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Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby Staff » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:13 am

75099 Rey's Speeder Full Set

When the Force Awakens trailer first launched, and after I'd watched it a few dozen times in a glorious mix of trepidation and fanboy glee, the vehicle that I latched on to more than anything was the ludicrously absurd, yet awesome, speeder that Rey was driving. It was a wonderful mix of Star Wars feel, in a classic-ish setting, and that one absurd vehicle that J.J. Abrams has to put into all of his vehicles (remember that cop speeder in the Star Wars Trek remake?).  It was also nice that we were getting one of the main characters, a woman at that, in the cheapest of the Force Awakens sets. We saw her in the trailer, so I was fully prepared for this to be in a much larger set, or ignored entirely. [Edit. Thanks Gingerbeard Man for pointing out I violated Nerd Commandment #3 and mixed up Trek and Wars when writing this]

At $19.99 (or $21.99 if you pay the penalty for shopping at Toys 'r Us... don't judge me, it was less than the gas I would have used to drive to somewhere else for Force Friday), this is by far the cheapest set in the lineup at half the price of the next cheapest set. For our hard earned money, we get 193 pieces and two minifigs, which makes it a bit light, but we get what is already an iconic vehicle. If you've seen the trailer, this was the first vehicle we got to see, so it's the one that was just stamped into our brains. There is something Star Wars about it, that mixture of futuristic and impractical that defined all of their technology (seriously, Speeder Bikes in a giant forest is just an awful idea).

This is also the set that I wanted more than the rest, in part because I wanted Rey, but mostly because I thought it had a lot of promise as a mix of value and pieces. First visual glances says it's not a prefect representation (what we saw in the trailer didn't have all those extra tools on the side, let alone the greebling), but still looks like a nifty little speeder. It also helps that reviewing 75099 Rey's Speeder was made easier by the size and the lack of a comparison set. The closest thing would be the Landspeeder, but we don't even know how this all fits together at this point.



When I was in the line for the Force Friday at my local TRU, and when I stopped off at Target and LEGO store over the next couple days, this was the most popular set. It helped that it was also the one with the most stock and the lowest price, but the bigger reason was this was the set that kids identified with it since it was so prominent in the trailer. It was the set they remembered, so it was the one they wanted. Looking back at the lineup, the only sets that weren't featured in the trailer were the Imperial Landing craft (which was featured in a later teaser in the big First Order assembly), and the Snowspeeder. Everything else, and most everyone, showed up in that trailer.

So, it's pretty obvious where LEGO is getting a lot of their inspiration, and smart that they picked the stuff that was going to be revealed before hand. I don't remember if they did something similar in Episode I, but in hindsight, a lot of it seems like the stuff that was prominently in what we first saw.

75099 Minifigs

We only get two minifigs in this set, Rey in her fantastic new hat (which apparently is a re-purposed Stormtrooper visor in the goggles), and a figure called Unkar’s Thug. We don't know who Unkar is, but I'm going to go with the basic assumption that Unkar is a gangster, possibly a Hutt, who controls a desert planet and tries to control the salvage wreckage. I base this assumption on the fact that it's pretty much exactly what JJ did in Star Trek... use some familiar things, change the names a little bit, and just reuse the idea.

75099 Rey with Hair

Rey has some fantastic value here. First, her likeness is a wonderful mix of LEGO minifig and Daisy Ridley... we haven't gotten that good of a translation in awhile. She gets both the mask covering her head as well as a hairpiece, and she's got printing on the torso and legs. The face is unique, and you have to love an easy-to-get female face with freckles and the fact that somehow they made a minifig head that looks British.

75099 Rey with Cover

The mask is an interesting bunch, especially when mixed with the general tenor of the character. Take away the hip lines printed on the side, and it simply doesn't matter if this is a male or female character. Based on what we've seen thus far in her scavenger costume on Jakku, this is a pretty solid representation. There are a couple of issues with printing lining up, as the torso printing on mine is just slightly up, creating that gray line at the bottom, but otherwise, not bad at all.

75099 Rey Back

Like the majority of the minifigs in the Force Awakens sets I've put together, Rey does not have an alt-face. The hairpiece is also unique to her, and fantastic, and we now get the nice brown satchels again. These were a staple of the Indiana Jones sets, and have appeared as other colors (I've gotten a few as purses or bags in the Modular line)... but it's great to see it here. Also great to see it show up in such a meta tribute... using Indy's bag on a character in a movie starring Indiana Solo, Space Smuggler and archeologist extraordinaire!

