75342 Republic Fighter Tank Reviewed

Inspired by a Hasbro action figure multipack released 15 years ago, the LEGO Star Wars design team took a deep dive into the Star Wars legendarium and came back up with Mace Windu and his purple troopers to create a new version of the TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank.

Making its first canon-at-the-time appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars video game, a first-person shooter set at the end of Attack of the Clones, released at the end of 2002, the Republic Fighter Tank wasn’t given its more martial TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank designation until Boba Fett: Crossfire was published a week later. Its first canon-in-the-latest-sense occurrence didn’t occur until Star Wars: Battlefront reached game consoles in 2005.

It wasn’t until 2008 that LEGO released their first version – 7679 Republic Fighter Tank – part of the first big Clone Wars collection wave, with a second version (75182 Republic Fighter Tank) in 2017. Curiously though, this vehicle has never appeared in The Clone Wars animated series, and it remains a mystery why LEGO elected to include this with the other tie-in sets.

Often described as the Jedi starfighter of the ground, LEGO neglected to add a Jedi presence to their original version but rectified this commission with an Aayla Secura minifigure in the updated iteration.

This latest model depicts Mace Windu with a detachment of 187th Legion (also known as Mace Windu’s Attack Battalion) clone troopers, a conceit of Hasbro who created this non-canon elite force in 2005 as companions to the Jedi General, and gave them matching purple flashes to match Windu’s lightsaber.

Made canon by LEGO with the release of 75342 Republic Fighter Tank, the closest these clone troopers came to being fully realized in a televisual format was when Windu was seen to be leading a unit with maroon markings in the first episode of the final season of The Clone Wars animated series, so don’t go looking for these on Disney+!

75342 Republic Fighter Tank

Star Wars: The Clone Wars fans can play out exciting clashes between Mace Windu’s 187th Legion Clone Troopers and the Battle Droids with this LEGO® brick-built Republic Fighter Tank (75342). It features hidden wheels for a hover effect, 2 elevating spring-loaded shooters and a lookout for the Clone Commander on top. There are 4 LEGO minifigures in the set: Mace Windu and new-for-May-2022 versions of the 187th Legion Clone Commander and Troopers, plus 2 Battle Droids – all with cool weapons. Thinking of buying this awesome building toy as a gift for a Star Wars™ fan who is new to LEGO sets? No worries – step-by-step instructions are included to guide their fun, creative journey. The LEGO Group has been recreating iconic starships, vehicles, locations and characters from the Star Wars universe since 1999. LEGO Star Wars has become its most successful theme with a wide variety of buildable models to excite people of all ages.
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ buildable tank toy playset (75342) – Fans can help Mace Windu and his 187th Legion Clone Troopers in Star Wars: The Clone Wars defeat the Battle Droids with this Republic Fighter Tank
  • 6 LEGO® minifigures/figures for role play – Mace Windu with a lightsaber, 187th Legion Clone Commander with a blaster rifle, plus 2 187th Legion Clone Troopers and 2 Battle Droids, each with blasters
  • Built for action play – The tank has hidden wheels for a hover effect, 2 elevating spring-loaded shooters, a minifigure cockpit, a lookout for the Clone Commander, and a rear hatch
  • Gift idea for ages 7 and up – This 262-piece building toy makes a fun holiday gift, birthday present or surprise treat for creative kids who are into Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Build, play and display – This buildable TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank model measures over 4 in. (10 cm) high, 8 in. (20 cm) long and 6 in. (16 cm) wide
  • Illustrated instructions – A step-by-step guide is included so even young Star Wars™ fans who are newcomers to LEGO® sets can build with confidence
  • Fun construction toys for all ages – LEGO® Star Wars™ sets enable kids and adult Star Wars fans to recreate iconic scenes, role-play their own creative stories or simply display the brick-built models
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  • Safety first – LEGO® components are dropped, heated, crushed, twisted and carefully analyzed to make sure that they comply with rigorous global safety standards
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Sporting the new packaging art that depicts minifigure characters from the set, oddly the front of 75342 Republic Fighter Tank’s box has the clone trooper from 332nd Company that came with 75283 Armored Assault Tank (AAT) in 2017. While the imagery makes the set pop, the angle of the Republic Fighter Tank does make it look a little longer than it is once built.

Within the box are two bags of pieces and the new style instruction book, first introduced in 75326 Boba Fett’s Throne Room, which is preceding the rollout of the paper bags that are part of the LEGO sustainability initiative.

Built in two halves – bag one deals with the base, while the second sees the completion of the turret – you’ll need to give yourself 30 minutes for a fast build or 45 minutes if you want to take it easy. There are a couple of pieces – like the front hatch and the two large triangles on the sides – that take away from the build, and the abundance of stickers might be a bit off-putting for a child.

Like its most recent predecessor, this model of the Republic Attack Tank comes with wheels that roll, instead of the curved pieces that attempted to create a hovering in the first version. The main body has space for one minifigure – presumably the accompanying Jedi officer – while the turret, which has two pivoting side cannons with spring-loaded missile launchers, accommodates the commander.

The set includes a staggering six minifigures – two common-or-garden battle droids, a pair of Phase II clone troopers, a newly minted Clone Commander, and a specially decorated Mace Windu.

The finished model is pretty satisfying. Size-wise, this set sits right in the middle between the 2008 and 2017 versions and proportionally it is spot on. The combination of plates, slopes and tiles creates a reasonably accurate facsimile of the digitally rendered version it is based on, though the profusion of studs in the rearmost portion of the base distracts from the lines of the catamaran-like body in the forward two-thirds.

Price-wise, it is not one of the budget-effective sets and even though it pre-dates the Summer 2022 price increase, its bricks-per-dollar value is 0.15, which exceeds the standard 0.10 (though this ought to be reconsidered after the recent across-the-board price rise) by 50%. The inclusion of six minifigures is a large contributor to this inflated cost, suggesting that LEGO is capitalizing on the growing popularity of minifigure collecting.

Available now through LEGO.com (priced US$39.99 / CA$49.99 / £34.99 / DE€39.99 / AU$59.99) and Walmart, you should grab it while you can before it goes out of stock for a second time.

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