After getting the X-Wing fighter I decided I'd better have a TIE Fighter for it to chase. It might be unfair to compare the two models against one another, but since they go together like peanut butter and jelly, why not. First of all, this one wasn't nearly as complex or rewarding to build. It wasn't a boring build, but it was over fairly quickly.
This model was dropped by my daughter, and the wings mostly fell apart. I basically re-made the wings after, no big deal, took about 5 minutes. The shiny black wings show fingerprints and dust really well.
The TIE pilot looks great, he was one of my favorite characters in the movies. I like that the head beneath has a cowl around the face. It's a nice little touch. The other 3 minifigs are pretty forgettable. There's an officer (about as disposable as in the movies), a Death Star trooper (the guys with the comically large helmets) and a little black astromech droid with no place to go. One interesting thing to note is that the hat the officer is wearing is totally a Civil War style hat. If any of you want to recreate the Civil War with Legos, just buy about 300,000 of these kits.
I ended up hanging this from my ceiling as well, and the sturdy wing supports made a perfect tying spot for the fishing line. It looks great up there.
If you have to choose between this and the X-Wing, I vote X-Wing, but then of course, you'll want this next.