75099 Unkar’s Thug

Unkar's thug is a sort of nondescript character that we haven't seen a whole lot of in Star Wars, but have a lot in Disney's other property, Marvel. I'm going to guess he's some sort of Steampunk Chitauri or something. That or a more tech-savvy Tusken Raider? Who knows, other than JJ and crew.

75099 Unkar’s Thug Back

This is a fairly good general-purpose fig, though I'm not a fan of the dot pattern. If he's a general purpose, our thugs are oddly coordinated in their uniform, but hopefully it has the menagerie look that Jabba's henchmen had. We also get the hood part in an unsual color, which is cool, and that head will likely get a lot of reuse with the punky nature of it (if we ever do a Steam Wars III: More Steam-ier, I bet we will see that head a few times).

75099 Rey's Speeder

This set is called Rey's Speeder, so it has to deliver on both Rey and the SpeederGiven that we had MOCs of this particular vehicle within a day or two of the trailer hitting, it's no shock to see it here. At first glance... I'm honestly not sure how much it looks like that vehicle. Let's take a look at a still from the trailer for it...

reys-speeder-trailer-still

 

Okay, I'll be honest, it's hard to judge a lot about the build, but we certainly are going to try! The most obvious thing that sticks out to me is the color. The whole speeder looks more dark orange than dark red. Of course, the majority of the parts in the set aren't made in dark orange, which is likely why they picked what they did.

75099 Rey's Speeder Back Angle

The ship seems to be designed as a utilitarian machine, something a young adult used to zip around Tatooine Jakku when he she needed to pick up power converters at Tosche Station look for salvage . The color choice above is fairly obvious, and the general shape of the vehicle works. It's especially nice around the engines and the outlet on the back, though I think the biggest issue is with the seat.

75099 Rey's Speeder Left Side

In that picture above, Rey straddles the upper engine and braces on the lower. Obviously, a minifigure isn't going to be able to bend at the knees, but LEGO has gotten that positioning right, on the STAP and with Speeder Bikes. On this, Rey just sits flat, which makes the whole thing feel ludicrously oversized compared to the size of the minifig. Scale wise, this doesn't feel right when you sit her on it, since it's more than twice the minifig's height. More than that, the side of the ship is cluttered with a bunch of tools that aren't part of the view we see above. I'm sure a scavenger has tools, but likely in the satchel or some storage compartment...

75099 Rey's Speeder Opened

That bottom engine also hides a secret, that apparently this giant engine with a pilot is run entirely on imagination and magic, since engine twists to reveal said storage compartment (and no engine that I can see). I guess I sort of see this play feature, and it's a very creative way to conceal it (not one that's unique... the X-Wing does something similar for the S-Foil mechanism)... but it just looks kind of dumb when you open it. I get adding the blasters, even if I don't like them (but do like getting them in dark red)... but this feature is only useful if you're not swoosing the vehicle around, and that seems like the only purpose of this thing.

Ultimately, when it comes to value, this is a solid little set. $20 for 193 parts is pretty good, especially compared to pretty much the rest of the Force Awakens lineup. We also get Rey, and while she's not unique to this set (though her dust cover is), the only other set with her will run you $150. It's hard to judge a whole lot from stills, but the speeder isn't that great of a representation with all the extra "features" tucked in, but still a solid little build. Take those things off and it's better, and I'd be curious to see some mods to it that puts the pilot in the correct position. You won't feel ripped off getting this, and I know I'm thinking about another just for MOC and mod purposes, and that would make this a four out of five, even with the faults in the speeder build.

What I liked

  • Rey looks fantastic, and is one of the best LEGO-style minifigs to show up in a long time

  • Lots of dark red slopes and good little pieces in the set

  • Great mix of price and value, when both are pretty short in the Force Awakens sets


What I didn't like

  • Tools stuck to the side don't match what we see in the trailer

  • Play features make no sense (and look pretty silly when you look at them)

  • Seating of the pilot doesn't look right, and makes the speeder feel very oversized


Verdict: 4 out of 5. You can buy 75099 Rey's Speeder, and the rest of the Force Awakens line, right now at LEGO [email protected]

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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby mjence » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:26 am

Someone online deduced that the shot of the speeder you referenced is reversed in the trailer, I think by comparing to some behind the scenes stuff. The other side of the speeder does have all that clutter on it, so I think the set will turn out to be pretty accurate.
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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby dWhisper » Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:22 am

Image

Looking at this still, which I couldn't find when I was first looking, it seems like it's more like a net. There's a Hasbro toy that gives it a better look with the net. With that setup, it's a real shame that LEGO didn't use their net to put things in there. I think it would have worked a whole lot better.
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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby Darth Caedus » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:33 am

Rey does have an alt-face - one happy, one determined/grim. Did you get a misprint or just miss the alt-face?
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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby Zrath » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:51 am

"Like the majority of the minifigs in the Force Awakens sets I’ve put together, Rey does not have an alt-face."

