I finished assembling the M-king kits for the goody bag. I also uploaded the parts list and instructions for Jon Palmer’s M-wing Starfighter to the site. There are also instructions and a parts list for the Version 2.0 upgrade if you’re interested. Bothcon attendees take note: no instructions will be provided in the goody bag, you’ll have to get the instructions here.
Archive for June, 2011
Jon Palmer introduced the M-wing to the community back in 2003 and since then it’s been reimagined by a few members of the AFOL community. And rather than throw a lot of text at you, I’ll just shut up and put up some linked pictures. Enjoy!
Don Solo’s Custom M-wing
Ryan Wood’s Agents M-wing
Repoort’s Neo Classic Space M-wing
Fazoom’s PCS M-wing
Malravion’s Custom M-wing
Sometime after Jon Palmer unleashed his M-wing onto the world, he upgraded his original and called it the MXL, pictured above. My jaw dropped when I first saw it. It’s still impressive by today’s standards. No instructions were ever made and unlike some of his other alphabet fighter projects, this was never offered for sale. Fast forward to the beginning of May and I took it upon myself to try reverse engineer the beast.
I am obsessed with the M-wing. When I bought my first kit from Jon Palmer way back when, I had no idea what I was in store for. I became absolutely consumed with making more and more and eventually assembling a fleet of 20 ships. 15 of those ships will soon be in the hands of Bothcon attendees. The originals were made back in 2003 using old grays, so I wanted to see if and how it can be updated using bluish grays. Don had already done something similar with his version that he made a few years ago. So I admittedly took a lot of design cues from him to come up with Version 2.0.
This is a little out of the ordinary as far as reviews go, and I guess the same could be said for the ship itself… What we have here is a slice of AFOL history that we’ve brought back into the spotlight. I was still in a grey-age when this first appeared so I’m quite happy to finally get my own copy in the original burnt orange color scheme.
It’s strange how a LEGO set can give away the entire purpose of a movie before you’ve seen it. Apparently, they’re all looking for the Fountain of youth. Of course, if you’ve seen the movie, you know it looks absolutely nothing like what you see in the set. The question is, is what you get worth $20?
Here’s a translation courtesy of Babel Fish:
Ready the attack! The Imperial troops discovered and prepare to attack the secret Rebel base on the ice planet Hoth. Han Solo, Chewbacca and Princess Leia are ready to defend the base, while Luke Skywalker is treated in the Bacta tank by the medical droid 2-1B. Also includes R-3PO and two Snowtrooper minifigures, base with Tauntaun stable and Tauntaun, functioning crane, two radar dishes,
case of iceice trap (thanks Oky Wan Kenobi) and Speeder Bike.
The box says limited edition, so it’ll probably be an exclusive. It’s a step above anything we’ve gotten before, but I still wish it had an Ion Cannon. I mean, COME ON!
The summer Star Wars assortment is now available for purchase through Shop@Home IF you live in Belgium, Denmark, and a few other select European nations. Not sure why all of Europe isn’t included yet, but it may just be a bit of a programming delay. Hopefully the US won’t be far behind.
- 7956 Ewok Attack €27.99
- 7957 Sith Nightspeeder €27.99
- 7959 Geonosian Starfighter €39.99
- 7961 Darth Maul’s Sith Infiltrator €74.99
- 7962 Anakin’s and Sebulba’s Podracers €99.99
- 7964 Republic Frigate €129.99
- 7965 Millennium Falcon €149.99
Thanks to Peter for the news.