I was planning to write a spoiler review for Spider-Man: Far From Home, but I’m not sure I have enough I want to say that’s worth a whole article, so instead, I’ve decided to talk about another passion of mine.
One of the key facets of nerd culture is collecting things. While I have a rather large stack of Spider-Man comics, and I hope to one day ‘Catch ‘Em All’ in the Pokémon games, my main focus of collecting is LEGO. Not anything and everything, so much as just specific sets. At the moment, I’m hoping to collect a series of nine sets that represent each film in the Skywalker Saga, and with the final film hitting cinemas this December, I’ve decided to start talking about them, starting with my newest acquisition and the representative of A New Hope: The X-Wing.
Based on: The T-65B X-Wing Starfighter / Star Wars
The LEGO X-Wing Starfighter set hit shelves in 2018 alongside a slew of sets based on Solo: A Star Wars Story. This set, however, is taken directly from the end of the original Star Wars, and features Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Biggs Darklighter and R2-Q2.
The official RRP of the set is £89.99, which is quite pricey. As a result, it usually has a discount attatched that brings it down to around £67 – £74. Still overpriced, but a lot better than the official £90 price tag.
Fortunately, I managed to bag a deal on eBay for £23.50, with an extra £3.48 for postage.
The set comes with a wealth of different coloured pieces. Alongside the obvious white and crimson, there are also a selection of yellows, greys, blues and turquoise pieces. This makes the initial stages of the build a bit more varied, and as you assemble the cockpit and fuselage, it seems different and interesting, as it starts off barely resembling the iconic spaceship.
As the build progresses, the sleek shape of the ship becomes more apparent. The stickers, few though they are, bring a bit more variety to the colour scheme than there was on previous iterations of the set.
However, once you get to the wings, things begin to become a tad repetitive, as you are essentially doing the same ten or so steps four times repeatedly. What keeps it interesting, especially if you’ve built a LEGO X-Wing before (I owned the 6212 X-Wing from The Empire Strikes Back when I was younger and bought the 75102 X-Wing from The Force Awakens back in 2017), is the way it uses updated techniques to sidestep the faults of prior models. The elastic bands that hold the S-Foils together are now attatched solely to the wings, removing the problem with previous X-Wings such as dropping engines.
Furthermore, the mechanism that allows you to ‘lock [the] S-Foils in Attack Position’ is built deeper into the model, and as a result looks a lot cleaner than a large obtrusive knob that sticks out the top of back of the craft.
However, what really defines this model from its predecessors, in my mind, is the detail gifted to the engines.
It takes it from being a model that is recognisable as the X-Wing, and brings it closer to the Ultimate Collectors Series version, albeit on a budget scale. The engines look like they’ve been plucked straight out of the movie, and the greebling around the various parts of the craft make it look like an actual vehicle, as opposed to just a lump of plastic.
All-in-all, this is a very satisfying model to complete, unfortunately the repetitive nature of the wing building does hold it back from being the best of the best when it comes to Star Wars LEGO sets.
I give the 75218 X-Wing Starfighter: