Familiar vehicles dominate the latest LEGO Star Wars range and 75250 Pasaana Speeder Chase seems accordingly enticing, focusing upon new vehicles that appear during Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The resilient transport craft looks particularly impressive.
Furthermore, some marvellous minifigures are included, three of which are exclusively available here and they feature extraordinary detail. The price of £44.99 or $39.99 has elicited some discussion but I remain interested in this set because it seems more distinctive than others based upon Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Several variants of Rey have been produced and the latest minifigure appears somewhat reminiscent of the version from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This dark brown hair piece was introduced during 2015 and includes superb texture while Rey's double-sided head remains similarly unchanged. These expressions look reasonable and the freckles are excellent but an alternative design would have been preferable.
Furthermore, the fabric strips across her torso seem familiar, matching Rey's attire while residing on Jakku. That seems appropriate though, given her surroundings here. The white colour scheme looks marvellous and I appreciate the metallic silver buckle on her belt, demonstrating fantastic attention to detail.
Rey carries a blue lightsaber, as usual. However, the trans-light blue shade has been updated so the blade now appears cloudier than previous alternatives, as demonstrated below. I think this design looks perfect when representing a lightsaber blade but the colour change is quite dramatic and might not be suitable for other pieces.
BB-8 has appeared in numerous sets based upon the Sequel Trilogy but this design actually returns from 75242 Black Ace TIE Interceptor. The black photoreceptor has been enlarged slightly and looks wonderful, contrasting with the orange and metallic silver panels. The spherical body includes similar detail and I am impressed by the unique designs on each side which reflect the movies.
Jetpacks provide troops with an invaluable advantage during combat and I think the First Order Jet Trooper looks lovely, featuring an attractive helmet which resembles those worn by Range Troopers during Solo: A Star Wars Story. The moulding appears incredibly intricate and I love the narrow visor that corresponds with First Order Snowtroopers.
The body armour, meanwhile, seems more reminiscent of First Order Flametroopers but features an interesting red insignia. The padded detail around the breastplate looks wonderful and that continues onto the reverse. However, this design is concealed beneath an outstanding jetpack accessory which incorporates a 1x1 printed tile, featuring the same emblem that appears on the chest armour.
Despite appearing similar to standard Stormtroopers, the First Order Treadspeeder Driver includes unique armour which is distinguished by another symbol on the torso. Furthermore, the legs are quite different to earlier designs, featuring prominent kneepads beside subtle striations. The helmet has not been updated though and both minifigures include familiar Clone Trooper heads.
The Completed Model
Pasaana has appeared prominently during trailers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and features numerous colourful tents. This structure looks fairly consistent with those shown onscreen, combining dark red and medium azure wedge plates which form the roof. Its angular design is similarly attractive and I like the light bluish grey supports, especially since they are surprisingly robust.
Some equipment is kept beneath the canopy, including a cutting tool, a grappling hook and a shovel. The neighbouring dark bluish grey crate is excellent for storing additional 1x1 round plates from stud shooters and the reddish brown lattice window looks great too. In fact, this piece has only previously appeared in 70842 Emmet's Triple Decker Couch Mech.
First Order Treadspeeders seem distinctive, featuring an unusual rotating tread towards the front and repulsorlift support at the rear. Recreating that configuration was probably quite difficult but I think this vehicle could have been improved as the saddle should be elevated further, perhaps using more trans-clear components underneath. This design appears appropriate for play though.
Angular armour protects the vulnerable tread and looks brilliant, accurately replicating the shape of its onscreen counterpart. The stud shooters are extremely prominent but I like the laser cannons situated underneath and the asymmetrical 1x1 bracket corresponds with the original speeder as well. I am less satisfied with the Technic structure as the forward tread feels somewhat fragile, unfortunately.
Moreover, these elements are almost completely exposed beneath the driver which is disappointing. There is adequate space for two minifigures though and the black exhaust compares favourably with the source material. Nevertheless, elevating this section is important and I am therefore disappointed with the First Order Treadspeeder, despite appreciating its potential play value.
The transport speeder, by contrast, includes extensive detail and closely resembles the vehicle from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The red bodywork certainly stands out within the Star Wars theme and I love its industrial aesthetic which conforms to the arid environment of Pasaana. Similarities exist between this craft and the Bantha-II Cargo Skiff from the Original Trilogy but I think they are sufficiently distinct.
Stickers are applied across the front of this model, representing authentic wear which reflects its age. The dark tan highlights are attractive and I am particularly impressed with the vertical flap fitted under the nose. Moreover, the vehicle features various asymmetrical details, including one stud shooter and protective railings across its left flank.
Mechanical detail dominates the opposite side, including dark tan 6L bars which create an interesting shape. Another sticker is also situated here, forming an elegant curve. I like how this sticker has been integrated with some white plates and the tan flag looks great, closely resembling the vehicle that has appeared on posters for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
This speeder measures 19cm in length so provides generous room for minifigures on the deck. The aforementioned crate may also be placed on board and I like the rotating tiller which makes fantastic use of a dark bluish grey ski pole. In addition, the floor texture seems fairly realistic and flexible tubes are positioned tidily below the deck, partially hiding the Technic frame across the underside.
Enormous steering vanes are connected to that Technic frame towards the rear of the transport skiff. These feel reasonably robust and the distinctive hollow sections are superb. The light bluish grey roll cage component, which has not been produced in this colour before, forms a curved railing and looks absolutely wonderful as well.
75250 Pasaana Speeder Chase focuses primarily upon new characters and vehicles from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker so should prove fairly popular. Those minifigures are definitely appealing and I like the transport speeder which includes fantastic detail, striking an ideal balance between innovation and familiarity in my opinion. Furthermore, the model offers wonderful play value.
However, the opposing First Order Treadspeeder appears inaccurate when compared with the source material. Recreating this unusual vehicle while maintaining stability was probably fairly challenging but its design could be significantly improved in my opinion. The price of £44.99 or $39.99 feels somewhat expensive too, although the new minifigures are potentially responsible for that and they are extremely enticing!
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