When Revell revealed their line-up of model kits based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I knew I had to snap them all up, despite having no shelf space left to display them. The first wave of SnapTite kits include the Resistance X-Wing Fighter, Poe’s X-Wing Fighter, Millennium Falcon, and First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter.
Right out of the box, The SnapTite Resistance X-Wing Fighter has only 18 pre-painted plastic parts, ready for instant assembly. That’s right, there is no need to cut the parts out from the usual plastic sprues that hold the various pieces together, so no cutting tools required. The pieces snap together with beautiful precision and minimal gaps. According to the box, its for ages 6+, and will take 30 minutes to assemble. But for an adult geek like myself, it took me a mere 5 minutes to complete the kit! It’s hardly a model kit but more of a toy that you get to assemble, which isn’t a bad thing, considering how little time we have nowadays model building.
At its modest price tag of US$19.99, with beautiful paintwork, solid plastic mold, battery-operated sounds (with batteries included), it’s definitely value for money (compared with the Hasbro toys). The only thing is, the paintwork could have used some weathering effects for that added touch of realism. But that would have probably bumped up the pricing a little.
Here are the features of the model kit, that makes it more of a playable toy than just a display piece:
- The cockpit canopy can open and close. No pilot was included though.
- Three battle action sounds are activated by pressing down on the BB-8 droid.
- Hardy and solid plastic build across all pieces.
- The wings open into “Attack” mode.
- The front landing gear is retractable while the rear ones are removable.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the product, and would highly recommend it Star Wars geeks of all ages. Its simple and fun to assemble, and hardy enough for kids to play with. Impressive effort Revell, most impressive.
Wondering what the “battle action sounds” sound like? Here’s a video showcasing the 3 sound samples in the following order: blaster sounds, thrusters boosting, firing of proton torpedoes. Would have been nice if there was a 4th sound sample with BB-8’s droid sounds though, afterall, the sounds are activated by pressing on its head.