Review: 75215 Cloud-Rider Swoop Bikes

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Enfys Nest stood out among the new characters in Solo: A Star Wars Story so her notable absence from the first wave of sets based upon the movie was somewhat surprising. I have therefore been excited to build 75215 Cloud-Rider Swoop Bikes as this set comes with a wonderful selection of minifigures, among whom is Enfys Nest.

However, the three minifigures are not the only interesting aspect of this set. The swoop bikes appear impressive too, capturing the unusual shape of these vehicles in the film with tremendous accuracy. Furthermore, the set contains 355 pieces but costs just £25.99 or $29.99 so its price seems quite reasonable to me.

Minifigures

Tobias Beckett first appeared in 75211 Imperial TIE Fighter, wearing an Imperial Officer's uniform. This minifigure instead sports a dark tan coat which is far more prominent in the movie and looks great. I like the dark bluish grey creases printed on the torso but the absence of dual-moulded legs is disappointing as they could have been used to good effect here.

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Furthermore, the minifigure lacks a double-sided head so includes only a single expression. His facial hair looks brilliant though and I love the tan hair piece. This element was created for Mr. Incredible but suits Beckett perfectly, capturing his receding hairline and featuring some lovely texture. As usual, this brutal gunslinger is armed with two pearl silver blaster pistols, just like those he wields in the film.

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A brand new helmet has been created for Enfys Nest, featuring several rubber spikes which conceal transmission antennas, a metallic silver visor and some Aurebesh script. This reads 'until we reach the last edge, the last opening, the last star and can go no higher' in the film but has been heavily abridged here. I believe this is intended to read 'and can go no higher' but a few letters have been omitted. Even so, I appreciate such intricate detail.

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Unfortunately, the head beneath Enfys Nest's helmet is plain black so you cannot easily recreate her unmasking from Solo: A Star Wars Story. The cape looks marvellous though, consisting of an orange interior surface and a black exterior, as shown below. I like the fur design on the back of the cape and both the torso and legs are decorated with similar detail which matches the source material precisely.

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The necklace on the front of this minifigure looks particularly impressive in my opinion, including a row of teeth which seem consistent with the animalistic styling of her armour. Nest carries an electroripper staff during battle. This accessory consists of three pieces and resembles the onscreen weapon fairly closely, although the light bluish grey lightsaber hilt looks slightly out of place between two pearl silver parts.

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Enfys Nest commands an array of miscreants within her Cloud Rider gang, among whom is Weazel. This diminutive spy only makes a brief appearance in the film but I am delighted to see him here, not least because he wears a magnificent helmet which has been rendered with tremendous printed and moulded detail. The ribbed texture along the top and sides of the helmet looks fantastic and I like the metallic silver highlights as well.

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The open sides of the helmet line up perfectly with some printing on the head underneath, suggesting that part of the helmet is made from a leathery material. Weazel's chest is decorated with six bone-like structures as well as a long climbing rope which across both sides of the torso. He carries a blaster rifle with two barrels that bares only a passing resemblance to his ordnance launcher in the film.

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The Completed Model

Enfys Nest pilots a Skyblade-330 swoop bike during the Cloud-Riders' raids. This light vehicle offers incredible speed and manoeuvrability at the cost of armour plating and I think the model looks superb here. Its proportions are perfect and the dark tan, light bluish grey and red colour scheme matches the film very closely. However, this swoop bike is rather oversized in relation to the minifigures, measuring 19cm in length.

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That increased size has allowed the designer to include impressive detail throughout the entire model, beginning with trihedral steering vanes at the front. These are ingeniously constructed using flags and stickers are applied on both sides of each control surface. 13 stickers are included which seems like a lot for a set of this size, although the decorative patterns look great. The blue Technic pin at the centre of the outriggers, on the other hand, looks out of place.

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There is room to seat Enfys Nest at the controls of her bike, gripping the adjustable handlebars. I like this idea but its execution is not particularly effective as the light bluish grey support structure is bulkier than it should be. Nevertheless, the minifigure looks good when seated and the stud shooters on either side of the saddle have been integrated quite nicely.

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Six powerful engines propel the swoop bike. Their angled configuration is accurate and I like how 1x2 rounded plates are stacked to form the cowling that protects each engine. A couple of dark bluish grey 1x1 round plates represent power cells towards the rear of the swoop and a large rudder is mounted at the centre. The red and black pattern looks brilliant on one side but the other is less attractive, showing the underside of a 1x6 plate.

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Weazel's Arrogantus-X Skyblade-221 is even larger than Enfys Nest's craft, measuring 21cm long and including a sidecar for a second figure. This set only comes with two Cloud-Riders, unfortunately, but it would be unrealistic to expect four minifigures in such a small set. Perhaps another gang member could have appeared in either 75217 Imperial Conveyex Transport or 75219 Imperial AT-Hauler.

