Name: Speeder Bike With Scout Trooper
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: September 2012
Biker scouts patrol Endor on speeder bikes. The scouts look for Rebel incursions as they navigate swiftly through the dense forests. To provide the scouts with heavy-duty firepower, some bikes have blaster cannons that can be removed to create free-standing weapon emplacements.
We may just perhaps be the wrong bunch of people to review the new Toys R Us exclusive Speeder Bike With Scout Trooper. You should know right off the bat that we have given this product an almost perfect score and we think it’s truly a brilliant work of art. So perhaps instead of going any further with it we should stop right there. We don’t want to appear ungrateful and we don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth. The Speeder Bike With Scout Trooper vehicle and figure pack is tremendously impressive and nearly perfect, yes it is. But for reasons unknown it’s a set that’s been unable to wow us. Perhaps receiving one speeder bike after another in Battle Packs and standalone exclusives have mentally tired us to appreciate the all-new sculpt. The incessant repackaging of this vehicle in general has stolen some of the spark away from this piece and is preventing us from experiencing the joy it should bring. Perhaps our desire to see other vehicles updated (or vehicles made for the first time) weighs heavier on our minds than this updated masterpiece. We’re not entirely sure, but this Toys R Us exclusive, while amazing, just isn’t something you’ll see us doing cartwheels for because, well, we’re just kind “yeah it’s cool” about it. Before you throw us to the wolves, let it be known that Hasbro has incredibly created a definitive version of the Speeder Bike, a not so perfect retool of a riding Scout Trooper action figure and a seamless marriage of vehicle interaction and accessories that should make the most discriminating collector very elated. At a marvelous price point of $21.99, you don’t have any room to complain about the price. This isn’t a rehash and it’s certainly not a repack and Hasbro has charged a lot more for less in the past. Count yourselves fortunate here.
Hasbro retooled the Speeder Bike from the ground up. It’s a very stunning display of sculpting skill and the added features really bring it into a different light. The most notable enhancement is the updated handlebars. All the details including the speed switches and the like are all tediously sculpted in amazing detail. What’s more, the included riding Scout Trooper can grasp the handlebars without issue with both hands in exactly the same fashion as seen in Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi. The “hood” of the Speeder Bike is removable for the very first time and underneath of it is an awesomely sculpted engine that includes more detail than we’d ever expect to see. Also for the first time is a removable front landing gear leg. We love the fact that it is removable as to not deter from the natural looking aesthetics of the vehicle in the film. And its functionality is even better because it keeps the bike perfectly parallel with the ground. There is no drooping or awkward angle that the bike rests at thanks to this incredible convention. Another update that truly impresses us is the updated tail flaps. Instead of aimlessly flopping around, they are articulated “tightly” (for lack of a better word) and can maintain the position you left them in when you display it. A clear (and very large sized) display stand comes included and plugs into the rear of the Speeder Bike. This display stand is quite marvelous and holds the Speeder Bike With Scout Trooper in the air in a freeze-framed moment in time. It just looks remarkable. We hope Hasbro continues to add these types of display stands in future vehicle releases. The last feature of the Speeder Bike is a blaster cannon that attaches to the underside of the vehicle. This five part cannon is actually well designed and it interacts with the Scout Trooper figure very well. And what about that Scout Trooper action figure?
Assortment Number: A0023
Retail: $21.99 USD
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Status: Speeder Bike is an all-new vehicle.
Articulation Count: 6
Articulation Details: 2 swivel handlebars, 2 swivel pedals, 2 swivel tail flaps,
Accessory Count: 7
Accessory Details: removable front landing gear, detachable cannon (5 parts), removable top hatch
Date Stamp: 2012
Status: Scout Trooper is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the arms, lower legs and head and midsection (lower torso) of 2006's VTSC Biker Scout figure with an all-new upper body, cod section and upper legs (hips).
Articulation Count: 15
Articulation Details: double jointed ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, ball-jointed torso, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: 2 blaster pistols
Date Stamp: 2012
Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]
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