REVIEW: 9495 Y-Wing (2012)
Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:57 AM
To say that the new head is “far more screen-accurate” is a bit of an overstatement in my opinion. There's definitely prominent sloping on the head, and while the lack of topside curvature is an improvement, stepped plates don't quite do the angles justice. Then again, I have yet to see anyone do a better job at this size with LEGO, so perhaps it's a moot point.
That reminds me – how secure is the connection? I remember many people annoyed by how the cannons on 7658 and 7150 swiveled wildly while swooshing.
Oh, and the cannons on a Y-Wing can be fixed to go backwards as well ;)
Posted 09 January 2012 - 10:14 AM
Not so. One could hinge the entire construction to slope downwards, similar to the head of a Lambda-class shuttle. Since the canopy should slope as well, it could work.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 02:19 PM
The slope is at such a small angle that it is practically unnoticed in the movie and by other toy companies. Also, not only would most people assume the cockpit was badly built, TLG would likely sacrifice stability to achieve that angle. As you've already pointed out, there are still tons of other problems to fix anyway, especially my favorite TLG problem (droid facing wrong way, again).
Edited by StoutFiles, 09 January 2012 - 02:19 PM.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 05:10 PM
That said, great review! Thanks for helping me make up my mind on this one.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:49 PM
I would have to disagree. SNOTing the sides of the head was a good decision, but it was poorly executed, as I've mentioned before. The same could be said for the curved slope at the front, which looks out of place with the stepped plates.
The rectangular structures between the engines and the fuselage are situated too far downwards. See their location relative to the pyramidal slopes in this picture – it should be obvious that said structures should be around a brick higher. I also think they're too thick (the ideal size would probably be about one stud's width, as on Flail's Y-wing), but that's understandable for stability reasons (as well as the fact that they are flush with the underside). And of course it's well-established that 4-wide engines are too small for a Y-wing of this size (especially considering that they were just about perfect for Brickdoctor's MIDI rendition). Actually, the entire aft section of the fuselage just might need trimming down.
I somewhat agree with you, but not completely. I think the head section is pretty well done for an system scale set. The SNOTing on the sides is indeed nice, but I doubt if there would be any more accurate solution which doesn't reduce the playability and so the reliability of the ship without using the stacked plates around the cockpit. The two cheese slopes do however look somewhat out of place. Oh well, guess this is just a matter of taste. At least this Y-wing head is better than the previous one.
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:02 AM
Thanks for the tip! I thought they were loose by nature but squeezing on them a bit made them nice and tight. Now I can swoosh without worry!
Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:59 AM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:07 PM
The sideways astromech droid does not really bother me. I turn his head forward anyway.
My only real complaint is the very plain landing skids/ supports.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 02:19 AM
The sideways Astromech is a (no pun intended) side effect of the Astromech minifigs, not so much an issue with the fighter design. The oversized legs and feet of the traditional LEGO Astromechs are what causes the need to socket them sideways. Your just not going to be able to typically get screen accurate in that regard without reworking the minifigs. Which takes half the fun out of it.
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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:21 PM
All the pics really give the greebling its dues!
(Also, the application of stickers looks great!)
Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:29 PM
My only two issues is the droid is on it's side when it's inside the thing and there is NO landing gear. I think both are easy fixes though.
The underside is not nearly as detailed but I don't really care. I don't play with these things. I display them and this guy is going straight in a hangar I want to build so you won't see the bottom anyways!
Princess Leia is perhaps in her least iconic look here too. I'd rather get the donut bun hair but whatever. She looks more like padme (but I know which scene it's based off of in the movie, it's just so brief).
Not perfect but I really like it. The Y-Wing and the A-Wing are the best minifigure ships right now. X-wing is kind of annoyingly inaccurate in it's cockpit.
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