LEGO General Grievous’ Starfighter Review 2007 - LegoMaster« Back to Questions List

Set Details:

Set: 7656

strong>Series: Episode III

Buy it from: Amazon, eBay

Released: 2007

Pieces: 232

Minifigs: 1

The Review

General Greivous’ Starfighter is a sleek LEGO ship with some innovative design features and sturdy construction. Equally suited for display and play, it’s a fine LEGO Star Wars set that can be appreciated by fans of all ages.

The cockpit opening mechanism on this set mimics the one seen in the movie. Rather than just lifting up and down on a hinge like the cockpits on most LEGO sets, this one slides forward and backward (along with most of the ship’s nose), creating a space for you to put Grievous in. It works really well for the most part, but if you’re not careful, the sliding part can come off. Thankfully, it’s simple to put back on, and shouldn’t cause any headaches. The only other issue with the cockpit is that the General Grievous minifigure doesn’t quite fit inside unless you remove his lower two arms. It’s a bit of a nuisance, but again, not a huge deal.

This set has two big guns, one on each side of the ship. These guns will normally face forwards, but if you want, you can flip them backwards on a hinge as well. I’m not exactly sure what the point of that feature is, but it’s cool nonetheless.

The General Grievous mini-figure comes with four lightsabers (two green and two blue). Obviously, he can’t hold four lightsabers while flying a ship, so LEGO included a little storage container that clips to the bottom of the ship. It isn’t the most elegant solution on the world — the lightsabers just snap in, and get caught on other objects during play — but it’s still far better than nothing and will be a suitable solution for most people.

The final feature worth mentioning is the landing gear on the back of the ship. It folds up and down to toggle between flying and landing positions, which is a nice touch.

The minifigure is the same one that came with the Grievous Chase set, and it’s still pretty underwhelming. The head and body are custom, but the legs are just re-used Battle Droid legs. If you really want a Grievous minifigure then you’ll probably be happy with it, but it won’t exactly blow you away.

Assembly

This set is a simple build. At 232 pieces, it shouldn’t take you more than 30-40 minutes to assemble.

Conclusion

This set is a nice LEGO Star Wars model that remains faithful to the ship from the movies and adds in some cool features that you probably wouldn’t expect from a LEGO set. Even though it does have some problems, it’s still easy to recommend to LEGO fans of all ages.

Posted by Lego Mastery
Asked on July 6, 2017 12:30 PM