Around the turn of the century, a new type of LEGO® set was released. Star Wars starfighter kits, designed for the AFOL to display, rather than to swoosh around the room. There were two released that year: 7181, TIE Interceptor, with 703 parts and the one we had all been waiting for: the 7191 X-Wing Starfighter was the largest Star Wars Set to have been released at the time.
Twenty years have gone by and almost every major starfighter from the Rebellion and Empire has been represented.
We are yet to see any of the rebellion’s capital ships – the Mon Calamari Cruiser, or Nebulon B Frigate released in this form, and the TIE Bomber has also been conspicuously absent. Two of these were up for a fan Vote on the LEGO Ideas platform for ‘a future UCS set’ but lost out to the Republic Gunship, an iconic ship from the Prequel series as well as the ‘Clone Wars’ animated series.
But we have never before had an option for the A-Wing in this scale. Several X-wings, Y-wings and Snowspeeders, as well as a variety of deathstars and star destroyers.
And so today, we take great pleasure seeing the A-wing starfighter announced in time for May the 4th. Aimed at an audience aged 18 years and over, with 1673 pieces, this ship measures 42cm long and 26 cm wide. It is priced at US $199.99 –CA $259.99 –DE €199.99 –UK £179.99– FR €199.99– DK 1599DKK- AUD$329.99.
Here is the Press Release:
Star Wars fans can now join the Rebel Alliance in their fight against the dark side, as the iconic A-wing Starfighter from Star Wars: Return of the Jedijoins the LEGO® Star WarsUltimate Collector Series.
Film enthusiasts can re-live fond memories of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by enjoying the construction set’s authentic details, including a new-for-May 2020 A-wing pilot minifigure and removable canopy, which allows builders access to the ship’s detailed cockpit for the first time ever.
This highly detailed 1,673-piece set model also includes pivoting laser cannons, which have been faithfully recreated in LEGO brick form to create the ultimate collector’s item for LEGO Brick and Star Wars fans alike.
Launching just in time for May the 4th, the annual Star Wars fan holiday, The LEGO Ultimate Collector Star Wars™ A-wing Starfighter™ construction set measures 10.5” (27cm) high*, 16.5” (42cm) long and 10” (26cm) wide and is sure to make a statement in any Star Warsdisplay – whether it’s at home, in the office or in a galaxy far, far away….
The LEGO Star Wars™ A-wing Starfighter™ joins the recently released LEGO® Star Wars™ Boba Fett Helmet, LEGO®Star Wars™ Stormtrooper™ Helmet and LEGO® Star Wars™ TIE Fighter Pilot™ Helmet build-to-display modelsas the latest additions to the LEGO Star Wars™range.
There is a huge variety of LEGO® Star Wars™ building sets available to delight fans of all ages, whether they want to recreate famous movie scenes, create their own epic stories or just build and display the awesome models. This set is perfect for those looking for a new building challenge – making it ideal for ages 18+ to enjoy solo or with friends and family.
The LEGO Star Wars™ A-Wing Starfighter™ construction setis available directly from LEGO Stores and LEGO.com starting May 1st2020.
It is certainly a welcome addition to the pantheon of UCS star fighters. It will be available soon, and I am sure there will be some promotional goodies over the first weekend in May, which we are yet to hear about.
What do you think? A welcome arrival, whose time has come? or something else?
Why not leave your comments below, and until next time,