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8017 2009 Darth Vader TIE Advanced + new lightsaber hilt

 
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HJR



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:20 pm    Post subject: 8017 2009 Darth Vader TIE Advanced + new lightsaber hilt Reply with quote

Hey folks,

During LEGOWORLD 2008, two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to have a good look at the new 8017 TIE Advanced set, foreseen for the second half of 2009.

You can find several pics over here :

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=349464

The model is sturdy, and has two dart shooters on the sides. What it most interesting though, is the bottom of the fighter, of which I took a picture as well. It has a lightsaber hilt in a new colour! Apparently LEGO found a new way to add a chrome coating to the lightsaber hilt, which gives it a chrome look, although it is less bright than the 'old' chrome hilts. However, it's a lot shinier and brighter than the coatings on the Agents sets :

http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/HJR/Star-Wars/8017-TIE-advanced/8017_darth_vader_tie_advanced_lightsaber_hilt.jpg

Questions? Let me know; I'm in Europe, so answering questions can take a while Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is all very cool. I'll be the first to admit that I did see photos on a certain site of this, but I didn't see the new lightsaber hilt. That'll be interesting to see when it comes out.

I'm really excited about this set, especially since the x1 is my favourite Star Wars ship out there. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently the cost of producing a chromed brick is 30 times more than a standard one. Anyway this is great news.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah Rayman, im really not looking forward to seeing the price tag on this one...its gna hurt.
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HJR



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rayman wrote:
Apparently the cost of producing a chromed brick is 30 times more than a standard one. Anyway this is great news.


I take it this new technique has been introduced in order to reduce those costs considerably Very Happy

The agents sets already proved that coated pieces do not necessarily mean sets get considerably more expensive Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. Though to me, the chrome hilt looks like it was cheaply painted on and will peal off very easly. But it is Lego, they aren't THAT cheap.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh wow, great find. Good to know we'll be back to chrome hilts.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And there it is: my Father's Day gift!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Father's Day? I don't know where you're located, but Father's Day is in June in the US. How can you wait until June for that set? I know I won't.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over here (Sweden), Fathers day is November 15'th. Less than three weeks away Smile

Mofo Jones wrote:
Father's Day? I don't know where you're located, but Father's Day is in June in the US. How can you wait until June for that set? I know I won't.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure you can see my point though. June is a long time from now and I don't want to wait that long to get the new Vader TIE.

Duchessa wrote:
Over here (Sweden), Fathers day is November 15'th. Less than three weeks away Smile

Mofo Jones wrote:
Father's Day? I don't know where you're located, but Father's Day is in June in the US. How can you wait until June for that set? I know I won't.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will definitely be getting 2 of this thing. My son has been complaining for awhile now that he didn't get a Vader TIE so this will be exciting.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent. The return of the chrome lightsaber is great news. Smile I'm looking forward to Vader's TIE Advanced. I have the Tie Collection so it will be interesting to see what changes Lego have made to Vader's own. Obviously it's a different colour now. Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks great! The color looks a lot better than the blue used in all other TIE sets. Pity that Lego didn't choose this color scheme for the previous TIE sets (Apart from UCS TIE Advanced).

Aesthetically pleasing. Nice one LEGO!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the new changes and I'm looking forward to this set!
The use of the new slopes and large round plates really enhance the look of the TIE advanced and bring it closer to the movie model.
Hopefully we'll get the new printed Darth from the 10188 DS.
Chrome lightsaber hilts are still in a few sets, so why do folks think they have disappeared?
(Admittedly some very high price sets 10188 or older sets still in production like 6211 Star destroyer)
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not exactly a double post since this is several weeks later...

But I picked this set up today at Toys R Us.

The chrome lightsaber hilt is the same type of silver paint on the IG-88 figure from 6209 Boba Fett's Slave 1.
So it's not really chrome. I have to admit that I'm a bit disappointed.

But it's a great new design of the TIE set with better changes since the last TIE advanced. I'm working on a review as I type this.

EDIT: Here is the review of the set.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the set delivered today.
I love the Anniversary Box!
But unfortunately no Chrome Vader included (bought the Set via Bricklink in USA, so I had some hopes).
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