Review: Finch Dallow

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LEGO Star Wars designers must often rely upon concept artwork and information that is subject to change when creating new sets. Inaccuracies are therefore inevitable, especially in sets which are based upon recent movies.

On that basis, 75188 Resistance Bomber is very accurate on the whole, although its pilot wore a helmet with yellow decoration and his skin tone was incorrect in relation to the film.

Such issues would typically be ignored so the recent revelation that a new pilot minifigure, representing Finch Dallow, has been designed was met with surprise. Nevertheless, I always appreciate new Star Wars minifigures so was eager to add this one to my collection.

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The designs on the torso and legs remain unchanged, incorporating a detailed flak vest and ejection harness that cover a dark orange flight suit. However, there is a small reddish brown area around the neck. The same detail appeared on the previous minifigure, as demonstrated above, but only came to my attention while assembling this one. Of course, it may represent a shirt underneath the flight suit but the matching skin tone between the torso and Finch Dallow's head is noticeable.

Finch Dallow

A brand new head has been produced for this figure, featuring a neutral expression on one side while the other includes a breathing mask. Furthermore, the helmet has been updated. This is now decorated with some diagonal blue stripes and Aurebesh letters reading 'STELE' which is interesting as the letters on Dallow's helmet read 'STELLA' in the film.

Finch Dallow

Accuracy is an important consideration for the LEGO Star Wars theme and this minifigure is superb in that regard, despite the incorrect lettering. It looks good when compared with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and I am pleased to complete the crew of the Cobalt Hammer, comprising Nix Jerd, Finch Dallow and Page Tico. Even so, redesigning such a minor character is unusual, especially since 75188 Resistance Bomber has been retired in some regions.

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Such curiosities are certainly interesting though. 75188 Resistance Bomber remains available in North America and reports have suggested that an updated version of the set, containing this minifigure, can be found on shelves. Furthermore, some people have been successful in contacting LEGO customer service for a replacement, although that is inconsistent.

Are you hoping to add this Finch Dallow minifigure to your collection? Let us know in the comments.

48 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

I don't get it. Why introduce a unique minifig to a set that's already retiring? Did they have a ton of unsold Bombers lying in a warehouse somewhere and dediced that fleecing the AFOLs would be the best way to get rid?

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By in Canada,

I submitted a request for the missing pieces making up the minifigure and Lego's customer service sent me the parts. I was surprised at this and am happy not to have paid the ridiculous secondary markter values.

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By in Hungary,

Neat minifig, perhaps TLG could include it in this year's calendar too.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is a reply I received from TLG Missing Parts service in the UK about a week ago. "Thanks for getting in touch with us.We're very sorry, but we won't be able to send you the reissued Finch minifigure for your LEGO® Star Wars™ Resistance Bomber™ building set. We've had a lot of 'missing parts' requests recently from LEGO fans who simply wanted to add this minifigure to their LEGO collection and due to this we've ran out of stock. The very limited stock we had of the reissued Finch minifigure was meant for quality issues and no new stock will be made."
Note the bit about "No new stock will be made" . Oh well, that is it. If you have one already - lucky you.
I phoned TLG this morning and they confirmed that as of the middle of last week all 4 parts of this minifigure were out of stock at the missing / replacement parts warehouse in Denmark. This warehouse serves the whole of the world for missing / replacement parts so that is it folks, TLG has no more to give away. But to sugar coat the fact they have no stock they said "they were looking into making this minifigure more accessible at a lower entry price - possibly a polybag, as it has proved so popular." Now that contradicts what I was previously told about no new stock being made. I am pretty sure that a polybag won't happen. So once again if you have one - enjoy it because plenty of us don't have it.

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By in United States,

I tried to get one from customer service, but they were out. Then I checked Ebay. $70.00!?!?!? That is what this guy is selling for...

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By in Germany,

"Quality issues".

Ok, so the US get's updated figures with better quality, while the rest of the world gets...the middle finger from TLG - once again!

Thank you so much TLG. Way to go!

And to think that there are still members from the US who wonder why us Europeans are ever more pi**ed off by the fact that TLG shows us that we don't count as valued customers anymore!

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By in United Kingdom,

Pretty weird of Lego to do that. They've made mistakes in sets loads of times before and never fixed them.
I really like all those pilot figs though. Great detail and unique face prints. Even though I don't collect sequel trilogy stuff, might get one or two just for generic Star Wars pilots.

