Lego Star Wars – Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter (8017) Review


Lego Star Wars – Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter (8017): Continuing with our Star Wars kick, we go to a set that’s one of the originals of my childhood – one of the sets I wanted as a kid as soon as I had seen Star Wars. (This is only partially true, I wanted a Death Star, but even now I think that’s a bit beyond me.) However having my own Darth Vader was really important, and it was the perfect companion to another set (which should be quite obvious) which will be in an upcoming review.


Time to Knoll: 15.5 Minutes


Time to Build: 24 Minutes




  • Pieces: 251 and 93 Steps – Manual (55 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $54.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 319 grams
  • Combo Points: (3X6X1X1) = 18 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 96mm x 112mm x 48.0mm or 516.1 cm³ plus a bit more for 525 .06 cm³




  • Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars




What Else?

So when looking into facts about Darth Vader and his illustrious specialized fighter (of which the creator was murdered, and only a few survived past his time). I came across the special components included within the ship – including deflector shields, solar reactor, and most notably hyperdrive.

Now I understand that currently as far as we humans are concerned the possibility of hyperdrive is impossible in reality – despite numerous theories in the academic sense. My concern is however with the notion of hyperdrive on such a small craft. The Fighter itself needed to be modified to suit Vader’s specific body size, and yet somehow a hyperdrive is not only added, but remains functional after the hit it got from the crash near the death star?

Looking into Star Wars lore concerning hyperdrive there are two possibilities – one is making such travel possible by a fusion reaction through kilometers of superconducting wire – which while possible on something the side of a star destroyers is just inconceivable on something the scale of a small fighter.

More likely would be what is referred to as an anti-matter hyperdrive engine. Of course anti-matter is at the time still relatively speculative and the presence (or overall uneven lack of) is the reason behind the theory of baryogenesis. However the issue is said that the Fighter has a solar ionization reactor which regardless of output I think it’s fair to say that it would be impossible to generate the power to harness or generate anti-matter simply from the rays of the sun and not the power of a sun. Then again I’m debating hyperdrive of a fictional universe on a blog that reviews lego sets.


Remix: Keeping with my Falcon review I decided to make another handheld weapon, although this time I made a crossbow.


While it’s a bit small for me (which I wish I had made the scale a bit bigger at onset) it is a handheld weapon.



Final Thoughts: While I love this version, I really have always enjoyed the original tie fighter and not the Darth Vader’s version. This and the bomber just always felt a built to clean to me, whereas the Tie Fighter or X-Wing always feel a bit ungainly which really fits into the ethos of the Star Wars in my head. Overall though considering how much this costs new I am glad that kid me played with his toys rather than pretending the 60 dollar markup would be worth it.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

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