Dark Side: Lego Darth Vader TIE Fighter
Here’s my review of one of my favorites from the 10th Anniversary editions, the Lego Darth Vader TIE Fighter. And my first question is: “Why does the Empire have all the coolest stuff?”
“I have you now!” – Darth Vader
Set 8017 has 257 Lego pieces in black and gray, with a special see-through cockpit, and comes with a Darth Vader minifigure and red lightsaber. The age-range on the box is 7-12 years, but I would say more like 8-88.
Good and bad
The Lego Darth Vader TIE Fighter set is mainly gray with black wings, edged with gray that makes it stand out. It looks really good, but I don’t think it is built very well, the cockpit opens up to put Darth Vader in, but it sometimes falls off, and the wings are only attached by two rivets so they aren’t very strong either. But over all, it’s a very good set. There is another older Vader’s TIE Fighter that is almost the same but has blue edging instead of gray (set 7150 is a double-set, including a rebel Y-Wing)
There are two black flick-fire missiles mounted either side of the cockpit which work OK. I think Lego could have done better with the wings but the body is well designed. There is a light-saber holder underneath.
Lego 8017 – A must-have set?
Vader himself is quite a collectable minifigure. He has a gray head with scars and eyebrows, and a red lightsaber with a silver handle. He has printing on his body cybernetics, that are much more detailed than the Vader from 6211 Star Destroyer.
“The Force is strong in this one” – Darth Vader
In conclusion, this Lego Star Wars Darth Vader TIE Fighter is very good set with a lot of playability, looks good and will continue to be in-demand by collectors in years to come. I would have liked to see maybe one other minifigure in this set, maybe a TIE Pilot or droid. It’s the sort of set you could hang from the ceiling with fishing wire.
Collectable: 8 out of 10
Playable: 7 out of 10
Building difficulty: Intermediate
Age range: 7-12 years
Dimensions: 16.5 x 18.5 x 10 cm
Aidan’s Opinion – Lego 8017 Review
Good, but could be better.
Looks good, but isn’t very well designed, the wings are badly connected, and so is the cockpit, much to my disappointment. A bit of modification needed. Darth Vader and his red lightsaber are the best part, unless you want to actually play with it. The interesting mixture of black and grey make up for the bad designing I think. Though it has a few bad points, the 8017 Lego set is actually not that bad.