The nimble RZ-1 A-wing Interceptor has proven exceptionally popular and its notable successor appears splendid too. 75248 Resistance A-wing Starfighter replicates the majestic profile of the onscreen craft, although this vehicle resembles past models more closely than expected.
Despite sharing multiple similarities with those previous models, this set costs £24.99 or $29.99 which seems to represent better value than comparable modern designs. Furthermore, these renditions of Snap Wexley and Lieutenant Connix are exclusively available here, hence I think the model provides marvellous potential.
75125 Resistance X-wing Fighter introduced the first Snap Wexley minifigure and this version of the character appears relatively similar to its predecessor. The dark orange flight suit remains unchanged but looks fantastic, featuring an attractive flak jacket beside straps and tubing which continue from the torso onto the legs. The resultant design appears perfectly faithful to the movies.
The intricate helmet decoration remains similarly unchanged. I love the trans-yellow visor and every detail corresponds with the source material, including some Aurebesh lettering on the reverse which reads 'POPSAEBOO'. However, the head component has been altered slightly as Snap's beard now includes more textured detail. This minifigure carries a standard blaster pistol, as usual.
Lieutenant Connix appeared during Star Wars: The Force Awakens but her significance has grown throughout the Sequel Trilogy. This minifigure differs quite substantially from past movies, featuring a tan jacket which replaces her earlier padded clothing. Nevertheless, I think this design looks nice and appreciate the accurate rank badge displayed on her torso.
Unfortunately, the medium nougat hair piece and double-sided head might have been improved. They only loosely resemble the onscreen character, although I like the implicit connection between Princess Leia and Connix because Billie Lourd, who portrays this Resistance officer, is Carrie Fisher's daughter and their minifigures share matching hair. An alternative head would have been ideal though.
The Completed Model
Vehicles deployed during the Sequel Trilogy are frequently based upon craft from earlier movies and the RZ-2 A-wing Interceptor definitely conforms to that trend. This model appears relatively similar to 75175 A-wing Starfighter and they both measure 20cm in length. However, its proportions have been updated quite significantly as the new starfighter is narrower and looks accordingly sleek.
The white and dark green colour scheme differs from A-wings which appeared during Star Wars: The Last Jedi but looks reasonably attractive, resembling the vehicle from 7754 Home One Mon Calamari Cruiser. Stickers are applied towards the prow and these are nicely detailed, although the concussion missile tubes are missing and I think the towing slot should have been depicted physically rather than relying upon a sticker.
Spring-loaded shooters are situated beneath the fuselage and these can be activated separately by pushing buttons on top. This function has been integrated perfectly and the swivelling laser cannons are excellent too, featuring single barrels rather than the weapons and targeting laser that appear on the RZ-1 variant. An odd sticker is placed here, featuring an emblem which seems reminiscent of the Open Circle Fleet from the Clone Wars.
Additional stickers form dark green bands across the cockpit and opening this canopy reveals ample internal space for the pilot. Unfortunately, there are no controls which is extremely unusual within the modern Star Wars range. The external detail is marvellous though and I like the pearl gold highlights beside the cockpit. Moreover, the shape of the bodywork around the laser cannons looks great.
Three landing legs extend from beneath the starfighter. They are attached to the fuselage using click hinges and appear relatively accurate, although the forward leg is positioned above the others so the model does not land evenly. Nevertheless, I like how the landing gear can be retracted and there are few unsightly elements on the underside.
A-wings consistently include angled engines, although that design feature was only introduced to the LEGO renditions during 2016. The angle of these engines appears slightly too steep but the fins look brilliant and I like the asymmetrical stickers. Furthermore, the circular thrust vector rings are perfectly positioned beside trans-yellow 2x2 round bricks, returning from 75175 A-wing Starfighter.
Each engine nacelle is connected to the fuselage using Technic pins, thereby creating an angle. The blue pins seem awkward and the engines can move which is somewhat disappointing. However, that would be difficult to avoid and the fusion reactor exhaust looks superb, capturing the onscreen shape with absolute fidelity.
LEGO renditions of the A-wing Interceptor have improved quite dramatically during recent years and 75248 Resistance A-wing Starfighter continues this advancement. The model seems perfectly robust and replicates the streamlined design of its onscreen counterpart fairly effectively, only diverging from the source material around the nose which should appear marginally narrower.
The functionality is outstanding though and I appreciate these two minifigures, despite the inaccuracy of Lieutenant Connix's head and hair element. Furthermore, I think the price of £24.99 or $29.99 feels quite reasonable, especially when compared with earlier A-wing models. For those reasons, I am very satisfied with this rendition of the vehicle.
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