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7679 Republic Fighter Tank Review

 
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Gingerbeard Man



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:29 pm    Post subject: 7679 Republic Fighter Tank Review Reply with quote

For my first ever review I bring you the Republic Fighter Tank, aka TX-130.

Apologies up front for the fuzyness of most pictures. My camera is old and fairly useless in poor lighting. I had to take most of the pictures on the windowsill to get enough light.




I quite like the white and blue colour scheme used for the boxes of the Clone Wars sets. There is a nice "clean & fresh" look to them - like toothpaste. Cool



One instruction booklet and eight bags of goodies, mainly white with two shades of red and a sprinkling of greys.


Time to face the clones



Only two clones is rather disappointing, especially considering the TX-130 was supposedly piloted by Jedi. Personally, I don't think much of all that extra gear the one Clone gets to wear. It just looks weird.




The build starts with a small technic frame around which the main body is built up.




The gunner's seat is weird. As is that guy's hair, no wonder he is in a bad mood. Wink



It makes use of a rubber band to provide an upward spring motion, almost like an ejector seat. The seat pops up when you open the rear hatch.




The tank runs on wheels, obviously for playability so that kids can shove it around the floor. You could even run it on your train layout if you like. Laughing




The body is complemented by two side skirts with storage compartments and missile launchers and the two side cannons.




Some pictures of the completed tank:










Overall I do quite like this set. It's nothing spectacular, but it certainly beats the Twilight. Wink The main problem is the price which does seem exceedingly high.

Ratings (on a scale of 1 to 10):

Parts: 8/10 Nice selection of dark red and trans-green parts
Minifigs: 4/10 Only two clones?
Detail: 8/10 Quite a nice rendition of the TX-130.
Playability: 9/10 Gotta love that ejector seat...
Price to parts: 3/10 Value for money it is not. 69.99 for 592 pieces and only two minifigs.
Availability: 8/10 You can pick this set up just about anywhere in Germany. I gather this is not the case elsewhere.
OVERALL RATING: 6/10 The set itself is quite ok, but seventy Euro is just way too much for what you get.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the review. This is one of the only sets I want to buy from the CW line, and it looks really cool.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!
Very nice review.
That thing is actually a lot bigger than I thought it would be.
I WILL be getting this set now! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really wanted a review of this set because i was unsure if i wanted it or not. Im still not to sure but i did like seeing all the features. What does the cost translate into $ though?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tks for the great review Wink Its such a great set, I cannot wait to get that baby (I wonder when it will reach normal retail in France).

It look superb but I do have 2 rants on it the amount of MFs and the price !! I paid 99.99 for the RGS and I'll pay like 70 for the TX, something is pretty screwed up there Wink

At least you get a clonie accessory polybag with regular clones which is cool.

BTW I do have a pic request: could you post a pic of the underneath of the beast to shom where are the wheels situated ? Tks in advance Wink

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Captain Ausome wrote:
I really wanted a review of this set because i was unsure if i wanted it or not. Im still not to sure but i did like seeing all the features. What does the cost translate into $ though?


It should be about 70 bucks but that's an estimate. After all lego has been expensive lately so 600 pieces fr 70 bucks is about right. Anything more and it's a rip off... Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

xwingyoda wrote:

BTW I do have a pic request: could you post a pic of the underneath of the beast to shom where are the wheels situated ? Tks in advance Wink

The "wheels" are simply four technic discs, pinned into two 6x8 technic frames:



On the left you can see the missiles which are mounted on a panel that flips over.
(This picture was taken with the tank on its back, so forward is up.)
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tks a lot for the pic Gingerbeard Man Wink I love to see sets from different angles and its great to see how well those flick fire missiles are concealed. Also using those discs as wheels is reallly cool instead of using more classic rims.

I do agree with you AJ.Z about its probable price. In France the Tank costs 10 more than the V-19 at a crazy 69.99. So with these prices it should cost 69.99$ (like the volcano base) or even 79.99$ (like the troll warrship or Mx81) Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

xwingyoda wrote:
I paid 99.99 for the RGS


The RGS is 50 Euro less in France???
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andi wrote:
xwingyoda wrote:
I paid 99.99 for the RGS


The RGS is 50 Euro less in France???

Well not exactly, its 129.99 at SAH, and right now TRU offers it 20 cheaper at 109.99 and I used a 10 coupon Wink
Basically, its cheaper than Germany: 149.99 is an outrage Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This looks like the only Clone Wars set I'll be picking up. Great photos, nice review Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why does S@H say this is not available in the US?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darth Mike wrote:
Why does S@H say this is not available in the US?


Mainly because it isn't. Wink It's the TIE Crawler of the year only better looking. Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

commanderbly42 wrote:
Darth Mike wrote:
Why does S@H say this is not available in the US?


Mainly because it isn't. Wink It's the TIE Crawler of the year only better looking. Razz


*sniff, sniff* I think the TIE Crawler looks pretty cool. Crying or Very sad Wink

I'm eagerly awaiting the U.S. release of this, it looks pretty sweet.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I plan on asking for this set for Christmas.

I hate the hassle of scrounging up enough money for lego, and then run around looking for an exclusive set.

