Ratings and Reviews for 6208-1: B-wing Fighter

6208-1: B-wing Fighter

Overall Score

7.50
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 8.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 9.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 9.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 9.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 8.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 5.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 5.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 7.00
Review from: comicblast
Reviewed on: Sep 1, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

My first impression of the 7180 B-Wing at Rebel Control Center was something along the lines of “cool” and “old” and “where did that come from”, all at about the same time. Previously, I hadn’t really heard of a B-Wing and known its functions in the Star Wars storyline. 

In addition to not being as well known as other Star Wars vehicles like infamous TIE Fighters or the heroic X-Wings, this set was old. And by old, I mean just one year younger than me, which if you think about it, is a really, really long time.

I received this set recently as a gift in used condition along with several other older Star Wars sets. After putting together all the sets, I came across a dilemma: There was no stand for the B-Wing. Unlike the X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and Y-Wing, the B-Wing can’t really stand up on its own, except in a very “pancake-like” shape. 

After doing a little Google-ing, I came to my senses and looked on the BrickPicker 7180 page, and did a quick skim of the pictures. Fortunately, one of the pictures includes a picture of a stand. Though it isn’t the most creative looking stand, it was good enough for me.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

Enclosed is a list of pieces that are seldom seen in recent sets, or are not found in many sets:

 

1.) Bright Blue Plate 2x2 Angle http://brickset.com/search/?part=395623 

This pieces is primarily used for sideways building and is found on the rear of the B-Wing. The pieces are used to hold the engines behind the cargo hold (largest compartment of the B-Wing). This piece is also sometimes used for chairs, though it does lack studs on the “seat” portion of the piece. In addition, this piece is found in 12 sets, from 1997-2010, most noteably the 10199 Winter VIllage Toy Shop.

 

2.) Roof Tile 4x6 45 Degrees http://brickset.com/parts/?part=4129578

This piece is unique to this set (in this particular color), and is located on the cargo compartment of the B-Wing. It makes up approximately half of the ceiling, but is partially covered by decorative flat tiles. This set is a combination of normal 2x2 sloped roof pieces and blocks, and is very useful for constructing a roof over a space or opening.

 

3.) Tr. Brown Cockpit 19 Degrees Bowed http://brickset.com/search/?part=4129574 http://brickset.com/search/?part=4262614

This piece is found in 13 different sets, though Brickset has two different entries for identical pieces. This windshield is found in the cockpit portion of the B-Wing. The piece is connected to a 1x2 hinge that allows for easy entrance and exit of the cockpit. 

 

4.) Dark Green Brick 1x2 With Cross Hole http://brickset.com/search/?part=4113840

This piece is found in 6 other sets that were made between 1998 and 2001. Though the molding of this piece is not an uncommon sight to a collector, this piece comes in a very rarely seen color. This piece is located directly behind the head of the pilot in the cockpit, and is used as one of the receiving ends of a Technic axle that allows the cockpit to always be “right side up” and swing on the axle.

 

5.) R5-D4 http://brickset.com/minifigs/?m=sw029 

R5-D4 is found in 7 sets that were released from 1999 to 2007, a very long time for a minifigure not to be updated. This minifigure uses the same mold as other astromech droids, and has 4 pieces: head, left leg, right leg, and body. 

 

6.) Rebel Pilot B-Wing http://brickset.com/minifigs/?m=sw032 

The Rebel Pilot B-Wing minifigure is both unique and common. Though this particular variant of the minifigure is unique to this set, similar decals and design are found in other minifigures including the A-Wing Pilot from the 7134 A-Wing Fighter, with whom this set was released alongside. 

 

7.) Rebel Technician http://brickset.com/minifigs/?m=sw034 

This minifigure is found in 3 sets, released between 1999 and 2002. Though he plays a very minor role in the movies, he is crucial to the functions of all fighters of the Rebel Alliance. Since this minifigure, only one other set has sported a Rebel Technician, that being the 6207 A-Wing Fighter which was released in 2006, but has a completely different outfit, and comes in “flesh-color”.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

This set was relatively easy to build, and is probably buildable by most 7 year olds. It does use some very cool building techniques including sideways building, and cockpit construction, where a Technic axle is used to keep the cockpit upright at all times. 

At one point, I was a bit confused during the construction of the “wings” of the B-Wing. Since they are constructed using near identical design, I had the wings confused, but after a few steps, everything was cleared up.

This set is very playable. The B-Wing ship weighs only about 7.4 ounces, which makes it very easy to play with and “fly” around for children. Though when broken, the wing pieces can get mixed up, it generally breaks into fairly large and easy to reassemble parts, which is very nice, and will survive multiple re-enactments of a space battle.  

