I haven't done a review in over a month!
When going though the old sets to review, and a casual survey of the teachers on which sets are worth reviewing, this one came up. I was surprised, since out of all the original line of Star Wars, this is one of the ones that left little impression on me. For that reason, I decided to give it a second look.
Name: Flash Speeder
Theme: Star Wars
Minifigs: 1, Naboo Security Officer
The cover is standard for the time. I love seeing the prequel characters in yellow, and like the way they used to have the set name on the front. Good times, good times.
The back cover has the guard working on his ship, MacGyvering it into a helicopter and a little fly-pod.
A not so random page. I didn't bother with inbuild shots, but I thought this part of the build was quite interesting. It's a small set, but the base of it is pure blocks. A nice, hearty building process, no empty spaces.
The pieces are a nice LEGO-green. There aren't really any fantastic parts, but those green curves are interesting and plentiful.
There are three printed pieces. The console is particularly nice. I've never seen another like it.
Now this is rare. In the whole Star Wars line, only a few standard smiley-face minifigs appeared, and this is one of them. The print is simple but decent.
The Finished Product
First, here's what it's supposed to be. Remember this from, like, 15 seconds of the Phantom Menace? I do, but I watched it too too many times.
This is the speeder. It reminds me somewhat of the cars in Bounty Hunter Pursuit, in shape and size. It doesn't capture the ship from the movie all that well, but at that time, there just weren't the slopes they have now.
But, it does capture the feel of a speeder, much like the Landspeeder. It uses little round caps to subtly keep it off the ground.
The turret on the top swivels for blasting action! The jets on either side are positioned nicely off the ground, and snugly kept in place from above and below.
A kind of Mickey Mouse shaped ship. The two seats fit just perfectly, and the sides are low enough to let the minifigs arms hang over.
And he has a little trunk in the back to keep his viewmaster in. It's a bit bigger than a standard 2x4 brick.
"Yeah, baby, let's go."
He looks pretty menacing behind the controls.
The Final Verdict
Design: 6/10 It's not bad at all, it actually has a nice shape. Comparing it to the Bounty Hunter Pursuit ships of two years later, this design is a little over-simplified though. On the whole, it's nondescript.
Build: 6/10 Simple. The main thing I liked here was the solidity of it. It's almost all bricks, and it does feel good to snap it all together.
Playability: 7/10 It's a nice ship, with a figure, and a few play features (trunk, turret).
Minifigures: 6/10 If I already had 20 Anakins, I'd love this, but this is hardly an in demand figure. It would have made sense if it came with an Amidala minifig or something.
Price: 8/10 This was a decent price for what you got.
Overall: 7/10 That's a rating for the set on its own. It's alright. As a Star Wars set, probably a 6. It's an average interpretation of a relatively unknown ship.
I'm glad I reviewed this. It was interesting to see this again after 10 years. As I was building it, I quite enjoyed it, but then again, giving it the once over, it's somewhat lame. I don't know. I'm undecided. But I'm glad I have it. Nice for the collection, but non-essential.
Obi-Wan finally reaches his breaking point and tells Jar Jar a story in order to put him out of his misery...
Edited by WhiteFang, 11 April 2010 - 03:43 PM.