Review: 75210 Moloch's Landspeeder

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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.

Minifigures

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.

75210 Moloch's Landspeeder

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.

75210 Moloch's Landspeeder

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.

75210 Moloch's Landspeeder

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.

75210 Moloch's Landspeeder

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.

75210 Moloch's Landspeeder

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.View image at flickr

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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.

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Overall

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.

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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.

I hope you have found this review informative. Let us know by liking this article and share your thoughts on the set in the comments below.

This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.

 

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23 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm willing to bet this is gonna be the TFA Snowspeeder of this wave - a technically fine model but one with so little screen time or so visually drab that it just ends up shelfwarming for multiple years on end.

Still though, great review! Can't say I'll end up grabbing the set (still looks a bit plain for my liking and I'd rather buy something I'll 100% like than something I'll just 50% like) but I've warmed up to it a tad more from this. Good stuff!

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By in France,

Really nice review and cool set - as said above, good play value and good accuracy ... but 55€ in France is way too expensive :(

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By in United States,

This model looks pretty well built, I like the slopes and all the greebling, but I honestly can't imagine any child wanting it for anything other than spare parts.

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By in United States,

I love both the new speeders, but if you watch the trailer, Moloch’s speeder has blue engine flames. Don’t quit understand the change, but it still looks fantastic.

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By in United States,

This set sells if there's a prominent "car" chase scene in the movie...otherwise, it will stick around until clearance time ???????

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By in Canada,

@ayliffe One thing though is that this has been seen in promo videos as well, it has two completely unique figures with Moloch being quite detailed, and two corellean hounds which look sweet (I know Han's has one) . The Snowspeeder while unique at the time only had generic first order snowtroopers and was seen in the movie for less than 10 seconds.

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By in United States,

You say that the 1x1 rounded tile plates have appeared twice before in that color, but when the link is clicked, it shows it only appearing in one other set besides this one, in #42084.

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By in United Kingdom,

i know it is the right clouers but on the self it looks horrible as it dose not stand out so this miet not be a big seller, but then again its star wars!

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By in France,

I really liked this one when we saw first pictures. But the more I see it, the less I'm sure to get it. A bit blocky designed, due to the original model. One thing I am sure that I like is minifig selection. Moloch's head mold and printings are so good. But if I compare what I get eventually with what I have to pay for it, I really think I will wait for a discount for this one. Thank you for the review.

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By in Norway,

These days I see many reviews for various sets say something like whilst the price per part is good or reasonable the set still feels expensive for what you get in your hand. What we as adult collectors must remember is that most of these compact and part dense sets will not become display pieces but soon get broken up and become part of a kids larger collection of parts. So saying a set like this is overly expensive is a little misleading.

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By in United Kingdom,

@TheLegoMaster35 - That is an error in LEGO's set inventories as the element also appears in 10252 Volkswagen Beetle.

@magpie9 - I completely disagree. The piece count of any given set can provide a very vague impression of value but making a judgement based upon the overall content and feel of a set is far more useful. Admittedly, a judgement of that kind is going to be subjective but I believe it is the best that one can do in the context of a review.

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By in United States,

Thanks for this review, after I built mine I couldnt help but notice that it shares the same industrial look of Imperial vehicles, maybe they are working together.....

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By in United Kingdom,

Put one of those new dinosaurs in it...
STYGIMOLOCH'S LANDSPEEDER!

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By in United States,

I feel like SO MANY reviews as of late have something to the tune of "it's good but oof, the price". This kind of issue is EXACTLY why I basically haven't bought a new Lego set in over a year =( they've gotten prohibitively expensive for what you actually get, and with the Chinese clones catching up for a fraction of the price (no, seriously, we already have full clones of the Infinity War sets and figures that are shockingly accurate for 1/4th the price), it's hard to understand why Lego is sticking to price points that are not only prohibitively high but also vary wildly and without good reasoning between different regions.

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By in Austria,

This is 50€...and it doesn't really have anything special about it, and only 2 minifigs. I just ordered the Crait Battle (75202) from amazon for 55€.

The last Lego Star Wars set I bought at RRP was the Slave I UCS.

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By in Australia,

Great review Cap't - as always! I'm an adult collector with limited space so I only purchase sets that can be displayed. I was super excited about both speeders & had a nook where I could display them with Luke's speeder(s) & set 7668 rebel gun ship (for want of the proper name). I also buy Lego sets that I think I can improve on (or "pimp" as I say) & this was an opportunity to do so. I added a storage space next to the hound's cage replacing 2 brick components & covered it with the 2x4 tile. It looks identical to the set but now has the added feature of being able to store Moloch's gun, binoculars & a tool for repairs. It frustrates me when Lego produce sets that have no storage point for weapons & the like except on the character's hand, nonetheless, I love the challenge of improving on the design. Any news on 75222 Cloud City?

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By in United Kingdom,

Why are they going crazy on the prices?? For the new solo ?

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By in United States,

@Kalking it's because Lepin and the other bootleg companies don't have to pay licensing fees and use cheaper material for their products, which lead to a much cheaper price. Not to mention that they just straight up plagerize the designs Lego uses for their boxes and sets, meaning little to no research and development is done and the sets being made at a quicker pace. I do agree that Lego tends to overprice quite a few of their sets these days, but usually it's for a good reason: the overall cost to produce, leading to a higher MSRP (constraction figures for example) or having to pay off the license holder (Star Wars and Superheroes being prime examples). Even if Lego wanted to do, there is no plausible way Lego could match the prices of these bootleg companies.

I like this set more now than when leaked pictures first came out. I would've liked more minifigs, but maybe they didn't have too much of a variety to choose from. I only see people who are buying Han Solo's Landspeeder buying this one, as it is kinda weak on its own.

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By in Germany,

Re Lepin: @justanotherfan: tests have shown that the material Lepin uses is the same as LEGO's. The difference in price can be attributed
a) like you said because they don't pay licence fees,
b) they don't have to pay designers because they rip off LEGO
c) even though they use high quality material they produce under the cheapest of conditions, with less strict rules regarding measurement tolerances, print quality of the manuals, etc.

Having said that, I still agree with the general sentiment that LEGO is stretching with their pricing policies lately, especially their blatant disrespect towards all markets other than the US. The slump in sales obviously hasn't been big enough yet for them to take notice. Sets with good value for money (like the Saturn V, Go Brick Me, etc) are becoming ever more rare, at least over here. And Germany is still better off than the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Skandinavia or even other Euro countries. Yet still much worse than the US.

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By in United States,

@AustinPowers ah, I stand corrected. You do bring up a good point on how Lego is egregriously overpriced outside of the US. They need to find a solution to their pricing problem, otherwise Lepin and other bootleg companies will find more and more customers each year, when they should be going out of business.

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By in Turkey,

It looks too bulky and unattractive. Other than sloped 2x2x2, I didn't see anything interesting with this set. Including Moloc's helmet. I'm guessing we will be seeing a lot of this slope in upcoming sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the look of this speeder and the minifigs, and so will buy it. But only at a hefty discount!

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By in Belgium,

Thanks for the review it was good to see the 2 speeders next to each other too. I'll want this set, but I definilty want to wait for a discount.

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