It’s no secret that I love Star Wars. It’s also no secret that I do my best to pretend the Prequels (that’d be Episodes I-III) never happened. But that just proves how insanely awesome Lego is, because they can actually make me enjoy (and yes, even laugh) at things like Jar Jar Binks.
If you haven’t seen any of the Lego Star Wars movies (or played the video games), you don’t know what you’re missing. They’re a riot and yes, I admit I’ve laughed at Lego Jar Jar.
So when I was sent a Lego Star Wars V-Wing Starfighter to review, I was excited but kind of bummed it was from the Prequels, not the Original Trilogy. But once again, Lego snapped me out of it and showed me that it doesn’t matter what movie or Universe it’s from, everything Star Wars is… well… awesome.
The X-Wing was always one of my favorite Star Wars toys as a kid (though the Hoth Snow Speeder was insanely cool!), but this V-Wing is a nice alternate. Smaller in size and even more versatile than the X-Wing, the V-Wing needs an R2 unit (or Astromech Droid) to help pilot the ship.
Simple but spot on, Lego lets you control the little droid as a minifig but you can also pop his head off, and attach it to the top of the V-Wing on a swivel, so it can really spin. (You need to make the BE-BOOP noises yourself, though.)
I really like the look of the ship and the size is perfect for little hands to hold. You can see the V-Wing Pilot chilling with his blaster in the cockpit. You can also see the small green “rockets” that actually do shoot.
The really neat thing about the Lego Star Wars V-Wing Starfighter? You can rotate the wings for flying (above) and landing (below) modes. Ryan put this one together and loved playing with it, particularly the rotating wings. Again, a simple detail that Lego easily could have ignored but it’s that extra touch that truly makes Lego the King of Construction Toys!
Here’s a straight-on shot of the V-Wing, ready for take-off.
Whether you’re a Star Wars (or Lego!) Completist or just love some really cool ships, you’ll want to check out the Lego Star Wars V-Wing Starfighter set. I may still not like the Prequel films, but that’s not gonna stop me from building and playing (er, my kids that is) with those Star Wars Lego sets.
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Went to the Lego store the other day and I was drooling over all the Star Wars sets they had on display. Bb8 only comes in the two largest sets $100+ ones right now. Hoping that changes soon.
I know this is an old post, but as an avid Star Wars fan I had to point out that the V-Wing isn’t from the prequels, but from after the battle of Endor (ep. 6) 🙂
Thanks for the comment, Jonathan. The toy itself claims it was used to rescue Anakin and bring him back to his Sith Lords. And all other Star Wars info I’ve looked up says the V-Wings were mass produced during the Clone Wars.
Oh man, you’re right. I must have confused it with the other V-Wing! At any rate, I love how these news kits come with more mini figs – I picked up one for my son a couple months ago and it had 4 Republic troops and a small vehicle for only $12 or so. Wish they would have been around when I was a kid!
Your son looks like a happy camper posing with the Lego STAR WARS V-Wing Starfighter! 🙂
My 14-year old still loves Legos and Star Wars are is absolute favorite. It’s hard for me to buy him more without having him with me because I don’t know which ones he already has.
Your son is adorable! Admittedly I’m not a huge Star Wars fan, my geekiness lies elsewhere like Lord of the Rings and Marvel, but I love Legos! My son is 19 and loves Star Wars and he’s always building Lego sets, you never outgrow Legos!
Thanks, Raine! It’s okay you’re not a huge Star Wars fan (LOTR and Marvel are just as cool!). Glad your son is. Obviously you’re raising him right. 🙂
how long did it take to build that thing?? and was he able to do it by himself?
Yes Ryan (9) was able to easily build it all by himself. I might have helped him with 1 or 2 pieces when he was stuck (just removing a piece really, so he could fix it), but otherwise it was 100% him. It probably took him about an hour or so I’d say.