Review: 75250 Pasaana Speeder Chase

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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.

Minifigures

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Overall

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.

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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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32 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Great review! I never realized from the box art that the Tread Speeder driver was different from a normal FO Stormtrooper. How, I have no idea.

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By in United States,

I am getting this set just for the minifigs and fore the tread speeder

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By in United Kingdom,

Good review. Love the new Troopers, but agree about the price point. The scale of the set makes it look and feel more like a £30 set then a £45 one.

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By in United States,

This looks like fun but not for me, fantastic review.

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By in United States,

My only small complaint about your reviews (as well as those from others on this site) has to do with accessories. You always call out accessories that each minifig comes with, and describe them in great detail, but almost never picture them. For example, here you mention the changed color of the lightsaber blade, but the only pictures of it are in overall shots of the set. Other than that, excellent review as always!

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By in Switzerland,

Pretty close to the half-a-walker set in terms of overpriced nonsense. It has become so easy to just dismiss sets, I am literally saving a ton of money!

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By in United States,

There's really not that much appeal in this set for me. It looks really good, but I'm just not that interested in it. The info about the Treadspeeder was interesting, however. I'm curious why the First Order decided to manufacture a vehicle that still relies on land contact for movement.

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By in United States,

I agree with mtpelepele. As soon as you mentioned that they changed the shade of blue for the lightsaber I wanted to see this change, preferably with a comparison to the old shade.

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By in Germany,

This is a totally boring set. And overpriced too.

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By in United States,

I like the skiff. It's a colorful update of the classic skiff without being a carbon copy. The motorcycle is forgettable at best. The review is, as usual, lucid and superbly photographed. The set might be worthwhile at a discount, but not at full price. It feels like a $30 set.

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By in United States,

I'm not a huge fan of the set but the Jet Trooper helmet is awesome!

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By in United States,

Was this set provided for free by Lego?

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By in United Kingdom,

@mtpelepele and @bacon1986 - Thank you for the suggestion. A photo of the new lightsaber colour beside the old design has been added to the review.

@andygott - No, I purchased this myself. We disclose any products which have been provided for review by LEGO.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm most interested in this mostly because the 'grungier', beaten-up vehicles/locations are my favourite part of Star Wars, and because the colour scheme on the skiff perfectly matches that of 75215 Cloud-Rider swoop bikes!

The treadspeeder I'm less convinced by though, mostly because I can't think of any reason a vehicle like that would be practical considering actual speeders exist in this universe. Luckily SW has always been good at 'explaining' the in-universe reason for this sort of thing (No bad thing), probably in the next cross-section book...

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By in Germany,

50€ for this, huh? That's a big yikes right there.

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By in Australia,

It's a little thing but I really like the use of wedge plates to make the shape of the tent structure. It's good to see building techniques which are novel but can also be adopted by young builders when they make their own creations

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By in New Zealand,

Super Expensive spare parts.

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By in Australia,

Thanks for the review Capt'n, excellent as always. The recommended retail price for this set in Australia is $90! That's ridiculous for a set of so few pieces. This is the only set I want to add to my collection from this range , but I'm going to have to wait 12 months for it to be on clearance before I buy it.

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By in United States,

This set may work for some people, but I think it's a pretty high price to pay for such a low quality set.

I think it looks like a remastered version of a desert skiff.

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By in Australia,

I find the change in lightsaber production now to be a curious move on Lego's part. 5yrs ago would have made sense, they had to know that when Disney/Lucasfilm told them of the first movie that it would be a trilogy series and perhaps even knew then that there would be two stand alone.

So five new Star Wars movies in 5yrs, I get making a the investment at that point in a new production process and or material. Just seems weird to wait till now, and it seems to be varied across this wave, so it is a one of to represent some change in movie or a new style going forward?

Sorry if this is something that has been address previously here or on other sites, really just read Brickset and watch a few youtube channels, so don't keep up with everything Lego related, or Stars Wars related.

Will say though that going forward I hope they do more stand alone movies, Rouge One was awesome, Solo was so panned that by the time I saw it I had low exceptions and found that to be pretty darn good too. I hope this last sequel trilogy movie is better then the first two, I know history has a way of repeating, but so much of the first two movies felt like modern adaptions from the OT. Rise of Skywalker better refer to Kylo Ren and not Rey secretly being Lukes kid or something like that I want to see a movie that follows on from Solo about the character that Emilia Clarke played, her origin story from being caught in the transport hub to being an agent of Sith and beyond would be very interesting indeed!

Thanks for letting me ramble, loved the review btw lol, good pics, info and personal opinion on a set that am still on the fence about. Much appreciated.

Have a great weekend all!

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By in Australia,

Great review and I really like this set. But not $90 like it unfortunately.

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By in Australia,

@twodoors, this set is available on Amazon AU for $79. Not much of a discount but a little bit better than full RRP.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the skiff... I really wish this set just included that and was £15. The treadspeeder looks much better suited to a battle pack, in a slightly smaller size.

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By in Netherlands,

This set is 55 euro in the NL Lego Shop. Totally not worth it and priced absolutely out of proportion! It's only 373 pieces and has 4 minifigs..... Ridiculous!

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By in Czech Republic,

Be happy with the price EUR 40 as in my country the recommended retail price is more than EUR 57!!!

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By in Germany,

It's a good review but the price is just too high for what you get. I don't see this flying off the shelves.

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By in Germany,

The price is a joke. Especially as those minifigures are meh at best. Who hasn't got tons of BB8s already? And 50 Euro for two small vehicles and a tiny stand that looks like something out of an advent calendar? Not for me. Pricing is getting ever more outrageous.

The reviews here are getting better and better while the reviewed sets get worse and worse.

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By in France,

^agree on your first paragraph of comments

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By in United States,

On treaded vehicles in Star Wars: it’s unusual, but not unprecedented. Or have we collectively forgotten the existence of the Jawa Sandcrawler, the Separatist Tank Droid, or Legends TIE Crawler, to name a few?

Just my two bits on the subject.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is the new lightsaber blade like the ones in the light-up lightsabers. They always seemed frosted

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By in Finland,

On Lego.com this costs 65€ ($72!) and even in my local stores it's still 59€ ($66!), I just don't understand why we have the worst Lego prices, imo it should be like 40€ max

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By in Australia,

If you think the UK price is bad, in Australia it costs $89 RRP, the same as the Resistance Y-Wing.

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