For the fourth set of the LEGO Star Wars Microfighters line, we have the TIE Interceptor (75031). Although the ship was seen only at the climax of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, it had some impact in the movie, especially when they get Admiral Ackbar to say “It’s a trap!” The set contains 92 pieces and retails for $9.99.
The TIE Pilot has been redesigned again for 2014. He uses the same torso as last year’s version. The legs now have some printing to match up a little with the torso printing. He also has a updated flesh head now to replace the black head with only the face. One flaw of the flesh head is that the helmet does not cover his whole back side of his head. His accessory is a small blaster.
LEGO has done a decent representation of the TIE Interceptor that was shown in the movie. The ship is a relatively easy build with some typical building techniques. The wings towards the back of the ship are attached on hinges. At the end of the wings are some cannons that made with binocular pieces. There are some neat pieces used like the modified 2×2 inverted tiles and the inverted 1×2 brackets. In the front of the ship is a printed radar dish with a cockpit pattern. Like with any other LEGO Star Wars set, there are a couple of flick-fire missiles on the underbelly.
Overall, the TIE Interceptor (75031) is one of the cooler Microfighters, in my opinion. The design is fairly accurate and has some decent playability. Of course like with the other Microfighters sets, it makes a nice addition to smaller MOCs. A downside is that these sets aren’t everybody’s cup of tea. They may look a little childish due to their “chibi” look. To each their own, but I do recommend picking up these up if you have the chance.