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By in Austria,

@Brodie & @Teenage Brickster - that sucks, I feel for you and I'm sorry you couldn't get one. I wrote to Customer Service last week (Tuesday, I think..?) and they told me they were out of the Resistance Pilot torso and leg pieces, but still had the head and helmet. So today I got those two parts in the mail. Lucky me indeed

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By in Germany,

It's really weird that you praise this figure for its accuracy directly after mentioning that the helmets word print is completely wrong, I really can't compute this and have to question your review standards.
With the wrong writing this helmet is worth nothing and in need of some fanmade decals.
The head looks very nice but not 30-70$ nice. It's things like this why I don't understand some peoples insistence on only using official unaltered parts. Even after a "fix" a year after release of the source material they are still objectively badly made.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Navy Trooper Fenson - The minifigure is very accurate on the whole, hence my comments. The incorrect Aurebesh text is almost certainly because there was not space to include six letters on the helmet. That has happened before and I am sure it will occur again in the future.

Of course, more refined printing technology would be fantastic as that would allow the designers to achieve greater accuracy but that is not available at the moment, it seems.

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By in United States,

I wonder if the word Stella is a referebce to Onderon Resistance leader and Saw sister from the CW show...... A good figure but from the ST sets.

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By in Sweden,

Never should've been replaced (unless for a redesign/re-issue 4-5 years down the line). Almost all Star Wars sets are inaccurate as far as minifigures go, and they don't get replaced mid-production, so why should this one?

Don't own the set, no interest personally, but if I did own the original release I'd be pretty livid if LEGO wouldn't also give all those people a replacement minifigure.

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By in Canada,

Interesting that Lego re-issued the set with a new minifigure. And, it is very hard to find here in Canada. Been checking TRU (yes we still have them) and Lego stores (no chance) and Walmart (no luck). So it's been an interesting search for the newer set. Talked to staff at Lego stores and the set is now retired, but it is available at Lego.com (but only the old version)... Interesting search for a set with the updated minifigure...

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By in United States,

I'm starting to wonder if there is a gas leak or something at the LEGO offices as the chooses they have been making are, somehow, even worse than normal.

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By in United Kingdom,

Bizarre choice all round by Lego, but it's a bit troubling how angry it's making some people. They probably didn't do it to personally ruin your life. I imagine it was meant to have happened a lot earlier in the product's life cycle, but this is just how it panned out.

Personally, I'm very happy to have one, since the bomber has more seats than crew. Mr. Yellow Helmet can man the aft ball turret.

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By in Ukraine,

I don't recognize him. Which Star Wars show is he from?

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By in France,

I find this whole story bizarre. Have Lego ever done this before??

And why don’t the hands match the skin tone of the face in the reissue?

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By in United States,

Why couldn't they have just included him in a one country specific store, and then further limit him to only credit card holders of that said store? That seemed to go over well....

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By in United Kingdom,

@Lordmoral - Stella means star in Latin and Italian so presumably that is why Dallow's helmet reads 'STELLA'.

@captcrouton - He is a minor character from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

@jdm - Kanan Jarrus from 75053-1 The Ghost was updated with a dark brown hair piece, replacing the original black element, but I think this is probably the most significant change to a single minifigure. The dark tan hands represent gloves.

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By in United States,

I haven’t seen this set on shelves in a looong time.

The figure looks great, but I’ll never add it to my collection at those prices. Granted I don’t have the rest of the crew, so I’m not missing too much. I can’t being myself to spend $10 on bricklink per figure.

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By in United States,

I love the revision, it’s just so odd with the timing of the set (retired or being phased out by now). I wish I had held out a little longer on getting the bomber.

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By in Austria,

@CapnRex101 - I think you got it backwards: Kanan first appeared with a black hair component (SW577), and it was replaced with a dark brown one (not reddish brown) (SW602) in the re-issued versions of the Ghost.

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By in United States,

@MisterBrickster, agreed that if it were easier to get a copy of Finch, it would make sense to move the original pilot figure to the top ball turret on the aft of the ship. One of the reasons I love that set is there is so much seating room, and its pretty easy to fit a full complement of figures inside that model.

However since Finch is so hard to get... might just keep that original inaccurate pilot in his command seat for now.

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By in United Kingdom,

Like others, I contacted Lego Customer Service about this last week. They sent me the correct helmet and.... adult Ahsoka's head!! I contacted them to ask if they could send the correct head and they said:

"I'm really sorry to hear that you received a wrong piece. I would have sent it out to you again but the LEGO® pieces, 6252065 has now been discontinued. (We sometimes have to stop making a few of the older pieces to create space for new things.) But all is not lost!

