We review the new, yet familiar, LEGO Resistance A-Wing Starfighter from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The RZ-2 A-Wing will be familiar to many and shows that the Resistance, some 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, do not have the resources to build completely new starfighters, relying instead on using existing proven technology.
Theme: Star Wars
Name: Resistance A-Wing Starfighter
Price: £24.99 UK, $29.99 USA
LEGO Website Specification:
Let the LEGO® builder or Star Wars™ fan in your life enjoy this brick-built 75248 Resistance A-Wing Starfighter playset. Featuring an opening cockpit with space for the included Snap Wexley Star Wars character, retractable landing gear, non-firing wingtip cannons and 2 integrated spring-loaded shooters, this detailed starship from the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie will inspire young minds and makes a great collectible for any fan. The set also includes a Lieutenant Connix minifigure for even more fun space adventures.
• Includes Snap Wexley and Lieutenant Connix LEGO® Star Wars™ minifigures.
• This Star Wars™ building toy features an opening minifigure cockpit, retractable landing gear, wingtip cannons and 2 integrated spring-loaded shooters.
• Playset weapons include Snap Wexley’s blaster pistol and Lieutenant Connix’s blaster.
• Recreate exciting moments from the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie.
• Makes a great birthday gift, Christmas present or surprise gift for any occasion.
• LEGO® Star Wars™ starship measures over 2” (7cm) high, 7” (20cm) long and 4” (12cm) wide.
The box contains three numbered bags, with exclusive minifigures of Snap Wexley and Lieutenant Connix in bags 1 and 3 respectively. The build is split into 101 steps and includes two spring loaded missiles, wingtip cannons, an opening cockpit and retractable landing gear.
The two minifigures available in the set are both exclusive, although we did see a previous rendition of Snap Wexley in the 2016 Resistance X-Wing Fighter Microfighter (#75125). It should be noted that Snap is Wexley’s nickname, his full name being Temmin Wexley, and the version of the minifigure included here features a revised face without lines under his eyes and chin, and a slightly modified beard. His helmet and orange flight suit remain the same and look faithful to the source material. The Aurebesh lettering on the rear of the helmet reads POPSAEBOO.
Lieutenant Connix appears as a LEGO minifigure for the first time. Her appearance in the sequel trilogy has changed from film-to-film and we see her here wearing a tan jacket with accurate rank insignia on the left breast of her torso. Her legs are plain and her hair piece matches that of Princess Leia in a attempt to mimic their off-screen relationship. Billie Lourd, who plays Connix, being the daughter of Carrie Fisher who portrayed Leia.
The new RZ-2 compares favourably with its predecessor A-Wing Starfighter (#75175). Whilst both measure around 20cm in length, the new model is narrower and subsequently sleeker and more refined. With some 89 fewer pieces, and without the maintenance vehicles, the new Resistance starfighter looks and feels better.
The white and dark green colour scheme is new to the sequel trilogy, although it has been seen in the original trilogy in this colourway. The spring loaded missiles are hidden well beneath the fuselage and are activated using buttons in front of the cockpit. Swiveling cannons are mounted on the tips of the wings. Moving to the rear, the angled engines look fantastic and the inclusion of stickers here adds to the authenticity of the design. The two blue Technic pins on the rear of the vehicle stand out but I’m not sure how these could have been hidden without the creation of a new element. The underside of the ship features three retractable landing legs.
Stickers, why did it have to be stickers?! There are 10 stickers used here to help emphasise significant details on the vehicle. The left wing features a sticker reminiscent of the logo of the Open Circle Fleet seen in The Clone Wars. Be careful when applying the stickers on the cockpit, and beware of finger marks too. Whilst some of the stickers could have been replicated with additional LEGO elements, this would have pushed up the price and I do think the stickers help bring the RZ-2 to life.
Each new version of the LEGO A-Wing lands with numerous improvements making this iconic vehicle a must buy for fans of both original and sequel trilogies. It doesn’t hurt that it also comes with two exclusive minifigures and a price which is £20 lower than the previous version, down from £44.99 to just £24.99.
We thank LEGO for providing this set for review. All opinions expressed are those of the author.