Review: LEGO Star Wars – 75173 Luke’s Landspeeder
LEGO traditionally has two major release dates each year, January 1st and June 1st, and on each of these dates you’ll see new sets released for the majority of LEGO themes. Personally I’m always most excited for new Star Wars LEGO and as if by some Christmas miracle, several of the new Star Wars sets due for January 1st have been appearing for sale in the last week on sites such as Argos, Amazon and the online LEGO shop.
Without an ounce of hesitation I picked up the re-released edition of Luke’s Landspeeder (75173) to build and review, it’s one of the smaller £19.99 sets that appealed to me most due to it’s great minifigure selection at it’s price point. You can read the set’s official blurb below:
Recreate unforgettable scenes on desert-planet Tatooine, as young Luke and C-3PO go in search of mysterious hermit Ben Kenobi in his landspeeder. This iconic model features a two-minifigure open cockpit, three engines and an opening trunk to store his electrobinoculars. There’s also a Tusken Raider and womp rat to keep the action level high. Includes four minifigures plus a womp rat figure.
Being a re-release we’ve seen this set before in 2010 under the guise of Luke’s Landspeeder (8092) in the UK and it costed £24.99. Over in the US it was previously exclusive to Walmart only in the form of a value 3-in-1 pack of sets. In the six years that have passed some obvious and subtle changes have happened to give it a modern LEGO Star Wars vibe, and it’s those differences we will mainly be looking at in this review.
Jumping straight in with the comparison, it’s key to note the vehicle is practically the same build in 2017 as it was in 2010. The majority of the components are the same, and the overall visual look of the landspeeder is near identical as you can see in the above image. The landspeeder has however received a number of changes in it’s re-release and I’ll get to those shortly.
The minifigures included are the things that altered the most with this set since it’s 2010 appearance. We still receive the Ben Kenobi minifigure, as well the Luke Skywalker and C-3PO minifigures. However with the new set we now receive a Tusken Raider and small Womp rat instead of the Stormtrooper, R2-D2 and sentry droid minifigures that were present in the older set.
In terms of the landspeeder the most obvious change you’ll spot is the primary colour has changed on the landspeeder from a light tan in the past to a new fleshy orange shade. Personally I like this change the most, it makes for much more of a visually striking set. You can also see that the three turbines at the rear of the landspeeder have received some changes, the way they are built is all different and each turbine has it’s own sticker now to add flavour to the model.
The rest of the changes come in a variety of small and rather subtle changes with some of the bricks having had their colours or position altered. However a big thumbs up to adding the curved right angle flat pieces onto the front of the landspeeder detailing, previously this was constructed out of 2×1 flat pieces which gave the detailing a harsh and overly blocky appearance.
Ben Kenobi, Luke Skywalker and C-3PO have all had slight updates and look as you’d expect for a modern LEGO set. I’m a major fan of the included Tusken Raider minifigure, I like it a lot, it comes with a moulded head piece which really sells this minifigure. Plus as far as I can tell the only other way to get yourself a Tusken Raider minifigure is from a now retired 2015 set, so this is a real snatch. Also included in the set is a “Womp rat” figure which in reality is just a small rat figure. On a whole I’d never expect them to make a specific Womp rat figure, but it’s inclusion does feel trivial and feels like it would be quickly lost.
In terms to the build, this was a simple put together and didn’t take more than 30 or so minutes to complete. The piping at the front of the landspeeder is the tiniest bit fiddly and you may struggle to align the sticker on the three turbines at the rear but these are miniscule in the grand scheme of things.
In the end is this re-release set worth buying? I’d say so, especially if you’ve never owned the original set from 2010. Even if you did it’s only a £19.99 set and comes with a reasonably sized vehicle and four detailed minifigures. As an adult collector I’m very happy with the LEGO Star Wars (75173) Luke’s Landspeeder set and can recommend it as set to purchase, even more so if you find it on sale at at any point in the future.