Comparison of LEGO Star Wars Jedi Starfighter Sets

LEGO Star Wars Jedi Starfighter sets do not always get the recognition they deserve. Actually, it seems that the tides have turned this way in the most recent years. Quite commonly, we witness a continuous increase in retail prices while at the same time the newer sets often seem unfinished.

Although the overall worth of the newer Starfighter sets decreases based on price per piece count and size, I have always believed them to be an amazing addition to any collection. After all, is there anyone that does not love the Jedi?

LEGO introduced us to the Jedi Starfighter sets in 2002 as soon as Episode II: Attack of the Clones was released. Today, I would like to go through some of the good or bad models that have hit the stores and give my honest opinion on which is the best LEGO Jedi Starfighter.

7143 Jedi Starfighter

The set that started it all. The 2002 7143 Jedi Starfighter set was a depiction of a Delta-7 Jedi Aethesprite-class interceptor, used by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. It is the ship he pilots on his mission to Kamino and then while tracking Jango Fett to the planet of Geonosis.

The set itself looks rather rough compared to the newer versions of this ship. However, it wields some charming characteristics. Maybe you are unfamiliar with this fact, but in the good old days, there were no stickers. The markings, the coloration on this ship, all these pieces are printed. You rarely see this today.

The only complete minifigure included in this set is a version of the young Obi-Wan Kenobi from Episode II, and he has the traditional yellow skin that all minifigures had in the very beginning of LEGO Star Wars.

In terms of playability, Jedi Starfighters will rarely surprise you. Such is the case with our model here. Ideally, you can simply put a minifigure in the cockpit and that is pretty much it.

Year: 2002

Piece Count: 135

Ages: 8-12

Minifigures: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Young)

Original Retail Price: $19.99

Appears in: Episode 2: Attack of the Clones

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7283 Ultimate Space Battle

The 7283 Ultimate Space Battle set was a part of the first line for Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and to me, it was a huge leap forward for LEGO. It remains special for a couple of reasons.

To begin with, it is one of the two sets that include the Jedi Interceptor Obi-Wan pilots in the opening battle of Episode III. Besides that, it is one of the few sets that have included Buzz Droids as minifigures. You actually get two of those here.

Although all ships in this set were released separately as well, it was an extremely valuable option for just $49.99.

Year: 2005

Piece Count: 533

Ages: 8-12

Minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Buzz Droid x2

Original Retail Price: $49.99

Appears in: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith

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7256 Jedi Starfighter & Vulture Droid

Furthermore on my last sentence on the previous set, set 7256 Jedi Starfighter & Vulture Droid is one of those separate sets that were released in 2005. To sum up, this is Anakin’s fighter from the opening battle of Coruscant in Episode III.

I did not mention this above, but minifigures from 2005-2007 were rather special. LEGO had already adopted the flesh colors that replaced the yellow. However, LEGO hadn’t adopted the cartoon eyes yet. Therefore, minifigures from these years have a higher collector’s worth.

In terms of playability, this set has almost nothing to offer. I have to mention the absolutely pointless R2 head which comes with the set. I have found this to be an issue many years ago when every set provided just the heard of astromechs, without any space for the body. Nowadays, we usually get a full droid in the sets which is one of the few improvements for me.

Year: 2005

Piece Count: 202

Ages: 7+

Minifigures: Anakin Skywalker

Original Retail Price: $19.99

Appears in: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith

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7661 Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Booster Ring

This set is a depiction of the second Jedi Starfighter used by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. It is the one he flies to Utapau to confront General Grievous.

If we were in 2007, I would recommend getting this set on the spot. It was extremely worth it based on price per piece, it came with an enormous booster ring that is actually an amazing build itself, and it included the first ever Kit Fisto minifigure.

Overall, this has to be the first set on our list that actually has some playability features provided by the booster ring. To be fair, this is a set I would totally spend a fortune on today as well.

Year: 2007

Piece Count: 575 

Ages: 9-12

Minifigures: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Kit Fisto

Original Retail Price: $49.99

Appears in: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith

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7669 Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter

This is a set I deeply regret not buying years back when it was at retail price. In 2018, we received a remade version of this set, however, I believe the Anakin minifigure from 2008 is simply outstanding. LEGO Clone Wars fans will understand. It is a figure that perfectly depicts the cartoon version of our favorite protagonist.

