Star Wars Micro Galaxy Squadron Series 1

2022 Jazwares Action Fleet-inspired line

The initial release of the Micro Galaxy Squadron line, Series 1 gave us some iconic Star Wars ships like the TIE Fighter,  X-wing, and Millennium Falcon. However, we also got some interesting ships, such as Asajj Ventress' Ginivex Fanblade Starfighter, something I really wasn't expecting.

Mandalorian had nice representation with 2 variants of the Razor Crest, the AT-ST Raider, Outland TIE Fighter, and several Blind Box speeders. And while it looked more like the version seen in Mandalorian, Rebels fans received the Imperial Troop Transport, which was inspired by a classic Kenner toy.

All in all, I felt like this was a good introductory wave to Micro Galaxy Squadron. Series 1 showed what was possible with the technology of today, and I think it gave a lot of fans of Action Fleet a new line to collect. The only real disappointment (besides the coffee-like wash), was the lack of distribution and difficulty finding Chase ships.

Series 1 Blind Boxes

 

Features:

  • Imperial Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper
  • 712-AvA Speeder Bike - Din Djarin
  • AT-RT with Clone Trooper
  • Sith Speeder Bloodfin with Darth Maul
  • Joben T-85 Speeder Bike with Ahsoka Tano
  • Imperial Speeder Bike with IG-11
  • Imperial Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper/Grogu
  • Custom Podracer Bike with Cobb Vanth

Series 1 Blind Boxes featured a good assortment of all Star Wars eras. While the Speeder Bike saw THREE releases, I think each one was very unique. Cobb Vanth's speeder was definitely the best overall, especially in the paint job. The AT-RT is very cool with rotating blaster and legs. For figures, Cobb Vanth, Darth Maul, and Ahsoka Tano are all standouts with excellent paint and moldings. Lastly, you have to love the molded Grogu on the Chase Scout Trooper.

IG-ll and Cobb Vanth are both Rare with the Scout Trooper carrying Grogu as the Chase.

AT-ST & AT-ST Raider

 

Features:

  • opening/rotating cockpit
  • rotating twin blasters and side blaster cannons
  • poseable legs and feet (3 points of articulation)
  • poseable AT-ST Driver or Klatoonian Raider

The AT-ST is an excellent model that shares many direct details seen on the Bandai model. Each leg bends in 3 places, giving you a lot of poseability. The whole top opens up, but I do wish the hatch could open as well for displaying a trooper or Chewie.

TIE Fighter & White TIE

 

Features:

  • opening canopy
  • opening rear engine hatch
  • push button on bottom ejects pilot
  • wings can pop off
  • poseable TIE Pilot

I love the overall look of the TIE Fighter. They did a great job with the design, especially getting the sleek look correct. However, they used a smaller front window, like the Rogue One or Mandalorian version, which I don't like. Moreover, they didn't paint the frame of the front window. Lastly, the Chase White TIE looks great.

Asajj Ventress' Ginivex Starfighter

 

Features:

  • opening cockpit
  • fold-out wings
  • rotating blasters (2)
  • special clear stand included
  • poseable Asajj Ventress

I was so shocked they did the Fanblade as a series 1 offering. I love the design and how they incorporated the folding wings. The transparent red looks great, and I am so glad they included a display stand. Lastly, Asajj looks phenomenal with her dual lightsabers.

Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter

 

Features:

  • opening cockpit
  • retractable landing gear (3)
  • detachable hyperspace ring
  • underside button pops up R2 unit
  • poseable Obi-Wan Kenobi and R4-P17

Overall, it's a very nice rendition of the Jedi Starfighter. Landing gear seems a little delicate, but I love the cockpit detail. One issue is that this is the Clone Wars version of the Jedi Starfighter with the centerline R2 unit, not the embedded droid as seen in AOTC. Lastly, I noticed that R4 is very loose and falls out easily. Ahsoka's Jedi Starfighter didn't have this problem.

Luke Skywalker's X-wing (both versions)

 

Features:

  • opening cockpit
  • retractable landing gear (3)
  • opening s-foils
  • push-button on bottom to pop out R2 unit
  • Poseable R2-D2 and either Red 5 Luke or Mandalorian-era Luke with removable cloak

The X-wing looks great. But the heavy coffee wash does not. If you remove the wash, the fighter looks even better. The only real differences between the regular and Chase variants is with the paint. The Chase has more paint chipping on the red markings, and the canopy has a more blue tone. R2 is the same for both ships.

Darth Vader's TIE Advanced x1

 

Features:

  • opening cockpit
  • flip open rear engine hatch
  • push button on bottom ejects pilot
  • poseable Darth Vader with removable cloak

The TIE Advanced x1 looks fantastic next to the regular TIE's. They scaled it really well, and the proportions look spot-on. Darth Vader is very detailed, even if the cape seems a little oversized.

