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Review: 75321 The Razor Crest Microfighter

Posted by CapnRex101, 27 Dec 2021 15:00

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Microfighters were introduced during 2014 and the collection has grown annually, although the pace of expansion has slowed! 75321 The Razor Crest Microfighter certainly appears interesting though, given the remarkable popularity of Din Djarin’s gunship.

Unfortunately, the execution of this vehicle has provoked some concern because the shaping seems awkward, especially around the front where stud shooters are prominently situated. However, distinctive proportions and unusual design features sometimes enhance Microfighters, so this design could surpass expectations.

Minifigure

Similar minifigures portraying The Mandalorian have previously appeared in numerous sets, although the design remains excellent. The metallic silver beskar armour contrasts beautifully against the dark brown fabric underneath, with reddish brown straps providing additional detail. Ideally, this character’s helmet would also be metallic silver, but pearl silver looks nice.

Accurate arm decoration also elevates this minifigure above others, particularly with Djarin’s Mudhorn signet and whistling bird launcher which look superb. The bounty hunter wears his jetpack rather than a cape here, allowing easier placement inside the accompanying vehicle. Pearl dark grey was not necessarily the best colour choice though, relative to this equipment onscreen.

However, the most disappointing aspect of this minifigure is the continued absence of a printed head underneath Din Djarin’s helmet. Exactly two years have passed since the helmet was removed during the television series, providing more than enough notice for LEGO to create a suitable head. Instead, the component remains undecorated. A blaster pistol is included though.

The Completed Model

75321 The Razor Crest Microfighter appears more accurate to its source material than many Microfighters, since the proportions are relatively realistic. While accuracy would generally be considered beneficial, exaggerated design features are paramount for successful Microfighters and this creation lacks such character, in my opinion.

However, the vehicle is ideally designed for play and features various satisfying details, notably including dark tan highlights and texture. Moreover, there is ample space for Din Djarin to slot inside the cockpit, without removing his jetpack. The curvature of the fuselage looks excellent here, but the stud shooters positioned on either side completely spoil that characteristic shape.

Their functionality is superb, but the new angular stud shooter seems even harder to integrate properly than its rounded predecessor. I appreciate that their location matches the laser cannons on the original Razor Crest, but these weapons appear decidedly awkward. The dark tan stripes behind the stud shooters are reasonably effective though, despite yellow appearing more suitable in certain shots of the onscreen vehicle.

Furthermore, the cylindrical engines look good and I like the opening ramp, accommodating a blaster pistol inside. The fuselage around the ramp and the landing gear looks marvellous too, but I dislike how the engines are attached. Employing the 2×2 Technic elements introduced at the beginning of 2021 ensures a sturdy connection, but the vessel looks unfinished with these exposed hollow studs on top.

Overall

Following its introduction during 2019, the Razor Crest has presented perfect inspiration for a fun Microfighter. Unfortunately, this design is rather disappointing. The general proportions of this model deviate from traditional Microfighters, lacking the caricatured quality of earlier sets. The integration of the stud shooters is poor as well, since they are the only design feature that actually appear exaggerated!

The accompanying minifigure is impressive, but the continued absence of an exclusive head for Din Djarin remains frustrating. Additionally, the minifigure is already quite common, so there is little reason to recommend this set. The price of £8.99, $9.99 or €9.99 represents reasonable value though, so this could be a fair acquisition for younger LEGO Star Wars fans.

This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review represents an expression of my own opinions.

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