Happy Star Wars Day!
It’s the 4th of May, and to celebrate Star Wars Day I thought I’d share with you some photos of something from my toy collection. I’ve been collecting Star ars figures since I was five years old (a very long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away). So it’s about time I featured some of those toys at the Virtual Hot Tub. And what better time than now?
We have here a fairly recent item, Hasbro’s X-Wing Fighter released in 2013. This was an exclusive for Toys R Us stores, luckily we got it in the UK too. Any fan can tell straight away that this is actually Biggs Darklighter’s ship that he flew in the Battle of Yavin. Biggs was Luke Skywalker’s childhood friend from Tatooine, though the assualt on the Death Star in Episode IV would be his last mission.
This item was release when Hasbro were re-visiting the classic packaging desing from the 70’s/80’s with their Vintage line. It nicely mimics the original box artwork, but is updated with new shots.
The ship itself is a joy. Nicely recreated in plastic, with loads of detail and nice features. The wings open into attack position; the landing gear deploys and hides away nicely; and there’s even a hidden proton torpedo for if you get close enough to the exhaust port. This X-Wing is larger than the original toy from years gone by, and more accurate in scale.
My absolute favourite feature of this ship is in the cockpit. Yes, the targeting computer pulls forward and into position for the pilot to use the view finder! Awesome.
Also shown here is the Biggs Darklighter action figure from the 2013 Black Series. He’s a nice sculpt, though as I already owned a previous (very good) rendition of this figure I nearly didn’t buy him. I’m glad I did – the older version doesn’t fit in the X-Wing cockpit, but this newer one does. Removable helmet too!
To finish things off, I added R2-Q2 – the droid who flew with Biggs in the Death Star attack. There’s a handy slot behind the cockpit for rhis R2 unit to fit into. R2-Q2 is from the 2006 Astromech Droid Pack Series 1. He’s had a long wait for his ride to show up.
I waited a while to pick this ship up, and eventually the price came down in TRU. It would have been worth paying full whack for though.
Enjoy Star Wars Day everybody. May the Force be with you!