LEGO Star Wars: Jedi Scout Fighter 75051 REVIEW

LEGO Star Wars: Jedi Scout Fighter 75051 REVIEW

LEGO Star Wars: Jedi Scout Fighter 75051 REVIEW
Set number 75051, $80 (on special) from Target at roughly $0.16 cents a brick

box art

box art

Items Included:
490 pieces
4 mini figures
1 brick separator
1 instruction booklet
5 numbered bags
1 page of stickers

Like always, let’s begin this review by mentioning all the above information. Not everyone cares, but for those that do, it can make a very big difference. Click on each image to get a better look in greater detail.

I have a bad feeling about this…

Jek-14, Ithorian Jedi Master, Protocol Droid and Astromech Droid

Jek-14, Ithorian Jedi Master, Protocol Droid and Astromech Droid

Mini Figures

This applies to both the mini figures and main build itself, I have never seen the Yoda Chronicles, so this entire set is based on me having ZERO prior knowledge to the characters or ship itself. Just thought it was worth mentioning.

I have no idea why, but included in the set are 4 mini figures one of which is a Storm Trooper? I’m not joking. Jek-14 is the pilot of the Jedi Scout Fighter and happens to be a Jedi too. Okay, so we have Jek-14, RA-7 Protocol Droid, Astromech Droid and an Ithorian Jedi Master.

Jek-14 is a pretty interesting mini figure. He appears to be a Storm Trooper at first glance. From the printing on the legs and body piece, both front and back, he looks like a Storm Trooper. Apart from the body belt across his torso, nothing much stands out. Oh yeah, he also has a transparent blue left arm. I love the look because it also has this lightening type of print running all over it. It’s a stand out feature that would be good enough. However remove the helmet included with Jek-14 and you also get an amazing head piece with two faces. One has Jek-14 seeming to contain the lightening and the other, uncontrolled and almost bursting out. It is a stand out detail and one of the times I’d probably display a mini figure without a helmet (when provided). To complete the look, he has a blue lightsaber with a white hilt matching the Storm Trooper colours. Great work.

Jek-14 unmasked

Jek-14 unmasked

Second on the list of Jedi is the unnamed Ithorian. With the brown and tan colours of the Jedi robes, the Ithorian Jedi Master is a fairly average mini figure. The head piece is pretty cool and really shows off the unique alien look, but apart from that, nothing really stands out. He sports a green lightsaber and nothing much else worth mentioning. To round out the mini figures we also have the RA-7 Protocol Droid and Astromech Droid. Think C3PO and R2-D2 and you know where I’m coming from. Just with different colours.

I don’t see the reason for a Protocol Droid (admittedly he has a really angry looking head piece), as I’ll explain in the review of the main build, but I rather like the Astromech Droid. Maybe its because he fits into the main build so well, or it could be the colours. Either way, I just like it.

All in all, after Jek-14 which is flat out one of the best mini figures in a long time, the others just don’t compete. I would’ve been happy with just Jek-14 and the Astromech Droid to accompany the main build. The others just feel tagged on to up the price, sadly.

Jedi Scout Fighter

Jedi Scout Fighter

Main Build

Would it be wrong for me to end this review of the main build after one small paragraph expressing my love for the Jedi Scout Fighter right here? Please tell me you wouldn’t be upset…you are? OKAY, continue reading.

The Jedi Scout Fighter comes thanks to the Yoda Chronicles show. With no knowledge of it, I purchased this set based purely on the design of the ship itself. If you have read my previous LEGO reviews, then you know I have a thing of sleek look designs when it comes to vehicles of any kind. If it looks good, I’ll add it to my list of potential purchases. The Jedi Scout Fighter went from first sight, to instant buy. Originally I thought LEGO was going into the expanded universe and making sets from Knights of the Old Republic. The ship design reminded me so much of the Sith Fighters from that game and apart from the Ebon Hawk, the Sith Fighters are a set I’d love to see made one day. They were a little bland in the rear section, but thankfully, the Scout Fighter has none of those issues.

Oh man, this set is the best. I’m going to go so far as to say its on equal level for me as the Milano Spaceship from the recent Guardians of the Galaxy LEGO set. And if you haven’t read my review yet…what are you waiting for…go here.