Unlike many more recent LEGO Star Wars sets, this set does lack a force to fight, which does minimize some of the play factors of this set. This set is still a great set to add to a battle, even as a standalone play ship.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 9

Upon release, the 7180 B-Wing at Rebel Control Center sold for $29.99, giving it a Price Per Piece ratio of ~$0.09. This is on the lower end of PPP ratios amongst other sets released in 2000:

Set Name and Number MSRP - USD Price Per Piece Ratio USD - NEW

7124 Flash Speeder

$9.99

$0.09

7115 Gungan Patrol

$9.99 $0.13
7134 A-Wing Fighter $14.99 $0.12

7144 Slave I

$19.99 $0.12

7155 Trade Federation AAT

$19.99 $0.13

7159 Star Wars Bucket

$24.99 $0.09

7180 B-Wing at Rebel Control Center

$29.99 $0.09

7184 Trade Federation MTT

$49.99 $0.11

7190 Millennium Falcon

$99.99 $0.15

7181 TIE Interceptor

$99.99 $0.14

7191 X-Wing FIghter

$149.99 $0.12

In comparison with majority of the Star Wars sets released in 2000, the 7180 set has is tied with several other sets for lowest Price Per Piece ratio, a sign of a pretty decent value in NEW condition.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 8

LEGO Star Wars was the first licensed theme ever made into an official product, and was introduced when TLG was going bankrupt. LEGO soon found that licensed themes could sell for much more than the generic Space theme, or Western theme, thus introducing Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and several other lines. Though there were some flop themes, like Prince of Persia and Toy Story, Star Wars remained fairly strong up until about 2010 where majority of sets were becoming remade, reducing value in older sets, but on the bright side, allowed customers to purchase sets that were long gone from “big-box retailers”. 

Currently, Star Wars is still among the top 5 or so themes of LEGO products, alongside LEGO City and the new LEGO Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit sets, but is on a decline, and most likely will continue to do so until Episodes 7-9 of the Star Wars saga are released in a few years.

However, when this set was introduced, way back in 2000, Star Wars was rapidly growing in popularity and recognizability, making many of the sets released in 1999-2001 highly collectible in present day, including 7181 TIE Interceptor and 7191 X-Wing Fighter.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

The 7180 B-Wing was released in only the USA, to my knowledge, but was exclusive to no particular store. Most sets released in the sub-$30 range are widely available at many LEGO retailers, whether they be large or small.

This set was bought widely enough to have around 13 sets sold per month on eBay in NEW and USED condition, and 20 sold on BrickLink in the last 6 months.

PACKAGING | Score: 8

This set is 11.25 x 11.25 x 2.25 inches, a dimension that is seldom used in more recent sets. Unlike many sets released recently, this set does not include the mandatory Star Wars logo that is made up by Star Wars annually. Instead, it sports a LEGO Star Wars logo, which I personally prefer. 

On the packaging, there are very few eye-catching features, the LEGO logo probably being the most prominent. The special effects that were used in the background of the box are slightly out of place with LEGO bricks, but still looks decent. 

A nice touch by LEGO is a small snapshot of the Rebel Control Center with the Rebel Technician, that is located between two wings of the B-Wing which are in a 90 degree position. That transition was done very nicely.

Common among many of the 1999-2000 Star Wars sets is a picture of a hangar that is not made out of LEGO bricks. The Control Center is located in this hangar. Parts of the hangar can also be found in the 7150 TIE Fighter & Y-Wing instructions manual.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 5

Because this set has been retired so long ago, we don’t see very much change in its value in the first wave of appreciation, or primary investment gains, as I like to put it. Instead, there is a possibility of secondary investment gains, or gains in the value of a set after it has “plateaued”. Secondary investment gains can be caused by a variety of reasons, such as re-kindled interest in a certain theme or character, or general attention towards the set.  

In recent months, the B-Wing vehicle has had lots of attention, primarily because of its fairly newly acquired UCS status, as well as the unheard-of 50% discount of the UCS version on May 4th-5th

The 7180 B-Wing at Rebel Control Center set most likely won’t have a wave of secondary investment gains because there is one more recent version of the B-Wing, the 6208 B-Wing Fighter, as well as the 10227 UCS B-Wing Starfighter and the 75010 B-Wing Starfighter & Endor Planet set. 

There is a small possibility of growth however. The 6208 B-Wing Fighter has commands a price of $80.60 accord to July USA BrickPicker data. Let’s look at a small comparison between different eBay marketplaces and BrickLink.

Marketplace Value of 7180 B-Wing - July 2013- USD Value of 6208 B-Wing - July 2013 - USD
eBay USA $49.80 $80.60

eBay UK

~$47.00 ~141.71
eBay Australia N/A ~$91.08
eBay EU ~$90.00 ~89.40
BrickLink $60.00 N/A

In all markets, with the exception of the eBay EU marketplace, the more recent B-Wing set has sold for amounts very significant, nearly triple the price, in the eBay UK marketplace. If enough consumers saw it acceptable to buy the older version of the B-Wing, rather than the newer thus saving them significant amounts in certain marketplaces, then the demand of the 7180 B-Wing would increase. 

Would the value of the 7180 B-Wing surpass that of the 6208 B-Wing? Probably not, as the models are similar enough that having a newer version is more desirable at the same price, rather than an older version.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 7

This set is not a great display set, as it isn’t very eye-catching in appearance. In addition, this set does not come with a structure to support the B-Wing in any form other than in flat-pancake form, as previously discussed in this review.

Constructing a simple display/structure to hold the B-Wing does increase the desirability of the 7180 B-Wing as a display. Below are the directions to building the display that I created for my B-Wing. The display is basically modeled off one of the pictures in the BrickPicker page for the 7180 B-Wing.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7

This set has received a 7/10 for a variety of reasons…

Pros:

  • Designed well
  • Durable
  • Star Wars is a very popular theme
  • A good amount of moving parts to customize the look of the ship

Cons:

  • No stand
  • Old, so there is a low chance of change in value