Each Christmas, The LEGO Group give their employees all over the world a special gift set. Since this year is the 20th anniversary of LEGO® Star Wars, it seems they have decided to incorporate the theme by designing a Yuletide X-Wing complete with R2-D2 sleigh and Yoda's igloo. The problem with employee sets is that they are are not released for purchase although inevitably a large amount seem to find their way to the secondary marketplaces.
Recognised LEGO Fan Media (like us!) are lucky enough to also receive one and so we thought we would take a look at this exclusive set with the aim of reassuring you that if you want to build it, that is almost entirely possible thanks to the scarcity of exclusive elements in it.
In the Box
The box is suitably festive, with the Yuletide X-Wing flying over a frozen landscape. Note it is also marked with the Star Wars 20 Years celebration graphic contained within a Christmas bauble.
The instruction booklets have some fun little quirks inside like the Yuletide Squadron Pilot appearing randomly dangling upside down, and a progress line of candy cane stripes that extends as you complete the model.
New ElementsThere are no new moulds in this set but there is one recolour and new prints for the torso and legs of the Yuletide Squadron Pilot.
The Dark Green sack appears with a printed dollar sign in the 71026 DC Comics Collectable minifigure series, held by Cheetah (Prisilla Rich), but the unprinted version is exclusive to this set thus far. If you're purist you could consider removing the printing however, such as by rubbing with Brasso.
New Printed Elements
The head (6077870) has been used previously for Obi-Wan Kenobi in a handful of sets including 75159 UCS Death Star in 2016. The Flying Helmet in White (6152273|30171) has been in at least nine other sets, the most recent being released in 2017 while the attached visor in Transparent Red (4569898|2447) is a common element.
- Box 2x2 in Flame Yellowish Orange/ Bright Light Orange (6279767|59121) appears in three other sets that are recent releases, from late 2019: 40361 Olaf's Traveling Sleigh, 41166 Elsa and the Reindeer Carriage and 41167 Arendelle Castle. This element is actually the same element that was supplied with the Birthday Party Boy in Series 18 Collectible Minifigures in 2018 but his version was red with a blue striped pattern.
- T-Beam W. Plate 1X2 W. Tube in Bright Yellow/ Yellow (6247387|32530) has only appeared in one previous set, also from 2019: 60222 Snow Groomer. It contains four but only one is required in the Yuletide X-wing and it is not even visible in the final model as it hides inside the nose.
- Plate 1X3 W/ 2 Knobs in Bright Yellow (6228602|34103) has only appeared in two previous sets: 21311 Voltron from 2018, and 60203 Ski Resort released in September 2019. Again, it is used internally and it is completely unseen in the final model so there is no need to use this particular colour unless you are very committed to matching all the elements.
- Bow Window with Spokes in White (6173064|20309) has appeared in three different sets, most notably 75218 X-wing Starfighter which used 12 of this element in its construction.
- Plate 3x3 in Bright Red (6217123|11212) has appeared in five sets across 2018 and 2019, including the two required for Speed Champions set 75886 Ferrari 488 GT3 Scuderia Corsa.
Our favourite droid is playing the part of either a reindeer or the sleigh-driver with this fun little gift distribution system. The underside uses small wheels to ensure that it can travel on smooth surfaces to deliver the presents – when it is not flying, of course.
Two of the boxes contain gifts - Mini Figure Trophy in Warm Gold/ Pearl Gold (6138682|90398) and Roller Skate in Cool Silver, Drum Lacquered/ Metallic Silver (6215447|18747) and there's one spare of each gift if you want to add more immediately... although, later in the instructions, Master Elf Yoda has other ideas.
The R2-D2 minifigure is not new and is made up of: Head (6150296), Body (6055181) and Legs (6278499). It is the same as was found in numerous sets in the past including 75228 Escape Pod vs. Dewback Microfighter and 75257 Millennium Falcon from 2019.
Yoda Igloo Workshop
No, actually it is a nice stand for your completed X-Wing to rest upon in a swooshably angled, Christmas present attack position. But let's step back a moment and actually build that X-Wing!
The cockpit and wing mechanism are the first parts to be built. You can see that T-Beam W. Plate 1X2 W. Tube in Bright Yellow in position at the front of the cockpit section, where any colour could be used with no visible difference in the final model.
The nose section uses the same angled construction as the previous X-wing from 2018 with a central Technic support. As mentioned the use of Plate 1X3 W/ 2 Knobs in Bright Yellow is not important as any colour would work.
The nose section continues the Warm Gold, Bright Red and White theme and on either side of the hull, Technic axles are positioned to allow the wings to be slotted into place.
You can just see the 1x1 plate with lamp holder in White under the long Red sloped elements and this is where the presents can be attached to gift-bomb those children on the 'good list'.
The hand in the instructions is not to scale!
Essentially, the X-wing itself is similar to 75218 X-wing Starfighter but in Christmas colours with a few wing and accessory changes. The wing-opening mechanism in the Yuletide X-Wing is simple but effective.
ConclusionIm sure anyone who is a LEGO employee will be very happy with their free gift from the company. Unfortunately a lot of LEGO fans and Star Wars fans in general will be less enthused, as this great set is extremely limited in its release.
I am not a huge Star Wars fan personally but I thought this festive build was a fun, whimsical take on a Star Wars icon. The igloo was an interesting combination of a clever stand and a knowing nod to Ole Kirk's workshop. The fact that the presents can be dropped from the X-Wing by flicking them off their single-stud attachments suggests playability, although I'm not sure how many of these sets will make it into the hands of children!
If you can't afford to buy a brand new one to store in your attic in a pristine condition then I think it is best just to forget about the exclusive Yuletide Squadron Pilot minifigure and green sack, and build the rest of the set anyway.
Download Instructions for 4002019 Christmas X-Wing
Thanks to our 'Vibrant Coral' patrons: Iain Adams, Ryan Welles, Chris Cook, London AFOLs, Gerald Lasser, Big B Bricks, Dave Schefcik, David and Breda Fennell, Huw Millington, Neil Crosby, Antonio Serra, Beyond the Brick, Sue Ann Barber & Trevor Clark, and Kevin Gascoigne. You're all awesome!
You can also help us by doing what you perhaps do already - buying from Amazon. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Amazon USA: Amazon.com Canada: Amazon.ca UK: Amazon.co.uk Deutschland: Amazon.de