LEGO Star Wars: Jedi Interceptor 75038 REVIEW

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LEGO Star Wars: Jedi Interceptor 75038
Set number 75038, $35 from Big W which works out to roughly $0.15 a brick.

Items Included:
223 pieces
2 mini figures
1 instruction booklet
3 numbered bags
Page of stickers

Like all others, I’ll begin this review by mentioning the above short list. Not everyone cares, but for those that do, it can make a big difference.

Its all mostly the same, but with a fresh coat of paint…

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Mini Figures
As you can see from the pictures, we get two excellent looking mini figures in this Star Wars build. Anakin Skywalker looking like he does in Episode III, and R2D2 as he, well, as he always looks.

First of all, Anakin steals the show with his one gloved and ungloved hand. Remember this is from his Episode III, so the gloved hand is obviously the robotic limb replacement. Printing on the front and back of the body add detail, but nothing compares to the head piece.

Great amounts of detail and, what appears to be, scarring on his face. I love this look more than any other Anakin mini figure so far. Especially considering it also has the printed head communication piece he uses when piloting the ship. I’m just completely blown away by the levels of detail. Well done. Very well done.

I have just one single wish from LEGO…I really want the old style of Lightsaber LEGO pieces back. These new pieces are a matte colour. Very washed out, but the older pieces were a bright shiny silver colour. Looked so much better. I can imagine the new pieces are cheaper, and with the massive amounts of Jedi characters, its probably just easier to create the matte ones. Oh well. At some point, LEGO will listen to my call and provide me with various amounts of shiny LEGO lightsaber hilts, however until then, I will just have to wait.

R2D2 is a legend. One of my favourite Star Wars characters, and not just because he’s usually in the middle of the story and action, but because I love his design, and when it comes to LEGO, I’m not disappointed. R2 always impresses me. A simple yet effective design. Printing on the body and head of the mini figure. And large oversized legs.

Is there anyway LEGO could improve on the R2 design….yeah maybe, but as of right now, Star Wars characters really seem to push LEGO designers to the limits, and we the consumers enjoy the look.

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Main Build
Building this Jedi Interceptor felt like deja vu. Even when I picked it up off the shelf, I couldn’t help but feel like it was the second time I’d gone through all the motions. Turns out I wasn’t wrong. Back in 2012, LEGO released a set with a Jedi Interceptor and a few extra mini figures. So while technically not the same build, it has many striking similarities. I’ve proved a picture to allow you to see the resemblance.

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As written at the top, this is a 3 bag build. Simple though. Each bag builds a section of the Interceptor, so its a really easy, fun and well designed. It holds itself together and has lots of yellow pieces. I’ve always been a big lover of the Star Wars prequel trilogy mainly because its starship designs have always been pretty out there. So when it comes to seeing them made in LEGO form, the builds always standout.

What I really love about the Jedi Interceptor are the slightly angled down wings. What would’ve been a rather boring design is completely changed thanks to the wings. With that simple slope, the ship raises above other vehicles I’ve reviewed. Each wing even has yellow side flaps which can be folded flat against the wing, or opened to give…an aerodynamic(?!?) feel. Even reminds me of the Tie Interceptor, Darth Vader often used. But I guess thats the point.

The cockpit is another part of the Interceptor that has a very smart design. The entire upper half of the cockpit opens up like a clam shell to reveal the inside seat and controls. Of course, the controls are stickers, however from the pictures, you can see how detailed the stickers are.

Even the rear of the Interceptor have these excellent design engine pieces that raise the whole build to another level of awesome, yet I wish there was a little something extra going on back there because frankly, apart from the engines….its a little boring.

Thankfully, R2D2 has a place on the wing just like he does in Episode III. And because of the inventive design, only his head piece pops up above the surface of the wing. So it really recreates the look from the film.

Compared to the previous model Jedi Interceptor, this one says goodbye to the flick missiles, but hello to the new spring loaded cannons. I’m going to call them cannons, because they really hurt when you get hit. The spring loaded cannons have been included in most Star Wars sets of comparable size, and I really do prefer them.

A complaint I have though has to be with the cockpit. You see, once opened, the front end of the cockpit just kind of hangs in place by a single brick piece. Its flimsy, and looks awkward to boot. I’m not a fan of it. If it was held in place better, I wouldn’t mind so much, but as it stands, I just can’t take it.

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Final Thoughts
I like this LEGO build. No wait, I think I love this build. The mini figures are utterly fantastic. The Interceptor design in yellow, is brilliant. The spring loaded cannons really do fire far and hard. And most important of all, the cost of it all. Once you take that cost into account, whatever problems I have are gone.

For .15 cents a brick, you get the Jedi Interceptor build & Anakin and R2D2 mini figures. I’m blown away. I forgot to mention it above, but the cockpit even comes with storage for Anakin’s lightsaber. So once inside, you can even keep his lightsaber safe.

I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll say it again and again. LEGO has outdone themselves. Excellent work.

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