After the secrecy behind the first season of The Mandalorian kept LEGO® fans waiting for sets based on the Disney+ series, the third season has inspired a decent number of new sets. With each new episode, a set was revealed inspired by Mando’s most recent adventures. The set I’m taking a look at today is inspired by the final episode of season 3, in which the reunited Mandalorian forces, battle against Moff Gideon’s secret garrison of Imperial Mandalorians. The set focuses on the battle in the air as Imperial fighters race to intercept the Mandalorian fleet. Here’s a look at the Mandalorian Fang Fighter Vs. TIE Interceptor.
Set Name: Mandalorian Fang Fighter vs. TIE Interceptor | Set Number: 75348 | Pieces: 957 | Theme: LEGO Star Wars
RRP: £89.99/$99.99/99.99€ | Number of Bags: Bags x 7 | Instructions: Paper booklet + Builder App | Stickers: N/A | Minifigures: The Mandalorian, Mandalorian Fleet Commander, TIE Pilot & R2-E6
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The set is split across two instruction booklets, which handily have the numbered bags listed on the covers. So the set can be built by a couple of people at the same time or you can choose which ship to build first. If you choose to follow the numbers then you’ll be building the Fang Fighter first. This is the ship of choice for the Mandalorians, which is similar in design to a Mandalorian Starfighter it’s just much smaller and doesn’t feature the ability to rotate the wing fins. Thanks to the colour scheme of white and grey, the Fang Fighter is quite muted in appearance, especially compared to other Mandalorian crafts.
Although the Fang Fighter is very unique, the TIE Interceptor is a surprisingly rare occurrence in LEGO form. In fact, we haven’t seen a classic-style, minifigure-scale Interceptor for a number of years. I’ve built a fair few Star Wars sets and this is my first Interceptor. It’s a great-looking ship and this LEGO recreation does a great job of capturing its unique configurations. The central cockpit pod is a little more angular than the ship appears on film, but considering the scale of the set, it’s not really that bad. The one thing I don’t like about the cockpit section is the exposed blue Technic pins on the rear.
The set includes four characters and I must say they are a little random. Obviously, this is a set inspired by the Disney+ series called The Mandalorian, so it’s not that much of a surprise that the title character would be in the set. However, comparing the set to the moments in the show means Mando’s inclusion is unnecessary. I understand Din Djarin is a much-loved character but he didn’t need to be in the set, his place could have been swapped out for something a little more unique such as an Imperial Mandalorian Trooper.
At least it’s a great version of Mando, with the printed arms and improved helmet really elevating the overall appearance of the character. Although some of the characters in the set feature elements found in other sets, the combination of pieces used makes all four characters unique to this set. The TIE Pilot’s legs, torso and helmet have appeared in one other set. The Imperial Astromech Droid is totally unique as is the awkwardly named ‘The Mandalorian Fleet Commander’ minifigure.
I like the ships, both builds were fun, with the TIE Interceptor being a lot more detailed than the Fang Fighter. Of course, TIE Fighters have been recreated in LEGO form many times before, but the Interceptor less so plus addition of the Mandalorian starfighter makes the set a little more unique. The included minifigures are a little random in my opinion. Even with the new Darksaber, The Mandalorian seems an unnecessary inclusion as he’s not a pilot of either ship and doesn’t really feature in this part of the battle during the season 3 finale. The unnamed Mandalorian Fleet Commander makes a little more sense as none of the named characters are piloting these ships during the battle. It would have been great if the set featured an Imperial Mando Trooper, as these are some cool-looking characters and featured heavily during the closing moments of Season 3. Overall, it’s a set with both good and not-so-good points. The ships are both interesting but the minifigures could have been better.
This set was requested by BricksFanz.com and provided by the LEGO Group for review purposes. The thoughts within this review are that of BricksFanz.com and do not reflect those of the LEGO Group or Disney. Providing the set for free does not guarantee a favourable opinion of the set.