The build and final look itself are pleasing but let me tell you about the small flaws. The R2-D2 pop-out rarely works properly as the little astromech simply gets stuck. This is my personal opinion, of course, but I have never enjoyed the flick-fire missiles.

To sum up, I believe every Clone Wars addict or collector should have this set. I can see myself spending the little fortune someday but for now, I will satisfy myself with the remake version from 2018.

Year: 2008

Piece Count: 153

Ages: 7-12

Minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, R2-D2

Original Retail Price: $19.99

Appears in: The Clone Wars

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7751 Ahsoka’s Starfighter and Vulture Droid

Released in 2009 the Ahsoka’s Starfighter set was only available at Walmart and LEGO.com. The build isn’t to dissimilar to Anakin’s Starfighter but did include a new design on how to fire the flick missiles located on the bottom of the ship. There was a little push leaver at the back which when used would push a larger piece on to the back of the flick missiles. This would fire the missiles out and actually worked quite well. The Vulture Droid again was not too different in terms of design to the Vulture Droid included in 7660 Naboo Starfighter set, albeit blue instead of brown. The minifigure selection was pretty good as we got a brand new droid in R7-A7, a decent looking Ahsoka and 2 Buzz Droids. The price was a complaint at the time due to its 40 dollar price tag. Still, looking back its is a pretty good set with a nice looking Starfighter.

Year: 2009

Piece Count: 291

Age: 8-14

Minifigures: Ahsoka, R7-A7, 2x Buzz Droids

Original Retail Price: $39.99

Appears In: The Clone Wars

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8093 Plo Koon’s Jedi Starfighter

Although this set has a lot of resemblance to the usual Jedi Starfighters we get, it possesses some additional playability which makes it a worthy set for children or enthusiasts. In addition, the minifigure of Plo Koon is simply brilliant.

The main new feature in this set compared to the old Jedi Starfighters is the ability to eject Plo Koon out of his cockpit by pushing a small tab underneath the ship. You also get a compartment for your astromech and a lightsaber holder on the side.

The minifigure selection for this set is what makes it incredibly worth it for me. We get a high-quality Plo Koon minifigure and his droid which was never before seen in a set. All in all, we got two exclusive minifigures and additional playability features in a Jedi Starfighter set, which easily puts it ahead in my list of favorites.

Year: 2010

Piece Count: 175

Ages: 7-12

Minifigures: Plo Koon, R7-R4

Original Retail Price: $24.99

Appears in: The Clone Wars

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10215 Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter (Ultimate Collector’s Series)

The original Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter from 2002 was nothing close to impressive. The Ultimate Collector’s Series version from 2010, however, is a must-have for any ambitious collector. Of course, if you can afford the crazy prices nine years later.

As with every UCS set, you shouldn’t be expecting much in terms of playability – these are LEGO sets designed for adults after all. However, I can easily say that it is a lot more sturdy than most of the older UCS sets.

The design has always seemed fairly accurate if you take out the size of the R4 dome you get. The set does not include any minifigures but you get a ton of large plates and dark red/lime green pieces that are extremely rare.

People hated this set when it first came out because it was simply overpriced. Today, I think it has a much larger collectors worth and it is worth the extra penny.

Year: 2010

Piece Count: 676

Ages: 14+

Minifigures: None

Original Retail Price: $99.99

Appears in: Episode 2: Attack of the Clones

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7868 Mace Windu’s Jedi Starfighter

This set came out in 2011 as an exclusive and it had an amazing minifigure selection for such a small set. Although the minifigures will not impress anyone, it was a good choice of rare characters placed together. The Mace Windu figure was very plain, with no back printing, actually the same we got in the Republic Attack Shuttle in 2009.

The ship itself is just another version of the Jedi Starfighter from the Clone Wars. It is pretty much the same as the ones we got in the Anakin, and Plo Koon sets above. The only difference being the coloration, I would still very much get this set for the simplest reason of being a collector.