An agressive front nose

An agressive front nose

When it came to the Milano set, I really enjoyed the bird inspired beak and sharp design look. The Scout Fighter gives me the same feeling. The long angular wings that extend way past the cockpit are made well with two layers to give a very strong sturdy build. Each wing is attached to the main body of the fighter with a locking joint, so don’t fear them breaking off anytime soon. Being that each wing has so many bricks, both left and right sides have single bags devoted to them.

Looking top down, the wings are a thing of beauty with the usual reddish colours blending into the white and grey bricks. Minimal stickers are used here, thankfully, with most of the detail being made up by the large brick number. No complaints from me either when it comes to the slightly angled down design of the wings. As you can tell, I’m in love. My one issue when it comes to the wings are with the underside. Not much going on there, and I’m a little let down because the top view is so detailed. But I’m comparing to the Milano LEGO set which isn’t fair. Don’t worry though, the spring firing cannons make up for lack of detail.

Rear view; Scout Fighter

Rear view; Scout Fighter

Behind the wings we have the engines. I’m guessing it has a hyperdrive engine, or else whats the point really? All jokes aside, I am very impressed. locking into the main body, each wing comes with two mini flaps which can be folded down against the engines to keep the clean look going. Helps when keeping it on display as the flaps don’t sit high enough to open fully. I’ve taken to using a few transparent bricks under the main body. It helps the Scout Fighter stay raised off its belly enough to allow the flaps to stay open an displayed.

The rear engine flaps are not the only moving parts on the set. The back of the Scout Fighter even has a holding bay which can open completely and houses a tray. The tray can slide back and forth, or even removed, and allows you to store both lightsabers via tiny clips. I always like this feature because it means less losing pieces when display the mini figures into the cockpit. On top of the rear bay door, there is a 360 degree moving cannon that even has the ability to raise up and down. It’s a smart and simple addition that adds bulk to the rear end. Would look a little bare without it.

Main body of the Scout Fighter continues with the sleek design. Lots of sharp looking bricks angle in all the way up to the tip of the build. The nose of the cock pit has an aggressive look and has a droid like design to it, and the double opening cockpit is just amazing. I thought this would prove a problem because the cockpit windows are only connected via a simple hinge joint. However when tipping the build upside down, the cockpit stayed shut without the slightest budge. Even better, the fact each of mini figures don’t lock into place inside the cockpit and still manage to stay in, well truth be told, I’m blown away.

Cockpit double panel open

Cockpit double panel open

All colours stand out and ‘pop’ with the subtle use of dark grey behind the cockpit area mainly used for the Astromech droid to sit in. Now I mentioned it before, but when it comes to this build and so many other Star Wars ones, if the Astromech is included, always keep it connected to the main build even when displaying. Some people (like myself) can be tempted to remove all mini figures for display purposes, but NEVER remove the Astromech droid. Doing so leaves a fairly obvious gap and quite frankly it looks terrible.

Another feature I appreciate but don’t see myself ever using outside of this review, is the detachable cockpit. With a light pull, the cockpit removes and turns into an escape pod. As I said, this isn’t something I’ll be doing that often. The escape pod looks a little bland when not connected to the main body. Actually the interior of the cockpit itself is a little bland. You can’t really lock the mini figures in place and they practically lay flat instead of sit in place. I don’t like that.

Cockpit detached from main body

Cockpit detached from main body

Final Thoughts
I’m in love. The Jedi Scout Fighter is one of the best LEGO Star Wars sets released in the later half of 2014. It has a wonderful design, and thanks to these smart design choices (sloping wings and rear holding bay), it can be played around with without fear of easily breaking or losing parts. I usually get a little worried about having a mini figure that can’t be housed in or on the build, and here is no different when it comes to the Protocol Droid. Either put him away, or try and fit him in the rear holding area…but trust me, it doesn’t work. I’ve tried my best and it doesn’t close.

Usually this set runs a pricey $99 in Target, but thanks to 20% off, I managed to grab it at $80 dollars. At that price it is easily worth it. For the sheer size and scale of the build, the layer upon layer design and the fairly unique Jek-14 mini figure, I’d say buy it. Even at $99…I would still buy it

A great build that has risen to equal top of my recent LEGO purchases.

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