Black Series, 2015
Appears in: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi
Given how the Prequels showed us a steady evolution towards the ships of the Original Trilogy you would have been forgiven for thinking that the Episode VII spacecraft would take a similar stylistic leap forward. Thankfully that isn’t the case, as JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm recognised the value of retaining the iconic X-Wing and TIE Fighter designs with only minor tweaks.
The new designs look good and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them in action. You really can’t beat a classic though, and so despite the choice of several Resistance and First Order vehicles, my first Titanium Series purchase was the Black Series X-Wing Fighter: Red Five edition.
The Titanium Series is new to me as I grew up with Micro Machines and Action Fleet as my micro-vehicle lines of choice. Scale-wise this sits somewhere in the middle of the X-Wings from those series, coming in at about 2” long and 1.5” wide. It’s a small model, but the attention to detail is absolutely fantastic.
Engraved panel lines run along the fuselage and the wings, whilst the paint job is superb for the size. On the fuselage the red sections look chipped and war-worn whilst the yellow nose stripe is right where it should be. The paint on the wings is less textured but everything is still in its right place, including the two grey candy stripes on the wing cannons. R2-D2’s dome is bright blue with no other details but then the astromech is so tiny that it’s to be expected. This is a pocket money toy after all…
The two main sections of the fuselage are die-cast metal whilst the wings and functional pieces are plastic. What functional pieces exactly? With the X-Wing we get:
- Opening S-foils
- Retractable landing gear
- Opening cockpit
- Clear display stand
The landing gear and cockpit are difficult to prize open if you have no nails like myself; I found a flat-head miniature screwdriver did the trick quite nicely though. It’s good basic functionality for the toy to have and puts me in mind once again of the Action Fleet X-Wing.
The stand helps with that impression as well. It’s a very basic piece but it holds the ship securely, looks tidy and gives you the option to display the X-Wing in full flight.
The biggest problem with the X-Wing is that the plastic parts feel soft. I worry about opening the cockpit and landing gear as it feels like I might bend them out of shape, or worse still snap a part off. Meanwhile the wings are ever so slightly warped which means that they don’t stay completely flush when closed. These are minor quibbles as I’m not planning to put the X-Wing through too rigorous of a campaign, but I could see an unlucky kid breaking theirs within ten minutes of getting it out of the box.
Overall the Titanium Series X-Wing Fighter is a well-made toy, looking precisely the part and containing some cool features. As a photography subject, a desk display piece or even just something to fly around the sofa whilst watching Netflix, you’re not going to find much better for £6.00.