Star Wars can be enjoyed by viewers of various age groups, including young children who may only recently have been introduced to the saga. Expanding the LEGO theme to target a younger audience therefore seems sensible and the first 4+ wave includes three iconic vehicles from the Original Trilogy.
75237 TIE Fighter Attack contains just 77 pieces, several of which are large so are ideal for junior builders. Nevertheless, this model seems to capture the source material with reasonable accuracy and I hope it will provide considerable play value as well, given the comparatively young target age range for this set.
75095 TIE Fighter was released in 2015 and came with a unique TIE Fighter Pilot, featuring metallic silver streaks across the helmet. The same component has appeared in several subsequent sets and looks fantastic as these silver designs contrast with the black piece underneath. Removing the helmet reveals a Clone Trooper head which is alright, although I would prefer some variation between Imperial characters.
The torso and legs are also available on earlier minifigures but they look great, accurately replicating the uniforms worn by these pilots in the films. I am particularly impressed with the colourful highlights on the life support pack and the printed gas transfer hoses are excellent. This pilot is equipped with a black blaster pistol.
Rebel forces wear varied uniforms but the classic Rebel Fleet Trooper is exceptionally popular and its return is welcome, six years after its last appearance in 75011 Tantive IV & Planet Alderaan. The figure includes an updated torso design with some realistic creases on his sand blue shirt and pockets on the vest. These correspond with the movies but should probably be slightly less prominent in my opinion.
Moreover, the head has been improved and now features two facial expressions beside a printed chin strap that lines up perfectly with the helmet. This component attracted significant attention when it was introduced in 2009 and it looks pretty good, although the black visor is not an ideal shape in relation to the onscreen design. The soldier carries a pearl silver blaster rifle.
The Completed Model
Limited attention has been paid to the Rebel base on Yavin IV so this command station is reasonably appealing and features a new computer display which shows the approaching Death Star. I appreciate this printed piece but some Aurebesh text, perhaps identifying its weakness, might have been pleasing. Two reddish brown boxes are included too, forming additional scenery for the minifigures to take cover behind.
TIE-series vehicles have been an enduring feature of the LEGO Star Wars theme since 1999 and the latest version appears somewhat reminiscent of early models, measuring 14cm in height. It does look small beside modern minifigure-scale TIE Fighters but feels adequately substantial for a craft which is intended almost exclusively for play and its famed silhouette is immediately recognisable.
Some colourful pieces are found inside the cockpit but it looks good from the exterior. The structure is designed around a light bluish grey piece which appears reasonably faithful to the source material and provides plenty of space for the pilot inside. There are no controls but twin trans-red laser cannons are included and I like the printed viewport, although this actually belongs to 75168 Yoda's Jedi Starfighter rather than past TIE Fighters.
Another 6x6 hatch component forms the rear of the cockpit. This example is not decorated which is slightly disappointing but it does open to reveal two clips for keeping blasters. I am quite pleased with this function, despite its simplicity, as such details are rarely found in Juniors or 4+ sets. Moreover, the dark bluish grey hatch has appeared only once before.
Enormous 14x18 hexagonal plates form each solar array panels and these are linked to the cockpit using Technic pins with low friction. Unfortunately, this causes the wings to wobble, reminding me of early LEGO TIE Fighters which suffered from a similar issue. This is disappointing but also provides further play opportunities as you can easily detach both wings, as though they have been destroyed during battle!
75237 TIE Fighter Attack is probably my favourite of the new 4+ sets. TIE Fighters consist primarily of simple geometric shapes so using larger pieces has little impact upon the appearance of this rendition when compared with others. There is limited detail and the wing connection could be strengthened but this model offers great potential for play and its price of £17.99 or $19.99 is reasonable for a vehicle of this size.
Furthermore, the set contains an exclusive Rebel Fleet Trooper minifigure and a new printed console! These are probably the only features which may interest adults but I think younger Star Wars fans will enjoy this whole set and look forward to learning what other 4+ models might become available in the future.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.