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This set really delivers on some fronts, and on others, not at all. The speeder, the minifigures and the accessories are quite good, but one aspect of this set was just too glaring for me to ignore. You must be wondering, is it worth it? Well, read on and decide for yourself.
At $12.99 and 63 pieces, it doesn’t take much thinking for you to realize the piece-to-price (PTP) ratio is very poor. It’s almost $0.21 per piece. The 75000 Clone Troopers vs. Droidekas battle pack has almost double the pieces at the same price. Compared to when I first held the set boxes in my hands, I didn’t even need to look at the piece count to know this set was seriously lacking. It’s almost as bad as the Mandalorian battle pack from 2011.
Design and Build
The speeder included in this set is based on the Rendili Watchman speeder from the Old Republic video game. In terms of scale, it is wider than the speeder it’s based on. It’s also darker in color. Other than these, though, the speeder is accurate. The stickers help to add the detail to an otherwise bland-looking speeder; it depicts some lights and a grill. From behind, there are two boosters that emit a lime-green light.
The speeder is built well; if you drop it, the only part that will likely come off is the steering column. It’s solid. Looking at it from the front, the steering column has a hinge piece on the right, which lets you clip on the Sith trooper’s blaster. On either side of the steering column, there are flick-fire missiles, where a new piece is used to fit them there. As far as I know it’s brand new. It measures 1×2 studs. Half of it is a regular plate and the other half is raised up in an arc, where it is hollowed out into a standard Technic hole.
The speeder is nice, but I think the minifigures are the best part of the set. There are four minifigures: two Republic Troopers, a Sith Trooper and a Sith Trooper Commander. All of these figures have back and front torso printing, which is surprisingly detailed. The Republic Trooper’s helmets are accurate, though from behind the mold of the helmets themselves seem to stop short, as you can see a good deal of the head inside. The Sith Trooper is the same as the one included in the 9500 Sith Fury-class Interceptor released last year and is also accurate. Unlike the Republic troopers, however, I have no complaints about him. Same goes for the commander variant.
Underneath the helmets, all four faces are different. One Republic Trooper has a young, confident face while the other has an older, more stern and angular type of face. The regular Sith Trooper has an angular face as well, but his expression is slightly more aggressive. The commander looks nearly identical; he has a wrinkle in between his eyes, slightly thinner eyebrows and a wrinkle on the right side of his mouth, which gives him an older and more serious look than his companion.
Lego did a fantastic job with the torso and leg printing. The brilliant orange stripes on the Republic Troopers look awesome, and the dark red-on-black colors of the Sith Troopers look great too. They captured these basic details and went the extra mile to add even more, like the cyan-colored lights on the Republic Troopers’ abdomens and the different colored lights on the Sith Troopers’ chests. I especially love the silver printing on them; they really pop out.
This set comes with four accessories: a blaster rifle, a blaster carbine, a blaster pistol and a laser chaingun. There is nothing new about any of the blasters. The chaingun, however, is new. While it is not a molded piece, it is still good to see that every individual figure has a different weapon. It’s built from 5 pieces, one of which is a new 1×1 studless disc. In my past two reviews, I do not believe I mentioned this new piece, which comes in clear in the 75013 Umbaran MHC and in light gray in the 75012 BARC Speeder with Sidecar.
This set is not worth what you pay for it if all you look at is piece count. It would have helped if they had included a second figure; by that I mean a droid. Looking at the 75000, droideka figures are pretty big and come with a nice assortment of parts. In the Old Republic universe, the Sith use a droid model very similar to the droideka, called a Sith War Droid. But alas, this is not the case. The speeder is decent and the minifigures are great, but I can’t recommend it because of the price. I realize prices have been going up for a few years now, but for a set as small as this to have a PTP of nearly $0.21 is ridiculous. Waiting for these to go on sale would be the best course of action if you want to get it. There is very little that is wrong with the set itself, so don’t get me wrong on this. If I were only judging on the contents and not the price, I’d give this set an 8/10. But because of the price, it’s going to take a big hit.