LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan's Jedi Interceptor 75135 Review
A lot of Lego Star Wars fans really liked this ship, along with Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter build (Lego 75191). It’s not really surprising that most Lego Star Wars fans also happen to be fans of the Star Wars franchise themselves, so naturally, they do appreciate this ship as well as the other builds connected to it. Unfortunately, the 75135 was only released in limited quantities, and can only be bought alongside the exclusive Lego 7823 Space Battle.
So much money has been spent trying to bricklight the set itself, only to be completely disappointed at the look’s flimsy build. Eventually, a bunch of fans managed to get rid of the whole thing and settled for a different build instead. The Lego 9494 Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor build, as well as the Lego 75038 Jedi Interceptor were great too, but sometimes you’ll wonder if Lego would ever plan on creating a build centered around Obi-Wan’s ship. Right after the 75135 was announced, fans were delighted and began to save up to purchase it.
Before we discuss the build, we have to talk about its value first. The Lego 75135 costs over $24.99. the price with every piece definitely works out to at least $.12 per piece. This is proof that the 75135 belongs to the middle and high side of the pricing, in regards to it being a licensed set.
The set contains two minifigures – Namely Episode 3 Pilot Obi-Wan and an R4P17 figure. Both of them are exclusive to this set.
Lego Star Wars fans might end up buying a set that features an open box, or they want to take a peek at the box’s contents first before they can start up a build. With the 75135, there are three unnumbered bags of bricks, an instruction book, and a sticker sheet.
The structure of the 75135 looks pretty much similar to the Lego 75038 and the Lego 9494. Those who have had experience in building either one or both of those models should have no trouble assembling this craft. However, the build starts off differently.
All in all, the 75135 is a great build. Some fans expected to find at least one or two inverted slope pieces, however, you can actually construct it out of a whole host of other pieces instead. This build is a tad more interesting as compared to its past iterations.
Another good thing about this build is that it doesn’t utilize the same type of wheel pieces for the thrusters – Even though the thrusters themselves look a bit different.
When it comes to the past versions of the Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor, the cockpit canopy was the last segment that you have to build before the model is complete. This makes plenty of sense to finish the whole thing now, instead of having to return to it after a while.
The second bag is meant for constructing the first wing. One of the things you’ll notice right away while building is that instead of leaving a gaping hole right inside the build, you have to connect it right next to the attachment parts instead. For the wing’s build tips, everything is recessed. While you’re building, you might notice a huge void where the Astromerch docking slot is supposed to be in.
And if you take a look at the stickers, you can choose if you want to apply them like half-hexagons, or the brick built shape that’s similar to the Lego 75038. The stickers contain really nice details, but they’re so hard to apply (which is a common complaint among Lego builders, even the professional ones).
The 75135’s blaster was a bit of a disappointment – The shape is a tad bit on the squat side, and there’s a very noticeable gap found in between the cone as well as the remainder of the build which showcases the red pin. After that, you have to construct the droid’s seating.
Another disappointment in the build was how high manages to stick up outside of the port, so you have to take away a couple of pieces in order to fit her in. But despite all that, this tiny droid still sticks up way too high, and it was nearly impossible to take her out of her position. A builder even reported that the poor droid’s head came off, and the rest of her body remained stuck to the build – Much like what happens in the film.
The build’s rounded bottom portion seems perfectly suitable as a footrest, especially on a flattened surface. There’s one more sticker here that showcases all of Obi-Wan’s past kills. There’s a bit of a difference in regards to the slope, which is great.
The stickers might be a bit of a pain to apply on certain parts of the build, but they still look amazing – Especially the brand new outer wing stickers. Although some fans do wish that Lego could’ve released them as prints.
The third bag contains pretty much the same content as the first two, except it doesn’t have an Astromech and all of the bricks are transparent. It’s quite interesting to know that there’s a huge Astromech-sized hole found inside this part of the build, but fans are certain that Lego will eventually fill it up soon.
Probably the last thing that gets constructed during this build is a pod that is connected to the bottom side of the build, where the hole gets filled up. This actually doesn’t make any sense, and some fans felt like Lego was being lazy because they just ended up looking very similar to the past wing. The build should’ve carried a different design instead.
It’s a bit difficult to tell here, but the build’s own vessel never really rests on top of the build’s wing pods, or even at the cockpit’s base. You can find these on the tips of the build’s wings.
The Lego 75135 is a completely enjoyable set in general, and building it generally satisfied most Lego Star Wars and Lego fans alike. There are things that were better completed previously. There were fans out there who weren’t exactly fans of the whole Astromech socket concept. Not to mention to R4 droid sticks too far out of the build, making it look like some sort of cyber whack-a-mole game. There’s also the fact that the ship completely rests on the build’s wing tips, instead of the usual cockpit base. They could’ve made it rest on the underside of the wings’ pods. This seems to be one of the build’s several designer flaws, which is unfortunate.
The entirety of the build places too much stress on the build’s hinges, which will obviously cause the entire thig to slip and change its profile, going from a flattened position to a canted one. Some fans have resorted to simply extending the lower half of the cockpit to get rid of the additional weight.
The stickers look really nice, as mentioned earlier. And it’s totally understandable as to why people would rather choose to leave their builds bare instead of applying them to certain areas of the finished build. Putting stickers can be a challenge if you’re a huge fan of Lego builds. One of the good things about stickers, however, is the added detailing that comes with every set. Without the detailing, the stickers would just end up looking very drab and boring. After doing a comparison on the Lego 75135, the 75038 and the 9494, it seems like plenty of fans do enjoy the additional details found on the build’s wings. The kill marks, along with the hexagonal count, look wonderful as well. The previously-mentioned brick built cut found on the 75038 just seemed a tad bit awkward, according to some fans. It seems like these blasters look so much better on the 75038. The slopes are a bit of a wash. It’s impossible to tell which one is more accurate – But it’s really nice that both models contained the same thing.
The darker red shades of the 75135 are the most appealing part of the build. The shade goes nicely thanks to the other Republic vehicles. It’s just that the entire build seems more satisfying to look at, as compared to the jarring yellow vehicle that Anakin rides on. It’s just a shame that the whole thing is impossible to display with its wings completely extended, unless you are able to construct a stand for it.
As mentioned, the two minifigures that come with the 75135 are highly unique to the build itself. The prints found on the R4P17 is extensive, although a tad bit different. Obi-Wan bears a rather worried and serious look on his face. The head with the headset is the only difference between this version of his minifigure, as compared to the one with the 75040.
The Lego 75135 is a hero ship that gets nicely paired up with current retired terms. It’s highly unlikely that Lego will make another version soon – After all, the last iteration of the craft was released eleven years ago.