The Tie Striker. There were a lot of new vessels introduced in Rogue One. One of them was this alternate version of the Tie Fighter. It is always an interesting gable to throw a new vehicle into a world that already has a long history. Why didn’t we see Tie Strikers and U-Wings during other movies. Well, they were created after the other movies, but take place before. Like the Death Troopers, you have to have a good story to go along with it. Basically the Galactic War takes place over an entire galaxy, and the places that have these vehicles were not visited… or something along those lines. Over the years, Hasbro has come out with some amazing Tie Fighter variations. We have had Tie Bombers, Tie Fighters, Tie Interceptors, and the Tie X1. And now the Tie Striker.
This version comes with very long wings. It is nearly as long as Hasbro’s U-Wing, which is impressive on its own. There are 5 main parts to put together. The top part has an opening canopy. The bottom has the NERF cannon. Then there are two wings that are a bit tricky to get in place, but not too bad.
The Tie comes with a pilot. He is a very standard 5POA figure. He does come with an E-11 blaster.
Just like the First Order Tie Fighter, this one has a place in the canopy to hold the blaster. That way it is not bouncing around in there when the ship is flown around.
The wings are locked in the up position for landing. There is a bit of a forward slope to the wings while it is on the ground.
From the top the wing design is unique, but not too dissimilar from the standard Tie variation, so it still fits into the universe.
With a press of a button, the wings fall down into attack mode. Apparently this helps the fighter to fly faster.
From the front, you can see the increased fire power. Yes, there is a NERF cannon down there, but that is of no concern. What is interesting is the second set of cannons below the first. This fighter is ready for battle with 4 cannons instead of two.
From the back, you can see the button on top for dropping the wings. There are holders under the wings for up to 4 NERF darts. The fighter only comes with two.
Overall this is a great model of a Tie Striker. It is big and fun to swoop around. There is a lot of playability with the wings flapping up and down as the flyer sees fit. The NERF guns work well, and the darts fly far, for some added playability. To me, the NERF parts detract from the overall appeal of the toy. It isn’t too bad on this one, like the giant blob hanging off of Hera Syndulla’s A-Wing from the Rebels TV show. I am hoping for a passing phase on this as we get closer to the next Star Wars film coming out, which means the potential for some new vessels.