LEGO Star Wars sets are sometimes criticised as a result of their drab colour schemes and 75210 Moloch's Landspeeder undoubtedly follows that trend. While I acknowledge that brighter models are often more attractive than those dominated by grey, the hulking design of this craft is quite striking in my opinion.
Furthermore, this set contains a total of 464 pieces and costs £44.99 or $39.99 so appears to offer reasonable value in that respect, particularly in the US. However, the size of Moloch's speeder compares less favourably with its price. Hopefully the quality of this set and the minifigures included will be sufficient to justify that.
Moloch serves as a high ranking member of the criminal White Worms gang on Corellia and I think he looks absolutely fantastic in minifigure form. These aliens are extremely sensitive to light so must wear extensive protective equipment while on foreign planets and the head component therefore includes tremendous sculpted detail along with some lovely printing that matches promotional images of the character perfectly.
I am particularly impressed by the corrugated texture towards the back of the helmet and it slots over the torso very neatly, as shown below. Moloch wears a long pearl dark grey robe so makes use of the new dress element which represents a considerable improvement over the standard 2x2x2 slope. This piece connects firmly to the torso and I like its curved shape.
Viewing the figure from behind reveals a series of tan tendrils as well as some splattered mud which is also present on Han and Qi'ra in 75209 Han Solo's Landspeeder. These muddy designs continue onto the front of the skirt while the torso features a reddish brown belt alongside a narrow tube that links to Moloch's helmet. He is equipped with a blaster pistol and a short staff.
Moloch is accompanied by another member of the White Worms gang named Rebolt. He appears to control the Corellian Hounds in this set, carrying a flexible whip which is brand new in black and could prove useful for other creations. I love the character's bedraggled facial hair and the streak across the left side of his face is interesting. Perhaps it depicts a scar or some kind of marking that denotes an affiliation with the White Worms.
Rebolt sports a pearl dark grey jacket which is encrusted with grey mud, much like the clothes worn by other characters who inhabit Corellia. These designs line up remarkably well across the torso, hips and legs but that might vary between figures, unfortunately. The headgear is new in tan and compares fairly well with the source material, despite having been originally created for Pao in 75156 Krennic's Imperial Shuttle.
A pair of Corellian Hounds are also included. These fearsome creatures look marvellous in LEGO form, featuring jagged teeth, large nostrils and two bright orange eyes printed across the head. The rest of the figure is entirely white but its texturing looks superb, especially along the back of the animal and around its neck. Some images from the movie show the Corellian Hounds wearing harnesses but I prefer the plain design as it is more versatile.
The Completed Model
Many different kinds of landspeeder exist within the Star Wars universe and Moloch's A-A4B landspeeder is totally unique. It looks a lot more industrial than Luke's X-34 model or Han's M-68 craft, consisting of simple curved shapes and neutral tones. The trailers for Solo: A Star Wars Story suggest that this speeder should be significantly larger than Han's and that is certainly reflected in the LEGO models. Their lengths are similar but Moloch's landspeeder is considerably taller and therefore feels intimidating.
A six-stud shooter is fitted to the front of the vehicle. No such weapon is present in the movie but I think it has been integrated quite neatly, replacing an air intake which is visible in official images. The dial used to activate the launcher is similarly unobtrusive, although this actually makes it somewhat difficult to use. Of course, you could easily replace the Technic disc with a more prominent gear if you wish and removing the trans-neon green 1x1 round plates will result in a model that more closely matches the film.
The two Corellian Hounds are kept in a cage on the right side of the craft. I absolutely love this feature as it is unlike anything we have seen in past Star Wars sets and appears to match the source material exactly. There is not much room for the hounds to stand inside but they line up neatly with the gap in the cage so you can see them very clearly when it is closed. In fact, they add an attractive splash of white to the model.
The rest of the vehicle is dominated by light bluish grey, dark bluish grey and dark tan so looks rather drab. However, I do not consider this to be an issue. The purely industrial design of this vehicle is very appealing and I think the balance between different colours is appropriate. Furthermore, the tiny gaps between the bricks, plates and tiles that make up the model give the impression of welded armour plating which looks fantastic.
A rudimentary roll cage fits over the cockpit. This feels perfectly consistent with the style of the model and it looks good in relation to the movie. Moloch cannot sit down so instead stands on a 1x3 jumper plate inside the cockpit but he fits comfortably and you could place other minifigures inside, although those with very large helmets might obstruct the cage.
When stripped back to its simplest design features, Moloch's landspeeder consists of two rectangular cuboids with curved edges. An air intake fills the space between these two shapes and surrounds the entire cockpit which is unusual. It looks superb though and I like the glowing trans-orange engines at the rear of the vehicle. The trans-orange 1x1 tiles with a rounded edge are fairly rare, having only appeared twice before in this colour.
A spacious storage compartment is situated between the engines, containing two bones and a stack of spare 1x1 round plates for the stud shooter. There are also two additional clips for other accessories as well as a small trough which is presumably needed for feeding the Corellian Hounds. The compartment seems extremely large in relation to what it is intended to store and you could even place a minifigure inside if their legs are folded up!
LEGO has produced many different repulsorlift vehicles since 1999 and the majority of those rest on 2x2 sliders. However, wheels have become increasingly common in recent years and 75210 Moloch's Landspeeder rolls along on four Technic wheels. These are well hidden and they are ideal for driving in a straight line but drifting around a corner, as the craft is shown to do in the trailers, is more difficult on wheels than it would be with the curved sliders.
The fundamental aim of any LEGO Star Wars set should be to offer tremendous play value while also maintaining reasonable accuracy to the source material. 75210 Moloch's Landspeeder is a successful example. Not only does the model look great when compared with the movie but it includes impressive mechanical detail, brilliant minifigures and a number of interesting functions.
However, the price of £44.99 or $39.99 seems expensive, especially in the UK and Europe. 464 pieces are included and you can definitely feel that weight in the landspeeder but its size does not justify such a cost, as becomes clear when 75209 Han Solo's Landspeeder and 75210 Moloch's Landspeeder are placed together and their prices are compared. I would therefore recommend this set, albeit only at a reduced price.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.