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on January 2, 2013
Just completed building the Headhunter and it's my least recommended SW 2013 set.
For fans of the ARC-170 Starfighter (8088 and 7259) or the recent X-Wing (9493), there is definitely a striking resemblance in terms of color scheme and ship design. Quantitatively speaking, the Headhunter is about half the ship of either.
While it does have a nice heft, it feels like LEGO skimped on the construction of this model, in several ways:
1) Extremely poor stickers. They are neither glossy nor transparent. What you get is a paper-grade sheet of decals that is not smooth to the touch and makes the entire ship look very very cheap - MEGABLOKS quality. With past stickers from LEGO, you can peel midway and reapply without any harm. For folks with OCD (myself), this is a huge plus for perfectly aligning the decals. Now, attempting to adjust the decal will either rip it or leave a glue trail underneath. My advice: do not apply the stickers!
2) While it is expected that the ship only has 2 wings, not having the ingenious mechanism on the 4-wing ARC and X-Wing really does lower the playability and display presentation of the ship. If you remember the Freeco Speeder (8085), the Headhunter is pretty much the same thing, only bigger. It doesn't have any Technic mechanics, no gears, and no levers. Just a flat ship.
3) In terms of size, this does not feel like a $49.99 Star Wars ship. The X-Wing (9493) is just $10 more and has 560 pieces, vs the Headhunter, which has a lacking 373 pieces. I usually don't fret over the brick to price ratio, but the latter looks stale and unimaginative - and small - when placed next to its predecessor.
Now, the good:
LEGO probably figured out the uninspiring design of the Headhunter, so they added in 3 of the most awesome minifigs of 2013.
You get a 501st Legion Clone Trooper, a 501st Clone Pilot, and a new Jedi with an unique double upper torso (like General Kozu from Ninjago).
The latter two are unique to this set, and will surely be the driving factor for moving it off the store shelf. On another note, you only get 1 rifle. I guess the 2 troopers will have to share.
In closing: very small set for the money, ship looks incomplete, horrendous stickers - but great minifigs.