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My Star Wars Action Fleet Reviews

I will be rating these sets on a scale of 1 to 5, with being the lowest, and being the highest.

1998 Vehicles

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Being the Millenium Falcon, it's obvious that the figures to be included with it were Han Solo and Chewbacca. Made from the same molds as the figures in the Shuttle Tydirium set, there isn't much more to say about them. Measuring 18.5 cm (7.25 inches) long and 13 cm (5.13 inches) across, it isn't close to being scale. Of course, as this is first and foremost a childrens toy, scale is not an important issue in my mind. This set is packed with action features. The opening cockpit seats one, and of course it comes with the requisite deployable landing gear. This toy is equipped with a firing red concussion missile located between the front forks, and a poseable rectenna sensor dish. A back panel opens to reveal an opening "smuggling compartment", and the dorsal (top) laser cannon is found on a seat that slides in and out. Both the dorsal and ventral (bottom) laser cannons rotate from side to side. This set was released in the first wave of 1998, and I found it to be the most difficult set to find of the wave. For all the effort I went to to find this set, I am very pleased with it, and I easily count it in my top five favorite sets.
I rate this set a

Jabba's Sail Barge is one of the few sets in the Action Fleet line that is actually quite a long ways from scale. The figures included in this set are R2-D2 with his drink tray, Saelt Marae (Yakface), and Jabba the Hutt. The vehicle measures 19 cm (7.5 in) long, 6.5 cm (2.5 in), and 8.25 cm (2.25 in) high. This vehicle comes with clear wheels that fold down to simulate a hovering action. Other Action Features include a rotating deck gun, removeable sail wings, rotating stabilizer wings, an opening side view hatch, and the back of the barge slides open providing a place for Jabba to sit. The Sail Bargevis a good childrens toy, and it is well detailed. I feel like it was a nice addition to the Action Fleet line, but even with all those pros, I still didn't find this to be a set that I could connect with particularly well. This set seemed more like a model to me than a toy, and because of the length of this set, I didn't feel like it displayed very well either. All in all, not one of my favorite sets.
I rate this set a

The last of my top five sets is the TIE Defender. The figures that are included with this set are a TIE Pilot and Moff Jerjerrod. The Defender measures 13 cm (5.13 in) wide, 13 cm (5.13 in) tall, and 10 cm (4 in) long. When the engine assembly is pulled back, the cockpit is opened, and the other Action Features are a removeable wing and a reversable Battle Damaged panel. Despite the lack of Action Features, I still found this to be a very nice set. Prior to seeing it in the store, I don't think I had ever heard of a TIE Defender, but as soon as I saw it I was drawn to it. I really like the geometrics of the vehicle, and it's design is quite interesting. I later found that this particular TIE is most likely the most powerful and destructive TIE in the Star Wars Universe even though it is called the Defender. It is listed as having laser cannons, ion cannons, and a small tractor beam in addition to being quite fast. Perhaps that is why I liked this ship so much. No matter the reason though, I did find this to be one of my favorite sets.
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