Star Wars Advent Calendar: Day 18

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Two of the more recent Star Wars movies have inspired the minifigures and models which have emerged during the last couple of days. It seems likely that trend will continue during the last week of the calendar.

Let's find out...

TIE Fighter variants have appeared in several LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendars and this example takes inspiration from the First Order TIE/sf Fighter. Its light bluish grey and black colour scheme looks fantastic in relation to the vehicle from the movies and I like the red stripe on the left side of the cockpit, identifying this as a Special Forces craft.

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Light bluish grey 2x4 wedge plates form the solar array wings and a trans-red 1x1 round tile represents the cockpit viewport. Both features correspond with the original starfighter and the model is surprisingly robust, despite there only being a single stud that links the cockpit module to the wings. The 2x2 round plates on the external surface of each panel are rather large and tiles would have been more suitable, although that is a relatively minor issue.

Overall - 4.5 - This is an excellent model of the First Order TIE/sf Fighter, featuring an accurate colour scheme and some pleasing details.

 

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13 comments on this article

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By in United States,

That thing is adorable! It is just as good as the polybag!

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By in United States,

What’s your justification for taking off .5 points?

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By in United States,

I love today's model, and its a nice companion to 30276. Its just so tiny and cute!

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By in United Kingdom,

I always like to try to build these without looking to see what it's meant to be. This is the first one I got right. It gives the calendars an extra element of fun and extends the building process.

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By in United Kingdom,

@kel - I think the 2x2 round plates on the external surface of each solar array panel should have been replaced with 2x2 round tiles, hence I decided not to award full marks here.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I think thats a valid point

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By in United States,

Excellent! Less exposed studs are the only thing I would change, as you touched on.

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By in France,

@Jacob1998, not it isn't. It's half a point :)

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By in United States,

@capnrex101

Thank you for the clarification

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By in Ireland,

I will admit that I am a fan of First Order LEGO sets but nevertheless this is a great model. All hail General Hux and his glorious new regime!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I love this, really great for a mini scale first order army

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By in United Kingdom,

Just out of interest, have you added up the total scores for each year’s advent calendar to see how they compare?

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By in Canada,

I would have taken a half point off too, but for very different reasons. Beautiful model - very fragile though!

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