LEGO STAR WARS: Naboo Starfighter 75092 REVIEW
Set number 75092, $75 from Big W at roughly .17 cents per brick
442 x pieces
9 x mini figures
1 x instruction booklet
4 x numbered bags
1 x page of stickers
1 x brick separator
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Right off the bat, we’re talking about a $75 (Australian) set. For that price, LEGO has given us a grand total of 9 mini figures. Yes, some of those figures are multiples, which brings it down to 7 different mini figures, but even with that we’re talking about such a huge amount in the box, and because of that, the Naboo Starfighter set already gets a point in its favour.
To begin with, the 9 mini figures in the set are; R2D2, Naboo Pilot, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, 2 x Battle Droids, a Battle Droid Commander and 2 x Destroyer Droids. (I should mention that LEGO only considers this set having 7 mini figures with two destroyer droids being part of the main build. For the sake of this review, destroyer droids will be mini figures.)
As you can see, that’s a handful of mini figures to include and don’t want to spend the entire review on mini figs, so I’ll try be brief. Try.
The hero figures first. Like always, R2D2 is made up of 4 brick pieces. Two single leg pieces which are all white in colour. The wide base on the legs allows you to slightly angle the body itself, so you can have it look like R2D2 is going about his business. The body brick is very detailed on the front of the figure, with all the familiar looking panels and features the astromech droid is known for. The head-piece itself is separate brick with details on the front and back. Best of all, you can put the head on in any direction so that once sitting inside the Naboo Starfighter side-on, you can have his ‘eye’ facing the correct direction.
Naboo Pilot is an interesting choice to include here, considering Anakin is shown inside the cockpit on the box. But regardless, we have a pilot. Starting with printless reddish-brown legs, we move up to the body piece which thankfully have plenty of detail packed in. With a light brown jacket, and the faintest hint of a reddish-brown shirt underneath, the Naboo Pilot looks really good. All the belts, buckles and straps on the front of the figure carry on over to the back. There is some dark brown and grey colouring used here and there to show different accents on the belts, and even a pouch in green. Looks really cool. Only one face is given here, the generic expression, and no hair piece. He is given a dark brown helmet and goggles in grey, which can be moved from front, to above his head. To finish off, the Naboo Pilot has handcuffs, and a blaster which is stored in part of the main build.
Third on the list is Anakin Skywalker. Obviously taken from his look in Episode I, the Anakin mini figure is a smaller scale with tan leg pieces. Zero printing on those, but the body piece is tan too, and includes some pretty cool definition on the front and back. The belt and pouches are easily the main draw but with everything looking so clean and tidy, the whole thing is spot on. Two facial expressions are given. A smile and plain face with some freckles accompanying both. The looks work, but I can’t help but feel the printing is a little smudged on the smile. The hair is a sandy blonde mop type and perfectly captures the look from the film. Also given to Anakin is a helmet that is a copy of the Naboo Pilot’s helmet.
Next comes Obi-Wan Kenobi and I need to talk about the cape. I can’t move past it. In the last year or two, LEGO has been so kind as to give us fabric type of capes. This allowed mini figures to be put inside vehicles without the previous, inferior, paper capes. You see, those paper capes would bend and deform all the time. Batman capes would be ruined and I could never put him in the batmobile. It would upset me greatly. But then out of nowhere, LEGO made the best choice and changed to fabric. It was amazing and allowed me to put mini figures in their vehicles. I was happy. Over the moon. Then I picked up this set and we’re back to the Obi-Wan mini figure.
Tan pants and body pieces with black lines all over. Printing goes from the pants to the body and move onto the back. Lots of definition on the tunic and the belt looks especially good. You can see all finer bits and printing looks great. Some of the best I’ve seen in a long time. I also like that his braid hangs just off his shoulder. Something small, but it’s a nice addition. The cape, oh the paper brown rubbish that it is. Yes, it fits in well and suits the Jedi robes, but I can’t stand it. I would’ve preferred it missing rather than having it here. I’m not a fan and cannot handle it. LEGO, please do not go back to this anymore. It may be cheaper, but it’s just not good.
Obi-Wan get two facial expressions, an angry face that looks really good and a plain generic one. The mini figure is finished off with a light brown hair piece. Being a Jedi, Obi-Wan comes with a blue lightsaber accessory. I’m always a fan of the look and design of the hilt. So no complaints from me.
Now for the bad guys/droids. Included in this LEGO set are 2 Battle Droids. Both have the usual flesh tone colour going on and the unique body design especially made for these mini figures. The Battle Droids are made up of five pieces. The head, arms and legs are all connected to the body piece and can move around to provide just enough movement. The legs are stuck together, but they can fit onto LEGO studs so no worries about that. You’ll get some good range of movement here and I fully encourage putting them in wacky poses. Both Battle Droids come with blaster rifles and these can kind of be stored on the back of the mini figure. Not ideal, but it’s possible thanks to a single stud slot.
Although a separate mini figure, the Battle Droid Commander is only different in colour. An orange band goes across the top of the head and a dot on the body piece. Apart from that, it’s the same as the others. Looks good and with a wide range of movement means lots of playability.
Finally we arrive at the Destroyer Droids, made up of roughly 30 bricks of various shapes and sizes. Two stickers are used to give a grilled panel, and some claw pieces double as feet here. The curved look to the droid is pulled off here by having the head attach to the body by angled clips. Best part is, these clips provide plenty of movement to the head and in turn, make the figure quite fun to play around with. Sadly it doesn’t have any firing stud bricks, instead using a gun piece with an attachment for the weapons. The dark brown and grey bricks blend so well together and the red bulb for the eye is spot on. Truly a fan of this figure with an intelligent design.
