So today I took a trip to the shops, and ended up buying a lot of the new 2012 wave of sets...
So, here's the front of the box for the 2012 X-Wing - it's rather large, as usual for Lego, and has Darth Maul in the top corner despite being OT... Inside are 5 numbered bags, the instructions and a small DSS.
Rear pages with small comic and all the minifigs from this wave.
Minifig instruction page
The four in their glory. R2-D2 is nothing new, but Luke has his new helmet as seen in the current AT-AT, and we also get two brand-new minifigs - Porkins and R5-D8. Porkins is a great addition to the Rebel pilots, and finally means Luke isn't flying every X-Wing out there, and his helmet has benefited massively from new printing techniques allowing fine details. R5-D8 is probably my favourite out of the set, simply because it's an end to the limitless R2 units we've had since time began.
Random instruction page
Small mistake on this page, as the technic bar is already in place in Step 8 before it's added again in Step 9...
End of Bag 1 - some interesting techniques being used, namely the technic support for the nose, and some upside-down building at the rear. In a change from the older X-wing models we're having to construct the technic gearing for the wings manually, rather than using the single block method of old. Still, the principle is roughly the same, with the two protruding T-shapes acting to lock the S-foils in attack position.
Close up of nose construction
Close up of upside-down construction and technic gearing
End of Bag 2. Porkins inspects his new X-wing, and thinks even he can fit in the cockpit...though he definitely wants to turn the gravity up...
End of Bags 3 & 4 - wings! Porkins tries out the astromech slot for size...
Completed X-Wing in her glory
So, the immediate question is whether this is the best rendition of the X-Wing yet? In my opinion, yes, Lego have nailed it with this one. It looks sleeker than the last, helped by the detailing around the cockpit, the guns are better and more accurate, the engines now have a sticker to provide some missing detail, and the wings are a massive improvement. The entire opening mechanism is concealed within the wing construction allowing the foils to actually touch when in cruise mode. We get better figures, with more variety than the standard Luke, Han, Leia & Chewie, including R5.
Downsides? The exposed rubber bands at the rear, the very rough movement of the technic components to open/close the wings, clip-on proton torpedoes (but they're not flick-fire, so is that a plus?) and the cost in the UK of £49.99 RRP. Still, I'm happy to accept all those for what is the best system-scale representation of the most iconic fighter of the galaxy.
Design: 9.5/10, slight minus points for exposed rubber bands at rear
Parts: 7/10, nothing especially new
Build: 9/10, some repetition in wings, but generally fast and easy. Only a few stickers, no STAMPs.
Minifigs: 10/10, fantastic new R5 & Porkins, plus a more detailed helmet for Luke
Playability: 10/10, possibly the most swooshable thing ever and includes a landing gear. Moving S-foils.
Price: 7/10, Star Wars Lego is expensive
Overall: 52.5, buy buy buy!
Edited by KielDaMan, 03 January 2012 - 12:18 PM.