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Star Wars Red Five X-Wing Fighter Set #10240 - Part 1

Reported by Reported by James on 23/04/2013 22:00:00

The new LEGO Star Wars X-Wing has landed and we have it first...

Star Wars Red Five X-Wing Starfighter™
Statistics: Item #10240, Ages 16+, Pieces 1559, Price GBP 169.99 (Average Price per Brick GBP 0.11), Being released on May 3rd 2013

Description from LEGO.com...

Build the ultimate LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing Starfighter!

Collect and create the most highly detailed LEGO® Star Wars™ X-wing Starfighter ever produced. This iconic starfighter is featured in many of the most exciting Star Wars battle scenes, including the decisive battle scene above planet Yavin™. Recreate the moment when Luke Skywalker’s X-wing delivered the proton torpedo that led to the destruction of the Imperial Death Star! This realistically detailed model features opening wings and cockpit, a special display stand, data sheet label and R2-D2.

• Includes R2-D2 atromech droid
• Features highly authentic detailing, and opening wings and cockpit
• Measures over 10" (26cm) high, 20" (52cm) long and 18" (46cm) wide
• Includes display stand and data sheet label!

LEGO Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars is a LEGO theme based on the Star Wars saga. The first LEGO Star Wars set was released in 1999 and was the first intellectual property to be licensed to The LEGO Group. It is now the second biggest LEGO themed product and in only, just, outsold by LEGO CITY. The LEGO Star Wars License was renewed for an additional 10 years in February 2012, now through to 2022.

Review - Part 1

Just before we get on to the review, we’d like to thank LEGO for kindly letting us have this set before it’s release date enabling us to review it.

The review for this set will be split into two parts. The first examining the box, instructions, stickers and first part of the build (bags 1-4) and the second (bags 5 - 10) along with the features of the new Red Five X-Wing Starfighter.

This set comes in a large size rectangular box, with eleven numbered bags (there are two differently numbered bag 4's). It should be noted that LEGO are making their boxes smaller in order to help reduce the carbon footprint when it comes to shipping. This set also comes with stickers, and as we've have said many times before 'WE HATE STICKERS' – we’d much prefer printed pieces and whilst we appreciate this would add to the cost of the set since this is a UCS set we expect fewer stickers. The set features three instruction books and one of them has a Yoda Chronicles Cheat code on the back! The back of the first instruction booklet also features images of all the new LEGO Star Wars summer sets shipping in June/July. Here is table of what comes in each bag….

Bag#

Quantity

Description

1

1

Body and wing mechanism

2

1

Wing supports and back body

3

1

Rear of Ship

4

2

Front Cone

5

1

R2D2, Seat, Canopy, Front Cone and Detail

6

1

Stand

7

1

Two wings

8

1

Two wings

9

1

Engines

10

1

Lasers


You start by building the rear of the Starfighter and the wing mechanism. In bag 1 you also get an orange brick separator (to add to the growing collection). Bags 1 and 2 are fairly straightforward and fun but it’s mainly technic pieces so play attention to the instructions. The wing support clicks on to the the wing mechanism; it's quite a clever build and very rigid - be interesting to see how this supports the wings once completed (it's already looking better than the first UCS X-Wing). Bag 3 completes the rear of the ship. At this point you will be able to turn the knob at the rear of the Starfighter and the wing mechanism will move up and down! Bag 4 builds the front cone which clicks easily on to the rear.

As we open bag 5 we get our first look at the new longer cockpit piece which seems better proportioned.

This is the end of part 1 of our review. The second part will see us finishing the model and giving you our final opinions but so far so good. We've spent about two and a half hours on the build so far and the Starfighter is very strong and solid and we're impressed.                               

Source LEGO.com
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