I'd rather have this be my parents problem.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha, ha. Leave it all to the parents! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

commanderbly42 wrote:
Darth Mike wrote:
Why does S@H say this is not available in the US?


Mainly because it isn't. Wink It's the TIE Crawler of the year only better looking. Razz


When does this release in the US?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tank's US release has already been confirmed, it's just gonna take a little while longer.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This set looks really good.Sturdy,good build and ejector seats everything you need to launch it of a roof...I mean roll it on the floor Wink .If this one is avaliable In Canada I might have to get it.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty good, but what are those things that come with the clones? Y'know, the things that look kinda like horns?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They be helmet mounted torches and antenna. Either/or. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a beautiful model.

Anyway, and exactly like the V-Torrent, it's overscaled compared to the figs.

The T-130 is about the same scale as a snowspeeder or a Jedi Eta-2 interceptor.

On the other side, it's Lego: we've got the colored bricks so it's our duty to fix things we dislike in models. Razz Wink

Anyway, Lego should have released a juniorized, more-to-scale and cheaper version of this set so children could afford one. This version is just a delux edition few will enjoy (and mainly AFOLs).

Sell cheaper, sell more, enjoy more buyers... I'm afraid this will score in 2009 Lego incomes, just like it did in the terrible 2003... Playmobil and Duplo (wich follows Playmobil models and themes) are on the right way about this.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just picked this set up today. I'm actually pretty impressed with this set. Its got some great parts, great colors (I'm always a fan of dark red). I'm actually torn between wanting to display this on a shelf and tearing it apart for pieces. I'm not generally a fan of the clone wars style figs, but these figs are pretty nice. I imagine some might complain about there only being 2 figs, but it doesn't really make sense to have any more (and would only drive the price up). Speaking of which, I'm not sure why there's so much complaining about the price of this set. At $50 for 592 pieces, this set has the best price to parts ratio of all the clone wars sets. To be honest, I'm surprised this didn't cost $60, but I'm glad it doesn't.

Some might like to compare this to the Target exclusive last year, the Tie Crawler. However, there really is no comparison: this set is eons better. For being the same price, this set has a way better parts selection and a much sturdier build. While this is only my second Clone Wars set, its definately my favorite. I'd have to say: if you only buy one Clone Wars set this year, buy this one. Even if you don't care about the Clone Wars (which I don't), its still a cool looking spacey-type tank that can be scrapped for its parts.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gaia wrote:
It's a beautiful model.

Anyway, and exactly like the V-Torrent, it's overscaled compared to the figs.

The T-130 is about the same scale as a snowspeeder or a Jedi Eta-2 interceptor.

On the other side, it's Lego: we've got the colored bricks so it's our duty to fix things we dislike in models. Razz Wink

Anyway, Lego should have released a juniorized, more-to-scale and cheaper version of this set so children could afford one. This version is just a delux edition few will enjoy (and mainly AFOLs).

Sell cheaper, sell more, enjoy more buyers... I'm afraid this will score in 2009 Lego incomes, just like it did in the terrible 2003... Playmobil and Duplo (wich follows Playmobil models and themes) are on the right way about this.


The TX-130 is scaled badly, I agree. But two things, the Snowspeeder is not Eta2 size. That would be like comparing a Mini to a Lamborghini.

The V-19 is not overscaled. Nowhere near it. They appeared to be a lot smaller in the cartoon. But now, in the CW live action, they are huge.

Check out these clips of V-19 Torrents in action for confirmation of their size, also check out the Clone Wars Visual Guide for actual dimensions:

http://starwars.lego.com/en-gb/Movie/v_19_2.aspx

http://starwars.lego.com/en-gb/Movie/v_19.aspx

For the V-19's to be minifig scale, they would have to be twice as big!
Many people think that an X-wing (6212) is close to minifig scale. Not even close. The UCS Y-wing is closer to minifig scale than anything offered in the Y-wing (7658) and X-wing playsets.

Anywho, the Republic Fighter Tank is a cool set and build. But because of the scale, and my desire to place AT-TE, RGS and the TX-130 together in a huge diorama, I won't be getting more than one.
It looks out of scale enough with one TX placed between two AT-TE (7665). It would look even worse if I wanted to put the TX's between the 4482 AT-TEs.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got this set at target the day it came out. I was the first one to walk out of the store with one, I actually hunted down the toy department employee and forced her to open the boxes.

This set is definantly a modder - I've already ridded the entire tank of the detestable light red - replacing it with white and dark red. I also took out the 'ejector seat' turret seat and replaced it with a handle for the trooper to hold on to to keep himself up. It's rudimentary, but at least they can walk through the hatch. It really frees up the cabin space. I also modded the wheel system at the bottom, taking out the wheel box and replacing it with three sets of wheels that swivel independantly in whichever direction you push the tank.

However, I love the pop up missile system. Even I could not resist flicking those missiles at my droids.

It's a great set, and though it seems overpriced, for $50 usd you get almost 600 pieces.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I was the first one to walk out of the store with one, I actually hunted down the toy department employee and forced her to open the boxes.


You did what? Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am going to pass on this one.

Not worth the $.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes!!!! I have it! Well, sort of. I can't open it for a couple of weeks but its in my house.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am actually thinking of getting this... If I have enough money left over from the complete set of guitar hero 4 Razz
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