We continue our look at The Force Awakens sets today with 75102 Poe's X-Wing Fighter, which was perhaps the most anticipated of the range, certainly by me. However, whereas CapnRex101's excellent reviews of other sets have been full of interesting insight and speculation about the forthcoming film, you won't read anything like that in this one because I know very little about it. Instead, I'll simply look at the set from a LEGO fan's perspective.
Box and contents
I won't waste time discussing the box, you can see it on the set details page if you haven't already.
Three minifigures are included in the set, along with droid BB-8.
First, we have an unnamed resistance X-Wing pilot, attired in dark orange overalls. The level of printed detail on the torso is impressive. The helmet is absolutely fantastic: it's covered with fine printing and the trans-yellow visor is moulded into it.
The back is also printed. You can see the fantastic helmet print here, too.
Poe Dameron sports an identical torso as the pilot above but has a black helmet.
He also has a two-sided head.
The third minifig is an unnamed resistance ground crew although CapnRex101 tells me that he's actually called Goss Toowers. Whatever, he looks pretty cool. Note his nose: something that's not normally printed on LEGO heads.
The white printing on my helmet could have been better...
The rear of the torso is printed, but not the head.
Finally the fourth 'minifigure' is spinning droid BB-8 who, by all accounts, would seem to be a star of the film. Much like R2, I guess.
It's constructed from two new pieces: a 2x2 spherical body with stud on top and 'anti-stud' on the bottom, and the head.
The bad news is that the set comes with a sticker sheet. The good news is that all of them simply provide minor aesthetic improvements to the finished model so not applying them will not adversely affect the overall appearance. Look at them carefully in the image below because you won't see them again in the pictures, I didn't apply them...
The parts are divided into five numbered bags which makes construction much easier. The small ground support vehicle and ladder are built first.
Next it's on to the craft itself. The rear of the fuselage is constructed first, which houses the wing opening mechanism, built using a smattering of Technic parts.
Bag two provides parts for the nose. As with all previous LEGO X-Wings, it's tapered slightly using plate hinges.
Bag three contains the highlight of the set: the canopy. It's a new shape and printed on three sides. It looks fantastic. However, we believe it's also been the cause of a recall from retailers' shelves due to some of them being moulded out of tolerance which prevents it from closing fully.
Mine, however, is fine.
Also of note in this bag are 1x1 plate shooters mounted on 1x2 plates. I've not seen them before but I see they've featured in many of this year's sets, none of which I have!
Bag three finishes the fuselage. The long Technic rods at the back are used to mount the wings.
Bags four and five provide parts for the wings
The completed model
There's no doubt it looks fantastic.
It's everything a spacecraft should be: sleek and swooshable.
No, the transparent 2x2s I've used to build a stand are not included...
However it's not without its faults: the blue bands at the back look absolutely terrible and spoil what is otherwise a great looking model. If they were black it would have been slightly better, of if they were concealed like they have been on previous X-Wings.
Unfortunately they can't be left off otherwise the wings flap about.
The do, however, provide for a very satisfying snapping action when the wings are closed by rotating the black gear on the top of the fuselage.
The engine intakes, formed using this silver 'mudguard' piece, looks fantastic when the wings are closed.
BB-8 is mounted behind the cockpit where we are used to seeing R2-D2. Some have said he has a tendency to fall out but I haven't noticed that. He does wobble with the slightest touch, though.
The flick-fire missiles at the end of the wings are totally superfluous and spoil the look so I'll be removing them from mine now I've photographed it.
You can see here that, unlike traditional X-Wings, the upper and lower wings to not overlap exactly, which presumably is true to the craft's appearance in the film.
Another minor design flaw concerns the way the engines are mounted. They are held on with 2l axles which fit into 1x2 Technic bricks. Unfortunately the 'lip' of the 2x4 plates used to hold the elastic bands prevents them from being pushed fully into the bricks which causes them to wobble a bit.
Minor faults notwithstanding, this is an excellent model that's a thing of beauty and great to play (swoosh) with. It's everything a good Star Wars model should be: a faithful representation of an iconic vehicle with a great selection of minifigs, although how closely it matches the 'real' thing yet I don't know.
The only fly in the ointment is the price: In the USA, I guess $80 is just about palatable, but £70 in the UK, for 717 pieces, certainly is not. That's 10p a piece, roughly twice that of Creator sets, for example.
Nevertheless if you buy just one The Force Awakens set, make it this one. Just wait for it to be reduced a bit...
Thanks to LEGO CEE team for providing the set for review.