Already owning two core sets of the original game can also lead to the delayed purchase of this. Anyway yesterday I was lucky enough to pick this up as a late Christmas gift for myself and even though I knew the contents and exactly what was in the box I was most excited for 3 cards. Poe Dameron, BB-8 and Wired thanks to the excellent article by Brian Morgan Shaw over at the Poor Grey Pilot.
As per usual the quality of the contents is on par with any other FFG product, the artwork is very clean, they haven't skipped on any details and the painting on the ships seems to gradually get better the longer FFG produce X-wing which is only a good thing.
Something to note is the new damage deck, slightly different asteroid profiles and of course a very well received revised rule book and glossary of terms which seems to clarify a lot more examples of play so it's great to see that addition to the play book.
Onto the ships! I'll start with the new TIE/FO because I simply don't have a lot to say about them purely because I haven't ran any lists with them or even contemplated using them at the moment. They've now got a shield, a much better looking manoeuvre dial and access to a new tech upgrade slot which I'm sure in the future will bring in something interesting combinations. Of course there are a few named aces in here with all different skills but like I said, I haven't really sunk my teeth into them so won't comment. A gentlemen by the name of Biophysical on the FFG forums has been running a few of these escorting a TIE Defender and naturally this peaked my interest so I've been watching that as an option closely.
The T-70 X-wing is the other ship which got most people excited. Once again sporting a new manoeuvre dial and access to a new tallon roll on top of the boost action, an extra hull for a few more points and everyone was left scratching their heads wondering why on earth you'd still take a T-65 X-wing over it's predecessor, including me. For the named pilots aside unless you're really tight on points I can't see a reason why. I was excited to get my hands on Poe Dameron, firstly because my kids had him on Disney Infinity and they were asking about him and second because his pilot ability seemed like a very economic use of having a focus token. I always imagined X-wings of all types barrel rolling so being able to put BB-8 onto them as well for me was a step in the right direction if only for aesthetics but I'm sure it has some incredible in game applications to get better positioning and range 1 shots.
I won't go in depth into the Wired elite pilot talent as the link to the blog does a far better job of that than I ever will but needless to say it's certainly got a spot in lists who use pilots that stress themselves due to abilities or a certain astromech droid so it's an intriguing choice ranked amongst stand out choices such as Predator and Lone Wolf.
All of this a side this is probably the best entry level way as opposed to the older core set (which I however still believe is a valid purchase). It's relatively cheap, it's a great system and has more than enough variety in it to ensure the addiction is will and truly flowing through your veins and your loved ones.
Thanks for reading!