San Diego Comic Con 2020 Hot Wheels The Empire Strikes Back X-Wing Dagobah swamp review

Yesterday, I looked at the first of several San Diego Comic Con 2020 (at home) exclusives from Avengers: Endgame. Today, I’m looking at one from another of my favorite movies, The Empire Strikes Back with the Hot Wheels X-Wing Dagobah set.

This is based on the iconic moment when Yoda proves the Force is not based on size and is more of a matter of simply getting it done. The scene features some of the more memorable dialogue in the entire saga with Luke learning why he failed. Let’s see if that’s the case with this set.

Packaging: The base packaging is nice with a classy black and silver color scheme. Be careful if you’re interested in preserving this packaging as it soaks up oils from fingerprints very easily.

Inside you’ll find one of the cooler package setups in a long time. The X-Wing is positioned in the middle with a die-cut of Yoda, Luke and R2-D2 viewing it in the swamp.

The right side features Yoda’s “do or do not” quote. On the left side there’s a lever you can use to actually raise the X-Wing. I can’t imagine getting tired of that feature.

The rear features a good summary of Luke’s journey to Dagobah and eventual departure to Bespin to save his friends.

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Likeness: If you’re like me you’re going to want to very carefully take your time removing the tape along the package and unfold the tabs. Mattel set this up in a way that you can tab it back together assuming you don’t start ripping it apart.

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Once you’re inside you can better appreciate the plastic base used to simulate the murky Dagobah swamp. There’s a platform to keep the base elevated. You could remove the swamp base if you’d like, but that’s not going to be reusable.

Unless you create your own diorama, I’d recommend just keeping it on. It looks better than cheap plastic and Mattel added some paint and some wash to the ridges so it looks good.

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Now for the X-Wing itself. It looks a mess…in a spectacular way. It’s covered with swamp weed and ready for a steam bath. The weed is strung out and not just clumped on like one big mass.

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As for the rest of it the detail is tremendous. The sculpted elements are extremely well done with all the paneling, seams and engines getting as impressive detailing as I’d expect at this scale.

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Paint: Some of the grime is not just from the swamp weed sculpt — some of it is from a quality airbrushing of the green black.

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The X-Wing has good paint details beyond that with some wear and tear with maybe a little rust (?) with a dirty brown.

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The red and blue are sharp and stand out even against the dingy white of the X-Wing. The paint work here is really stunning throughout and a major selling point.

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Worth It? Is this set worth $25? Thanks to the action feature, the packaging that completes the moment and amazing paint job, as a Hot Wheels collector, I’d be happy with that price for an exclusive done at this quality.

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Rating: 10 out of 10

This is a really nice showpiece set and one you’re probably going to have a lot of fun playing with elevating the X-Wing to show Luke that size matters not.

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Where to Get It? That’s the catch. Mattel Creations launched this on its site July 23 on its Instagram and it promptly sold out. Given the amount of eBay auctions for double and triple the price it’s not a big leap to guess that a lot of these went to folks trying to flip a quick buck instead of legit collectors. Hopefully when Mattel Creations has its official launch next month this will be back up for other collectors to get a second chance.

*A very special thank you to Mattel Creations for providing this set for review.*

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