Set Number: 4502
Name: X-wing Fighter
Theme: Star Wars, Episodes IV-VI
MSRP: $50 USD
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This is another discontinued set I picked up from Bricklink in used/like-new condition - although this time there was no box, the instructions are falling apart and a couple pieces were missing or in wrong colors. It was on sale though, and I was able to replace the necessary parts from my existing collection so I could finish building it and review it for all you nice folks here
The manual I received has obviously seen better days (the outer pages, at least). It has the same picture that was used for this set in S@H catalogs, as well as on the box I didn't get.
Random page, showing construction of Yoda's humble abode. Strangely the part colors were rather inconsistent from one page to the next, which served to keep things exciting, though not in a particularly helpful way
The last page has a nifty scene from the Hoth hangar. Trivia - all three of those sets were released in 2004, but only this one still used the old gray/brown colors.
From left to right: Yoda, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2
This is one of three sets the sage, old, non-Clone-Wars-style Jedi master came in. Luke in his Dagobah outfit (which looks Rambo-esque to me, in a good way) was unique to this set. R2-D2, on the other hand, has been in a number of different sets.
Yoda's torso has printing on the back and Luke wears an interesting brick-built backpack.
Since the set comes with two lightsabers, it's not too much of a stretch to start imagining an epic duel between Luke and Yoda.
Thanks to this set I'm now the proud owner of eight Lukes and four Artoo-Detoos. This picture makes me think of those scenes aboard the Baseships in Battlestar Galactica with all the duplicate Cylon models.
Here it is, in all its glory Lego thoughtfully provides extra seaweed pieces so that you can give your finished X-wing that authentic just-got-pulled-out-of-a-swamp-using-the-force look that's all the rage these days (swamp slug not included).
"That's right, space cadets: statistics show there are at least 47 TIE fighters out there just waiting for you to blow them to smithereens. Join the ranks of the Rebel Alliance's X-wing pilots today!!"
Yoda lends a hand showing off some of the X-wing's highlights. Here we see the sweet retractable front landing gear. Now that I think about it, I can't remember ever seeing an X-wing's rear undercarriage in the movies, so I guess maybe I can't blame Lego too much for not putting as much effort into the rear "landing gear" on this model.
A handy (and, I believe, canon) storage compartment can be found underneath the cockpit.
Turning this gear on the back switches the wings from flight mode to attack mode. The mechanism uses an internal worm gear to make it stay where you set it, and a couple pairs of rubber bands hold the wings tight against the knobs sandwiched between them.
Here you can kinda make out the knobs that push the wings up and down into the attack position. Also, on either side of the front landing gear you can see the inverted slope pieces that support the back of the model.
"Slimy? Mudhole? My home this is!"
I like how they made it circular like it's supposed to be (except for the back side). And the entrance is nicely Yoda-sized
The roof is a brown inverted dish piece with an awesome gnarly tree roots design (no stickers here!).
The walls fold out to provide access to the interior, which includes a number of details from the movies, such as a makeshift oven and Luke's cup of creepy stew from ESB, and Yoda's bed from ROTJ.
Underneath the bed is a form-fitting compartment for a lightsaber hilt... and lightsaber blade
I bought the first Lego X-wing (#7140) way back in 1999 (I think it might have been my first Star Wars set, in fact). I personally feel this one (along with #6212, which is very similar) does a better job of recreating the look of the model used in the films. I also prefer this one's fancy mechanism for switching to/from attack mode to #7140's simple use of click hinges (I do realize that might be a personal opinion kind of thing). And of course only #4502 has Yoda's house
Build: 8/10 - Not boring or too repetitive; the contrast between the X-wing and Yoda's house provides some nice variety. Unfortunately it's somewhat hindered by the color printing issues in the instructions.
Design: 8/10 - Although the Yoda's house is more open-aired than I'd prefer, the X-wing has a strong resemblance to the models used in the films.
Construction: 9/10 - The X-wing is very solid and stands up well to swooshing-related duress. The folding walls and hinged roof on the house are a nice touch as far as playability.
Parts: 8/10 - I may not use all the parts from this set again, but there are plenty of good ones here in a number of colors.
Price: 10/10 - The original U.S. MSRP had a lower than $0.10 price-per-piece, which isn't too shabby for a licensed Star Wars set.
Total: 8.6/10 - All in all, a pretty good set.
Edit: Image hosting changed to Brickshelf.
Edited by searrius, 04 May 2010 - 01:03 AM.