Even though we don’t have the exact pieces you requested, there are lots of fans who sell old LEGO pieces online, so you might be able to find it second-hand. "

So I've contacted them again asking why such a new piece as been "discontinued" already and if they will be releasing the figure in some way for those of us who bought the original set to be able to get one.

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By in United Kingdom,

He's bound to turn up in the 2020 Advent Calendar, especially considering TLG said "they were looking into making this minifigure more accessible at a lower entry price".

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By in United Kingdom,

@midnighter1979 Not that it will make you feel any better - that is exactly what happened to my brother. He ordered on 1st Feb, got shipping notification on 5th Feb and 4 parts of Finch arrived on 8th Feb. Only problem was just like you, there was Ahsoka's head in the bag instead of Finch's - no mention of a parts substitution at any point in the whole process. I wonder how many others have had their hopes dashed by Ahsoka.

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By in United States,

Sad that TLG cannot positively tie the ebay sales to fraudulent "missing parts" requests and permanently ban the people who abused the service. If the parts had been made available for purchase from Lego Bricks and Pieces on the "Buy Bricks" option I'd say they are fair game, buy them for a nickel and sell for $100 if you can get it. I buy a lot of used sets, and occasionally use the "Buy Bricks" option to fill in missing parts, but I won't claim they were missing to get free parts from Lego.

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By in United States,

I think they made the decision based on how sensitive the issue of race is in our current climate (No I don’t want to start any debates). Regardless of the reason, I think it was a good decision. The set should reflect the characters in the film.

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By in United States,

small thing, but you should add this as 75188-2 in the system to reflect the diffrence of the figures.

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By in Germany,

This whole story makes me wonder if Lego don't have anything better to do right now, e.g., producing some decent Star Wars sets for 2019.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Brodie - Lego have added 100 VIP points to my account as a "sorry". I'm usually a staunch defender of Lego's business practices but this whole thing has been a terrible move. They should have released a micro fighter with the character included so everyone could get him for a reasonable price.

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By in United States,

B_Spaceman is correct. Cool figure - hopefully he appears again down the line.

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By in United States,

I just contacted Lego support and was able to gain the new head and mask!

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By in United States,

@Brodie:
What it means is they're not just going to run new stock to fill replacement part orders (if they did, they could find themselves just burning through these in greater numbers than the total quantity of sets produced). If they release a new set that includes this minifig, they will of course have to restart production on it, but ironically since they've cleared out stock on all four parts they may end up with new element ID numbers next time.

@Lordmoral:
It's more likely that it's a personal reference. Maybe the set or graphics designer has a relative named Stella.

@jdm:
They've made running changes quite a bit over the years. Monster Fighters had a problem with Glow in the Dark paint and stickers being on the wrong side of the law in Europe, so they reissued several of those sets with non-GitD parts and stickers that just looked like they were. Kanan Jarus went to the hair salon and got his hair lightened (both the actual hairpiece and I believe also the facial hair printed on the head). The first Harley Quinn had paint layers applied in the wrong order so the black body blocks covered up the white girl-curves, and a later production run corrected this. The first Batmobile and Catwoman set (and two other non-genre sets) had a brand new wheel design that looked really cool, but got replaced in mid-production with a two-sided wheel design, while the original wheel mold has never been used again. The Shellraiser design was basically overhauled to the point that I think Bricklink treats them as two separate sets due to how complex it would be to do that range of alternate parts. The big Space Shuttle from a few years back had a service pack to correct some design flaws, and then even had a further redesign that was issued under a different set number. This is, however, the first time I can recall them just swapping out an entire minifig, and it's also the first time I can recall them making such a major change so late in the game.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Purple Dave
Would a Resistance Bomber microfighter with the Finch Dallow minifigure be too much to wish for so they could correct the mess they made of his introduction.
Surely that would have been the most obvious way to introduce Finch to their customers instead of the dumb move they actually pulled.

@midnighter1979
thanks I shall suggest he contacts TLG again and ask them 'how' sorry they really are.

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By in United States,

Ya know, I never had much interest in the Bomber, but I'm the kinda guy that likes to have rare and unique things on display, I might have to pick one up sometime and hope to get him (better than paying he scalpers)...

