LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Y-Wing 75181 Review

What is the LEGO Y-Wing LEGO Star Wars UCS

Full disclosure: the Y-Wing is my favorite vehicle in the entire Star Wars universe. And this is the best set that LEGO has made of him.

After the monumental Millennium Falcon of 2017, the next group to join the LEGO Ultimate Collector Series was always going to have a hard time making an impact, but the new Y-wing has not only impacted, it has also exploded and destroyed a whole intergalactic fascist regime. It is a wonder.

This is not the first time that the venerable Y-Wing received the UCS treatment, but the previous version (No. 10134) dates from 2004 and was composed by & # 39; alone & # 39; 1473 pieces. The new version not only has almost 500 more pieces, but uses many more Technic pieces for more detail.

The LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Y Star Series is now on sale for £ 169.99 / $ 199.99, available exclusively at LEGO stores and shop.LEGO.com.

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LEGO Star Wars UCS Y-Wing: What's in the box?

The new UCS Y -Wing (No.75181) consists of 1967 parts to make this emblematic fighter bomber 61 cm long, 30 cm wide and 7 cm high. That's about half the size of the Rogue One Y-Wing (No.75172), with almost three times as many pieces.

Size comparison with Y-Wing 75172

All these parts come in 15 bags (numbered) 1 to 13, with two bags of each 9 and 10 for the identical parts of the engine), apart from a black plate Large and loose for the screen support. Bags 1 to 8 build the fuselage and cockpit, 9 to 12 cover the engines, and 13 the display stand.

There is a minifigure included, for Gold Leader, as well as an astromech droid R2-BHD. Both show the high level of LEGO printing, and Gold Leader has dual faces for a smile or a grimace.

Finally, there is a tilting display with an information panel and space for each side mount the minifig and the droid.

LEGO Star Wars UCS Y-Wing: How fun is construction?

The whole construction took me about four hours, and it was a lot of fun. I expected the repetition of almost identical engine versions to be a bit tedious, but to be honest, each one takes enough time so that, when you start the first step of the second, a lot of construction time has passed since then. starting the first one.

Here are some really lovely touches: the LEGO whip used for pipes is a stroke of genius in particular. A lot of Technic parts are used to create the skeleton of the engines, and turning the turret of the ion cannon causes a Technic tooth to rotate, so it does not feel completely static.

The orientation of the computer in the cabin is a bit rough, but I was pleased to see that it had been tried at all. The collapsible landing gear is also a good addition, although it is a bit flimsy for use.

The mounting at the base of the screen is as simple as sticking the top of the base into a square hole in the bottom of the fuselage It feels a bit wobbly, but mine stayed well for a few weeks, without any incident. It does not tilt, so you can set your Y-Wing at an angle, as well as looking to the left or right, obviously.

In general, this is an incredibly detailed model and a super fun construction. However, if your LEGO stickers really bother you, it saddens you to know that there are some here to complete the yellow pattern around the cockpit, as well as the three parts of the cabin computer. Oh, and the huge one for the booth information panel.

If you built the Rogue One LEGO Y-Wing 75172, you'll be surprised by the step forward. There are no stickers needed to add engine details here.

Why buy the LEGO Star Wars UCS Y-Wing?

If you have to ask why you buy this, you do not deserve it. It's amazing. Okay, it's not perfect: a couple more minifigures and one or two less stickers would make it irreproachable, but this is still the best LEGO fighter so far.

Verdict

An incredible LEGO set of one of the most brilliant fighters in that galaxy far, far away.