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Today we will be looking at the LEGO Rebel A-Wing Pilot Polybag set 5004408. This set came out in 2016, has 5 pieces and was designed for people 6 and up.
Toys R Us gave this set away for free, when you purchased selected LEGO Star Wars products. However, I picked mine up in 2018, when I saw it for 1.98 while buying the LEGO Batman Series 2 Minifigures. So, I’m not sure how effective this free giveaway was.
The figure is based on the Phoenix Squadron pilots from the animated Star Wars Rebels cartoon series. LEGO did an amazing job matching the printing on the minifigure with the cartoon characters. Especially with that helmet piece, which is my favorite part.
From the decorative symbols on top to the devices across the bottom, this piece took every detail into consideration. They even put a microphone across the inside lip. To add a little extra background to the character, we can see 6 TIE fighters painted on the back of the helmet, letting us know this flying ace has 6 kills under his belt.
Flying a fighter in the void of space requires life support to be built into your suit and LEGO did not miss this detail. You can see the electrical device tucked into a vest worn over the flightsuit, which continues onto the back of the torso piece.
The head piece has two facial expressions. The main face has the visor painted onto it. While this loses the 3D look of an actual visor, it does add more detail to the face that would be lost by using a translucent plastic piece. The second expression is more neutral in appearance and does not have a visor.
He does come with a single blaster, which is good since he is missing his A-Wing Fighter and needs some way to defend himself.
That leads me to my only complaint about this set. While the figure by itself is amazing, why do we need an A-Wing Pilot without an A-Wing fighter. With so many minor characters like Major Bren Derlin or as you may know him John Ratzenberger who have become major parts of the Star Wars mythology and so many alien species that literally take an encyclopedia to list, why did LEGO feel the need to create a generic A-Wing pilot?