in the cartoons. Could be in season 7, though. ;)

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By in Australia,

Nup, TX-130 is one of my favourite clone wars era designs (I even built one and won a 'custom of the week' way back in the day on FBTB!) but I had NO IDEA what this was when I built it. It's that clear slope that wrecks it - even removing the slope works better.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thought this one was readily identifiable. Certainly better than yesterday's

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By in United States,

Days 3 and 4 are parts packs for me. Bad renditions of vehicles from series i have no interest in. 2/5 for both.

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By in United Kingdom,

Don't know if this is allowed, but I just made my own version of the TX-130 using fewer pieces and requiring no recolours.
https://i.redd.it/v4x4kvptab221.png

Less good from a parts pack perspective but I like it better.

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By in Germany,

I knew what it was, but it's a pretty terrible rendition. I hope the calendar picks up again, it's been downhill after day one.

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By in United States,

That's twice in a row that the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2018 has stumped me.
I had no idea what yesterday's model was (spoiler alert: it was the Arrowhead from the Freemaker Adventures. What?), and I had no idea what today's was.
That's a sorry attempt at a Fighter Tank!

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