LEGO has developed an impressive range of sets that celebrate the twentieth anniversary of LEGO Star Wars, including two polybags. 30383 Naboo Starfighter lacks the anniversary branding which is interesting as the vehicle was available during 1999 in 7141 Naboo Fighter.
Nevertheless, this model appears impressive so may improve upon previous miniature versions of this prominent starfighter.
The Completed Model
Several different renditions of the Naboo N-1 Starfighter have appeared in LEGO sets, ranging in size from tiny Advent Calendar models to minifigure scale renditions. This model is significantly larger than the official images indicate, measuring 14cm in length. Its elegant shape has therefore been replicated accurately as curved slopes and inverted slopes are used to excellent effect.
The fuselage is especially attractive in my opinion, featuring a streamlined cockpit and a white element which represents an Astromech droid. However, the two studs in front of the trans-black cockpit appear slightly out of place and the cylindrical engines are too small. Larger round bricks would be too wide so this design was probably the most appropriate alternative, despite its imperfect proportions.
No such issues are found towards the rear. I like the decorative finial which is represented by a 6L bar and has been integrated beautifully with the fuselage, forming a rigid connection. The entire craft feels remarkably sturdy which is important for play and I think it looks marvellous on display as well.
30383 Naboo Starfighter is an enjoyable model. Its proportions do not correspond precisely with the source material but such compromises are almost inevitable when designing a miniature vehicle like this one. The organic shaping looks brilliant though, representing a considerable improvement when compared with 9674 Naboo Starfighter & Naboo which is similar in scale.
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