Review: 75006 Jedi Starfighter and Kamino
Wasn't it a quiet weekend for news? Two days without finding anything to post about is unusual. So, let's kick-start the week with short and sweet reviews of all three of the Series 3 Star Wars Planet sets.
Kamino is "the watery world where the Clone Army for the Galactic Republic was created, as well as the Kamino Home Fleet. It was inhabited by a race of tall, elegant beings called the Kaminoans, who kept to themselves and were known for their cloning technology. Kamino was located just south of the Rishi Maze, and was governed by the Ruling Council, headed by the Prime Minister. "
Box and contents
No surprises here then, a planet with two bags inside it, and an instruction book, all in a box with a cut-out front and back for the planet to protrude through.
The actual planet is 'ADU Blue' as first seen in the Alien Conquest sets.
The 'minifig' is an astromech droid, R4-P17, a distant relation to R2-D2 I imagine. There's nothing remarkable about him but, like all astromechs, he's quite cute. He is, however, unique to this set.
"R4-P17, nicknamed R4, or Arfour, was the astromech droid attached to Obi-Wan Kenobi's Delta-7 Aethersprite-class starfighter and was often on board his Delta-7B Aethersprite-class starfighter and Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor prior to and during the Clone Wars. " Source Wookiepedia
I'm very glad to say that, unlike the B-Wing, the ship in this set is excellent. It uses SNOT techniques, utilising the new 'Angular Plate 1,5 Top 1 x 2 1/2' brackets to good effect to create a smooth, symmetrical nose and wing profile. The printed 1 x 1 round tile is particularly nice.
The completed model
Like the other Planets, this comes with a base, featuring a unique printed 4 x 4 tile, to mount the minifig and ship onto.
This is a excellent set and there's nothing to dislike about it: the minifig is great and the ship is very well made, looks like it should, and is very 'swooshable'.
The cost of the Planets, in the UK at least, at £9.99 is perhaps a little on the high side, although if this year is anything like last year, Argos will soon have them available 3-for-2. In the USA, $9.99 is probably about right.