Inquisitor’s TIE Advanced Prototype Review

November 29, 2014 – Maybe it’s the perfect symmetry. Maybe it’s the bad-ass imagery and sense of foreboding whenever we see the outline of a TIE fighter. Whatever the reason, the Inquisitor’s TIE Advanced Prototype is a welcome addition to Hasbro’s family of TIE fighters. InquisitorTIE-FigTIE&Box
The cover art of the box (front and back) is, consistent with the other two Star Wars Rebels boxed vehicles (Phantom Attack Shuttle and AT-DP), beautifully done. The Target Exclusive version (pictured below) includes a nice bonus – the somewhat hard to find Inquisitor action figure with his double-extended lightsaber. MSRP is $24.99, so the inclusion of the figure makes this a decent value.
InquisitorTIE-BoxFrontInquisitorTIE-FoxBack The TIE Advanced Fighter requires minimal assembly. Simply snap on the fuselage cover and the circular underbelly, apply some teeny-tiny red triangle stickers and red rectangular stickers, and you’re done. Definitely recommend using tweezers, otherwise your stickers will end up crooked or in unexpected places. InquisitorTIE-FrontSitThe playability factor is high. The vehicle comes with a hinged canopy, and the cockpit easily accommodates your seated Inquisitor figure. The box describes “twin laser cannons” – actually, two light-green firing missles (spring-loaded) – which sit beneath the cockpit. The most unique features are the twin folding wings, which can fold inwards and lay flat or be positioned extended up-down. InquisitorTIE-FoldedThe wing hinges are on steel rods, so no worrying about plastic bend-tabs breaking. And the wings are slightly curved, a stylized tribute to the late concept artist Ralph McQuarrie and his sketched visions of Star Wars almost four decades ago. InquisitorTIE-StandOutsideWith a wing-span of 10 inches (25.4 cm) and a height of 8 inches (20.3 cm), the TIE Advanced Prototype will not win any awards in the “most impressive” category. But as a nod toward Ralph McQuarrie’s concept drawings and because it serves as a well-sculpted bridge toward the vintage TIE fighters of old, this vehicle ranks 4 out of 5 stars. InquisitorTIE-StandOutside

(L to R): Phantom Attack Shuttle, AT-DP (All Terrain Defense Pod) and Inquisitor’s TIE Advanced Prototype

(L to R): Phantom Attack Shuttle, AT-DP (All Terrain Defense Pod) and Inquisitor’s TIE Advanced Prototype

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