One of the scenes from the first few trailers for The Force Awakens that got me most excited for the movie was the approach of the X-Wings flying low over a lake. It ended up being one of my favorite parts of the movie as well. The combination of seeing X-wings in action for the first time since Return of the Jedi and John William’s brilliant March of the Resistance in that scene is simply awesome.
So it’s not a surprise that the first The Force Awakens related Lego set that I purchased was Poe’s X-Wing Fighter.
With only 717 pieces the overall the completed model is surprisingly big and the detail is above average. The inclusion of four minifigs (Poe, BB-8, Resistance X-Wing Pilot and Resistance Ground Crew) rounds out a great Lego set.
The set was simple and fun to assemble and I can safely say that it is sturdy enough to survive a few play tests from a ten-year old.
There is a turn-style mechanism on the top of the X-Wing just behind where BB-8 sits that opens and closes the wings. The rear of the X-Wing has four rubber bands, a set of two together near the left and right engines, that close the wings when the mechanism is turned while the wings are in open position. Done quickly this can cause a quick snap of the wings, but thanks to the solid nature of the build it stays together perfectly even when repeated rapidly.
The only drawback that I can give is the price. At $63.99 on Amazon.com I feel that this set is a bit overpriced. However it has become par for the course for most Lego sets to feel as though you are paying about $5-$10 more than you would like to, so that probably won’t deter most of you just as it didn’t stop me from making the purchase.
Even with the set possibly being a bit overpriced I still highly recommend it due to the detail and coolness factor of the build. Whether it is being used by your kids or sitting on your shelf being displayed this set is close to perfect and simply looks great.