Review: LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

Here is another LEGO Star Wars set that I didn’t expect much from, but really enjoyed the build. The primary reason behind purchasing it was the minifigs, but I’m glad I have an X-Wing now so I can compare the scale to the UCS Millennium Falcon once I get that built.

So let’s take a look at set #9493: X-wing Starfighter.

It comes across as a fairly large set based on the box size alone:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

For a box of this size, I expected the tape seals, not push tabs:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

What you get when you open it up: 5 bags, a sticker sheet, and the manual:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

Here is everything all put together, including spare parts:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

Here is the new R5-D8 minifig:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

The coloring is nice, and it’s cool to see LEGO use this head shape in a few minifigs this season:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

From the back… surprised they still won’t do back-printing on astromech droids:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

Another R2-D2 is included in this set. A comparison:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

They provide two X-Wing pilots: Luke Skywalker and new minifig: Jek Porkins. I like Jek’s helment a lot. His face is surprisingly unique compared to other X-Wing pilot minifigs. It’s a nice touch that if you get two X-Wing sets, you can have two pilot/droid combos.
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

The faces:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

The sticker sheet, which I won’t bother applying. These stickers could be used on a variety of sets or MOCs:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

Always interesting to see how colorful the inner frame of sets can be. This is one of the MANY techniques LEGO has used to make the building process easier. Greater differentiation in color makes it easier to find parts and ensure they are in the right place as you read through the manual:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

Here is the mechanism that let’s you open up the wings:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

Very clever system:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

The completed X-Wing. It’s a nice size, and a nice likeness to the ship:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

With wings open:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

Rubber bands are used as part of the mechanism that opens and closes the wings:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

In minifig scale:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

You can see where those stickers would go in the round engine areas:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

Luke and R2 in the X-Wing:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

Jek pilots the ship:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

A closeup:
LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493

All in all, a fun build!

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  • Wesmantooth

    I bought this one for the same reasons! Good show!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! Fun set, can’t wait to see it next to the UCS Falcon.

  • Nathaniel

    I can’t wait to get that set I toataly

    • Anonymous

      Thanks. I still need to get the new Y-Wing.