7259: ARC-170 Fighter Review

Theme: LEGO Star Wars
No: 7259
Release Year: 2005 (retired set)
Pieces: 396 (with 4 minifigures)
We’re venturing back into the bulk lot again, with a couple of Star Wars sets. First up, the ARC-170 Fighter. The Aggressive ReConnaissance-170 Starfighter is a somewhat little known aircraft, seen mainly in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series. The aircraft has had one appearance in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, but it has remained one of those elusive vessels that only massive fans would easily recognise.

It’s a large set when completed, and in 2010, it was slightly redesigned and re-released as 8088: ARC-170 Starfighter. With wings that split apart into three sections each, and two big engines either side of the cockpit, it’s a pretty formidable set.

Elements: 7
The elements in this set are still quite hard to come by, which is pretty exciting. Parts like the 1×2 hinge in dark red, two 3×6 windscreens, the two large white tyres, and more. There are a lot of parts in the dark red and white. I was missing a few of the minifigure parts, which was a pity. One of the clone pilots was missing his head, but the rest, as well as the R4-D5 was there. These are nicely coloured, but a pity they’re all the same.
Swooshability: 8
This set has got some serious swoosh to it! It’s brilliant fun to fly around the room, expanding the wings and making pew pew noises. There’s not that much moveability to it, apart from the wings, the canopies and the laser turret at the back. My favourite feature though, is the bomb release. Pull the elastic loaded post at the back of the plane, and two round 1×1 brick bombs fall out. Be careful not to lose them though!
Build: 8
This build, for me at least, came together pretty quickly, as it was in four large parts when I pulled it out of the box! The fuselage comes together first, with the bomb canopy and gearbox for the wing foils. The nose of the aircraft is pretty interesting. It looks pretty great, and was interesting to put together with some basic SNOT techniques. The engines are then clipped on, with the wings being attached after that. I was missing an elastic that holds the foils in place, so I had to use string, but it got the job done. 
The gearbox was quite interesting, and a pretty neat way to open the wing foils. Apparently this set was one of the first to use this mechanism, and it’s been in use since, for similar sets. A pretty clever way to do it. I did find it a little touchy to get the foils open – the twist mechanism needed a little encouragement before they sprung open, but it still worked well.
Design / Appearance: 9
This set is pretty big, measuring in at a wingspan of 43 cm long. It’d be pretty great to have hanging off the roof of a kid’s room, or a study. It’s big, and with the clean white colouring and dark red features, it makes for a pretty eye catching and unique vessel.
Value for Money / Collectibility: 8
As far as I can tell, this set was never available in Australia. I can’t seem to find an Aussie RRP for it. That means that the collectibility of this set gets jacked right up straight away. Right now, on the second hand markets, you can expect to get your own, new 7259 for around $120. It’s not great value for money, at around 30c per element, but collectibility is pretty high. There are a few sets available, some at a pretty decent price, some at exorbitant ones, so be careful where you go. A used set will see you paying around $60 to $70. 
Overall: 40/50

Next week I’ll be staing with the Star Wars theme, and looking at 7675: AT-TE Walker. It’s another pretty massive set! So, do you have 7259? Or 8088? What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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