Review: 75258 Anakin's Podracer - 20th Anniversary Edition

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released twenty years ago and the exhilarating podrace sequence is probably among the most well known scenes from the movie. However, it has only inspired a few LEGO models so 75258 Anakin's Podracer - 20th Anniversary Edition is an interesting prospect.

This rendition of Anakin Skywalker's podracer appears somewhat similar to the version from 7962 Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba's Podracers, albeit with some additional colours. It looks marvellous though and the minifigures are impressive, particularly since Padmé Amidala now includes medium legs and a new hair piece.

Minifigures

Several different young Anakin Skywalker minifigures have been produced since 1999 and the latest example was introduced in 75223 Naboo Starfighter Microfighter. This reddish brown helmet is perfect for the Battle of Naboo but a printed helmet should have been included instead, matching 7962 Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba's Podracers. I like the folding goggles though and the double-sided head looks superb as well.

75258 Anakin's Podracer - 20th Anniversary Edition

Anakin wears simple clothing, consisting of a dark orange belt which secures a tan tunic. His necklace looks marvellous when compared with the movie and I appreciate the subtle folds which are printed on both sides of the torso. This minifigure comes with a black wrench, as one might expect given Anakin's mechanical talents.

75258 Anakin's Podracer - 20th Anniversary Edition

Padmé Amidala appears in relatively few LEGO Star Wars sets and this rendition of the character is unique, incorporating a new hair piece. This element features wonderful textured detail so represents an enormous improvement over the component from 1999, closely resembling her onscreen hairstyle. The head was originally designed for Jyn Erso and looks good, although the alternative grimace is not entirely suitable for Padmé.

75258 Anakin's Podracer - 20th Anniversary Edition

Mos Espa can sometimes become a dangerous place and Padmé is accordingly disguised in peasant clothing. Her dark tan knitted vest is intricately detailed and I like the red stone at the centre of her belt buckle. However, the most distinctive feature of this minifigure is probably the medium legs which have not appeared in a standard retail set, until now.

75258 Anakin's Podracer - 20th Anniversary Edition

These legs were introduced with the Wizarding World Collectable Minifigures during 2018 and include the standard articulation, unlike short legs. They are perfect for teenage characters such as the young queen of Naboo and I hope to see them used more frequently in every theme. Padmé wields a blaster rifle which seems slightly strange, although any accessory is welcome.

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Each twentieth anniversary set contains a classic minifigure and Luke Skywalker is provided here. This figure wears an orange flight suit from 7140 X-wing Fighter which seems fairly simple, although every important feature from the movie is included. The metallic silver life support pack is particularly appealing and further metallic silver branding appears on the back of the torso, identifying Luke as a twentieth anniversary minifigure.

75258 Anakin's Podracer - 20th Anniversary Edition

Two decades have passed since this helmet component was created and I am pleased that one of its original printed designs has returned. The hazard stripes across the front look fantastic and two Rebel insignia decorate the top. Furthermore, the classic Luke Skywalker head has been faithfully recreated so lacks the pupils which are a consistent presence on modern figures. This minifigure carries a blue lightsaber.

75258 Anakin's Podracer - 20th Anniversary Edition

The Completed Model

Luke Skywalker is displayed on a black display stand which looks brilliant, featuring the metallic silver twentieth anniversary emblem beside Luke's name. The bases can be joined together using black 2x4 plates underneath and these should form an impressive collection when all five minifigures have been assembled.

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7131 Anakin's Podracer was released in 1999 and provided some inspiration for this design, although more comparisons have been drawn with 7962 Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba's Podracers from 2011. This model appears outwardly similar to its immediate predecessor but measures 35cm in length so is slightly longer than past renditions and looks far more accurate when compared with the movie.

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Both engines are assembled around Technic axles which ensure their absolute stability and enable the designer to include superior mechanical detail. An interesting combination of blue, dark orange, yellow and grey dominates the exterior and I appreciate the copper swords which are attached on both sides. This section of the engine housing has been absent from previous models of the podracer but it looks excellent here.

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Moreover, the yellow air scoops are connected to click hinges so these can open and close, reflecting their function during the movie. The smaller exhaust flaps on each side are articulated as well. Energy binders connect the engines onscreen and they are cleverly represented by trans-pink lightning pieces which look perfect, although these elements do not actually provide any structural support.

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The entire podracer is instead designed around a trans-clear Technic frame. This appears very similar to the structure from 7962 Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba's Podracers and provides adequate stability, although the designer has chosen to include tan Technic pins with low friction. These match the desert environment of Tatooine but pins with more friction would have been preferable. The handle can serve as a display stand, as demonstrated below.

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Anakin's control pod appears exceptionally aerodynamic in The Phantom Menace and this rendition is impressive, featuring prominent air scoops on each side and several curved slopes. The racing decals look perfect when compared with the movie and are formed using stickers. I particularly appreciate the blue and dark bluish grey stripes across the tail.

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There is plenty of space for Anakin to stand inside or you can seat a standard minifigure. Twin throttle levers are included and these look superb but there are no system displays, unfortunately. The flexible control cables are connected to the pod using two clips which feel reasonably secure. However, I think the control linkage design from 2011 was probably more faithful to the source material.

