If you could only get one Star Wars ship, this should be it. Whether you're a kid, a collector, a grown-up, or a combination of the three, you're gonna want to swoosh this third version? of the X-Wing around the room. That being said, I always wonder what else the Lego designers would do to a particular model if time and money were not issues. Here are a few of my nitpicks:
1. Orange disks for the engine glow should be replaced with a transparent red or even a dark transparent pink.
2. The white triangular piece at the front of the cockpit (underneath the canopy) should be a dark gray to make the cockpit more cohesive, like a car dash.
3. Not sure about those rubberbands holding the wings together, first time I tried to open the wings I thought the two gears would break, until you break them in you might want to open the wings a little with your fingers to lessen the stress before turning the wheel on back.
4. Did R2 ever have printing on his backside?
5. Not sure about R2 sitting sideways, but that's far from a deal breaker and changing that would increase size and cost.
6. On my build, it appears the back-half of the engines are supporting the X-Wing while on the ground. They're a little loose to start with and another brick or two on the engine bottoms would solve this.
7. Stickers- not bad with this build at all, but a custom piece for the engine fronts would be great(more money) and one dot bricks could be used for wing markings(too bad space won't allow for five or six. . . hence the stickers).
In my opinion, all these nitpicks are minor, with the exception of maybe 6. The mini-figs are exceptional and the helmets are just cool (printing on them just keeps getting better). If you're a Star Wars fan, this is a must have.
Wow, what a set. I must say I'm very glad to see the B-Wing given the Ultimate Collector's Series treatment. It's not nearly as well known as say, the X-Wing, or the TIE Fighter and really only existed in the X-Wing game series, and a few short moments from the un-tampered-with Return of the Jedi film.
To see it so faithfully reproduced is wonderful, from the independently rotating cockpit pod, to the folding wings. The level of detail is amazing, and shows great creativity on the part of the designer of this set.
The set is massive, so it limits the playability factor by quite a bit. It's got to be at least 5 lbs, and it's 26" long (cockpit to cannon pod) and 15" wide (wingtip to wingtip). I'm 30 years old, and over 6 foot tall, and I find it huge, so I can't really imagine a kid playing with one of these.
It's a long (took me the better part of a day off), decently challenging build constructed in four sections: the cockpit module, the engine block, the main wing, and the two folding wings. The three major body sections are connected to each other with I believe six technic pins each, and the wings are attached with rounded, toothed technic joints which allows them to rotate. I believe it would be sturdy enough to hang off the ceiling, given enough attachment points to spread the load. It does come with a nice stand that's a little bit wobbly, but if it's just resting there it's sturdy enough.
As my favorite starfighter from the Star Wars universe, having this B-Wing in this highly detailed form is just great. It's not for everyone, though. It can't really be played with, it doesn't have any minifigures, and it's on the expensive side. Those factors don't preclude me from rating it a five overall, with the play factor and value factor reduced according to my thoughts on those detailed above.
If you're a collector and Star Wars nerd, grab one of these while you still can.
Really interesting lego set. I read a lot of reviews before purchasing, and although there seemed to be a lot of concern regarding the stability of the set, I haven't had any issues. It's clearly not a play set (although it does have some "swooshability" and the movable cockpit and foldable wings are great) and it looks fantastic on it's stand.
Overall, not a difficult build - took me about 6 hours going at a leisurely pace, and there were some interesting techniques used particularly around the cockpit. The build was a little repetitive at times but that's to be expected with most starship type builds.
I would definitely recommend the set to both keen Star Wars lego fans and also UCS collectors. My only reservation is with regards to value; the cost, particularly for Australians, is on the high side.
To begin with, this set is awesome! I got it on sale on "May the 4th" at half price which was a great deal. The building of the set can be boring after a while, but when your done it looks fantastic! This set is not for play, as it is rather heavy and awkward to carry. It has a rotating cockpit and opening S-Foils. The detail is very intricate and makes it a must have! The stickers aren't too bad as they are placed on flat spots on the ship. I noticed that there were many negative reviews about this set, but don't let this stop you from buying it. Though as a tip, when you build this set, build it on a table or counter so you can push down on all the pieces to make sure they are all connected or else the set will break into pieces when you put it on the stand. Hope this helps! You will not regret purchasing this set! Buy it as soon as possible!