This is a set that is perfect for playability enthusiasts. You get a great selection of interesting droids with their respective vehicles, and a nice Starfighter.

Year: 2011

Piece Count: 313

Ages: 7-12

Minifigures: Mace Windu, TX-20 Tactical Droid, R8-B7, Battle Droid x2

Original Retail Price: $39.99

Appears in: The Clone Wars

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9494: Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor

In the beginning, I mentioned that the more recent years have been a serious disappointment in terms of value per price. Although 2012 was one of the strongest years for LEGO Star Wars, some sets from the winter & summer lines really felt overpriced.

When you look at it from another perspective, this set was simply an overpriced battle pack. Usually, Starfighter sets get a Jedi minifigure and an additional astromech. Here, we received five or six, depending on how you feel about the mining droid.

If we were in 2007, I would recommend getting this set on the spot only and exactly because of the minifigures. All three – Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Nute Gunray were remade for this set. In fact, Nute Gunray was remade so that he matches his Episode III look. However, the figure has one flaw – the torso and legs do not match perfectly.

In terms of playability, you get the basic features. You can open the cockpit, insert R2-D2 in the Interceptor, or play with the flick-fire missiles. Overall, I would recommend this set today as well but only for passionate collectors. Simply said, the minifigures are worth every penny.

Year: 2012

Piece Count: 300

Ages: 8-14

Minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Nute Gunray, R2-D2, Security Battle Droid, DLC-13 Mining Droid

Original Retail Price: $39.99

Appears in: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith

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9498 Saesee Tiin’s Jedi Starfighter

To be fair, I believe this has to be the most attractive Jedi Starfighter to date. The dark green color fits these ships unbelievably well. Besides that, the minifigures you get here are just fantastic. I think the figures of Saesee Tiin and Even Piell deserve their own separate review, so I will not go in depth here. All I can say is that no one will be left disappointed.

If the minifigures were not enough, the overall design of this Jedi Starfighter was brand new in 2012 compared to the older ones I already went through. In addition, this one felt a lot more sturdy in comparison.

To sum up, I think this set came out in such a strong summer line of sets in 2012, that it was underappreciated. I believe people gave it enough credit after some time and it is a set I need to have back in my collection(I sold my original one).

Year: 2012

Piece Count: 244

Ages: 7-12

Minifigures: Even Piell, Saesee Tiin, R3-R5

Original Retail Price: $29.99

Appears in: The Clone Wars

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75038 Jedi Interceptor

“It’s another Jedi Interceptor” was what everyone thought when they announced this set over five years ago. I felt the same way too and was not expecting much. It is almost entirely identical to the 9498 Saesee Tiin’s Jedi Starfighter I discussed a minute ago if you switch the green to yellow and add a few pieces.

However, compared to the older version of Anakin’s Interceptor, this one had a much more smooth build. Anakin’s minifigure had a few minor changes like the belt printing and the additional face expression which you can change to by simply turning the head.

R2-D2 was the major surprise when this set first came out. We received a brand new version of our favorite astromech droid. It was the first time we saw his torso get any changes and they improved the dome printing into shiny silver.

Year: 2014

Piece Count: 223

Ages: 7-12

Minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, R2-D2

Original Retail Price: $24.99

Appears in: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith

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75087 Anakin’s Custom Jedi Starfighter

This version of Anakin’s starfighter came out too late, in my opinion. It has appeared in the original Clone Wars series from 2003 which is not part of the canon anymore. In fact, it came out years after the original series became part of Legends.

However, it beholds some great playability features such as a droid inject function, detachable escape pod, landing gear, and actually a lot more.

Year: 2015

Piece Count: 370

Ages: 8-14

Minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, Asajj Ventress, Astromech Droid

Original Retail Price: $39.99

Appears in: No screen time

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75135 Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor

When this set came out, I and the Star Wars fans around me felt like LEGO was running out of ideas. After all, we literally got the same Interceptor in a different color for like four consecutive years. At least, they could have made some minor changes in the build.