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Overall

Podracers are interesting vehicles and 75258 Anakin's Podracer - 20th Anniversary Edition is certainly my favourite model of Anakin's craft. The mechanical detail on the engines is outstanding and I like the updated energy binders. Furthermore, the Technic frame provides ample support and includes a useful handle, taking inspiration from the 2011 set which was similarly constructed.

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The minifigure selection is similarly appealing but no other podracers are currently available. That may limit the play value offered by this set so hopefully corresponding vehicles will be released in the future. Nevertheless, I would recommend the modern rendition of Anakin's Podracer and its price of £24.99 or $29.99 seems appropriate to me.

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

27 comments on this article

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By in United States,

"Get hooked on Legos" They said. "You won't need to spend too much money on them." they said.
Uh, EXCUSE ME?! Then why do they keep making more and more awesome sets that I can't live without?

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By in United States,

I wish it included a pit droid like the original. We haven't seen one since

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By in United States,

Great set, great figures, great parts pack, BUT NO PIT DROID????
The snow speeder has some great throwbacks but they couldn't put in a ten piece droid? What goes on here...

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By in Netherlands,

Gonna get this for the Padmé minifig alone. The rest is just a bonus.

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By in United States,

might buy it...

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By in Poland,

oh no, I love it D :

I loved the pod races, and I did own one old set (7131, when they were still yellow) and dam I want this one so much D : (and it has the right price)

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow clear technic elements, also great set i liked the phantom menace, i want to see a new sith infiltrator now and Gungan submarine..

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By in United States,

Wait, young queen of Naboo? Spoiler Alert??

This is the first time I've ever seen "medium legs"--that's a nice part.

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By in Canada,

Prob the best of the 20th edition wave in my opinion, even slightly better than the Slave I.

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By in United States,

I really hope we get more podracer sets. There's a whole line of unique builds and characters you can get out of just that one scene.

We REALLY need more Padme figures. Especially her battle-ready outfit during TPM Battle of Naboo

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By in United States,

Now this is podracing!

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By in United States,

Didn't realize Padmé had medium legs. Now I just might need to get this one.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review! Nice updated set. I own the original, so it's nice to see the differences. Come to think of it, I believe this was my first SW LEGO set I bought in 1999.

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By in United Kingdom,

That technic frame is SO MUCH AN IMPROVEMENT over the tan brick-build frame of the '99 version that it's not even funny. Part of me wants to get this set just to see the comparison in person... I loved the Mos Espa Podrace set, but Anakin's was always the weakest of the three designs to me, and it looks like they've improved on every conceivable aspect of it here.

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By in United States,

hope it's still available come May the Fourth and not on backorder, that's my next ordering opportunity. maybe get 2 just to get more of those clear technic pieces, then build another, different podracer . . . .

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By in United Kingdom,

Is no one going to mention the pearl-gold Uruk-Hai swords used on the pods?

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By in United States,

So, this set includes a 9 year-old boy who's going to marry that 14 year-old monarch, and as a bonus, you get their very yellow adult son.

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By in United States,

I remember the original set, it is on pieces right now but the figures somewhere.

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By in Germany,

@Trandoshan You mean besides "I appreciate the copper swords which are attached on both sides"? Because that is written in the article.

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By in United Kingdom,

I, uh, might have missed that.

It's still notable that it's a recolour of a piece designed specifically for the LotR sets, right? I just find it weird that none of the reviews I've seen have acknowledged that.

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By in United States,

A pit droid would be great, but looks awesome

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By in Switzerland,

20th Anniversary. Man, I am getting old. :-)

Those ancient old prequel movies.

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By in United States,

I'm surprised how tempted I am by this set. I really had no interest in a new podracer, but I love Phantom Menace, these are nice minifigs (though it feels short one or two), a surprisingly good price, and I don't have any version of the racer. I probably won't be buying it as I'm trying to wean myself from the theme though.

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By in United Kingdom,

Really wish we'd finally see some different Pods again; to me, Anakin's was perhaps the most boring racer on the grid.

Then again, I appreciate that it is tough to properly do some of the others in LEGO, especially when many of them were a fair bit bigger than Anakin's.

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By in Netherlands,

@CapnRex would you have preferred blue friction pins? IMHO the choice of the tan pins (albeit with less friction) is far better.

Nice review!

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By in Netherlands,

@TWP, I believe CapnRex (and probably others as well) would have preferred new, 3 studs long friction pins in Trans Clear... but given these don’t exist yet (not in official sets anyway) I see your point and agree with you ;-)
There are 3L pins without friction in Light Bluish Grey though, which would have probably looked a bit better I think.

Nice looking set nevertheless! Now I’ll have to find ways to upgrade the other Podracers from the 1999 Boonta Eve Classic!

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By in United States,

@Trandoshan, I think the reason the copper Uruk-Hai swords aren't touched on much in the review is because it's not a new recolor of the piece. It was in several 2017 Ninjago sets (Hands of Time season).

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