Star Wars – X-Wing Starfighter (6212): Happy Star Wars day everyone! By this time millions of fans will have seen the Force Awakens (I’ll be seeing it post Christmas as I prefer a less crowded theater), and while there is actually a whole new set for the new X-Wings I felt it was time to complete our bout of Star Wars reviews with the iconic original X-Wing.
Time to Knoll: 31 Minutes
Time to Build: 43 Minutes
- Pieces: 437 and 28 Steps – Manual (45 Pages)
- Price: Retired on Lego and $59.99 on Amazon
- Weight 398 grams
- Combo Points: (5X12X1X2) = 120 points
- Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 96mm x 150.4mm or 693.04 cm³ plus the bar gives you 715.07 cm³
- Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
- Aesthetics: 5 out of 5 Stars
- Fun to Build: 4 out of 5 Stars
- Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars
So at first I figured of all things to look into regarding the iconic ship would be the power required to lift it using ‘the force’ powers, and of course the internet has already handily solved this problem. (By way of XKCD’s What If – a partial inspiration for this blog). Of course while the figures and estimation are there for power output (specifically of Yoda), the force required is ~5,500kg * 0.216m/s^2 (given the values calculated by Randall, and that the initial velocity was 0 – although to be fair it was slowly sinking) giving us a force of 1.21 kilonewtons which is essentially just a bit over the force of a human bite.
Now if we remember the script (or use the IMSDB) Yoda claims that in fact ‘size matters not’ however while the force is able to scale it’s incredibly likely *ducks* this is due relative to midichlorian count in that the count provides a maximum usage possible. Because as we see Luke can partially lift it, but feels he he is doomed to fail.
In that respect then it seemed prudent to see if Luke actually could have lifted it, Yoda is one of the more powerful Jedi, and moving something on the scale of an XWing is not an easy task – even if Luke is the son of midi-filled-Vader. Oddly enough though it seems even the expanded universe has no official counts, and while there is a list, as other people and the site design betray it’s mostly guesswork and bunk (Something quite sad considering how detailed Wookiepedia is)
Remix: So while the pieces were all wrong for a lightsaber, I met you halfway and made myself a more gladius style sword. I know why I decided to make the gearbox the heart of the sword, but man did it make everything misaligned and weakened.
Final Thoughts: Much like the DeLorean set from a while back this set is perfect because it has the right size, the right level of detail and it’s so damn iconic that you can’t help but have the set built and proudly on display (mine going with Darth’s tie fighter as a nice companion piece)
Final Score: 5 out of 5 Stars