In 2007, when Star Wars began the move from the big to the little screen, LEGO understandably adjusted their LEGO Star Wars line-up to include new sets from the upcoming Clone Wars animated series.
Initially conducted as a soft roll-out, the first few sets didn’t have the blue and white masthead packaging graphics that the Clone Wars collection adopted the following year when the line was fully rolled out.
One of the first Clone Wars sets to get released was 7669 Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter, a version of the Delta-7B Aethersprite-class light interceptor that The Chosen One flew on many missions as he and Obi-Wan Kenobi led Republic forces against the Separatist. Released as part of the Winter Wave in December 2007/January 2008, it underwent a running change when the Summer Wave of Clone Wars sets dropped.
Since its original release, we have had two re-hashes – including 75097 Anakin’s Custom Jedi Starfighter – and most recently 75214 Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter in 2018 – ten years after the original came out.
As the civil war that split the galaxy asunder raged the space lanes and ravaged countless planets, both sides saw technological upgrades that took the conflict to ever more impressive heights, including the Jedi’s trusty Delta-7B starfighters.
Arriving late to the Clone Wars, the Eta-2 Actis-class interceptor was faster, more maneuverable, less prone to engine stress and had more fire-power than its dart-like predecessor, and quickly became the starfighter of choice for Jedi pilots.
“Master, your new fighter has arrived. The specs on this prototype make it the fastest fighter Kuat Systems has ever built.“―Ahsoka Tano, to Anakin Skywalker[src]
Always quick to prove himself worthy of the best equipment, Anakin Skywalker was issued with a prototype of the new starfighter (which remains unproduced by LEGO to this day), who immediately requested it be stripped of its sensors and unnecessary flight instrumentation as his Jedi powers were superior. However, Anakin kept the yellow and metallic color tones as a tribute to his podracing days on Tatooine.
With the 2020 release of 75281 Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter, LEGO has produced nine different System scale sets – four as the earlier Delta-7B and five Eta-2 versions – of Anakin Skywalker’s combat starship. While this set is the most current edition in the history of Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor, the story actually began in 2005.
Head over to our database for the pertinent set details or read on for a review of the latest versions and an expanded history of this unique starfighter.
- 7256 Jedi Starfighter and Vulture Droid (2005)
- 7283 Ultimate Space Battle (2005)
- 9494 Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor (2012)
- 75038 Jedi Interceptor (2014)
- 75281 Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor (2020)
75281 Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor
Young Jedi can role-play Anakin Skywalker launching into battle piloting Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor (75281) with this action-packed LEGO® Star Wars™ set. This brick-built toy has lots of features to inspire creative play, including an opening LEGO minifigure cockpit, spring-loaded shooters, foldable wing flaps with space for R2-D2 and clips for spare ammo and Anakin’s Lightsaber.
The construction set includes an Anakin Skywalker LEGO minifigure and an R2-D2 LEGO droid figure to role-play scenes from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Great for solo or group play, this fun building toy for kids combines with other LEGO Star Wars sets for yet more galactic action adventures and creative fun.
Galaxy of fun!
Since 1999, the LEGO Group has been recreating iconic starships, vehicles, locations and characters from the legendary Star Wars universe. LEGO Star Wars building toys are very popular, with great gift ideas for fans of all ages and tastes.
- Kids will love pretending to be Anakin Skywalker piloting this LEGO® brick-built model of Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor (75281), the iconic vehicle featured in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- This LEGO® Star Wars™ building toy includes an Anakin Skywalker LEGO minifigure, plus an R2-D2 LEGO droid figure for role-play action. Anakin fits in the Jedi Interceptor’s opening cockpit and R2-D2 can sit on the wing.
- The Jedi Interceptor construction toy features a new-for-August-2020 design, 2 spring-loaded shooters for battle play and foldout wing flaps for attack mode. Anakin’s Lightsaber and spare ammo clip under the wing.
- Great for solo or group play, this 248-piece construction kit combines brilliantly with other LEGO® Star Wars™ sets and makes a top birthday present, holiday gift or special surprise for kids aged 7+.
- Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor measures over 2.5” (6cm) high, 6.5” (19cm) long and 7.5” (17cm) wide. For even more creative fun, fans can also pilot the vehicle in the LEGO® Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga video game.
- This LEGO® Star Wars: The Clone Wars set is made purely with LEGO building bricks and powered by children’s creativity – no batteries required – so their galactic action adventures never run out of energy!
