Release Date: September 2015
No. of pieces: 193
Build Time: 30 Minutes approx.
Hover into action on Rey’s Speeder! This cool landspeeder has everything Rey needs for scouting the surface of a desert planet, including dual stud shooters, opening storage hatch and side-mounted bag, blaster, buzzsaw and electrobinoculars. There’s also a detachable sled with space for a minifigure when Rey must make a quick escape down the desert dunes! Recreate your own fantastic scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets have been high up on most of our ‘to buy’ lists since we heard of their confirmation, and to actually have them in front of you is a surreal and truly exciting thing to behold!
We’re kicking off our LEGO TFA (that’s the commonly-used abbreviation, right?) reviews with the entry level set; ‘Rey’s Speeder – ‘, which retails at £19.99.
As we are hitting the serious collectors market, as well as the countless kids who are now climbing aboard the Star Wars train, it is understandable why the cheapest set is £19.99. Where other ranges have entry level sets starting from just £4.99, LEGO want to throw us right in to the meatier sets (and it only gets meatier from here on in). When the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer hit our screens back in November 2014, we were introduced to Rey and her speeder. It was instantly clear that this was going to be a highly marketable product, and it’s LEGO form is ticks all the boxes.
Not only do we have a loyal replica (as far as LEGO bricks go), but there are some nifty features that come with the vehicle. The side panels – or fins, open up by turning the rear engine to reveal the storage hatch. The top of the storage box is sealed with a sled for Rey to make a quick escape down the desert dunes of Jakku. On the right-hand fin, there are storage clips which hold some electrobinoculars, a blaster and a buzzsaw. There are some stud shooters either side of the front panel of the speeder, and you get some extra ammo just in case you lose any.
The detailing on the speeder is fantastic; from the grills (both red and grey) to the side panelling, right through to the high quality stickers. Underneath there are two smooth circular discs and a smooth grey square, which gives the effect that it floats – a nice little touch, which just adds further to the overall aesthetic.
As for mini-figures, you get Rey – complete with headgear, satchel and her staff accessory. You also get the intriguingly titled ‘Unkar’s Thug’, who comes armed with a crowbar.
The build itself was very enjoyable, and we clocked the build time at around 30 Minutes (inclusive of application of stickers). The mechanism for the fins was particularly enjoyable to put together, as were the rounded panels of the speeder, which, once in place, look slick.
With the movie itself just under 3 months away, this is a tantalising taster of what we can expect. Those of you who have been following our many LEGO reviews will notice there is generally a high rating on the sets we review, and here there is no exception. The sheer quality, attention to detail and thought that goes into each product, is mind-blowing.