If you’re a fan of the franchise, the Lego Star Wars X-Wing equipment might be the one you’ll be most enthusiastic about. Not solely is it a fully basic design, and essential for any Lego collector, however it additionally comes with three extremely collectible minifigures: basic Luke, basic Leia, and basic R2-D2. It’s an outstanding nostalgia bundle, however what are the precise construct and mannequin like? Does it earn a spot on our best Star Wars Lego kits checklist?
Average worth: $50/£45
Model quantity: 75301
Finished merchandise dimensions: 3 x 12.5 x 11 inches
As ever, we set about developing the X-Wing below our customary evaluation parameters. It was this reviewer and his five-year-old boy, to be able to assess how appropriate this equipment is for teenagers. We adopted the three-stage directions to the letter, and famous down how every a part of the construct went. To end off, we really performed round with the mannequin to see the way it holds up as each a toy and a collectible. So, is that this a necessary a part of the Star Wars block-iverse? Read on to seek out out.
Lego Star Wars X-Wing evaluation: Build
The Lego Star Wars X-Wing is in-built three separate levels. The cockpit is first, then the engines, then the wings. It looks like a pure order to assemble it in, and every part begins off very well – we loved placing collectively the cockpit, seeing how that pointed-nose form is achieved. Building the primary engine part is essentially the most satisfying and difficult part, as you’re not solely making a extra intricate form, you’re additionally making the primary transferring a part of the craft – the opening and shutting of the S-foils. This is the half we loved essentially the most, though it was too difficult for our youthful builder.
After this, all of it goes downhill. The wings, by their very nature, are slightly boring; it’s essential construct 4 of them earlier than you clip them onto the X-Wing physique utilizing these tube and gap items. Our 5 year-old misplaced curiosity right here, and so did we. The construct took simply over a few hours to finish, and by the top we had a completed X-Wing and three minifigs.
Overall, the directions had been very straightforward to observe, and whereas the mid-section was too complicated for youthful builders (this can be a 9+ really useful mannequin), every part was comparatively easy. However, whereas it begins off being attention-grabbing, the thrill rapidly ranges off when you’re developing the wings.
Lego Star Wars X-Wing evaluation: Design and look
In phrases of authenticity, the Lego Star Wars X-Wing is first-rate. From the minifigs to the general look of the spaceship, it’s very trustworthy. The colours are excellent, the stickers add an additional layer of element, and the size are glorious too. This is an outstanding collector mannequin for certain, and rivals the latest Lego TIE Fighter for ‘realism’.
Sadly, all of it falls aside whenever you begin to play with it. Literally. While the opening and shutting of the S-foils is comparatively satisfying, it does spotlight how flimsy the wings really feel when connected to the physique of the craft. Firing the inexperienced laser projectiles from the underside wings is awkward to do, and also you’ll probably knock off an exhaust port or two whilst you’re attempting to entry the spring-loaded mechanism. We spent extra time changing items that fell off than our younger tester really spent enjoying with it, which is an actual disgrace.
Elsewhere, the touchdown gear is actually free too, and retains falling off, so it’s troublesome to place down and choose up repeatedly with out having to restore the mannequin. While Luke and R2 match neatly within the cockpit and droid slot respectively, they by no means really feel cosy, so that they rattle round slightly too.
If you mix (and play with) the X-Wing vs the TIE Fighter, which everybody will wish to do, it’s very apparent which craft is healthier constructed, and is extra more likely to survive the encounter (spoiler alert: it isn’t the X-Wing). Looks just like the unhealthy guys win once more!
Should you purchase the Lego Star Wars X-Wing?
Yes and no. While we love the element and authenticity of the Lego Star Wars X-Wing, we don’t love the standard of the completed mannequin. It’ll disintegrate in even essentially the most cautious of arms should you attempt to play with it as supposed. For collectors who will pop it on a shelf, this isn’t a lot of a problem, and anybody who needs it for the visuals solely ought to completely snap this equipment up. If you or your youngsters are aspiring to play with it, we’d suggest actual warning.
Overall, it’s nice worth at slightly below $50 (and even all the way down to $40 within the gross sales), and also you get a good-sized mannequin on your cash. While the construct isn’t essentially the most thrilling, it’s nonetheless high quality for a two to three-hour venture, and seeing such an iconic ship taking form is sort of satisfying. We simply want we didn’t need to spend most of our time fixing it, moderately than utilizing it to avoid wasting the Lego galaxy.
What different Lego Star Wars can you purchase?
We’re going to imagine you have already got the TIE, and suggest that – should you don’t need this X-Wing – you get Po Dameron’s model as a substitute, which continues to be obtainable. It’s a barely bigger equipment at 761 items, and the wings are slightly extra sturdy because of the giant engines on the facet. You’ll have the ability to choose it up for around $90 in most stores, though it’s often on sale.
If you’d moderately strive a distinct taste of Rebel fighter, the Rise of Skywalker Y-Wing continues to be obtainable, and the ship itself is a enjoyable construct. You’ll get it for $70 from most retailers, and it’s nonetheless extensively obtainable. Sure, it comes with some uninteresting minifigs, and it isn’t the basic Y-Wing from the unique trilogy, however it’s nonetheless effectively value a glance.