- Is your youngster new to LEGO® sets? Don’t worry. This Star Wars™ construction toy playset comes with step-by-step, illustrated instructions so they can build with confidence… and feel Jedi-level awesome!
- LEGO® Star Wars™ construction toys open up a rich galaxy of fun building and role-play adventures for kids (and adult fans) to recreate scenes from the saga or dream up their own creative play adventures.
- No need to use the Force to connect or pull apart LEGO® bricks in this Anakin Skywalker set! They meet the highest industry standards to ensure consistency and a perfect, easy connection.
- LEGO® bricks and pieces are dropped, crushed, twisted, heated and analyzed to ensure that every building set meets the highest safety standards here on Earth – and in galaxies far, far away!
There’s no faulting LEGO for their latest version, which is an easy build that replicates the shape and design of the space combat fighter flown by Anakin during the Clone Wars.
Identical in form, size and color to the previous three versions, 75281 Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor still lacks the landing legs that the one in 7256 Jedi Starfighter and Vulture Droid came with. Unlike the fifteen-year-old set, this – like its 2012 and 2014 cousins – does have a proper astromech seat that a LEGO droid figure can fit in.
Utilising the same triangular panels for the S-foils and the extended cockpit element that earlier versions have sported, the important features that characterizes this spacecraft are faithfully incorporated. The multi-layered hull plating that combines plates and tiles does a good job of replicating the war-like nature of this ship.
After weighing up the set’s improvements (the accurate laser cannons) against its detracting aspects (an Open Circle Fleet rounded sticker instead of a printed piece), this set – which is available at LEGO.com, Entertainment Earth, Walmart, Target and Amazon (MSRP $29.99) now – is a great addition to the theme.
When the curtains opened on the sixth movie (and third chapter) of the Star Wars saga, we were immediately entertained and enthralled by the space battle over Coruscant. With the Separatist fleet making one last bid to bring the Republic to its knees, Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi – in an aggressive red starfighter- and Anakin Skywalker – in a daring yellow craft ducked, dived, weaved and wended their way to the Invisible Hand, where Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was being held captive by General Grievous.
Being a pivotal scene in an exciting opening sequence, LEGO elected to include 7256 Jedi Starfighter and Vulture Droid in The Revenge of the Sith’s pre-release wave on April 1st’s Midnight Madness to help build hype for the movie, which was still 49 days away.
In addition to Sith eyes, Anakin’s conversion to the Dark Side of the Force was also rewarded with a new Eta-2; this time colored green (perhaps to signify his inexperience as a Sith Lord in the eyes of his Master?). To keep the Star Wars theme updated, LEGO released a new 9494 Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor in 2012 – brushing over the fact that the spacecraft’s title was actually in the name of Darth Vader!
Using it to fly to Mustafar, where he murdered the Separatist leadership, mortally wounded his wife Padme and faced off against his former Jedi Master – as depicted in 75269 Duel on Mustafar (which was included in our Obi-Wan, Two, Three Acts review), the Jedi-formerly-known-as-Anakin ended up being transformed into the armor-clad villain first introduced in A New Hope.
With the defeat of the Jedi Order and the cataclysmic demise of the Republic, many of the weapons manufacturers that supported the single largest democracy that the galaxy had ever seen found that their government contracts were being cancelled as the Imperial Navy pivoted its strategy from aggression to pacification, and the Eta-2 assembly lines at Kuat Systems’ production facilities were mothballed.
But not before Kuat Systems tried to curry favor with the Emperor’s mysterious right hand, Darth Vader, by giving him a black Eta-2 (another spacecraft that LEGO could produce) which he used during the Jedi Purges. Finding it too cramped due to the cumbersome nature of his armor, cybernetic implants, and increased robotic height he gave it to an Imperial agent and turned to Seinar Fleet Systems for a customized TIE Fighter that suited his needs.
What do you think of this set? Have there been too many or would you like to see LEGO re-issue it every few years so that new LEGO Star Wars fans can continue to enjoy it? Do you want to see Anakin’s prototype Eta-2 or Darth Vader’s black Eta-2 made? Share your thoughts, comments and opinions below!
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Having enjoyed playing with LEGO from his earliest years, Jeremy started collecting LEGO Star Wars in 1999 when the theme was first released. He has shared his thoughts and opinions on LEGO via a number of websites – including starwars.com, rebelscum.com and brickset.com – contributed to the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary series and served the LEGO Ambassador Network as a Recognised LEGO Fan Media representative.