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By in United States,

@AustinPowers That's not what the rep meant in reference to "quality issues". It's not that one country receives better quality parts than another. The rep means they keep a stock of parts in case a customer reports missing pieces in their set but Lego have since ran out. This was an issue 1. because of the limited nature of the minifig and 2. the amount of people scamming to get a free character. In supply chain lingo, any amount of missing pieces in a product would be classified as a "quality issue."

Say what you want about Lego's decision to re-release this set but it seems they were willing to offer a figure to actual owners of the set until greedy minifig collectors ruined everything.

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By in Germany,

@CDM: still doesn't change the fact that this figure was released at a time when the set had already been retired in most parts of the world, so in essence, once again every non-US region got the middle finger, and totally needlessly at that. Don't try to make us think this wasn't done totally on purpose!

They only way I see to remedy the situation would be to produce another batch of these figures and put them either in a new Microfighter set or the next SW Advent Calendar, so that everyone gets at chance at obtaining this figure the regular way.

And for the record, I myself am not the slightest bit interested in this particular figure (or the set it came in), I simply hate the practice of screwing over certain parts of the world that TLG obviously sees as not as worthy of their attention as others. Because that's the basic theme behind all their recent FU signs towards us in the "old world". Ironic that it's basically their home turf and the countries that made them get as large as they are in the first place.

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By in United States,

@AustinPowers "...done on purpose"? "...middle finger..."?

Come on. This had to have been a licensing issue. Lego surely took a $$$ loss to produce a new head / helmet and reprint a booklet and box to add a minor character. There is no chance they did this for any other reason than a demand from Disney.

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By in United States,

So you bought another copy just for Finch Dallow?

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By in Germany,

@CDM: why should Disney "demand" that TLG change a minor character for one market alone, the set having been retired everwhere else and almost sold out in the US as well before the change took effect?

This whole thing doesn't make any sense but to feed the scalpers, like TLG loves to do in recent times with all these highly limited region exclusive sets. At least in the US (and now those China New Year sets). No region exclusive sets in Europe funnily enough. Coincidence? I absolutely don't think so.

But it's no problem. Luckily there's alternatives now.

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By in Norway,

Like a lot of others here I - as an owner of 75188 Resistance Bomber - made contact with Lego's customer service yesterday regarding this issue. I quickly received word from TLG that they would indeed be sending me the new head and helmet for the Finch Dallow minifigure, but were unable to supply the (identical to the original minifigure in the set) torso and legs as these parts were out of stock. I can only hope that they do not send me Ahsoka's head instead of Finch's as several here seem to have received, but barring any such mistake I find it hard to be very angry at TLG for actually updating a canon-inconsistent minifigure and offering replacement parts for free to customers making contact with them, all in order to rectify an error TLG cannot be seen to have had the main responsibility for in the first place.

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By in United States,

@AustinPowers You're really in tin foil hat territory here. With one hand Lego actively sues trademark infringers and with the other hand props up the secondary minifigure and rare set markets.

I don't think it's far-fetched for the Disney / Lego licensing agreement to have stipulations regarding accurate character representation in the associated sets. Far cry more likely than your conspiracy theory.

With that said, I'm speculating and have nothing more to add. I very much doubt a scalper scenario.

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By in United States,

@Brodie:
They did answer one person saying they were considering ways to bring the minifig out again. The three easy possibilities I can think off are that Microfighter, an Advent Calendar, and just putting him in a polybag.

@AustinPowers:
They wouldn't demand that it be done for one market alone. But they could have demanded that it be done for the final run of these sets, at which point there may have only been one market that was still receiving new shipments. And if you think Europe hasn't seen any exclusive sets, go do some research on Toy Story polybags sometime. I didn't drop $25 on two polybags just to lighten my pocket.

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By in Australia,

I'm only commenting because I am tired of Lego favouring one country over all others. I don't care about the figure in this case but have seen so many times USA getting a cool special release where other countries miss out. If Lego cares about it's fan base at all it will start treating all customers the same. No more country exclusives! No idea why it doesn't already? It's not like they have a large contingent of American designers or board members pushing for releases in the USA? I would love for Lego to publicly say why the whole world can't receive the same specials/deals when a freebie is available? Pandering to one market just increases resellers bank accounts in that country and does little to their own revenue. Fans that would love to own these freebies either pay aftermarket prices or move on. That's lost sales for lego, plus the bad karma from pissing off a part of your market.

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By in South Korea,

I submitted a request for the missing pieces and i actually got everything except the torso! I guess i’m one of the lucky ones

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