30005 Imperial Speeder Bike
Theme: Star Wars OT
Parts: 29 (excluding minifig)
Price: Free, Promo
Peeron - Not availible
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
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.
2. Minifigs, set overview and parts
Here is a shot of the whole set. Pretty good for a promo
And a rear shot
The single minifig is still fairly impressive for a promo
The parts selection mainly comprises of a a load of common parts but a few un-common pieces can be seen
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
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.
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.
Stage 7. Now we have some Gun type things created from axes. More parts I was happy to see.
Stage 7.5. This is the front assembly created for stage 8
Stage 8. Pretty simple, attaching the the section we created in stage 7.5 to the base of the hinge.
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.
4.Final Thoughts & Comparison
Before we continue here is a quick comparison shot between this promo and the RAG Speeder
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!
Edited by BoneyT, 06 September 2009 - 10:43 AM.