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The famous T-65 X-Wing was the all-purpose starfighter of the Rebel Alliance and its successor governments (New Republic). In the Star Wars universe it was known because of "an almost perfect balance of speed, maneuverability, and defensive shielding". The X-Wing is also one of the most (or even the most) recognizable space interceptors from the film - everyone remembers a characteristic X shape of its wings and the final assault of the Death Star. Now, it is ready for epic battles in your room!
The set contains 437 pieces (medium size). It isn't very complex, with the manual it is possible to build your own dogfighter quite fast. Anyway, >400 pieces construction still can be too difficult for small kids. But if they finally put the last piece... It looks great! A big, detailed starship with four laser cannons and a transparent cockpit. Just pure fun. The framework is solid (except the cannons), so young Star Wars fan can safely fly and fight with bad guys (7146 TIE Fighter for example). Unfortunately, some small parts are easy to lost. But this is Lego after all...
The box contains also 6 minifigures (it is more than usual): Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Wedge Antilles (one of X-Wing pilots), R2-D2 and... Chewie!. The model can be customized depending on your mood: one day you have Red 5 - Skywalker's interceptor from the Battle of Yavin, another other fighter. A very good set for everyone. Finish it and then... They're coming in! Three marks at 2-10!
After long hard thought lately I have decided that I need to invest in a bigger house or let my children have the one that we have got and move into the shed in the garden. My house has now officially been taken over by lego with the boys. We have one that loves lego city and my step son loves lego star wars.
We purchased the x wing fighter from toys r us a year ago for my partners son. This was aged from 8 to 12 years and I can understand why there are alot of small parts that get lost and instructions get ripped up, I also noticed that my partner was the one that assembled this and I have had to do it everytime that it has got broken.
I will say that they are the most amazing lego range that I have ever seen they are very detailed and look amazing when they are finished. They come in a box with the picture of the finished product on the front. They also come with a very easy to understand instruction booklet. The only problem with this particular one is that there are lots of pieces to it and it takes a few hours non stop to build it. It is made from alot of small pieces that are very easy to get lost or sucked up a vacum. It is also a very delicate design the slightest knock and bits will fall off and this is hard to find out where the bits are from so it needs to be taken apart and re assembled from scratch.
This comes with Lego Luke, Lego R2 D2, and a few more lego men that I don't know the name of due to I am not a fan of star wars.
Lately we have lost alot of pieces due to moving house, so I made a list of what was missing and ordered them from the lego website so that it can be assembled again and hopefull kept safe this time. We had also lost alot of pages from the instructions which I found a site that did many of the booklets for lego and was able to save them ready to be printed so that we could do it. There was only one lego piece that the web page didn't do and that was the control panel for the ship so I just purchased a plain cream one instead. The little men have also gone missing which I think my step son has taken home but basic men can be bought but the actual star wars figures can only be bought in the star wars collection not seperatley. This cost £50 when we bought it but can be purchased from the lego web site for £40.
I think these are amazing lego constructions that are more for older children rarther than younger ones.
So, with the advent of Lego Star Wars for various video game stations last year, and the subsequent hit for the Lego Indiana Jones game, followed more recently by Lego Batman doing the rounds, Lego have also released a number of constructable Lego toys based on these computer games.
One such toy is this one, the Lego Star Wars X-Wing Fighter. My 5 year old son really enjoyed playing the game on the Wii, and has now watched the majority of the 6 Star Wars films (not the inappropriate or really scary bits), and before Xmas could not stop going on about how he had seen a Lego X Wing Fighter in a shop and how he wanted one for Xmas. So, come Xmas Day, we were round at my mum and dad's for lunch and the afternoo, and apparently 'Santa' had been and left something for a certain little someone. He raced into the front room, ripped off a load of wrapping paper, and there it stood in all its glory: a Lego Star Wars X Wing Fighter!
Of course, it was the project of the day, and what a project it is. I now have the utmost respect for the people at Legoland who build the huge constructions - they must have the patience of Saints! The X Wing Fighter is made up of hundreds of tiny Lego pieces, each intricately designed to combine together to form the X-Wing you see on the picture above. There are just over 400 pieces, and although they say it takes around 40 minutes, to build, in reality, on Xmas Day with a full house and an over-excited 5 year old boy (4 at the time), I can tell you it took the majority of the afternoon!
The age recommendation is 8-12, and as none of us were within the range, Mummy decided to grab the bull by the horns and follow the instructions on how to construct it. It weighs over 1.5 kilos and when built is probably between 30 and 40 centimetres long. It is quite tricky at some points to build, and easy to get frustrated unless you really take your time.
Once constructed, I suppose an item like this should really stay built, ready to display somewhere and to play with......gently. However, William being 5, this isn't a possibility. He is so keen to construct his own little planes and boats out of the X Wing lego that we gave in and let him take it apart a few days after it had first been built.
With the X Wing Fighter itself, you get a few figurines, all typical lego size. You get a version of Han Solo (costume-wise), and one of Princess Leia. You also get an R2D2, a Luke Skywalker, and one Wedge Antilles (X Wing pilot in the films). And, to cap it all off, you get a Chewbacca as well!
William absolutely loved this present. The instructions are clear and concise, using diagrams to make it easy to build no matter you first language. The Lego is good quality, and the possibilities are endless if you want to make your own thing out of it all afterwards. The Lego 6212 Star Wars X-Wing Fighter is available in many places. It is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £64.22, although LEGOshop.co.uk currently have a 'Hot Offer' with it priced at £39.15. It's a Lego item well worth having, but as you can see it can cost quite a bit unless you get a good discount price. Either way, it's a product I recommend.