Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter Review

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New to the Lego Star Wars family as of November 2011, this 309-piece kit builds a well-reviewed starfighter, along with a Separatist speeder and two Single Trooper Aerial Platforms (STAPs). Minifigures include Mace Windu and several droids. The set satisfies collectors looking to pick up the Mace Windu character and offers children plenty to play with. For ages 7 to 12.

The November 2011 release is far from the first Jedi Starfighter Lego (starting at $40, Amazon) has produced, but it gives both kids and collectors plenty to like. Because it's new to market, Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter hasn't racked up many comments on retail sites, but those reviews have been resoundingly positive. It also earns a recommendation from The Brick Life, a blog for parents of young Lego enthusiasts. It's designed for children 7 to 12.

As with all Lego sets, brand loyalists posting Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter reviews pick apart each aspect of the 309-piece set and find both areas of brilliance and room for improvement. In the case of the set's minifigures, reviews are split. Users who have posted reviews on the Lego site Brickset are impressed by the look and detail of the TX-20 tactical droid and R8-B7 astromech droid but are less taken with the battle droids; one calls them chimp-like in looks and zeroes in on their lack of painted eyes. On the plus side, another user who posted a Mace Windu's Starfighter review at Brickset gives Lego props for including battle droids that come with alternate arms designed to hold included blasters.

Consumers posting Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter reviews at the Lego Shop call the flick-fire missiles relatively good, although some say the missiles don't work as well as they should. One user indicates that the ship's landing gear can interfere with missile function. Another niggling complaint is that the ship's cockpit isn't hinged, requiring that it be popped off to insert or remove minifigures. Reviewers are also dismayed by the number of stickers and find them hard to position properly. Feedback varies where overall appearance is concerned, as well. Some call the color scheme bland, while others commend its accuracy.

Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter lets Star Wars fans add the Mace Windu character (played by Samuel L. Jackson in the films) to a collection or to a Clone Wars play scenario. All told, a versatile and highly playable lineup of vehicles and a stellar cast of minifigures make this a solid starter set.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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