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Imperial TIE X1 (Darth Vader’s TIE)

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Category: Star Wars
Subcategory: 1/72

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Medium: Styrene
Parts: 42
Status: Available
Release Date: 2014
Skill Level: Beginner
This kit is one of four models released in late 2014, just after Bandai’s license for Star Wars became effective. The other three models are the 1:72 X-Wing and the 1:12 figures of Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper. These kits are designed as snap-fit, but can be glued for durability.

The Bandai TIE X-1 is molded in dark gray and black styrene that is crisp and free of flash. A sprue of clear green parts is provided for the main laser beams (action display). The kit includes two Darth Vader figures, one standing and one seated.

Bandai’s engineering of this kit is kinda cool. The main cockpit “ball” where the pilot sits is built, and then is inserted into the front and back halves of the cockpit/arms assembly, keeping the interior from shifting following assembly. Unlike the TIE Fighter, the solar panels on the TIE X-1 are molded as single pieces, with black inner sections and dark gray framing.

An action base (made up of a section that looks like the surface of the Death Star) is provided, and the stand is articulated to allow the TIE X-1 to be posed in any number of attitudes. The stand connects into the bottom of the “ball” of the TIE X-1 via a ball-and-socket connection. The access port can also be covered with a part that is provided, should the builder decide to not use the stand for display.

The model includes both stickers and waterslide decals for markings.

Below is a dimension comparison of the Bandai, Fine Molds and Fantastic Plastic kits.

Bandai TIE X-1 – 3.3 inches long x 3.3 inches wide x 2.25 inches high
Fine Molds TIE X-1 – 3 inches long x 3 inches wide x 2 inches high
Fantastic Plastic TIE X-1 – 3 inches long x 3 inches wide x 2 inches high

At any rate, this is a great kit, and one that makes a nice addition to any Star Wars model display. I’m looking forward to building it, as I have three TIE X-1 kits now in this scale (Fine Molds, Bandai, and Fantastic Plastic).

Review by: Rich “Lonewolf” Dula

Entry created: April 23, 2015
Comments: 0 | Rating (1-5): -- No rating -- | MSRP: $28.95

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