While anticipation builds for the latest Star Wars movie, a glimpse of the new ships and characters we can look forward have been revealed with the latest LEGO Star Wars sets.
Star Wars: Rogue One is set immediately prior to the original 1977 Star Wars. The rebel forces have a history of alphabetising their star fighters. There are the famed X-Wings, also Y-Wings, B-Wings, and A-Wings. What does Rogue One have to offer? It appears the rebels have added U to their lettered fleet.
This LEGO U-Wing has 650+ pieces, in 5 numbered bags. It comes with 5 minifigures, and is the only one of the first wave of Star Wars: Rogue One sets to feature a Jyn Erso minifigure (who’s the female lead).
The stated age is 8-14, but making this was a great joint activity with my 4-year-old daughter. We have always tried to encourage her to be ambitious on what she is capable of, and she always takes great satisfaction in making a LEGO model intended for much older children.
The completed ship has various interactive features to give it a shelf life beyond construction – two retractable wings (turning the U into a variation on Y), 2 spring-loaded missile launchers, 2 stud shooters, 2 pullout slide doors, an opening cockpit, and a rear storage locker.
As well as Jyn Erso, the minifigures are her fellow Rebels Cassian Andor, alien Bistan, plus a Rebel trooper and a U-Wing pilot.
As we have yet to see the U-Wing in action in the movie, this is a different prospect to most of our previous LEGO Star Wars sets. We are normally recreating iconic scenes and vehicles, but this one’s place in the Star Wars saga is yet to be seen. As such, it currently lacks the recognisable appeal of other sets. Even the Imperial Rogue One sets at least evoke the other more familiar vehicles.
But for us, just having a Jyn Erso figure – another addition to the canon of female Star Wars characters – was a good enough reason to choose this over the others.
Star Wars is set to dominate christmas once again this year, and this LEGO set is sure to be under many a tree.
The LEGO Star Wars: Rogue One – Rebel U-Wing Fighter Set has an RRP of £69.99. We were sent this set for the purposes of this review.