Star Wars LEGO ARC-170 Starfighter 7259

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Star Wars LEGO ARC-170 Starfighter 7259

The Star Wars LEGO ARC-170 Starfighter 7259 has been the topic of conversation ever since I had started vadersnewempire.com and continues.

I found it fitting to do this review.

I loved this LEGO because it had a more aerodynamic quality to it than the X-Wing Starfighters while having a heavier look to it than the X-Wing.

The set 7259 is the older set before the 8808 came out onto shelves. I mentioned in a tweet that I would be doing the review for set 8808 when in fact I was wrong.

I had forgotten which set I had only because all my sets are not built and have a difficult time telling them apart sometimes, it happens.

But with this being said, this is very exciting! I thought I had the newer one but with the older one…I am finding out the price for some of these used sets are crazy!

I found this one on eBay for almost $500 but that is new/sealed never even seen the light of day type of set. Sometimes I wish I did not open them but then again, what fun is that?

What is the difference between the two?

Well, that is quite a few differences like minifigs and even the pieces are different. The 7259 set is a bit smaller of a set and not as bulky.

The engines, the gun in the back and a few other body styles are the difference between the LEGO Star Wars  set 7259 and the 8808 Star Wars LEGO set S-Wing Starfighters.

You see, the S-Wing Starfighter had the mid level wing with the good ole X-Wing pattern equaling six wings.  The X-Wing we all know from the first 3 episodes IV,V and VI  only had the four.

The 8808 LEGO set had the R4-P44 Astromech droid. The 7259 set had the R5-D4 Astromech droid, which was a red droid that also came with the Sandcrawler LEGOset 10144, which I really wish I had bought when I had the chance.

The Sandcrawler‘s R5-D4 Astromech droid had no markings on it’s dome while the 7259 did. This is where I need to let you know what minifigs came with this set.

Minifigs:

  • 3 Clone Pilots|Fearless Flier
  • R5-D4|Red Astromech Droid

As mentioned before the Astromech droid for this set has the red printed dome. This minifig has been issued in 7 different sets. A different dome appears in the Y-Wing set 7658.

The Clone Pilot had changed through the years as well.

The older pilot was faceless with the LEGO set 7259.

His helmet covered his plain black head and was issued in two sets from 2005-2006 and had a slightly different print on his upper body than the newer one has.

The newer Clone Pilots have a removable helmet which reveals his head with an orange visor and chin strap face print.

There is one other variant of this pilot and that was in the LEGO set 8096 Emperor Palpatine’s Shuttle.

The pilot with the same upper torso print as the newer version has a removable helmet that reveals a masked pilot with breathing holes and a visor.

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If I can acquire the 8088 set I will do a video comparison of the two live.  Just to show the differences of the two.

I hope you enjoyed my review of the  Star Wars LEGO ARC-170 Starfighter 7259 set as much as I enjoyed reviewing it.

I mentioned above about  LEGO set 8096 Emperor Palpatine’s Shuttle. This will be the next set I review as I also own that one as well.

And as always…

“The galaxy is not the limit, only your imagination is”