Hello everyone! 😀 Today I have a review of 75175 A-wing Starfighter! This is a 2017 Winter Star Wars set that retailed for $39.99 in the US, £44.99 in the UK, $79.99 in Australia, and $89.99 in New Zealand. This seems like a pretty high price, but let’s see if the set can justify that.
Let’s first take a look at the minifigures.
The first figure in the set is the highly-awaited Lando Calrissian. He has a nice sand blue cape and a reversible head, along with a great printed orange torso. He’s not a super-detailed figure (like Batgirl from TLBM) but his overall look is good and I’m happy to have a new LEGO Lando.
The other two minifigures in this set are an A-wing pilot and a Rebel Technician. Unlike the previous version from 2013, this new Ep. 6 A-wing Pilot wears bright green. I really like the updated printing and the great helmet, although the generic head kind of lets the overall figure down. The Rebel Technician is an okay figure but I believe it is quite accurate, and I like the torso and leg print. Again, the head is generic, but it is not as common as the A-wing pilot’s head.
Three minifigures in a $89.99 NZD set seems rather low, especially since the previous A-wing (2013) was $50 NZD and had 3 minifigures, two of which were main characters.
The main build is the eponymous A-wing Starfighter. The overall shaping is rather similar to the Rebels A-wing from 2016, albeit with one major difference.
As with all LEGO A-wings, the cockpit hinges open. This works well but is far from impressive.
There’s also a storage compartment in the back. However, this feels like a wasted area just to store a small pistol. The finishing in this section is also rather crude as well.
There’s foldable landing gear as well, but they aren’t flat when completely retracted. There are also laser cannons on either side which rotate 360º. They look good but are on the skinnier side.
As with many Star Wars sets, there are projectiles in this set, which are the spring-loaded shooters. I am pleased to report that they are well hidden beneath the craft and the activators are Technic beams which are not obnoxious/overly obvious. Upon pressing these activators, the missiles fire out and this is a very satisfying feature. This is also the most significant difference from the 2016 Rebels A-wing as that model had a different, far more complex firing method. I personally prefer the simpler method as they work equally well.In a poorly-concealed effort to inflate the perceived value, LEGO has thrown in a maintenance speeder. It’s okay I guess but nothing special.
It comes in two parts: the speeder itself and a ladder. Again, nothing special.
Ultimately, the fatal flaw of this set is its price. When I first saw the set I thought it would be $29.99 USD, £29.99 GBP, $49.99 AUD and $69.99 NZD, and even that would be high. The price that it currently is at ($89.99 NZD) is far, far too high, and this is unfortunate as otherwise this is quite a well made set.
Personal Rating: 3/5
Thanks for looking! Let me know your thoughts in a comment below 🙂 Do you agree with my rating, or do you think it was too harsh?
See you in the next post!
VaderFan2187 out! 😀