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REVIEW: 9493 X-Wing (2012)


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#1 cei

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 02:28 PM

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So today I took a trip to the shops, and ended up buying a lot of the new 2012 wave of sets...
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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.
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Parts list
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Rear pages with small comic and all the minifigs from this wave.
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Minifig instruction page
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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.
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Random instruction page
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Small mistake on this page, as the technic bar is already in place in Step 8 before it's added again in Step 9...
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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.
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Close up of nose construction
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Close up of upside-down construction and technic gearing
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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...
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End of Bags 3 & 4 - wings! Porkins tries out the astromech slot for size...
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Spares...
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Completed X-Wing in her glory
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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!

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#2 Mr Man

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 02:35 PM

Thanks for the review cei :thumbup:, I will now get this set to go with the fleet of TIE's I'm going to get :sweet:. It's much better than the previous versions, though no doubt 'Someone' will have something to say about it :grin:. In my opinion the thing that helps this version so much more is the new back, the longer guns and the sleek nose area.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 02:45 PM

Great review! I love Porkins most of all!

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 03:07 PM

It's better in some areas than the '06 model, but it leaves a lot to be desired.  The rubberbands are still there, the wings still don't fully touch, the droid is now facing the wrong direction...I think if you own the '06 model you have to seriously consider whether at full price it's worth buying this for a slightly better ship, Porkins, and a new droid.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 03:19 PM

View PostStoutFiles, on 29 December 2011 - 03:07 PM, said:

It's better in some areas than the '06 model, but it leaves a lot to be desired.  The rubberbands are still there, the wings still don't fully touch, the droid is now facing the wrong direction...I think if you own the '06 model you have to seriously consider whether at full price it's worth buying this for a slightly better ship, Porkins, and a new droid.
The wings touch at the bases, with a length of 5 at the front, 8 at the rear. The rest is two plates. As for the droid...turn the head round? The astromech minifigs have always been too fat anyway, as the legs add way too much thickness.

I'd agree that if you own the '06 model, this one is a slightly harder sell, but it's still the best rendition so far with a better figure selection.
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 03:24 PM

Thanks for the review.  I'll be curious to see some side by side pics with the earlier version to compare.  I too am disappointed that the rubber bands are still there, or at least, visible.  There ought to be some way to better conceal them.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:06 PM

This is definitely the best X-Wing to date!  :sweet: Thank you for this review, my opinion has changed and I want to buy this now.
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:08 PM

Even though this is practically the same as the least one that was on the shelves for years, why is it that I am probably still going to buy it?

Thanks for the review, you've confirmed for me that it's basically the same.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:10 PM

Expected 'good' with this set and got 'great'

Sets like this justify regular set reissues

Addressed all my annoyances with the '06 version (chunky and that stupid floppy storage bit underneath, grr!)

Just stick this next to the old one and the difference couldn't be clearer - for £49.99 I'll say I got my money's worth and then some
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:40 PM

I like the 1x1 tile with red stripe that is added to the 1x4 with 5 red stripes to make Jek's Red Six. Depending on how easy it is to get hold of the 1x1s, we can build some other Red Squadron X-Wings.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:52 PM

View PostThego, on 29 December 2011 - 04:40 PM, said:

I like the 1x1 tile with red stripe that is added to the 1x4 with 5 red stripes to make Jek's Red Six. Depending on how easy it is to get hold of the 1x1s, we can build some other Red Squadron X-Wings.
The 1x1 is unfortunately a sticker :( (so is the 1x4 next to it), so it's going to be pretty hard to get hold of.
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 05:15 PM

Love your review. I particularly love the different pics you took of the X-Wing in hand/action. Even though I have 2 of the older X-Wing sets, I'll definitely be picking this newer one up also.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 05:31 PM

This is a pretty nice set, the only reason I would get it though would be for the minifigures though.  It does look about right.
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 06:17 PM

Nice review! I don't really understand why Lego made the inside of the fighter a rainbow of pieces.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 06:33 PM

View Post382nd Legionnaire, on 29 December 2011 - 06:17 PM, said:

Nice review! I don't really understand why Lego made the inside of the fighter a rainbow of pieces.
Cost! If you can't see the piece Lego will generally make it in a colour that costs them the least to produce. It's why a lot of sets have this - even the 10030 ISD has a white technic frame, simply because it can't be seen.
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 06:44 PM

Very nice. Even though it looks like the old one, I love the new figures, and the overall look is nicer, even if very subtle. BTW, does this set come with any stickers, or are the pieces printed?

