Star Wars Resistance is the latest addition to the roster of Star Wars animated series and features some striking vehicles. Major Vonreg's attractive TIE Interceptor is a splendid example and 75240 Major Vonreg's TIE Fighter appears outstanding too, accurately recreating the design and colour scheme of its onscreen counterpart.
Furthermore, this set contains a splendid range of minifigures, including Kaz Xiono who is the primary character within Star Wars Resistance. However, the price of £64.99 or $69.99 seems relatively expensive so I am hoping the quality of this set and the associated minifigures will justify its apparently inflated cost.
Despite occupying a prominent role in the animated series, Kaz Xiono is exclusively available here at the moment. His new hair piece looks fantastic, featuring an accurate colour scheme of black and dark tan. The double-sided head is decorated with two severe expressions which is reasonable, although an alternative smile would feel more appropriate for the character in my opinion.
Kaz wears a bright green jacket with dark green sleeves. The metallic silver highlights look marvellous and this design continues onto each leg, corresponding with the source material. The minifigure wields a black blaster pistol but lacks his Team Fireball helmet which is slightly disappointing, especially since an ideal component already exists and would only require some colour and printing changes.
Leia Organa only appears on three occasions during the first season of Star Wars Resistance but her return is welcome here. This minifigure looks quite similar to the version from 75140 Resistance Troop Transporter, sporting the same purple waistcoat with a sand green shirt underneath. However, the belt design has been updated slightly and there is additional creased detail on the new figure.
Purple does not correspond precisely with Leia's attire in the television series or Star Wars: The Force Awakens but the perfect colour is not currently available so this design is a good alternative. Moreover, the head is also new. Both sides feature smiling expressions and the dark tan hair element looks good when compared with the source material. Leia is always prepared for battle so includes a blaster pistol.
Many different Astromech Droids have appeared in LEGO Star Wars sets but R1-J5, generally known as Bucket, is an interesting example. His coverings have been predominantly removed, leaving behind an exposed photoreceptor which is printed on a 1x1 round brick. The tan helmet on top looks perfect in relation to the television series. Furthermore, this droid includes an extended central leg, making clever use of a trans-clear hand grip.
Major Vonreg is definitely my favourite minifigure from this set, sporting an imposing red uniform that distinguishes him from other First Order pilots. The helmet is brand new and includes an angular visor which appears reminiscent of Mandalorian equipment. The metallic silver air supply nozzles look great and I love the moulded details across the top of the helmet, faithfully replicating Vonreg's onscreen appearance.
The character does not remove his helmet during Star Wars Resistance so a plain black head is found underneath. His torso is nicely decorated though, featuring dark red armour and a colourful life support unit. The dark red kneepads look splendid as well, although the minifigure lacks dark red boots. Vonreg carries a black blaster pistol, much like Leia and Kaz.
The Completed Model
TIE-series craft have been a popular subject for LEGO Star Wars since the theme started during 1999 and their design has remained fairly consistent since 9492 TIE Fighter was released in 2012. The new First Order TIE Interceptor definitely shares features with past vehicles, although this rendition is more reliant upon Technic elements than others and therefore feels exceptionally robust.
The cockpit section appears particularly familiar, incorporating several building techniques which were used for 75211 Imperial TIE Fighter last year. However, the latest design is dominated by red and dark red elements and they are complemented by a few black streaks. I love the printing across the access hatch on top but a larger dish component would form a smoother spherical shape, matching the trans-black viewport.
Nevertheless, both parts are mounted on hinges and they open to reveal room for Vonreg inside. Clips provide storage for his blaster pistol on the wall while the control yoke is cleverly represented by a dark bluish grey droid body. Furthermore, the exterior includes a communication antenna so matches 75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter from 2015.
Spring-loaded shooters are situated beneath the cockpit. These are activated using a dark bluish grey switch towards the rear which works quite effectively, although the button seems more prominent than necessary. Nevertheless, this is perfectly situated as the model is intended to be held here and it feels remarkably tactile.
Each solar array wing is similarly robust, employing some Technic beams which connect them with the fuselage. Their external design looks magnificent. I like the combination between black and red panels while the shape matches the source material nearly exactly, making perfect use of the new 4x6 wedge plates. The dark bluish grey section at the centre is also accurate but further texture would have been beneficial.
Other than its striking red colour scheme, the most distinctive features of Vonreg's TIE Interceptor are probably the angular cutouts at the rear of both wings. Once again, their shape corresponds precisely with the onscreen vehicle. Presumably these are intended to reduce the weight of the craft or provide improved visibility for the pilot, resembling the design of the Mining Guild TIE Fighters from Star Wars Rebels.
The forward section appears more similar to the traditional Imperial TIE Interceptor, including two laser cannons and missiles launchers between the aerodynamic prongs. Unfortunately, the designer has not been able to replicate the gradual curvature of the solar array wings but I think that would be extremely challenging at this scale, especially given the need to maintain absolute stability.
75240 Major Vonreg's TIE Fighter looks tremendous, whether or not you have an interest in Star Wars Resistance. Its striking colour scheme stands out against other TIE-series vehicles and the interesting wing profile has been replicated with impressive accuracy. Moreover, the model is sturdily constructed so it offers excellent play value from that perspective.
However, the price of £64.99 or $69.99 is rather expensive, especially since only four minifigures are included. They are individually superb but a couple of additional characters should certainly have been provided, the most notable being Jarek Yeager who occupies an integral role within the animated series. For those reasons, I would only recommend this set following a significant discount, despite its attractive design.
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