A couple of days ago it seems that 75102 Poe's X-Wing Fighter was withdrawn from sale at shop.LEGO.com on both sides of the Atlantic, and I believe it is being recalled from brand, and possibly other, stores too.
On Hoth Bricks and elsewhere it has been reported that the cause is the canopy, which some people have found does not close properly.
I have just built the copy that the LEGO CEE team sent me to review, but as you can see from the image, I don't have this problem: the canopy fits perfectly and is perhaps the highlight of the set, so maybe the issue is limited to certain batches.
Have you built it? Have you noticed any problems?
This is the latest in an increasingly long list of quality control issues this year:
- A design flaw in Ant-Man Final Battle resulting in delays and a modification.
- An issue with the hinges in Wall*E's neck which has prevented the set from being made available from shop.LEGO.com in North America. The parts in question do not address the set's main flaw though, its floppy head: that is still to be addressed, if indeed it ever will be.
- The erroneous 'Includes exclusive Darth Vader minifig' text on this year's Star Wars Advent calendar, which is preventing it from being sold from shop.LEGO.com in Europe. I'm told that retailers are being sent stickers to cover it up.
Of course in the grand scheme of things they are minor issues but I guess because the track record of LEGO when it comes to quality control is usually so high we are not used to seeing them. I wonder if the cause is that the company is spreading its resources too thinly, or trying to do too much. What do you think?