LEGO Star Wars Sith InfiltratorTM Set 75096 review
It’s only right that the release of the Lego 75096 Sith Infiltrator has passed beneath the watchful eyes of dozens of Lego Star Wars build fans. It’s just really odd that the set was only released a couple of months ago, just when the very first wave of Lego Star Wars builds ended in June – But not during the release of the new Lego Star Wars builds based after The Force Awakens, which was released in September. The poor timing of the 75096’s release didn’t really do this build any more favors, and the same goes for the reputation of the Sith Infiltrator build. Both of them were unfortunately deemed forgettable.
This is officially the fourth iteration of the vehicle at minifigure scale – And not only that, it’s the priciest one too. It costs at least $89.99. And it pretty much goes without saying that the pricing of the 75096 is completely ludicrous, especially since the set only has up to 662 pieces in total.
There are a few fans out there who are pretty certain that the pricing and the number of bricks included would probably be more than enough to put off most casual Lego Star Wars fans, despite the fact that this is probably the most accurate Sith Infiltrator model released so far. If you’re a hardcore Lego Star Wars fan, then you shouldn’t disregard the 75096 if it has captured your interest.
Let’s move on to the minifigures – First up is a major villain of the film franchise, Darth Maul. His own minifigure has been given an upgrade a couple of times, ever since he made his minifigure debut in the Lego 7101 Lightsaber Duel build. The newest version here in the 75096 is perhaps the best iteration of his own minifigure yet. The only thing that’s off-putting is the crazy grin on his face. The grin would probably be more appropriate on a Darth Sidious minifigure, but it doesn’t fit Darth Maul at all, especially since his character is so driven by hatred.
Qui-Gon Jinn is probably the best one out of the five minifigures, even though he’s not that interesting, if being honest. He’s got reddish brown hair, which is the same as the one that his minifigure wears in last year’s Lego 75058 build. Meanwhile, his head contains brand new designs on both sides.
The Lego 75096 also contains the newest iteration of R2D2. This marks his fourth appearance in the Lego Star Wars builds. His pearl-silver dome is decorated with a whole host of dark blue highlights, along with a couple of photoreceptors. Meanwhile, the rest of his cyborg body is filled with tiny panels and vents. Here’s hoping that the backside of his cylindrical pieces will also get printed at a certain point. However, this one is just plain.
Next up is Anakin Skywalker, aka the future Darth Vader. The minifigure of his younger self also appears in the Lego 75092 Naboo Starfighter build, sporting the same messy hair and double-sided face. One side of Anakin’s face bears a smile, while the other half gives off a rather nervous look – Which is appropriate if a Sith Lord happens to fly by on his speeder bike.
Watto’s minifigure first showed up in the Lego 7962 Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba’s Podracer build, which was released at least four years ago. Honestly, the appearance of Watto’s minifigure is a tad bit premature. But apart from that, his minifigure is just amazing, since it’s printed and molded with the finest detail. The combination of his torso and head is also fantastic, since it represents the character found in the films very accurately. This is all thanks to the extensive printing found all over his torso and his head.
It seems like the five minifigures included with the 75096 still isn’t enough for a set that costs a whopping 84 bucks, especially when you consider the fact that every character has shown up in a past Lego Star Wars build. Shmi Skywalker, a character from the films, plays a very important role which causes Anakin to turn over to the Dark Side. Her death causes him to commit his very first act of evil since he ends up killing the Tusken Raiders in Attack of the Clones. It would’ve been great if Lego made a Shmi Skywalker minifigure in the build – Excluding her in the 75096 feels like a huge missed opportunity.
Even though the 75096’s assortment of minifigures might seem like a disappointment, the Sith Infiltrator itself isn’t that bad. As mentioned earlier, this is perhaps the best version of the craft so far, since it’s got a much-improved shape and possesses a bigger amount of detail as compared to the past ones. The build’s cockpit section is a tad bit bigger as compared to the ones found on past versions. It truly captures the rounded shape of the craft quite nicely, thanks to several curved slopes.
The rear profile is a tad bit inaccurate, since its rectangular thrusters are slightly smaller on the model itself but this shouldn’t be too bothersome. In order to gain access to the interior of the craft, you have to open up the roof’s hinges, while the rear section is lowered to create a ramp – Similar to its film version. The sides of the craft are hinged too, allowing it to become twice as accessible.
Inside the craft is a revolving seat, as well as various control panels, and two clips that are meant for a pair of macrobinoculars as well as for another accessory. It’s just unfortunate that only Darth Maul’s lightsaber hilt can fit inside here, and it’s not really specifically stated where the blades must go – Even though there’s a room found inside the craft’s forward section, together with the Probe Droids.
The vehicle’s folded wings aren’t that rounded as they are in the film, but the eye can be deceived thanks to the curved slopes placed on the outside of each slope. The spring-loaded missiles aren’t too necessary, since they haven’t been placed onto the bodywork nicely. However, they do provide extra playability and can be taken out if you want to.
Darth Maul’s speeder bike, also known as the Bloodfin, has actually made its appearance in every Sith Infiltrator build ever released so far. The latest version that comes with the 75096 is a tad bit oversized, but much like the main craft, it’s got loads of details. This can actually be improved though, since the color scheme isn’t really consistent and the Sith Lord himself doesn’t even fit inside his very own vehicle, unless in a reclining position.
The speeder goes right into the middle portion of the ship. You can gain access to this part when you open up three panels. There are also three Dark Eye Probe Droids found in front of the vehicle. You can actually release them through a trapdoor found underneath the vehicle’s fuselage.
It’s always an impressive thing whenever Lego puts plenty of effort into designing the underside of one of their crafts, and this is very obvious with the 75096. The mixture of inverted slopes and plates look fantastic, as well as the landing gear that can be folded up nicely whenever the craft is in flight.
Sometimes you can’t help but feel a bit of sympathy towards the person behind this particular set. The Lego 75096 itself is a nice, well-made, completely playable build and definitely looks a lot like its film counterpart. But whatever appeal the set currently holds does fade away thanks to the unnecessarily high price point. The pricing has been set far too high in regards to this particular craft, which is completely not in the control of the set designer itself.
It’s actually going to be quite interesting to see how many copies the 75096 actually sells, since it’s difficult to imagine certain scenarios that would ultimately persuade someone to end up purchasing it. Since sets such as the Lego 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium are available at the same price range, it’s highly unlikely that any fan would end up picking this set over better ones like the 75094, unless they’re really hardcore fans of the franchise.
It is recommended that you save your cash for the time being, especially since Lego is gearing up for the release of a brand new set of Lego Star Wars build (thanks to The Force Awakens). Here’s hoping that the sets from that collection will look twice as better than this one. A fan suggests that you combine this set with the Lego 7692 Anakin and Sebulba’s Podracers build if you want to complete the full Episode 1 lineup of characters.