Force Friday is a bit late

Force Friday was a couple of weeks ago. Loads of game and toy companies announced their new Star Wars ranges, including Fantasy Flight Games who launched their new The Force Awakens core set for the X-Wing miniatures game.

I ordered one immediately and it arrived today, two weeks later.

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Wakey wakey!

It is a full core set, very similar to the original core set, with one X-Wing and two TIE Fighters, and all the bits and pieces you need to play the game.

The difference is that the box logo is blue instead of red.

This isn't really an expansion, it is a whole starter set with dice, manoeuvre templates, cards, etc. Everything you need to play.

This isn’t just an expansion, it is a whole starter set with dice, manoeuvre templates, cards, etc.

Well, not just that.  The ships are from The Force Awakens, so you get Poe Dameron’s blue X-Wing, and the First Order TIE Fighters from the teaser trailer with the white panels on their wings.

What is great is they are completely compatible with the original game.

I broke one of the TIE Fighters putting it together. Good job I had some superglue handy.

I broke one of the TIE Fighters while putting it together. Good job I had some superglue handy.

Even though you can play these ships alongside the existing ones, these X-Wings and TIE Fighters are not the same as the old X-Wings and TIE Fighters. They have different stats and manoeuvre dials.

For example, the new X-Wing is called a T-70. The old X-Wing was a T-65, so clearly the new one is 5 better.

Along with the new ships, you get a whole new set of pilot cards and ship upgrades.

You can use these upgrades with old ships (and old upgrades with the new ships) provided the icons match.

There are five new upgrades. One of them is the cute new droid BB-8. We have one of the remote control sphero BB-8’s. Another Force Friday purchase.

The new pilots can only go with the new ships, but you can mix and match the new upgrades with the old ones from the original set, it only matters that the icons match the ones on the pilot cards. This means you can use new upgrades with old ships and old upgrades with new ships. Poe Dameron can have R2-D2 in his X-Wing, and Luke can have BB-8 in his.

Also, despite the time difference, you can create squads made up of ships from both old and new eras.

Rebel can join with Resistance, Imperial with First Order, and Scum with… Scum. (Presumably they will add scum ships into the new era at some point.)

The other thing you get in the box is a new deck of damage cards. You don’t mix these with the old ones. This new deck is supposed to replace the original deck.

Damage cards represent hits on a ship. If it is a critical hit then the special effect on the card is applied.

A damage card represents a hit on a ship. If it is a critical hit then the special effect on the card is applied. These are bad.

There is some explanation on the website saying that the original deck was a bit ‘swingy’, which means that there were some cards that were either devastating or useless depending on the make-up of your squad. They have replaced those ‘swingy’ cards with new cards that are more balanced.

But wait, there’s more! Also coming soon are individual T-70 X-Wing and First Order TIE Fighter packs, which will have yet more new pilots and upgrades.

While this core set is nicely branded to go with the new film, you can just ignore all that and mix these ships in with your existing squads. Or you can start afresh and stage proper ‘Force Awakens’-themed battles!