This red version of the Interseptor is the one Obi-Wan flew in the opening Battle of Coruscant. I believe we all remember his droid – R4-P17. I am sure I am not the only one who felt the uselessness of this astromech in the movie. This leads me to the thought that we should have received a better minifigure selection. Maybe a Buzz Droid or two which are definitely rare. R4-P17 was simply not enough for me.

The Obi-Wan minifigure itself was great. Ironically enough, the character who hates flying gets a printed headset. Not everyone will realize this but the torso robes do not actually match the leg robes we see printed on the minifigure. It doesn’t look bad at all but if you are a perfectionist, I am sorry.

If you are a fan of Jedi Starfighters like me, I recommend getting this set to complete your collection.

Year: 2016

Piece Count: 215

Ages: 7-12

Minifigures: Obi-Wan Kenobi, R4-P17

Original Retail Price: $24.99

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75168 Yoda’s Jedi Starfighter

When this set came out, the serious collectors were rather surprised. It came out years after the final Clone Wars episode (although we will be getting a few more now, thankfully) and it is a ship that literally appeared for one or two episodes in the end.

The minifigures were not brand new as both had appeared in previous sets. Although this ship was from the Clone Wars, LEGO decided to miss out on the cartoon Yoda look. The quality of the figure itself is great but I cannot count it as something rare or exclusive. This is why I believe the price they put on this set was rather high.

I have always said that LEGO needs to focus more on ships and vehicles that were never before made into a set. Therefore, this version of a Jedi Starfighter felt like a breath of fresh air for me. In addition, there is something about green ships that always makes them look amazing.

Year: 2017

Piece Count: 262

Ages: 7-12

Minifigures: Yoda, R2-D2

Original Retail Price: $24.99

Appears in: The Clone Wars

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75191 Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Booster Ring

I can say this directly – this set was too overpriced for me to own personally. A friend of mine let me build it and that was it. Jedi Starfighter sets have always been among the cheaper sets in the LEGO Star Wars theme. Whoever decided that they should do a remake on the 2007 version of this and double the price, was terribly wrong.

Although the Hyperdrive Booster Ring and the ship itself were definitely a disappointment, I have to give it to the minifigures. In just one set, you get all the characters from the iconic meeting between Obi-Wan and Jango Fett. In addition, all the minifigures had brand new prints or small additions that were not present in the previous versions.

With this said, I wouldn’t recommend this set unless you somehow manage to find it at a discounted price.

Year: 2017

Piece Count: 825

Ages: 9-14

Minifigures: Jango Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Boba Fett, R4-P17

Original Retail Price: $99.99

Appears in: Episode 2: Attack of the Clones

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75214 Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter

Our last choice will be another depiction of Anakin Skywalker and his Jedi Starfighter. The main protagonist from the Prequel Trilogy has appeared in more sets than any other main character. This recent set from 2018 is, in fact, a remade version of the 2008 Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter.

Compared to the majority of Starfighters I already discussed, this model has a lot more playability in stock. Although I rarely fancy stud shooters, there is one on each wing. Beneath the fighter, you have a secret lightsaber storage space. In addition, there is storage space for additional ammo but I will let you find it by yourself.

I believe you can still find this set at a reasonable price, at least where I live, it remains in stock. I would strongly recommend taking advantage of while it is around. I have always been a fan of remakes as simply 10 years ago I couldn’t afford having every set. Now, I can get an improved version instead of overspending on the original set.

Year: 2018

Piece Count: 247

Ages: 8-12

Minifigures: Anakin Skywalker, R2-D2

Original Retail Price: $19.99

Appears in: The Clone Wars

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Final Verdict – Which is my favorite Jedi Starfighter?

It all began in 2002 and since then, we have received both exceptional sets and overpriced unworthy sets. I believe I gave clear signs about which ones I like and dislike, and which ones I find of value today.

If I have to choose one or two above all rest, I will definitely choose the 9498 Saesee Tiin’s Jedi Starfighter and 8093 Plo Koon’s Jedi Starfighter. Simply said, I am a fan of exclusive and rare minifigures. In addition, I truly believe these are the most beautiful Jedi Starfighters in terms of color.

To sum up, each set has its own personality and has specific positive and negative sides compared to the rest. While there are those I could easily put ahead of others, if I had the chance, I would literally own every single one of these sets.

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