Suggested Age: 8-14
Casual Build Time: 3 hours
Dimensions: Y-Wing – over 2″ x 16″ x 7″ / Weapons Loader – over 3″ x 6″ x 2″
Brand: Star Wars
I decided to spend my birthday gift tokens this year on expanding my LEGO spaceship fleet. This time, I chose to add the Y-Wing Starfighter to my collection. While not as recognisable as the popular X-Wing, the Y-Wing first appears in the original Star Wars film and is best known as being piloted by Gold Leader during the strike on the Death Star. This particular model kit differs slightly as it’s based on the Y-Wings that appear in Rogue One.
The kit comes with all the pieces needed to make the Y-Wing and a small yellow Weapons Loader. The ship itself boasts an array of weapons, rotating guns, working landing gear and rotating turrets. It also comes with an astromech and four minifigures – Admiral Raddus, Moroff, a Y-Wing Pilot and a Stormtrooper.
Here are some better pictures of what came inside the box:
Despite the fact that it doesn’t look as though there is much to this kit, it still took far longer to construct than I anticipated. Many of the details of the Y-Wing are very small and so a lot of time was spent simply clipping small parts to the outside of the ship. While the instructions are, as always, very clear, I’d advise following them closely as it’s very easy to miss pieces. Additionally, young master builders may need help applying stickers and snapping some pieces into place as this isn’t the easiest set that I’ve built.
Yet it’s worth the effort. The Y-Wing is one of my favourite rebel ships and this set looks spot on. Its a highly detailed build and the finished product is surprisingly big, with its nacelles almost doubling the overall length of the spaceship. While the overall design might not be quite as striking as the more expensive X-Wing or Millennium Falcon sets, it’s still a thing of beauty and a must buy for any Star Wars fan.
The boasts the usual spring-loaded projectiles, but also has a secondary weapon that I’ve never seen before. There is a drum in the centre of the ship which can be rotated by the dial on the back to drop two missiles from beneath. While this isn’t really in keeping with the film, where the Y-Wing doesn’t really drop bombs like this, it’s still a pretty cool feature that’s fun to play around with.
Yet, despite these features, I don’t think the Y-Wing makes the best toy. While the nacelles are supported well enough to display, they can’t stand up to a lot of punishment and so would not stand up to rough play. If you’re looking for a cheaper Star Wars set for a child, I’d suggest the AT-ST or Poe Dameron’s X-Wing as both are a bit sturdier.
Yet the set does contain a really nice selection of minifigures. While it disappointingly does not come with any of the main protagonists, you do get both a Rebel and a Stormtrooper to do battle against each other. The named characters – Admiral Raddus and Moroff – are both unique builds and therefore make excellent additions to any collection. I also like Moroff’s backpack. While it’s not quite as cool as Baze’s (which features in the AT-ST set), it’s still a nice addition even though it makes him a bit top-heavy.
All in all, this is a great set. It’s a bit of a challenge to construct and doesn’t stand up to rough play but it looks stunning and makes a fantastic addition to any collection.