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 06:49 PM

View Postprateek, on 29 December 2011 - 06:44 PM, said:

Very nice. Even though it looks like the old one, I love the new figures, and the overall look is nicer, even if very subtle. BTW, does this set come with any stickers, or are the pieces printed?
Sorry, I didn't include the shot of the DSS in the original review as it wasn't really in focus. However, here you go:

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4x engine intakes
4x wing stripes (1x4)
4x wing stripes (1x1)
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:20 PM

Thank you for the review, cei. Having seen the slight differences in construction, I think this is an honest-to-goodness improvement (in accordance with what I've been saying in the 2012 Rumors thread for months now). The worm gear system has been somewhat refined, as has the construction of the nose. Inverted plates in the back deserve a :thumbup:.Great parts selection and minifigure selection as well. The fact that the squadron wing markings are stickers are somewhat bothersome, but seeing as the colors on this don't match up with those of either Red Five or Red Six in the first place I suppose it isn't really worth mentioning.

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And I know exactly where those 8-tooth gears would come in useful...

View PostThego, on 29 December 2011 - 04:40 PM, said:

I like the 1x1 tile with red stripe that is added to the 1x4 with 5 red stripes to make Jek's Red Six. Depending on how easy it is to get hold of the 1x1s, we can build some other Red Squadron X-Wings.

You'd better be prepared to switch a few bricks around - the Red Squadron X-wings have wildly varying paint schemes. :laugh:

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:00 PM

I think its a definite improvement over 4502/ 6212. The engines and the laser cannons in particular look a lot better. Despite owning 4502 I will probably pick this up. Its certainly a more drastic improvement over a previous version than some of the recent remakes (Slave 1, Naboo Starfighter just to name a couple).

I also think at £50 it represents surprisingly good value for money. I can't really fathom Lego's pricing policy this year. The X-Wing is the same price as the Tie Fighter despite being obviously a much bigger set. The new X-wing is also only £5 more than 6212 which was released back in 2006. Considering how the latest Slave 1 set was twice the price of its 2006 counterpart, I'd be very happy to pay £50 for this.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:04 PM

View Postfallenangel309, on 29 December 2011 - 07:20 PM, said:

You'd better be prepared to switch a few bricks around - the Red Squadron X-wings have wildly varying paint schemes. :laugh:

Yeh, but none of Lego's colour schemes are accurate anyway.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:17 PM

View PostBrinstar, on 29 December 2011 - 08:00 PM, said:

I also think at £50 it represents surprisingly good value for money. I can't really fathom Lego's pricing policy this year. The X-Wing is the same price as the Tie Fighter despite being obviously a much bigger set. The new X-wing is also only £5 more than 6212 which was released back in 2006. Considering how the latest Slave 1 set was twice the price of its 2006 counterpart, I'd be very happy to pay £50 for this.
Having now built the 2012 TIE Fighter, I agree totally. The TIE is a lower piece count, with simple bricks, and not much to say for it beyond being a good rendition. It's £10 too expensive, or £5 at the very least. The new Y-Wing is apparently going to be £59.99 as well! I'm really looking forward to the UCS B-Wing, but I'm now a bit worried about the price tag it will hold - we've not had a UCS starfighter for a long time...
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:50 PM

View Postcei, on 29 December 2011 - 06:49 PM, said:

Sorry, I didn't include the shot of the DSS in the original review as it wasn't really in focus. However, here you go:

4x engine intakes
4x wing stripes (1x4)
4x wing stripes (1x1)
Awe, that's a shame. Those 2x2 tile stickers must be a big pain to line up perfectly at the right angle.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 09:09 PM

The build is very interesting.
I will download and study it. :)

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 11:26 PM

A great review, and what looks like a pretty nice set...but I think I am going to pass, and Cracklink the new droid.
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 11:51 PM

Fantastic review, thank you very much for sharing! :thumbup:
I'm soooo glad I held back on buying the previous model, since at least in my eyes this is a real improvement. I agree that for owners of the previous model this may not be a must-buy, but for those who don't have a big x-Wing yet, it's a must :wub:.

About the astromech being sideways, what is better, that or only using the head like in some of the Jedi fighters :sceptic:?

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