RESISTANCE A-WING FIGHTER (w/ RESISTANCE PILOT TALLIE)
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
“A longtime reliable fighter model used by the Resistance that dates back to the struggle between Empire and Rebellion, the A-Wing is a nimble, wedge-shaped fighter propelled to incredible speeds by large twin engines.”
I’ve looked at one of The Last Jedi’s new vehicle designs, but like its predecessor The Force Awakens, it’s also borrowing from the Original Trilogy’s sizable bank of pre-existing vehicles. Today, I’ll be looking at another of those returning vehicles, the A-Wing fighter. The A-Wing’s actually had a fair bit of play recently; not only is it returning in TLJ, but a prototype version of it was also fairly prominently featured in Star Wars: Rebels. That translates to not one, but two toy versions in the last year. I’ll be looking at the most recent version today.
THE VEHICLE ITSELF
The A-Wing Fighter is one of two smaller-sized vehicles released on the Force Friday launch of The Last Jedi line (the other was the Canto Bight Police Speeder). Like the Ski Speeder, assembly is rather minor for the A-Wing. The thrusters need to be popped into place, as do the side cannons, but that’s it. It should be noted, however, that once you put this sucker together, it’s not coming apart. At all. Moving on: once assembled, the fighter’s about 11 inches long and 7 inches wide. The ship features an opening hatch and a small landing leg, which swings down out of the ship’s front. The A-Wing is sporting a brand-new sculpt, based on it’s updated design from the new film. The ship isn’t too terribly different from the A-Wings of the past; same basic design elements and everything. In general, it’s just a little bit longer and thinner than prior A-Wings. The sculpt is pretty decent overall. It’s in keeping stylistically with the other vehicles we’ve gotten in the last few years. The details aren’t the sharpest ever, but they’re decent for the scale and price. Speaking of scale, the A-Wing is the least down-scaled vehicle I’ve looked at yet from the new movies. There’s still a tiny bit of tweaking to keep it at least believably in scale with the rest of the vehicles, but it’s hardly noticeable. What is rather noticeable is the way the cockpit connects to the rest of the body. It’s not particularly subtle at all, and it’s rather different from how the hatch looks to work on the actual ship. It doesn’t ruin the ship or anything, but it’s rather annoying all the same. On the plus side of things, the paint wis fairly decent on the A-Wing. The blues and reds are vibrant, and the edges show off some nice wear and tear, which gives the ship a nice used feel. I do feel a nice wash would go a long way towards helping to further sell this used look, but what’s there is definitely solid. The A-Wing has two main play features. There are two missile launchers, mounted on each side of the ship, which use the standard spring-loaded schtick, as well as the current-standard ForceLink feature.
RESISTANCE PILOT TALLIE
Included with the A-Wing is one of its pilots, a Resistance fighter named Tallie. That’s all I’ve got on her. I have no idea if she’s prominent in the film or if she’s just another Goss Toowers in the making, but I do know she’ll be flying this ship at some point in the film. The figure stands about 3 1/2 inches tall and she has the standard 5 points of articulation. Design-wise, she’s rather similar to Paige, which I suppose makes a degree of sense. I had initially assumed most of her tooling was shared with Paige, but a comparison of the two in-hand shows that, while they do share certain elements to their sculpts, it doesn’t appear that these two figures actually have any parts in common with each other. Being that the two sculpts are still very similar, I do rather like this one, same as with Paige. The details are nice and crisp, and have a nice realistic look to them. Her helmet is permanently attached to her head, which is a shame, since I really dug the two removable helmets on the basic pilots. On the plus side, they did at least have the good grace to mold her visor as a separate piece, so it can be translucent and thereby avoid another appearance of the infamous banana visors of TFA. I appreciate that they went to the effort of putting a whole face under there, and the helmet is at least nicely detailed. Tallie’s paint work is fairly standard stuff. Mostly just basic color work. There’s a bit of slop here and there, but nothing terribly noticeable. The best work’s on the helmet, which even gets some smaller details to keep it interesting. Tallie is packed with a standard small Resistance blaster, in a very dark brown. Yay for variety of colors?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I hadn’t initially planned to grab this one on Force Friday. I tend to skip vehicles at launch, and I was already breaking that rule by getting the Ski Speeder. Surely I couldn’t also grab another vehicle, right? And I didn’t. Well, not at Toys R Us, anyway. But then we went to Target, and Super Awesome Girlfriend (who had gotten there before me) wandered up with this set in her hand and said it was the last one they had. That, plus Target’s “Spend $100 and get a $25 gift card” promotion, helped convince me to get this one. It’s not the most exciting item I picked up on Force Friday, but it’s a decent ship with a decent pack-in figure, and I can’t ask for much more than that.