Well that's disappointing. I think I will pass unless there is a buy one get one free I think.So I was actually looking forward to this one. The recent pics posted made it look decent too. I went to TRU yesterday and they had put a case of the $20 vehicles out, but Anakin's was already sold. I decided to buy Obi Wan's.
After getting it open, I have to admit I'm incredibly disappointed. In fact I took it back I was so unhappy with it. I suppose I should have known better, but the pictures made it look good, and I thought the smaller size was a bit more accurate.
For anyone interested I'll mention a few issues I had with it: First, the plastic is very thin and cheap feeling. The cockpit canopy also did not open very far, and wouldn't hold in place when you are trying to get a figure in there. The thing I disliked most was that there is no mechanism for opening the wings. You have to manually open each one, and there isn't any sort of guide or stopper to help get them into an accurate position. You just have to eyeball it. The wings especially felt cheap and flimsy.
This is the first (and likely last) of the smaller vehicles I've bought, but I always thought the smaller size wasn't that big of a deal. In fact I defended these as a good option for kids. Unfortunately my opinion has been changed by the cheap quality. Most complaints I've seen from people on the forums have been about the smaller size, but I think the worst issue is the cheap plastic and construction. I really don't have any insight on what it takes to budget a toyline, but even with inflated costs I have a really hard time believing this is the best they could do for $20.
The thinner wings do look good on these ships, and the blasters are nice and straight thanks to the fact that this time, the main body of them is sculpted into the hard plastic ship body as opposed to rubber extras stuck on. The very end of each blaster is still rubber for safety reasons, but there's no room in there for them to bend out of shape, so another plus for these new sculpts!Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Appo. I'm not finding many reviews on these starfighters so it's great to see some more input.
One thing I particularly like about these is how thin the wings are compared to the older ROTS mold. A weird thing to like, I know, but it just looks way more accurate than the thick wings of the older mold. I also like how the main laser cannons are nice and straight, whereas on the older mold they always seem to end up bent inwards at the tip of the cannons. Admittedly, I did recently pick up a ROTS Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter instead (mainly because I like the paint job on the ROTS one), but I'm still interested in grabbing a Saga Legends one somewhere down the line. The upcoming repaint of Obi-Wan's replacement fighter is a good candidate!