When is a Speeder Bike NOT a Speeder Bike? When it’s a piece of crap like today’s set, 30005 Imperial Speeder Bike!
I mean, this side view doesn’t look too bad. And I get that the term “speeder bike” is loosely defined as a bike-like vehicle that goes fast. Designs can vary. I get it. But to specify “Imperial Speeder Bike” means only one thing to me and that is the model you see in the Endor scenes of Return of the Jedi. And this is not it.
Honestly, I have no words.
Now, like most LEGO builds, you build it from the bottom up. So there was this moment, where I’m building the bike and I get to the back and I wonder to myself, is there going to be a backpack element or something to look like it? I was delighted to see that a minifig neck bracket element be placed on a jumper plate. I was not delighted to see this:
And this has got to stop. Jamming a bar into one end of the binocular element is NOT a stable connection. I cry every time I see that now.
The only good thing I can say about it is that while seated, the Stormtrooper can actually touch the handle bars to almost look like he is steering.
Speaking of Stormtrooper, this is absolutely the WRONGEST minifig to put in this set. It’s a nice Stormtrooper, from the era when LEGO finally got the printing just right and the heads underneath were blank black heads. This was the perfect Stormtrooper.
But again, not the one I associate with the Speeder Bike. I mean, maybe there was some deleted scene or Expanded Universe story where there was a Stormtrooper zipping around the forest moon on a modded Speeder Bike that I just don’t know about. The Stormtrooper doesn’t even come with a blaster which would have made this a great army building polybag, but man, it just blows.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set sucks! And I am all out of words to say why.
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