Snowspeeders have provided inspiration for an enormous selection of LEGO Star Wars sets and it seems appropriate that another rendition has been released for the anniversary range. 75259 Snowspeeder - 20th Anniversary Edition looks a lot like past models in official images, featuring numerous familiar design components.
Nevertheless, earlier Snowspeeders have been impressive so I understand why many features remain intact on this example. Furthermore, this set contains a superb P-Tower weapon emplacement and an exclusive Lando Calrissian minifigure, taking inspiration from his original appearance in 10123 Cloud City during 2003.
LEGO Snowspeeders are generally piloted by Luke Skywalker and this example is no exception. He wears a helmet with decorative Rebel Alliance emblems and stripes which looks marvellous, although the dual-moulded element introduced last year might have been preferable. Unfortunately, that helmet cannot fit beneath the cockpit canopy but I appreciate the original design too.
Dak Ralter includes a similar white helmet with blue Rebel insignia while his double-sided head offers smiling and frightened expressions. The orange visor looks brilliant and I like the detailed flight uniform as well, consisting of a light bluish grey harness and a flak vest which are worn over orange attire. Unfortunately, these were designed for X-wing pilots so include inaccurate black gloves along with printed flares.
7130 Snowspeeder contains a Hoth Rebel Trooper and another appears here, wearing an interesting dark tan helmet. Dark fabric is wrapped around some helmets during the film so I understand why dark tan was selected on this occasion, although the white element is more suitable in my opinion. However, these goggles look perfect and the minifigure includes a lovely white backpack.
The torso appears extremely similar to previous designs, albeit now featuring dark tan padding on the reverse and more intricate detail. I am particularly pleased with the small communication badge which is attached to the jacket and corresponds precisely with the source material. This minifigure carries an unusual blaster rifle, represented by a video camera and therefore matching the original Rebel trooper from 1999!
Lando Calrissian first appeared in 10123 Cloud City and that minifigure has become extraordinarily popular. Its return for the twentieth anniversary is pleasing and the Baron Administrator of Cloud City looks wonderful, wearing a beautiful cape with yellow and pale blue surfaces. This closely resembles the original figure and I am equally impressed with the hair piece and head which both look superb.
Furthermore, the minifigure features some creasing on its torso that corresponds with the version from 2003. This design appears relatively simple when compared with the character from 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City but represents a great tribute to a renowned Star Wars minifigure, distinguished only be the addition of the twentieth anniversary emblem on Lando's back. He wields a classic megaphone blaster.
The Completed Model
Five classic minifigures have been distributed across the LEGO Star Wars twentieth anniversary range and they are accompanied by black display stands. These feature the name of each character and the twentieth anniversary branding, forming an attractive base for the figure. Moreover, the stands can be connected using 2x4 plates so you can display the five minifigures together with ease.
P-tower anti-vehicle turrets have appeared in many sets, varying considerably in detail and design but always capturing the integral dish shape of their source material. This example is excellent. It appears accurate when compared with Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and features significant articulation, enabling the turret to rotate or angle upwards when targeting its stud shooter.
Such functionality is satisfying, although I think it has compromised the appearance of the weapon to some degree. The base seems very narrow while the controls at the rear are rather small. The model from 75014 Battle of Hoth was more accurate in those respects and remains my favourite rendition of the P-tower turret, despite the superior manoeuvrability and play value offered by this design.
Snowspeeder models have undergone comparatively few alterations during the last two decades and this rendition appears extremely similar to its numerous predecessors. The vehicle measures 18cm in length and replicates the sleek profile shape of the original Snowspeeder, featuring angular wings that are fixed to the fuselage using click hinges.
Orange is frequently associated with Snowspeeders but Luke Skywalker's craft actually features grey highlights during the film and that is reflected here. The sticker on the nose is highly detailed and I like the colour combination of white with light and dark bluish grey that dominates the model. However, the vehicle is not absolutely free from orange highlights, incorporating a narrow stripe around the targeting sensor.
Moreover, the cabin air intake includes an orange 1x2 plate underneath while further orange streaks appear towards the rear. These really stand out against the white armour plating and seem faithful to the source material. The stickers along either flank are similarly impressive and I love the mechanical details found beneath the dorsal air braking flaps. Unfortunately, no ventral flaps are included.
The same cockpit component has appeared on every minifigure-scale Snowspeeder since 1999 and this resembles the onscreen vehicle, although there is definitely room for improvement. The twentieth anniversary would have been a perfect opportunity to introduce a new piece so I am disappointed that the designers chose to use the existing element again. On the other hand, the printed design has been updated and looks great.
Opening the cockpit reveals two seats and a storage area for some accessories. This interior space is restricted and the minifigures must lean back quite dramatically to fit beneath the canopy, further indicating that this canopy should be replaced. Nevertheless, the available area has been used quite efficiently in my opinion and I appreciate the storage space behind the gunner.
The harpoon launcher is formed using a rotating stud shooter but its pitch is fixed. This looks good but you cannot actually connect the dark bluish grey harpoon and the launcher. Instead, the cable must be deployed manually while the stud shooter fires a standard 1x1 round plate. Both functions are effective and I like the black radiator cooling fins, although the exposed cable reel is unattractive.
Additional weaponry is hidden on the underside. These spring-loaded shooters are fairly powerful and do not interfere with the appearance of the model so I appreciate their inclusion. In addition, the colour scheme underneath is consistent and the Snowspeeder lands on three 1x3 inverted slopes, stabilising the craft without spoiling its narrow profile.
More than twenty different renditions of the Snowspeeder have been created since 1999, as one may expect given its exceptional popularity. 75259 Snowspeeder - 20th Anniversary Edition is an excellent addition to the range, although its outward design is similar to 75049 Snowspeeder that was produced during 2014. That is slightly disappointing as there is definite room for improvement around the cockpit.
However, this remains an accurate model. It includes brilliant detail and closely resembles the vehicle from the movie, despite sharing many design features with past sets. The revised P-tower turret looks great too while the exclusive Lando Calrissian minifigure is outstanding so I would recommend the set to those who do not already own a LEGO Snowspeeder, particularly following a discount.
I hope you have found this review informative. Let us know by liking this article and share your opinion of the set in the comments.
This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.