For Christmas 2019, the LEGO® Group gave its employees an awesome gift. Luckily, LEGO® Ambassadors also received the same present. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of LEGO® Star Wars, a classic ship received a holiday overhaul. For this week’s set review, I am happy to present the Christmas X-wing (4002019)! However, before I get too far into the review, I want to really thank the LEGO® Group and the AFOL Engagement Team over on the Ambassador Network for this amazing Holiday treat.
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CHRISTMAS X-WING (4002019) SUMMARY
- NAME: Christmas X-wing
- SET #: 4002019
- THEME: Star Wars
- COST: FREE!!!
- BRICK COUNT: 1038
- MINIFIGURES: 2
- OF INTEREST: R2D2 Droid
- RELEASE DATE: December 2019
CHRISTMAS X-WING (4002019) QUICK REVIEW
- VALUE: 100% (It was free!)
- BUILD: 100% (Nicely designed set, great display piece.)
- MINIFIGURES: 70% (Nice figs, loads of accessories, bad brick:fig)
- ENTERTAINMENT: 100% (Fun for AFOLs and KFOLs alike.)
- OVERALL SCORE: 93%
CHRISTMAS X-WING (4002019) REVIEW
The Christmas X-Wing was free, and you cannot beat a free LEGO® set. On top of that, this is the most substantial free set that I have ever received. It earns 100% in this category just for that. The set is not actually available for sale through official channels. However, based on a Star Wars set of a similar size that is currently available (Kylo Ren’s Shuttle – 75256), I estimate that the value of the Christmas X-wing is $159.99 CAD. At that price, each brick would cost $0.15. Similarly, after three hours of building (180 minutes), each minute of build time costs $0.89. That would translate to an overall value score of 77%. Sadly, if you want this set, it will probably cost you a lot more $159.99 though. Secondary market prices are already over $300 CAD.
The Christmas X-wing includes three builds. The first, and smallest, is a sleigh full of gifts for R2D2 to ride. Each of the presents in the sleigh contains a little gift for a well-behaved Minifigure. The sleigh is a nice little side-build. It has wheels built into the base, which allows it roll along nicely.
The second build is an igloo-like version of Yoda’s Hut. This build serves mostly as a stand to support the main build in the kit. However, there is a little bit of interior detail including shelves with some toys on them. The base supporting the igloo has a couple of evergreens on it as well.
Obviously, the main build is the Christmas X-wing. I cannot compare this set to existing X-wing sets because I have never built one. I don’t normally collect Star Wars sets for budget and storage reasons (though I do love Star Wars). This set looks like the images at LEGO.com from set 75218, albeit a different color scheme. The build for this Christmas version is clever. I am particularly impressed with the x-wing function. A little lever on the back section of the ship causes the wings to pop into x-formation. A knob on the bottom flips them back into a horizontal position when the ship lands. I love this set, and I cannot think of anything un-enjoyable about it.
The Christmas X-wing comes with two Minifigures and one R2D2 droid. One of the Minifigures is Yoda, who comes with stumpy legs. I usually do not like characters with these unbending legs. However, in this case, Yoda is supposed to be smaller that other characters. Additionally, Yoda is an alien, so the disproportionately long arms that bother me with child characters do not bother me so much in this case. I usually base my Minifigure design scores out of 15 points. In this case, I will disregard the points usually attributed to moving legs. I rate Yoda at 8/12 (67%) for design.
The other Minifigure is a “Yuletide Squadron Pilot”. He is basically Santa Claus dressed up as a X-wing pilot. He even has a sack full of toys. Santa comes with all the standard Minifigure parts, with the addition of a Sensei Wu beard from the Ninjago theme. He also has front and back torso printing, as well as front leg printing. He earns 12/15 (80%) for design.
Santa’s getting with this times this year.
In terms of accessories, there is R2D2. Santa also has the sack. Additionally, there are two evergreens, four gift-boxes with lids, a rubber duck, two golden mini-Minifigures, and two sets of roller skates. Finally, there are five ice picks in this kit, four of which are built into the X-wing, and one extra. The number of accessories included here easily brings the design score up to 100%.
In terms of the brick-to-fig ratio, I will count the two Minifigures as well as R2D2 since he is a character in the Star Wars franchise. Three figurines in a 1038 brick kit translates into the brick-to-fig ratio of 346:1. Sadly, that is not very good for a set of this size. That earns 40%. Averaging this score with the design score gives an overall Minifigure rating of 70%.
As an adult collector, I could not ask for a better collector’s item. While the set is seasonal, it makes a great Holiday display piece for any LEGO® and/or Star Wars fan. It is also a nice build. I cannot think of a reason not to give it 100% as an AFOL score. Similarly, I cannot think of a reason that kids would not like this. Even with the Christmas colors, it is still a great play set, and would look good in any X-wing squadron.
OVERALL SCORE: 93%
I love this set, and I am thrilled that the LEGO® Group sent it to me. As a free set, I can find very little wrong with it. My only complaint is a poor brick-to-fig ratio. As a retail set, this kit would have received a poorer score. I estimate the value rating at 77%, meaning that the overall score would have been 87%. I know the Christmas X-wing will be a sought-after set for hardcore collectors. However, it already looks like it will be a costly acquisition. It is a really fun set though. Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below, or shout out on social media.
Until next time,
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