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Review: 30005 Imperial Speder Bike


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#1 Skipper 24

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 05:11 PM

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30005 Imperial Speeder Bike
Theme: Star Wars OT
Parts: 29 (excluding minifig)
Figs: 1
Price: Free, Promo
Year: 2009

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When deep within the forests of Endor or on the open plains of Naboo the Imperial Speeder Bike is guaranteed to get you where you want in a flash.

This set was released on 5/09/2009 as a free promo with a select few newspapers including the Daily and Sunday Mirror. It was available to collect from WH Smith & Toys 'r' us Stores on this day.

1. Bag and instructions

The Polybag that is seen with most Promo's these days

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The instructions. (I'll try to get scans up soon) You can find the piece numbers on the instructions like on most small impulse sets too.
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2. Minifigs, set overview and parts

Here is a shot of the whole set. Pretty good for a promo
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And a rear shot
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The single minifig is still fairly impressive for a promo
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The parts selection mainly comprises of a a load of common parts but a few un-common pieces can be seen :thumbup:
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3. The Build

Here's a little walk through of the build

Stage 1-2. Here you build the Storm Trooper and base of the speeder
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Stage 3-4. On this step you add the clips for the handle bars and uncommon piece (on the back)which I was pleased to see.
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Stage 5-6. Now the base of a hinge component and the two control sticks have been added. These are the pistols you receive with agents sets. Again I was pleased to see these un-common, useful parts.
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Stage 7. Now we have some Gun type things created from axes. More parts I was happy to see.
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Stage 7.5. This is the front assembly created for stage 8
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Stage 8. Pretty simple, attaching the the section we created in stage 7.5 to the base of the hinge.
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Stage 9-10. All there is to do here is add on the steering vanes and the minifg. Somehow he steers with his fore arms.
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4.Final Thoughts & Comparison

Before we continue here is a quick comparison shot between this promo and the RAG Speeder
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Build 7/10 Although simple I did quite enjoy building it
Minifigs 9/10 The only better fig would have been a scout trooper
Design 6/10 Non canon and not very original, why didn't we just get and Endor speeder?
Parts 9/10 I was really surprised at the parts excellent selection included with this
Price 10/10 Free promo, what more can I say
Playability 8/10 It isn't much of a standalone but if combined with other sets it will incorporate well

Overall 49/60 Excellent. I think it was the fact it was a promo and a good piece selection that really 'did' it for this set

I found out what the axes are for!
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Edited by BoneyT, 06 September 2009 - 10:43 AM.

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#2 KimT

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 06:17 PM

Great review.
You made it just in time to be part of the frontpaging of this UK event :laugh:
I'll add this to the index within long.
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#3 TheBrickDaddy

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 06:22 PM

Great review, this set is starting to grow on me!  :thumbup:

I love your humor at the end.  :laugh:

#4 prateek

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 06:42 PM

Great review. IMO this is the best promo ever from Lego :thumbup:

#5 Skipper 24

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 07:31 PM

View PostKimT, on Sep 5 2009, 07:17 PM, said:

Great review.
You made it just in time to be part of the frontpaging of this UK event :laugh:
I'll add this to the index within long.

Guess I'm just good like that :tongue:. Thanks for the soon to be indexed.
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#6 sunejensen01

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 07:33 PM

If I could get this set for UK prices I probably would buy multiples. So I suppose it is nice for the price. Having said that I really think the design is obscure and way under SW lego's normal standard. Those axes really really annoy me.... :thumbdown:
Well, it's probably just a matter of taste, but I would personaly never pay a hiked up e-bay price for these.

Edited by sunejensen01, 05 September 2009 - 07:34 PM.


#7 Kaitan

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 08:30 PM

I picked up 5 of these today -  that was as many as my conscience would let me have  :tongue:
65p for a stormie! What a bargain! Plus a handy bag of extra pieces - some of them semi unusual.

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#8 charlieboy

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 10:23 PM

I got a couple aswell,tomorrows(sunday) kit looks pretty good too,i'll grab a few each day i think,shame not all the kits come with minifigs tho :sceptic:

Heres the list of whats to come-

Sat 5th Sept - Imperial Speeder Bike
Sun 6th Sept - Clone Walker
Mon 7th Sept - Mini TIE Fighter
Tues 8th Sept - Battle Droid on STAP
Wed 9th Sept - Mini V-19 Torrent
Thurs 10th Sept - Mini Grievous's Starfighter
Fri 11th Sept - Collectors Box
Sat 12th Sept - Poster


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#9 ADHO15

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 10:36 PM

View Postcharlieboy, on Sep 5 2009, 11:23 PM, said:

Heres the list of whats to come-

Sat 5th Sept - Imperial Speeder Bike
Sun 6th Sept - Clone Walker
Mon 7th Sept - Mini TIE Fighter
Tues 8th Sept - Battle Droid on STAP
Wed 9th Sept - Mini V-19 Torrent
Thurs 10th Sept - Mini Grievous's Starfighter
Fri 11th Sept - Collectors Box
Sat 12th Sept - Poster

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And the stickers on Sunday 13th as well, don't forget.  :wink:


Great review, Skipper!  :thumbup: Nice to hear another person's views on the set as well.

Edited by ADHO15, 05 September 2009 - 10:37 PM.

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#10 hollisbrick

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 12:25 AM

You guys are sooo lucky!
It's a bit like a steam-punk :laugh:



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