Imagine being the hottest of all hotshot pilots. You’re about to head into battle against a fleet of Imperial ships, Star Destroyers all the way down to Tie fighters. Wouldn’t it be a little nicer if you knew you would be flying one of the best bombers ever made, the B-Wing?
The strangest of all starfighters, the LEGO Star Wars 6208 B-Wing fighters were designed to take on capital-class warships and do enough damage to bring them down. Armed with proton torpedo or concussion missile launchers, a pair auto blasters, three ion cannons and a pair of laser cannons, this craft was the most heavily armed for its size. Released under the Classic Star Wars collection in 2002, the LEGO 6208 B-Wing Fighter set contains the B-Wing itself, the repair stand and two LEGO Star Wars minifigures (the B-Wing pilot and Ten Numb).
The B-Wing itself is an impressive build. Designed so that the pilot could turn the ship around the cockpit and pound away at larger ships from any angle, the B-Wing was a difficult ship to fly. Because it was difficult to fly and was slower than most conventional fighters, however, the B-Wing fighter needed an escort to keep enemy starfighters off its back. Bring the wings up to attack positions (like in an X-Wing) allows the pilot to pump even more fire out, but folding them down will allow you to avoid enemy fire and even slip through spaces other craft couldn’t hope to get through. The heavy strike fighters can lay waste to an Imperial base or hit an Imperial strike force and save innocent lives, depending on the mission that comes down from high command.
Also included in the set is the repair station that allows the B-Wing to dock while in the upright position. The yellow construct has ladders on either side for pilots or mechanisms to climb up to the fighter. The repair station also acts as a display stand for the B-Wing fighter.
Exclusive to this set, Ten Numb is a Sullustan pilot who flew a B-Wing against the Death Star in the Battle of Endor. Often confused with Nien Numb, who acted as Lando’s copilot while he flew the Millennium Flacon in that same battle, this is actually another famous Sullustan. The minifigure’s face reproduces the flaps that are one of the noticeable features of the species. Wearing a white flight suit and a flight helmet, this brave warrior is ready to face the long odds. The pilot is of a more basic design. Wearing the scrounged orange flight suit typical of the Rebel Alliance fighters. The white helmet and the generic smiling face make him just one of the many Alliance pilots.
While this set is the second release of the B-Wing fighter, the first was in the 7180 B-Wing at Rebel Control Center. With 435 pieces involved in the making of this set, it isn’t a slouch. Recommended for builders age 7 to 12 by the LEGO Company, this set is complicated enough to give even experienced builders many difficulties. The complex mechanisms that allow the body of the fighter to turn around the cockpit and allow the fighter wings to open and lock into place are difficult to construct and require lots of concentration. Despite this difficultly the set is very rewarding to build and amazing to play with when adding in other fighters or Imperial bases. Pilot the B-Wing to glory, but you’ve got to build it first!
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