That's interesting, because my Rey's got an alt-face.
In fact, I think the head is reused from one of the recent Princess Leias.
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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby dWhisper » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:02 am

Hmm... you might be right on the alt-face. I didn't have a picture of it, and the LEGO parts catalog wasn't showing one (neither was Bricklink), but Brickset is showing it. I may have to go re-check it. That being said, it is not a reused head... it most certainly is new.

I'll need to double-check mine once I'm home tonight. A misprint wouldn't shock me either, given the issues LEGO has had in these sets. I know my Imperial Transport Ship was missing the female head entirely, so I got to go through the fun of going to [email protected] I doubt the part makes it to me before I finish that review, anyway. Also had a few malformed parts (though my X-Wing canopy was just fine)
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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby Clavius » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:29 am

After having time to digest the trailer and subsequent photos of Rey's speeder, I began to get the impression that it's actually a single pod-racer engine that Rey scavenged, slapped a saddle on and jury-rigged some controls onto, which kind of accounts for it's odd shape. Looking at that photo of the actual prop above, it kind of reinforces my theory, to me anyway.

Kind of makes me want to get a second one then MOC myself up a unique chariot to go between them just to see what it would look like.
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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby Brainslugged » Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:58 pm

I thought this was just a sideways Luke's landspeeder :)

After years of hearing people say they've had missing pieces, I always assume everyone is mistaken as I've never had one piece missing despite having built thousands of dollars worth of Lego in the last 4 years. I always think I have a piece missing, but it's always still in a bag, I'm sitting on it or have messed up the build somewhere along the line. However, for the first time I had one sticker missing from my Rey's speeder sticker sheet. Ironically, for once the sticker sheet was absolutely perfectly flat so there was no indication as to why one of the stickers should be missing and it didn't seem to be stuck to anything in the box. It almost looked like it had come off the machine like that. Anyone else experienced this?

Great little craft. One more fig or a BB8 and it would have been a 5/5 in my book.
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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby dWhisper » Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:03 pm

I've had missing stickers before. Not pulled off, but missing entirely and not printed. In the case of the head above, it wasn't simply missing, there was an extra of the male head and no female one. Missing parts are rare... Malformed or color odd is more common. There was a huge scratch in my Slave I canopy, missing axles in a couple, etc. maybe 1 in 50 to 1 in 100 sets... But I get a lot of sets.
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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby murphquake » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:48 pm

dWhisper wrote:Image

Looking at this still, which I couldn't find when I was first looking, it seems like it's more like a net. There's a Hasbro toy that gives it a better look with the net. With that setup, it's a real shame that LEGO didn't use their net to put things in there. I think it would have worked a whole lot better.



This is actually a fan made model which was displayed at SW Celebration Anaheim in April. It was incredible, IIRC it was made by some fans from Belgium.
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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby chebyrashka » Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:15 am

I bought this the other day itching for some of the new LEGO but my kids saw it and wanted to build it. I told them they could but first they needed to build something original without looking at the instructions. Now that they built something, I'm not sure I want to take it apart and build the 'real' model.
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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby rifflestein » Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:29 am

chebyrashka wrote:I bought this the other day itching for some of the new LEGO but my kids saw it and wanted to build it. I told them they could but first they needed to build something original without looking at the instructions. Now that they built something, I'm not sure I want to take it apart and build the 'real' model.


I suggest building and saving it in LDD. I do that with a lot of my better MOCs in case I want to build them again.
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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby LEGO StarWars Guru » Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:26 pm

Every time someone makes a comment about the printing of their minifigure being off or a sticker they didn't receive I think of this SNL skit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns37ydVCMZ8 :lol: Hilarious!
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Re: Review: 75099 Rey's Speeder

Postby rushiosan » Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:38 pm

Ironically the second best set in the wave (the first being X-Wing in my opinion) is the smallest set. My only complaint lies in the lack of internal space to store the crate, 8x ammo for the stud shooter (which is really stupid) and her hairpiece.

I don't see many reasons to complain about the seat. I mean, okay, she doesn't drive that thing sitting in a chair, it's more like mounting a motorcycle, but I can't figure out how you would achieve that in LEGO form without compromising the overall design. There would be an obvious gap to fit the minifigure legs which would end up exposed if you just want to display the vehicle. Much worse than what we got.
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