Released June, 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on June 16, 2004
instead of new molds, Hasbro's 2004 Star Wars brand has a lot of repackaged and recolored items, like this X-wing Fighter. Created from the same style we first saw nearly 30 years ago,
The set includes one vehicle.
This variant of the X-wing Fighter is, surprisingly, different than previous editions. While it uses the same basic mold, changes were made to it and it has new coloring and new labels.
So, what's new?
The paint, labels, and plastic are all new. While the deco is extremely similar to that of the 1995 X-wing Fighter, this version has different levels of soot, dirt, and grime in similar colors and patterns. The stickers are entirely new, and in many cases, improved. They are quite vibrant, and this is one thing that sets this apart from the many previous X-wing toys. The plastic has dark specs embedded within, so it's not like the flat grey of the 1995 release but rather more like the recent larger X-wings. The plastic is just as sturdy as it always was, though, which is great to see.
The electronics have been entirely removed and there's no battery compartment to enter anymore. While it would have been nice to see it converted to a weapon storage bin, I honestly wasn't expecting much from a $19.99 ship that used to be $29.99.
Weapons & Features
The vehicle has an opening canopy and moving wings.
The rest of this toy is just how you remember it, from the awkward, unpainted canopy to the awkward, poorly sculpted R2-D2 button. Figures have no problems entering the vehicle, which is once again modeled after the Red 5 X-wing of Luke Skywalker. It's a good reissue of a good toy, but it falls short of greatness for a few reasons (see below.)
While completely new, the box is totally devoid of graphics on the front save for the insert and logo. As such, many have commented how it is strikingly similar to old-fashioned Halloween costume boxes.
The back of the box is easily more interesting than the front, and the collages on the sides and top are also quite striking. Like its sister vehicle the TIE Fighter, these ships aren't well-suited to these window boxes for display purposes, and a normal, enclosed box would probably be much more interesting visually. However, it does get you a good look at the toy and will easily let you know what it is you're getting in to.
While not yet widely available, it is showing up online and is expected in stores soon.
It seems odd Hasbro made new labels, something that would go largely unnoticed, and opted not to make other changes. Painting the glass on the cockpit would really make this piece look awesome, as would upgrading the R2-D2 button that activates the s-foils. What we have here isn't really a rehash, and isn't really an upgrade, but is rather a new version of something you may not have needed another.
Since 1995, Hasbro has released a regular Electronic X-wing, a Power FX X-wing, a Dagobah X-wing, Red Leader's X-wing, and now this X-wing. Seeing as this is out of scale with the previous three releases and sports no special features, you might wonder just why the heck you need it. As a kid's toy, it works, but as a collector's item, it doesn't just because it's nothing new or special. If you're looking to flesh out dioramas, or for something to customize, this is an awesome piece. I know I plan on trying to "upgrade" one if they ever hit clearance. If you're a loose collector, though, and are looking to cut corners, it should be said this is a piece you can miss.
Our sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in April 2004.