Lego kick off their 2008 releases from The Clone Wars movie with the fantastic Magnaguard Starfighter. The model is a very accurate representation of the starfighter and it is packed with features.
The cockpit opens with the movement of a slide mechanism underneath, the aft body flips open and reveals two red tipped flick missiles inside, the entire length of the engine covers lift up and the two gun pods on either wing rotate a full 360 degrees. In the aft tip of each wing there is a clip which stores the electrostaff weapons that the Magnaguards use.
The bonus of this kit is that it has 2 IG-100 Magnaguard droids with it. This is the first time these have been released and are a welcome addition to the Star Wars Lego collection. Each one is armed with an electrostaff and I can see collectors buying a couple of these kits to get enough bodyguards for General Grievous.
The kit comprises 402 pieces (not including figures, weapons and missiles) and takes about 45 minutes to build. It measures 29 cm across, 28 cm long (along the engines) and 13 cm wide at the main body. There are 10 decals to apply and the ship is ready to do battle with the Clone Troopers in the V-19 Torrent Starfighters.
An absolute must have and a great looking fighter for any collection.