Although reviews of the Star Wars Rebels sets released in the Summer of 2014 were overwhelmingly positive, there was one major omission which garnered some negative comments: the lack of a Sabine Wren minifigure. Six months later, 75090 Ezra's Speeder Bike has rectified this issue by finally allowing us to complete the crew of the Ghost!
This set is priced at £19.99 or $19.99 and contains 253-pieces, many of which are fairly desirable, so I think this is very good value. There are lots of play possibilities and the two speeders look rather nice on display in my opinion, so what more could you want?
Box and Contents
The box is the same shape and size as 75037 Battle on Saleucami from last year and shows Ezra fleeing across the plains of Lothal from an attacking Stormtrooper. The Disney logo has notably been added to Star Wars packaging this year, although only fairly subtly beside the Star Wars Rebels branding at the bottom. On the back we can see Ezra and Sabine fighting back against the Stormtrooper in some attractive rendered images, and the few features are demonstrated.
Inside are two numbered bags, one instruction booklet and a sticker sheet. The two bags contain almost identical pieces and as such, the build process is not particularly exciting given the fact that the speeders are identical in construction. However, this is only a small set so it is over pretty quickly and the varying colour schemes do provide some interest.
One minifigure makes this set a must have for all fans of Star Wars Rebels and that is Sabine Wren. Unfortunately she was absent from the Phantom and Ghost sets but at last she turns up here. However, there are still one or two improvements to be made in my opinion. The hair piece is new and looks very accurate to the show cast in dark blue with some orange streaks. Personally I wonder if it is a little too tall, but the accuracy of the colours conceal this very well. Her head is printed with smiling and frowning expressions which are fine, but I think that flesh was the wrong colour choice here as Sabine's skin has an almost yellowish hue in the TV show. This colour also appears on her arms while her torso is printed on the front and back with dark pink Mandalorian armour and a grey combat shirt. The legs are detailed with knee armour and she carries a pair of black machine guns, which are representative of the Westar-35 blasters she uses in the show.
Although there are one or two changes to be made that would improve this figure, the biggest issue I have with it is the lack of a helmet. Sabine often wears her Mandalorian helmet and I am mystified as to why it has not been included as it would not even need a new mould! Hopefully we will see a helmet next time a Sabine minifigure appears in a set.
This is the same Ezra Bridger minifigure as the one which appeared in 75048 The Phantom and it too could have been improved by the use of a slightly darker skin tone. However, the character is clearly recognisable on account of his tousled hair and dark tan vest, which is printed over an orange tunic and features some kind of insignia on the back. This symbol has not yet been identified in the show but I am sure we will discover its origin soon enough. His head is printed with worried and smirking expressions and he is equipped with a wrench as well as his unique lightsaber. This is simply a standard 4L bar plugged into a binoculars piece which works very well actually to represent the blaster built into the hilt, a feature which makes sense for the Imperial era when it is obviously unsafe to present a lightsaber.
The third and final minifigure is a Stormtrooper, which is a welcome addition to add to an army! The Rebels Stormtrooper is not universally popular but I quite like the stylised helmet personally as it is highly detailed and very faithful to the cartoon while the head is the standard grimacing Clone Trooper affair. The armour design on his torso and legs is also very impressive, capturing the simplified appearance of the Stormtrooper body armour we see in the show. He is armed with a standard blaster, which makes a welcome change from the stud-shooters.
The Completed Model
As the name would suggest the focus of the set is on Ezra's dark green speeder bike, which is the same as the Imperial 614-AvA Speeder Bike but for a custom paint job. The bikes are rather larger than they are in the TV show but they capture a very impressive amount of detail so I think the inaccurate scaling is well worth it.
The steering vanes on the front of each speeder are adjustable and a sticker is used on each one to add some panelling. The outriggers linking the steering vanes and the main engine block are retractable for storage, although they look equally impressive in both configurations as you can see in the image below.
The rounded cover for the steering column is represented nicely using a 3x3 parabolic reflector, and on Ezra's speeder bike, this is printed with some orange stripes. There is room for a single pilot on each vehicle and there are a pair of stud shooters mounted beneath the seat, one firing green studs and the other red.
The engine cover features another sticker on each speeder and there are also some vents for dissipating heat. A clip can be used to store any of the weapons included or the wrench, which is useful, and a couple of attractive firebird symbols decorate Ezra's bike, completing the dark green and orange colour scheme beautifully.
We have not yet seen Ezra's speeder bike in Star Wars Rebels but I am sure it is only a matter of time now. Examples of the white Imperial version of the speeder have appeared very frequently patrolling the streets of Lothal's capital city and pursuing the Rebels, although they are often seen in pairs so I might pick up a second set if I see it on sale price.
There is no question that this is a must have set for fans of Star Wars Rebels, not only because it is the only set where Sabine is available, but also because the speeders are great models. They are accurate to the TV show in every respect other than their size, although this was necessary so many more details could be included.
Finally we can complete our Ghost crew and they look great together in my opinion. For £19.99 this set is well worth purchasing simply to complete the team!