Debate has surrounded which colour scheme is the most authentic for Snowspeeders since The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980. LEGO has generally favoured white designs, although 7130 Snowspeeder from 1999 was actually grey with orange highlights.
30384 Snowspeeder is presumably intended to evoke those original colours which is a nice idea for the twentieth anniversary of LEGO Star Wars. The unusual cockpit assembly also appears familiar so I have been looking forward to adding this fun polybag to my Star Wars collection.
The Completed Model
LEGO has produced many different Snowspeeders during the last two decades, including numerous miniature renditions. This example measures 8cm in length so is probably most comparable in size to 8029 Mini Snowspeeder, a polybag from 2008 that was never released. However, its colour scheme is definitely based upon 7130 Snowspeeder, albeit with light bluish grey replacing the original grey pieces.
Beyond matching its colour scheme, certain shortcomings of the 1999 model are replicated here. I like how the cockpit has been divided into two sections for the pilot and the gunner, corresponding with the classic set. This rendition looks splendid though, featuring angled wings and two dark bluish grey laser cannons which are attached using click hinges and clips respectively. The resultant structure feels very sturdy.
The cooling fins are represented by a 1x4 gear rack which is reasonably effective and I love the small harpoon launcher located behind the cockpit. Unusually, the engines are joined to the fuselage rather than the repulsor housings on each wing. Their position is not perfect but I think this was sensible as incorporating bricks with studs on the sides might have affected the accurate shape of the wings.
30384 Snowspeeder is an excellent polybag. The model looks superb and I appreciate its relationship with 7130 Snowspeeder from 1999, especially during the twentieth anniversary of LEGO Star Wars. A couple of alterations could have been made to improve its film accuracy but maintaining the flaws of a classic set was certainly an interesting decision.
This polybag is currently being sold at Walmart and Target stores in North America but its wider availability around the world is fairly inconsistent at the moment. Hopefully that will change soon as this is certainly a set that I would recommend adding to your collection.
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