Outland TIE Fighter

 

Features:

  • opening cockpit
  • folding wings
  • separate landing gear display stand
  • push button on bottom ejects figure
  • poseable Moff Gideon with removable cloak

The Outland TIE truly impresses in that they captured the folding wings perfectly. It's the exact same size as the regular TIE Fighter. The "stand" is cool, but not very stable. Of course, Moff Gideon looks imposing as always.

Imperial Troop Transport

 

Features:

  • opening front hatch with 2 seats
  • opening rear hatch with 6 seats
  • rotating front blasters (2)
  • rotating rear blaster turret
  • opening side hatches (6)
  • rolling wheels underneath
  • poseable Stormtrooper pilot and Stormtrooper with blaster

This vehicles is great, just great. You get a total of 14 seats or stations for figures. On the downside, you only get the 2 Stormtroopers, which as of series 2, are the only Stormtroopers available. This was also the first Micro Galaxy Squadron toy I removed the coffee wash using Isopropyl Alcohol, because coffee belongs in a cup and not on a tank.

Boba Fett's Slave I

 

Features:

  • opening canopy
  • opening rear seismic charge hatch
  • rotating front blasters (2)
  • weighted wings rotate and rotate cockpit
  • cockpit holds 3 figures
  • pop-up door and slide-out ramp
  • opening side panel reveals interior
  • rotating weapons rack holds Boba's jetpack
  • poseable Boba Fett and Fennec Shand

For a Slave I model, this one is pretty good. It gets the proportions correct, and they packed it full of features. Fennec and Mandalorian-era Boba Fett look amazing. The paint job is a little dreary overall but isn't too bad, more like BoBF than TESB. However, I HATE the weighted wings that rotate depending on how you position it. I would rather position it myself - because I play with my toys the way I want to.

Note: Kevin Tanner designed and printed the display stand.

Razor Crest & Arvala-7 Variant

 

Features:

  • opening canopy
  • retractable landing gear (3)
  • opening side-door
  • opening rear ramp
  • pop-off engine hatch
  • pop-off side panel
  • pop-off top panel
  • rotating carbonite bounty (mounts in 2 positions)
  • opening wall-side carbonite chamber traps figures
  • cockpit seats 3
  • Grogu in hoverpram connects to center console
  • poseable Din Djarin (removable jetpack), Greef Karga, Grogu with stand
  • Arvala-7 has poseable Din Djarin (removable cape), Kuiil, Jawa

The Razor Crest is a beautiful model and one of the best of Series 1. For play features, it has a lot of cargo room and a roomy cockpit. The wash is a little heavy-handed, but the grey tone works better here. Personally, I think the canopy is a bit thick, but that is a minor issue. Din Djarin has a removable jetpack, but he still fits perfectly in the pilot's seat. Yet, Grogu is the standout here. He has a notch that fits in the cockpit, as well as his own clear stand.

Now, the Arvala-7 variant is essentially the same. However, it features several "panels" cut out of the mold to look like Jawas scavenged it. Jazwares gave it a more dirty, brown-toned wash, as well as some off-color panels in the paint job. Din Djarin sports his initial look with a removable cap only. Yet, Kuiil and the Jawa look fantastic.

Take some time to look at all of the recessed detail the Razor Crest has. Also, check out the perfect weapons rack just inside the door modeled after the show.

Millennium Falcon

 

Features:

  • opening cockpit
  • opening turret with rotating quadlaser
  • retractable landing gear (3)
  • opening interior
  • pop out flooring reveals hidden compartment
  • lights and sound including hidden engine startup failure sound
  • poseable Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia

Overall, this is a nice model of the Millennium Falcon with loads of features. Sadly, there is no Luke figure, which would be more appropriate since Obi-Wan and Leia were never on board at the same time. Still, it's nice to fit FOUR figures in the cockpit and more inside. Unfortunately, there is no rotating quadlaser underneath.

Engine lights look really good and the sounds match the movies. If you hit the startup button enough times, the startup will fail like it did in The Empire Strikes Back.

Interesting note: there is a damaged panel behind the sensor dish, which is only found on the TROS version. So technically, this is not the original trilogy version we are familiar with.

Later released as a battle pack with TIE Fighters and Luke instead of Obi-Wan. Galaxy's Edge release had the rectangular dish and different figures.

15 Comments

  1. I only have a gripe about some of the seating for figures. The Falcon’s gunner spot is next to impossible to get the figure into and then post the seat back into the gunner turret. Like you mentioned, the flipping of Boba Fett’s ship is annoying and makes putting the figures into harder when the clips they are supposed to go into are hard to get into. My clips are already bending enough to stress the plastic and break off.