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Despite the absence of an occupant for the sidecar, this vehicle looks superb. I love the consistent colour scheme and the steering vanes, which are mounted upside down in relation to the Skyblade-330, are nicely detailed. Once again, stickers are placed on either side of each steering vane and the outrigger structure is sturdier than I was anticipating.

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A single blaster is mounted below the outrigger, alongside some sensor equipment and a stud shooter. You can seat or stand a minifigure behind the control levers, although they cannot actually sit on the saddle towards the rear of the craft. The saddle is a welcome inclusion though and I like the engine detailing on either side of the swoop bike.

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However, the twin engines look even better when viewed from behind. Similar building techniques have been employed before but it works extremely well in this instance, faithfully recreating the design of the vehicle in Solo: A Star Wars Story. There is room to store a crate, containing a coaxium tube, on a 1x2 bracket between the swoop bike and its sidecar. This storage solution looks quite awkward but is ideal for play.

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Another stud shooter is fixed to the sidecar and you can place a second minifigure here. They do not have any controls, as one would expect, but there is plenty of engine detailing here. I particularly like the bodywork which surrounds an air intake at the front of the sidecar and two more blasters extend from the side. These weapons are mounted on click hinges so their angle can be adjusted.

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The swoop bike and its sidecar are linked by two Technic axles. These provide a sturdy connection but can also be pulled apart with ease, allowing you to play with the vehicles separately. I think the sidecar looks quite realistic as an independent speeder and you can angle the remaining light bluish grey click hinges upwards, as though they are representing two exhausts.

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Overall

75215 Cloud-Rider Swoop Bikes is among my favourite Star Wars sets released in 2018. Not only does it contain a marvellous selection of exclusive minifigures but the swoop bikes compare favourably with the source material. Their large size beside the figures may bother some people but that decision has allowed the designer to include far more detail than would have been possible at a smaller scale.

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Moreover, the price of £25.99 or $29.99 seems remarkably reasonable. Such good value is becoming increasingly unusual for the Star Wars theme so this example really stands out in that respect. On that basis, I would certainly recommend adding 75215 Cloud-Rider Swoop Bikes to your collection, even if you are only interested in the minifigures.

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

 

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13 comments on this article

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By in United States,

This set reminds me a lot of BARC Speeder with Sidecar tbh. I'm not that big of a SW collector, so I'll probably just BrickLink the AMAZINGLY DETAILED Enfy's Nest fig ;)

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By in United States,

I so want this set and it's a shane that Enfys doesn't have a face beyond the black brick.
Edit: a for member of her gang could've been included in either the Train of the Hauler like you say.

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By in Venezuela,

Replace blue part 4206482 "Conn.Bush W.Fric./Crossale" with part 4666579 "Connector Peg/Cross Axle"

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By in France,

I'm looking forward to buying this set soon. Still waiting for a slight discount...

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By in United States,

@Mirakle - Amazon (US) has it on sale for $26.97.

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By in United States,

This set looks wonderful in every way. I have loved all the Speeders from the Solo line - picked the first 2 up in May, and look forward to getting this soon as well.

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By in United States,

Awesome set! Just wish they included a face print for Enfys and maybe a hairpiece. Other than that, the minifigures and Speeder Bikes are incredibly accurate!

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By in United States,

I do like that the swoop is the "Arrogantus-X" model. In the old Marvel SW comics, Serji-X Arrogantus was the first swoop rider ever seen in the franchise. Also he was designed after and named for Sergio Aragones... because comics are weird.

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By in United States,

How many Warwick Davis characters does this make now in LEGO form? I've counted 5 so far:
- Wicket W. Warrick
- Wald
- Professor Flitwick
- Griphook
- Weazel

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review; +1 on the positive sentiment!

I built this just last weekend and it was an absolute joy! There’s so much to love here: great minifigs for sure, but the models are stunningly detailed with some inspired construction techniques. Coupled with that they are SO swooshable!

The only thing that would have made this even better would have been the addition of an extra Cloud Rider outrider... but I’ll likely build a minifig for this based on reference pics ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

I miss the part of the review where they review cool parts. This set has 13 of the new 1x2 rounded plates in dark grey, only otherwise available in the Hoth and Voltron sets, and has 4 of them in dark tan which are only in this set currently. I bought two of these on discount at 5.5p per piece so it’s a fantastic parts pack

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By in Poland,

It bothers me this set has 2 unique helmets while antman set got reused ones.

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By in United States,

I got this set on sale right when it came out from Amazon. It is a perfect set.

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