|Character Design||Joe Johnston|
Review by JoshB
The Revo Star Wars line has been hit and miss, with great representations of the characters that have little or no use for the Revoltech joint system. So, it begs the question, is it a Revoltech if it has no Revoltech joints?
The Revo Star Wars 006 X-Wing is a Revoltech in name only. The only joint is in the stand. It arrives courtesy of HobbyLink Japan
The ship is about 5 inches long and made out of lightweight ABS plastic. The sculpt is tight, and the detail is great, but the thing feels like a cheap plastic model, not a $60 toy.
The S-foils have little tabs that keep the wings closed, but there's nothing to lock them into a horizontal positon. the result is the wings tilt out of place easily.
With the wings open into attack position they are much more stable. The insides also feature nice paint detail.
The clear cockpit has a removable miniature figure of Luke Skywalker that can be removed. I wish the canopy opened on a hinge, but it just plugs in.
The tiny R2-D2 has it's third leg extended, and can be fit into the spot behind the cockpit. To place him, you need to lift up the entire back panel which is on a hinge. Odd that there can be a hinge here, but not the canopy. Once closed, the fit is not too tight and R2 can move around. Turn the ship upside down and you may lose your droid.
The toy includes a set of swappable landing gear. You need to remove the tiny panels, and then replace them with the exposed gear. Each piece is keyed in such a way that they only fit in one spot.
Note the clear stand with the ONE Revoltech joint in the set,
The engines on the back are separate parts that just plug into the wings. As such, they can be easily misaligned or removed.
There's another issue as well - one of the weapons on the wings is bent a little.
This thing looks great, and makes for a great desktop model, but as a toy it fails on many levels. Mainly this is due to the high price point and the lack of Revoltech joints. In addition, for the price there could have been many simple opportunities taken to improve this set:
- Include a ladder and ground crew
- include weapon effects like a blast for a Proton Torpedo
- Include plugins for the engines to look like they are active
- Make the landing gear part of the toy and have them extend
- Give the cockpit a hinge
- Use the Revo joints to make the wings open
It just smacks of laziness, and a bit misleading to even call this a Revoltech toy.
That being said, if you still want it, you can get yours at HobbyLink Japan
|Posted 9 January, 2016 - 18:17 by JoshB|