I guess it's about time I got around to it. I first posted the pics over half a year ago...can't believe I dragged it that long... orz
I got this for clearance for about $6-7 at Target. I'd say this isn't nearly as good as the Dragon Hunter set and is better for the little kids.
Box contents. Pieces seems to be bagged according to size so you'll need to open all of the bags while building. At least the dragon and minifig are bagged separately.
Above is the close up of the completed model. It's a lot more compact than the Dragon Hunter so if you lack shelf space, maybe this is better.
Wings are attached by ball joints so you can pretty much position them however you want. However since they're only connected by a single ball joint per wing, they're easy to knock out of place and are kinda unstable.
The underside. Unlike the Dragon Hunter where the missile launchers and the fueslage/handle is a single unit, the firing gun is a separate piece and can be removed for MOCing purposes.
Underside rear. No electronics so no other fancy gimmicks other than the front missile launcher.
The handle grip on the Dragon Fighter is a bit short for my hand. Even with the launcher taken off, there wouldn't be enough room for all of my fingers.
Contrast with the Dragon Hunter which can fit my entire hand comfortably. Definitely solidifies the impression of the Dragon Fighter being for the little kid and the Dragon Hunter for the big kid.
The included dragon. This one is clearly a fire dragon, a nice opposite to the Dragon Hunter's ice dragon.
Rear view. Unlike the ice dragon, the fire dragon's wings are fairly asymmetrical and shaped differently on each side.
Front view. You can best tell from this angle how different each wing is.
Comparison shot with the ice dragon. Too bad the fire dragon doesn't have the same semi-translucent plastic as the ice dragon. I think that would have looked very nice as well.
Comparison of the main vehicles.
Here, I did small upgrade of the Dragon Hunter ship using some of the Dragon Fighter parts.
One small snag that happened right out of the box was that the lower torso of the minifig had balljoints that were too small. I had to contact Mega Bloks to get a replacement torso. Above you can see the correct torso (left) with the wrong torso (right). For review pics, I used one of the minifigs from the Dragon Hunter since it's the exact same as the Dragon Fighter minifig. It took about a couple of weeks for the replacement torso to arrive.
That's it for the review. I don't like the Fighter nearly as much as the Hunter but it's also 1/3 of the cost at MSRP so that's one thing to consider. Although at this time it doesn't really matter much since both are hard to find at this point. Some of them can still be found at Tuesday Mornings (around Houston anyways) so if you can find them, I definitely recommend the Dragon Hunter rather than the Fighter.
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