Lego Star Wars – X-Wing Starfighter (6212) Review

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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

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Time to Build: 43 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • 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

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Scores:

  • 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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

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.

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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

Lego Star Wars – Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter (8017) Review

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Lego Star Wars – Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter (8017): Continuing with our Star Wars kick, we go to a set that’s one of the originals of my childhood – one of the sets I wanted as a kid as soon as I had seen Star Wars. (This is only partially true, I wanted a Death Star, but even now I think that’s a bit beyond me.) However having my own Darth Vader was really important, and it was the perfect companion to another set (which should be quite obvious) which will be in an upcoming review.

 

Time to Knoll: 15.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 24 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 251 and 93 Steps – Manual (55 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $54.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 319 grams
  • Combo Points: (3X6X1X1) = 18 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 96mm x 112mm x 48.0mm or 516.1 cm³ plus a bit more for 525 .06 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

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What Else?

So when looking into facts about Darth Vader and his illustrious specialized fighter (of which the creator was murdered, and only a few survived past his time). I came across the special components included within the ship – including deflector shields, solar reactor, and most notably hyperdrive.

Now I understand that currently as far as we humans are concerned the possibility of hyperdrive is impossible in reality – despite numerous theories in the academic sense. My concern is however with the notion of hyperdrive on such a small craft. The Fighter itself needed to be modified to suit Vader’s specific body size, and yet somehow a hyperdrive is not only added, but remains functional after the hit it got from the crash near the death star?

Looking into Star Wars lore concerning hyperdrive there are two possibilities – one is making such travel possible by a fusion reaction through kilometers of superconducting wire – which while possible on something the side of a star destroyers is just inconceivable on something the scale of a small fighter.

More likely would be what is referred to as an anti-matter hyperdrive engine. Of course anti-matter is at the time still relatively speculative and the presence (or overall uneven lack of) is the reason behind the theory of baryogenesis. However the issue is said that the Fighter has a solar ionization reactor which regardless of output I think it’s fair to say that it would be impossible to generate the power to harness or generate anti-matter simply from the rays of the sun and not the power of a sun. Then again I’m debating hyperdrive of a fictional universe on a blog that reviews lego sets.

 

Remix: Keeping with my Falcon review I decided to make another handheld weapon, although this time I made a crossbow.

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While it’s a bit small for me (which I wish I had made the scale a bit bigger at onset) it is a handheld weapon.

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Final Thoughts: While I love this version, I really have always enjoyed the original tie fighter and not the Darth Vader’s version. This and the bomber just always felt a built to clean to me, whereas the Tie Fighter or X-Wing always feel a bit ungainly which really fits into the ethos of the Star Wars in my head. Overall though considering how much this costs new I am glad that kid me played with his toys rather than pretending the 60 dollar markup would be worth it.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

LEGO Star Wars – Midi-Scale Millennium Falcon (7778) Review

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LEGO Star Wars – Midi-Scale Millennium Falcon (7778): This one is actually a bit special to me. See I had (drunkenly) bought a lot set on Ebay because it promised there were some sets still in bags (2 and a 1/2 sets actually). I figured this would be nice to help keep reviews going on the site, plus it came with a bunch more bricks. As it turns out – a lot more. I noticed however there were some pieces clearly from a Falcon, and I found the instructions, and began to build. Sadly this was the remnants of the current Falcon (7965), and there was not enough in my library or with the lot to build it. Dismayed however I realized that there were some sections of the above Midi scale still intact, and that there were the parts of 2 different Falcons! I began to build out the Midi, and while some pieces I had to get from my collection and weren’t in the lot – the end result was my very own Falcon! (I did have to order online for stickers)

 

Time to Knoll: 14.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 36.5 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 356 and 50 Steps – Manual (40 Pages)
  • Price: Not even listed on Lego and $169.99 on Amazon (my lot cost me 45 total for this set and more, and the stickers were 10 bucks including other parts, so score for me!)
  • Weight: 346 grams
  • Combo Points: (5X10X1X1) = 50 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 96mm x 102.4mm or 471.86 cm³ of course though the cylinder parts need to be separate so the full total is: 481.72 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So you may know that there is a new Star Wars movie coming out this year. In honor of that I decided to update my Falcon replacing the radar dish destroyed in the original trilogy. Thankfully some folks have decided to take the few frames of reference and give us a nice digital render to go off of. (The fact that this comes from deeplyobesessed.blogspot.com is surprising no one)

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Now there’s actually some great pieces to replicate this, however most are simply too big to be in the scale – so I simplified. Below is the difference, and of course the file is provided here:

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Of course though, this now sits on my own Falcon:

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Remix: So I was wondering what to make with the interesting blend of colors and the splash of technic thrown into the mix. I decided on a blaster (no not Han’s blaster – that’s a bit of a stretch), but the engine pieces made me think of a gun barrel. As you can see though where the handle meets the barrel the connection is there, but it’s not exactly strong – so for the first time in the remix rules – I did actually add 2 pieces (remember my limit is I can add up to or remove 5 each) These pieces are just some structural Angle Plate 1X2 / 2X2 though and really it just makes it so it doesn’t fall apart easily

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However aside from the stand being perfect and some non-traditional usages throughout, my favorite bit is how well it actually feels/fits in hand!

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Final Thoughts: I also have to say that as kid growing up interested in Lego and Star Wars, having my own Falcon was a dream of mine, but even then the Falcon’s were these massive, very expensive sets, and it never came to pass. With that notion, plus the scrap heap origins of pulling this together – I feel I’m a bit biased in saying this is the only Falcon I’ll want/need, but I do actually enjoy the Midi scale here. I feel it’s not too small where detail is moot, and unlike the massive sets of my youth – this fits nicely in my display case. There’s actually some people on Lego Ideas trying to bring back some Midi scale Lego sets – so do sign up and back!

Final Score: 5 out of 5 Stars