    I was put off by the scaling of Vader’s ship because I was used to Action Fleet scale, but checking scale references, I am good with this size now.

    I’m not a fan of the blind box system and hope they have alternate ways to get the figure “accessories” . I need a 3PO to go with my many many R2s. Also, I hope they move into creatures too. I want a Rancor because I never got one from Action Fleet, plus they showed so many more beasts in Madalorian.

    Another neat thing to note about the Falcon is that when you fly it around with the sound on, it makes the WOOSH noises for you. I love these vehicles overall.

    • Totally understand where you’re coming from with the figures. Some sets work great, but others are near impossible to get the figure in the seat. I cut off part of the clips in the Inquisitor Scythe to get the figures to fit. And yeah, blind boxes annoy me more than Chases/Rares. I hate not knowing what I’m buying. But I do hope we get creatures like you said in the future. I think Jazwares is open to it, but they want to focus on ships for the moment.

  2. Hi Jonathan, we were in contact through Fcbk. This is my first comment on your amazing site. I’m really delighted by this line of Micro Galaxy Squadron toys. The details are incredible for a toy, for example the cockpit details in the Ties or the nooks and crannies in the AT-ST. Nevertheless, I’ve noticed that the lower engines exhausts in the X-wing are shorter than the upper ones. A strange error.

    • Funny story on that that I learned from someone several years back. Red Two had two long upper thrusters. Most toys and kits were modeled off Red Two for a long time, maybe because companies designed their X-wings off or it (being the first built by ILM), or because the longer thrusters would make it fall over and not impale kids.

      As a funny side-note, Red Three had one short thruster and three long.

  3. Jonathan, had a question. You wrote, “The TIE Advanced x1 looks fantastic next to the regular TIE’s. They scaled it really well, and the proportions look spot-on.”

    However, your scale list clearly shows that the TIE Advanced is oversized when compared to the TIE Fighter:

    1:60 scale TIE Advanced x1
    1:88 scale TIE Fighter
    https://www.rebelscale.com/scale-lists/micro-galaxy-squadron/

    That being said, I agree with you! Based on your scale list, I got one of these:

    1:82 scale TIE Advanced x1 (Revell pocket kit)
    https://www.rebelscale.com/scale-lists/star-wars-model-kits/

    And one of these:

    1:83 scale TIE Fighter (Disney Die-cast)
    https://www.rebelscale.com/scale-lists/miscellaneous/

    But when I put them up against each other, Darth Vader’s ride does seem…undersized (even if the viewports match up pretty well).

    So maybe it’s a subjective thing? The MGS TIE Advanced is technically in a bigger scale when compared to the “official” dimensions, but it just *looks* right?

    • Thank you for calling me out on that. I should have been more specific. Yes, they definitely aren’t in scale, but subjectively they do look nice to each other. Particularly, the proportions are really nice compared to the old Action Fleet versions.

      Sometimes I think it’s hard to tell because of the perspectives they filmed the TIE’s and especially Vader’s TIE at. It makes Vader’s seem bigger at times.

  4. Thank you for being so gracious! I didn’t mean to “call you out” — after all, you are doing a service for all of fandom.

    For what it’s worth, I agree with your assessment! My 1:82 Revell TIE Advanced and 1:83 Disney TIE Fighter are technically spot-on with one-another — but it just doesn’t “look” right.

    And thus, the process of slowly replacing my Action Fleet, Disney Diecast, Titanium Series, and Bandai/Revell model kits with MGS continues….

    • It’s all good man. Honestly, I think I got the TIE Advanced in and said “wow that looks so much closer to the TIE Fighter than the old AF” before I measured them. haha

      Yes, I am loving what all the MGS line is covering. I just hope distribution gets better for everyone. I’m relying on friends up north and on the west coast to find most of mine.

  5. Luke’s 2 X Wing ships are different, it’s not just the Luke figures. The cockpits are a different color. May the Force be with you.

    • Hmm. I’ll have to ask some others what they have. After looking at mine, I realized there are some differences in the weathering. I can’t tell any difference in the cockpit though.

    • Sorry, I meant to say canopy. They are definitely shaded different. I’ve bought at least 3 Jedi Luke’s, and all mine have been that way. If I weren’t so excited that I got a reply from you, I’d wait until I got home and take pics. Can you do that on here? Next time!

      • I’d be happy if you wanted to shoot me some pics. I went to Kevin’s Micro Fleet Youtube channel and yeah, definitely a different tone on the canopy. Thanks!

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