Not much left to say in regards to the mini figures. All look fantastic with a few issues like the paper cape and smudged look for Anakin. Apart from that, all are clean and crisp. Details is at an all time high and with five droids in total, and nine mini figures all up, LEGO sure has done something really special here.
It’s been a long journey here, but finally up to the main build. Spread out over 4 numbered bags, the Naboo Starfighter set actually comes with a lot of minor builds before the star of the set itself. Included in bag 1, we get two pretty cool weapon storage units.
I’m always a big fan of LEGO including compartments in their builds that allow you to store accessories. Usually LEGO includes clips or small storage within the vehicle to hold weapons or other such items, but in the Naboo Starfighter set, we’ve been given two entire mini builds. One is a yellow storage crate which manages to hold 3 blaster rifles. A sticker is used on top and with the lid closed, those weapons stay put.
The second is for the spring firing missiles. Because LEGO has included 6 total green missiles here, and only 2 actually slot into the Starfighter itself, the idea to build a spring missile holder is a no brainer and something that should have been done a long time ago. The design seems really simple with a few long bricks and clips here and there, but the smooth rounded pieces on top and the use of yellow really help it stand out. Add in the fact there are tiny train wheels underneath to push it around somewhat, and it becomes a fairly mobile little unit. Everything about these two storage units are smart in design. Each use stickers, but do so in subtle ways and because they are part of the set, you can either have them on display, or put them away. Your choice.
Bag 2 begins the Starfighter itself which concludes in bag 4. Right up front, I’m a big fan of this ship. From the strong well put together body, to the sleek design, there isn’t much to fault this build. While building the underbelly section of the ship, it’s easy to forget where the front and back parts are. As you build it, you’re under the impression it’s a boat of some kind because of its curved belly.
You will see a few yellow bricks here and there, but since you’re dealing with the belly of the ship, LEGO makes clever use of the area to hide a few features. Toward the front of the ship is a brown three prong piece. In the initial stages, it’s able to flip around completely and I wasn’t sure it’s point, later on, it will be used as the trigger to fire the spring missiles at the front. Flicking to either side hits the missiles and off they go. Such a fantastic idea and very unexpected here. Toward the rear section, LEGO gives a push rod that’s loose to the touch. It won’t lock in, simply sits there in place until you push it a little. Once you let go it falls back down. Nothing special, right? Well, once R2D2 is locked into place later on, you’re able to launch him up out of the ship a good few inches. I was really surprised by the feature and constantly had myself trying to shoot the mini figure even higher.
The front of the Starfighter is where I’m still having a few issues, and I know I shouldn’t. Although I’ve never had a problem with the sturdiness of the vehicle itself, the use of large flat grey bricks to create the wings, leaves me wondering if I will in the future. Clearly everything is very firmly locked in place with no chance of removing the wings without breaking apart the ship. So I know that will never happen, but they just look so thin toward the engines that I feel its a possibility.
It’s me nitpicking.
At the end of the wings, are a few pieces which lock into the grey and yellow rounded engines. The mixing of colours (grey and yellow) really stand out and bring to life what could otherwise be a dull ship. Not that I’m saying it is. The engines not only look good connected at the sides, they also sit really firmly in place. This is thanks to the technic bricks used for the engines.
The nose of the Starfighter begins with a few long grey smooth bricks and work their way along the top of the ship eventually giving way to yellow bricks and cockpit. Some stickers are used here to convey an angle that isn’t really there, and it does the job.
With the cockpit, it seems to really be designed with Anakin in mind. The Naboo Pilot mini figure can fit in, but the floor of the cockpit is built for a small-scale mini figure in mind. Anakin stands in it and from a distance, it appears he’s sitting. Apart from that, the cockpit is a little plain. A sticker is used for the controls, and that’s it. No brick for a control stick and the cockpit window looks really…normal. The window piece is on a hinge which is great, but it’s just so normal looking, I would’ve loved LEGO to make it just a more fantasy inspired. Stickers are used on the sides, but they are so subtle, I almost forgot to add them at first.
Behind the cockpit, is room for R2D2 to sit and be launched from. From here, the design really thins out to a fine point. The way LEGO uses large angled bricks and poles is brilliant. Looks so good and is a great spot for holding when playing around with it.
The Naboo Starfighter is one of the better builds to come out of the LEGO Star Wars range and unlike a lot of other starships, it doesn’t have landing gear. Instead of building my own out of clear bricks as I have done in the past, LEGO has one upped us all and given us a rotating stand. Using a large dark grey piece and a few smart choices with a rotating brick on top, the Naboo Starfighter rests comfortably with a 360 degree spinning action. The stand is smooth on top, so the ship never snaps on, but instead just rests in place. I rather like this design choice, because you can just pick it up and take off whenever needed.
This is such an essential piece that should from here on, always be included on all similar type of vehicles. But that is not the only things LEGO supplies. You’ll even be able to fuel the Starfighter with a small fuel pump which is pointless. It doesn’t sit flat like it shows on the box because the fuel pump isn’t heavy enough. The pump is out of place and doesn’t add anything to the set. Finally we have a ladder for the cockpit, which looks good, but across like padding to flesh out the set. Don’t know why though, because the set is already full enough.
I’m pretty much a big fan of this set. I adore the mini figures (all 9 of them) and the storage builds we’re given. The Naboo Starfighter with its mix of colours, unique design and spring firing missiles really makes it a display piece. I could do without the fuel pump and ladder, but I’ll simply break them down at some stage.
All in all, for $75, you get a lot of play, for a decent price. Sadly, these licensed sets carry a higher price tag, but for this, it’s worth it.