I’ve always had a fondness for the smaller LEGO Star Wars ships. Sure, the monster sets like the 7,500 piece Millennium Falcon get all the attention. But if you want a LEGO set that is slightly smaller than your coffee table, packaging a couple rare minifigures and tons of playability at a price you can actually afford, then the smaller LEGO ships may be perfectly suited for you.
The Resistance A-Wing Starfighter is a great example of this. With 269 parts, it retails for just $29.99 USD. (And I picked mine up on sale at Target for an additional 25% off.) It comes with all the standard features you’d expect from a LEGO Star Wars ship – two minifigures (Snap Wexley and Lieutenant Connix), an opening cockpit, retractable landing gear, spring-loaded shooters, and adjustable wingtip cannons. Also featuring a sharp green and white design and tons of stickers, the Resistance A-Wing Starfighter is a great addition to any LEGO Star Wars collection.
The box art shows Snap Wexley flying his A-Wing in orbit with engines firing, cannons blasting, and spring-loaded shooters shooting.
The rear of the box gives a better look at the engine design, featuring two transparent yellow round bricks. Snap Wexley has landed his fighter and joined up with Lieutenant Connix, while an insert photo shows how to launch the spring-loaded shooters.
Inside the box, the set comes with three bags. White and grey are the dominant colors here, with surprisingly little green considering its prominence in the design. The Snap Wexley minifigure is in bag 1, while the Lieutenant Connix minifigure is in bag 3.
The set includes a small instruction book and a large number of stickers. The stickers always make me nervous, especially the longer stickers with contrasting colors (such as green that will be placed on white bricks). Fortunately the stickers placed easily, but I’m also very meticulous about my sticker placement, so I did take my time to get it right.
If you’ve ever watched a J.J. Abrams movie or television show, then you’ve probably seen Greg Grunberg before. He’s Abrams’ childhood friend and always plays a minor role in his productions. He played the pilot of Oceanic Flight 815 on Lost, the voice of Jim Kirk’s step-father on Star Trek, and sidekick agent Eric Weiss on Alias.
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Grunberg plays Snap Wexley, an ace pilot who helps plan and then execute the attack on Starkiller Base, flying an X-Wing fighter alongside Poe Dameron in the climatic battle of the movie. Wexley was absent in The Last Jedi, which is fortunate because he probably would have been unceremoniously killed off by director Rian Johnson along with the rest of the cast. (RIP, Admiral Ackbar. You deserved better.)
Wexley returns in The Rise of Skywalker, and while his role is unknown at this point (I’m writing this the day before the movie releases, and even if I had seen the movie, I wouldn’t spoil it), LEGO has packaged Wexley as the pilot of an A-Wing fighter. He’s wearing his orange flight suit from The Force Awakens, perfectly recreated down to the white vest, grey belt, life support system, and even the Resistance logo on the vest. He comes with a white helmet with black and blue detailing and a really cool transparent yellow visor.
Lieutenant Connix is a Resistance officer played by Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, She helps coordinate communications during the attack on Starkiller Base in The Force Awakens, and is miraculously one of about three characters to survive The Last Jedi. Presumably she returns once again to continue fighting the good fight in The Rise of Skywalker.
This is the first time Lieutenant Connix appears in a LEGO set. Her outfit is different than what we see in the first two movies, so perhaps it’s based on her appearance in The Rise of Skywalker. She comes with tan pants and a light yellow jacket and a hairpiece that more closely resembles her appearance in the movies.
The first bag builds the base of the A-Wing. The basic shape starts to take place, including the cockpit, friction clips for attaching the landing gear, and the first two stickers for adding detail to the front.
Bag 2 continues to build out the top of the fighter. Parts are put in place in front of the cockpit to launch the spring-loaded shooters underneath of the ship. The rear of the ship is attached on using Technic bricks and pins.
The third bag completes the build by adding the landing gear, completing the cockpit, and attaching the two engines to the rear of the ship. Adjustable cannons are mounted on both sides of the ship.
The first LEGO A-wing was a rather clunky-looking set released all the way back in 2000. It’s been a popular theme in the last few years, with at least eight different designs released since 2013, including a microsize polybag version, a magazine gift version, and a LEGO juniors version.
The new Resistance A-Wing Starfighter is one of the best of the group in my opinion, thanks to the sharp-looking green accent color and the generous use of stickers. And if you’re a fan of the side characters in the Star Wars saga (like me, who grew up having to play as Wedge Antilles because I wasn’t cool enough to be Han Solo or Luke Skywalker), then you get not one but two beautifully detailed minifigures in this set with both Snap Wexley and Lieutenant Connix.
In many ways this is a close match to the 2017 design. The colors are new but key design features like the landing gear, the engines, and the side cannons are relatively the same. But it works in the overall design, and the subtle changes between this A-wing and the most recent comparable version, the 2017 A-Wing Starfighter, are improvements that give the new version the edge.
The 2019 Resistance A-Wing Starfighter model is $10 USD cheaper and nearly 90 parts smaller than its 2017 predecessor. But that’s also an improvement, in my opinion. The 2017 version had a lot of “stuff” that came with the set, including a utility cart and ladder for servicing the ship. These kinds of accessories were never a necessary part of the build and would only end up lost in the bottom of my LEGO box. Just give me the ship and a lower price point and I’ll be a happy LEGO fan.
My one criticism is that the cockpit is rather sparse. There are no flight controls, so Snap just kind of has to sit back and relax like he’s going to take a nap. (Given the generally cool, laid-back persona played by Greg Grunberg characters in J.J. Abrams movies, this wouldn’t surprise me all that much.) Another nit-picky criticism is that there are no studs in the cockpit to snap Snap into place. Undoubtedly he is going to start rolling around inside that cockpit when he starts doing barrel rolls in my basement.
My final verdict, however, is that the Resistance A-Wing Starfighter is a great design and ranks up there with one of my favorite smaller-sized LEGO Star Wars ships. It’s perfectly suited for both young and old Star Wars fans alike. I have to wait two more days to see the new movie, but I’m looking forward to finding out what role Snap Wexley, Lieutenant Connix, and the green A-Wing Starfighter play in defeating the evil First Order.