BTL Y-wing starfighters were introduced during the Clone Wars, although their robust structure allowed continuing deployment by Rebel forces against the Galactic Empire. This steadfast craft returns during Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with some interesting alterations.
75249 Resistance Y-wing Starfighter feels quite distinctive, not only because it incorporates unique red and white decoration but also based upon the extensive use of curved tiles. Furthermore, some brilliant exclusive minifigures are provided so I have been looking forward to constructing this addition to the Resistance fleet.
Several renditions of Poe Dameron have been released and the latest example differs considerably from its predecessors, wearing casual attire that corresponds with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. This double-sided head has remained unaltered since 2015 and looks reasonable, although I believe the facial hair appears slightly too prominent. Poe's textured hair component is perfect though.
The patterned neckerchief is similarly impressive and I appreciate the intricate detailing on the torso. Moreover, this medium nougat satchel looks excellent, despite lacking pouches across the front. The decorated legs appear accurate though, featuring reddish brown straps and metallic silver buckles. A pearl silver blaster pistol is also provided.
New droids have been introduced within each Star Wars movie and D-O appears prominently during trailers for the upcoming film. This character is represented by an element that was created specifically for D-O so closely resembles the original droid. The central wheel cannot actually roll, unfortunately, but the printed designs are outstanding and I like the useful stud on the back of its head.
Little information has been revealed concerning Zorii Bliss and this enigmatic character looks great, featuring an unusual helmet which appears somewhat reminiscent of the Rocketeer. This pearl gold component incorporates extensive moulded detail on every side and I like the enormous visor which dominates the front. A plain black head is found underneath, heightening the mystery that surrounds this masked figure.
Zorri's dark red clothing and the associated holsters are excellent too, matching promotional images which have been released. I am particularly pleased with the traditional patterns on her holster straps and this minifigure carries two pearl dark grey flintlock pistols, representing her peculiar blaster pistols from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
This mysterious minifigure is accompanied by an Astromech Droid. Similar characters are prevalent across the Star Wars range but this figure has attracted notable attention, due primarily to the striking teal colour scheme! The contrasting white panels are excellent and I love the metallic silver highlights, although some printing on the reverse of the cylindrical body would have been welcome.
Despite their apparently limited significance, First Order Snowtrooper minifigures have appeared in sets based upon each Sequel Trilogy movie. However, this figure is distinguished by an elegant cloak that corresponds with other products but supplants the survival backpack. In addition, the fabric kama found on previous First Order Snowtroopers is omitted on this occasion.
Otherwise, this trooper matches earlier minifigures precisely. The helmet design is fantastic, featuring metallic silver breather tank inlets, while the torso and legs are both perfectly detailed. I am especially satisfied with the contrast between armoured and padded sections of the uniform. As usual, removing the helmet reveals a Clone Trooper head and this minifigure wields a black blaster rifle.
The Completed Model
LEGO has produced various renditions of the BTL Y-wing starfighter and this creation shares multiple design features with its predecessors. However, some interesting alterations have been introduced as well, particularly around the cockpit which now includes red stripes and different shapes. The resulting model appears relatively sleek, as though its owner has upgraded an existing Rebel Alliance craft.
Comparing this set with its Rebel Alliance counterpart uncovers additional differences. 75172 Y-wing Starfighter measures 41cm in length while the Resistance vessel includes elongated engine nacelles, reaching 43cm in length. The depth of the fuselage has been reduced too, further distinguishing their respective profiles as the new Y-wing seems more aerodynamic than the Original Trilogy model.
Various curved slopes dominate the cockpit, forming an attractive shape that seems most impressive above the laser cannons. The red stripes also look marvellous, although this pattern is interrupted by 1x2 curved slopes with angled cutouts on both sides. Despite their awkward appearance, this design seems authentic when compared with other merchandise that includes the same gap.
Unfortunately, the white printing on the canopy does not match surrounding elements which is rather disappointing, especially since similar issues have appeared previously. The interior looks wonderful though, including an upholstered seat and printed controls for Zorii Bliss. Furthermore, I like the dark bluish grey 1x1 round plates which represent radiator grilles behind the cockpit.
Twin ion cannons are also situated here. They offer excellent articulation as these weapons can rotate and elevate to target opponents so differ from previous designs. The droid socket remains unchanged though and I think the Astromech Droid looks marvellous when positioned inside, standing out among the neighbouring white and light bluish grey pieces.
Heavy armour protected Y-wing starfighters during Star Wars: The Clone Wars but those panels were absent throughout the Original Trilogy, thereby exposing mechanical details underneath. Similar detail is visible between several curved tiles. Those tiles are remarkably prominent and streamline the entire fuselage structure. However, some Technic bricks remain visible underneath which is frustrating.
Three bombs can be loaded from above before being released separately by twisting a Technic gear behind the fuselage. This function works nicely and I like the decorative white frame which surrounds the aforementioned gear. Additional projectiles are positioned beneath the engine pylons and landing gear extends from the underside, corresponding with 75248 A-wing Starfighter.
Each engine is connected to the fuselage using two Technic pins. That connection seems somewhat fragile in my opinion, although the vehicle feels satisfactorily robust during play. Steering wheels form sensor equipment on the engine nacelles but the protective domes have been removed. The updated design appears attractive and I like the stickers, although the underside of each engine is blank which looks odd.
The curved exhaust nozzles are similarly appealing but my favourite details are undoubtedly the new support pylons. These make ingenious use of click hinge links which replace Technic parts from other models and appear more closely integrated with the central engines. The thrust vectral rings also look nice but lack holes through the centre, instead featuring trans-pink 2x2 dishes that depict engine glow.
75249 Resistance Y-wing Starfighter has exceeded my expectations, offering greater innovation than was anticipated when compared with previous Y-wing designs. Its aerodynamic bodywork looks great and I like the combination of white and red, despite the reliance upon stickers for that decoration. The model includes some enjoyable functions too, the most notable of which are the dropping bombs.
Moreover, the minifigure selection is impressive and I am particularly satisfied with Zorii Bliss, whose distinctive helmet has been replicated beautifully. This set costs £59.99 or $69.99 which feels slightly too expensive, although this compares favourably with 75172 Y-wing Starfighter which cost £64.99 in the UK. I would therefore recommend this Resistance craft but potential for improvement remains.
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