LEGO Star Wars 8091 Republic Swamp Speeder [Review]

8091 Republic Swamp Speeder is among the first wave of Star Wars sets released in 2010. It’s a Toys R Us exclusive and is also available at LEGO stores and on LEGO Shop at Home. This limited edition set costs $29.99 for 176 pieces and 5 minifigures, including the unique Barriss Offee, about whom I only know that the name rhymes with coffee.

The 0.1 price per piece ratio now seems like an ideal rather than the standard. At $30, you’re paying more than $0.17 per average piece from the set. But we’re still lucky in the US where it costs others €39.99 and £29.99 for the same product. If you’re buying it, you’re probably citing the unique Barriss fig as one of your top reasons. In case you want more reasons to buy or not buy the set, read on.

Building experience and play:
The Swamp Speeder is a simple and fun set to build. The only technique to note are the use of 1X2 dark red plates on the bottom to complement the curved contour of the front. The play value of this set is much better compared to its original version in 2005. The new version features a steering mechanism for the guns, which also pilots the wheels so both kids and AFOLs can push and navigate the speeder across their tabletops while making hovering noises and pew pews.

Parts and display
Without the four 1X3 dark bluish gray tiles, this set could have been released in the last decade as it employs no other 2010 mold. Yet even without new elements, the speeder is a great display item based on its efficient design and stickers that greatly enhance the model. It’s a worthy addition to your Star Wars display that may or may not be collecting dust on a neglected shelf.

The “limited edition” marking on the box only means that the set is an exclusive to LEGO retail and another brand-name store (in this case Toys R Us). You probably don’t have the worry about the set going out of stock soon judging by the last time we reviewed a limited edition set (7752 Count Dooku’s Solar Sailer) and it’s still sitting comfortably on shelves a year later. On the contrary, there are inconspicuously marked exclusives such as 8092 Luke’s Landspeeder that could disappear completely within a few months. It’s one reason that the landspeeder is currently the hottest-selling set on US LEGO Shop at Home.

Resale value:
If you’re selling the figures on Bricklink, you’ll get between $15-20 for Barriss, but even so selling the rest of the figs will barely fetch the price you payed for the set as long as stores still carry it. While the clone trooper has a new and slightly different design and is currently exclusive to the Swamp Speeder, it may not remain that way for long as it is a common character. If you’re planning on hanging onto a copy of the set, it’s not a bad idea. While you may have to wait a while, the rewards of possessing an out of stock limited edition Star Wars set are significant. As for me, I’ll be buying a second copy at a later time to keep MISB.

Concluding remarks:
This is a set that appeals to fans of Barriss Offee, the swamp speeder, and collectors. Kids will have fun with the play features of this model while some AFOLs can find it as a good display item. As builders, you can get more parts from Bricklink than from this set, and even resellers may be tempted the same. If you’re sitting on the fence with 30 bucks, go buy Luke’s Landspeeder if you don’t already have it. It even comes with the droids you’re looking for.

For more pictures, see the full gallery on Brickshelf.

6 comments on “LEGO Star Wars 8091 Republic Swamp Speeder [Review]

  1. jabbascript

    “It even comes with the droids you’re looking for.”

    Haha, nice. I doubt I’ll be buying this set. The price is ridiculous, even for a StarWars set.

  2. ILikePi

    Thanks for this review!

    This set is at least $5 overpriced, which is why I will be waiting for a sale before getting it. If it doesn’t go on sale, then I’ll have saved $30!

    If I was to get this set though, it would be for the clone trooper, with the dotted mouth pattern and updated torso print (the back looks amazing!), than for Barriss Offee. She doesn’t look special at all to me.

  3. Creative Anarchy

    I hadn’t realized that the the little jet-turning tecnics also steered the front wheels. That’s actually a pretty geneious build for it’s small size. I think any well-built model has value as something builders can improvise off-of. However, I definately the price is really high for what comes out of the box.

  4. Will Will

    Nice to see a Star Wars review! I think I’ll definitely pass on this one for sure, but it satisfied me to see the detailed pics and the vid. Tks for this, Nannan.

    I T-16 sky-hopped on the Luke’s landspeeder early, and a good thing, too. It’s back ordered to mid-March now :S

  5. parchioso

    Thanks and this is a review style that I have learnt something from, especially on product analysis and insights. This set indeed has been hot, I have done a review 2 weeks ago when most people did not have it yet, and it received the most hit among all reviews I have ever made.

    But I suspect that people were paying heavy attention to it because of the “exclusiveness”, if Barriss Offee would remain available only in this set, I think it would not suffer the same fate as 7752, this fasinating lady Jedi is no ugly old villain court Dooku.

  6. David4

    This is why the Star Wars license will need to end soon, the price point will be so insanely high that kids can’t buy them and parents won’t.

    This should be like a $15 set, MAYBE $20. The thing is tiny.

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