LEGO Star Wars Review: Red Five X-Wing Starfighter

    The new LEGO Star Wars Red Five X-Wing Starfighter has landed early here at Jedi News and sister site Brick News with thanks to our good friends at LEGO.  It’s available to all on May 3rd and you can pre-order it now from LEGO here for £169.99. Here’s part 2 of our review along with a gallery featuring 32 images…

    Read on for part 2 of the review…

    If you missed the first part of our review then head over to Brick News for another 35 pictures!

    LEGO Star Wars Red Five X-Wing Starfighter #10240 Review – Part 2

    At the end of part 1 of our review we’d built the main structure of the X-Wing (bags 1 – 4) and we opened bag 5 and looked at the new cockpit piece.  Bag 5 see’s us adding the nose cone to the main structure as well as building the seat and cockpit.  The seat has ample room to sit a standard minifigure but since the seat is made up of flat tiles it’s likely to slide around. 

    The new cockpit needs 4 stickers which require cutting from the sheet provided and aligning as accurately as possible (as stated in the instructions).  As we’ve said before we really hate stickers and feel that this piece should have been printed.  The end result leaves the supposedly transparent cockpit looking grubby with our fingerprints – our only complaint so far (perhaps this is why they supply two sheets – be interesting to see if all sets have two or if this was a mistake in the set we received). Bag 5 also builds the only minifigure supplied in this set, R2-D2; this is the same R2 unit as featured in last year’s X-Wing #9493 and also the UCS R2-D2 #10225 too but different from the newly released key ring which is based on The Clone Wars.

    Bag 6 builds the stand for the X-wing along with applying the UCS T-65 X-Wing spec sheet sticker.  It’s from here on in that the build gets predictably repetitive but that’s what’s expected from an almost symmetrical ship.  Bags 7 and 8 build the four wings (two in each bag) which each require a sticker, bag 9 builds the four engines and finally bag 10 builds the laser cannons. 

    Building bags 5 to 10 added an additional 2 hours to our previous build time of 2½ hours taking the total to 4½ hours.

    Comparison must be made to the original UCS X-Wing #7191 released in 2000.  We think the colour scheme here is better and overall the build is far superior, we can’t see the wings having the same issues as those from the original release (drooping) and the mechanism on the new version is much better thought out and executed – it’s amazing how much progression has been made in 13 years.  The engines and laser canons are also more accurate, as is the better proportioned cockpit. 

    This is a fantastic set, a worthy successor to the original model (that for its time was itself groundbreaking).  The set looks amazing on display, as if ready to take off and looks good in either position with wings open or closed.  At £169.99 in the UK this works out at about 11pence per brick which is about average for a LEGO Star Wars set.  The only negative for us is the stickers, we could’ve accepted the stickers on the wings and praise goes to LEGO for making each of these four stickers slightly different but the new cockpit piece really should have been printed.  Don’t let that one issue spoil what is otherwise an excellent set that will look great as the center piece of your LEGO Star Wars collection – this really is a must buy and we’d also recommend it to those that have the original release too.

    This set of officially released on May 3rd worldwide and is available from LEGO brick and mortar stores as well as the LEGO shop on-line.  We’d like to thank LEGO for kindly letting us have this set before its release date.