Despite an official release date on April 20, LEGO Star Wars sets from Solo: A Star Wars Story are beginning to hit store shelves all over the world, and we’ve picked up copies of several of the sets so you can get a first look at these upcoming sets. 75210 Moloch’s Landspeeder will retail for $39.99 and includes 464 pieces with two minifigures and a pair of white Corellian hounds.
With the movie release nearly two months away, the sets released ahead of the film tend not to have much in the way of spoilers, but if you’re assiduously avoiding even the names of characters on LEGO boxes, this will serve as your mild spoiler warning.
The box & instructions
With a square profile, the box for 75210 Moloch’s Landspeeder looks in photos like a much smaller LEGO set, but it’s a substantial box consistent with its $40 price tag. The box art highlights the cast of Solo, with orange “Star Wars” lettering.
The back of the box reveals the speeder’s play features, which we’ll cover in more detail later in this review.
The instruction booklet comes loose among the four numbered bags, and … *drumroll* there is no sticker sheet. That’s right, it’s a LEGO Star Wars set with no sticker sheet!
Bag 1 includes enough Technic beams to play Pick-Up Sticks, which all get fixed together with various pins and plates — standard fare for most mid-sized to large LEGO sets these days, ensuring durability when played with by an eight-year-old.
The second bag includes the parts for the rear section of the landspeeder, which consists of a central block and two modules that attach via Technic pins to the box.
Bag 3 completes most of the structure for the speeder, including the mechanism that turns the Gatling-style stud shooter.
By the end of the third bag, we’ve completed all but a few details on the landspeeder.
The fourth and final bag concludes the build with the top of the speeder’s rear section, the engines that attach via clips, and the roll cages for the driver and hound compartment.
The finished model
Without seeing the movie or being able to flip through the DK reference book, it’s hard to judge how true to the source material this LEGO set is — generally a key criterion for this section of a LEGO Star Wars set review. Absent such reference points, we’re left with a curved box that surrounds a flatter box shape. In gray. It’s not a very compelling model, to be honest.
The underside of the landspeeder includes wheels that help it “float”, stabilized by inverted boat hull plates.
Moloch pilots his landspeeder in an open cockpit, secured by a roll cage that flips open. The character’s head fits through the opening, and he (Moloch is a Canaanite god who got a bit of a bad name from his neighbors for alleged child sacrifice, so we’ll call him he until we learn more about the character in the Star Wars universe) sits comfortably at the controls.
It’s not the most interesting play feature, but I appreciate the brick-built solution rather than yet another trans-clear cockpit.
The rear of the landspeeder has a pair of identical engines, with a central cargo compartment that opens.
A bit of equipment can be stored in the compartment. It’s a little random, with a stack of studs to shoot from the front of the speeder, a couple bones for the hounds, and what I can only assume is a giant water dish for them.
The pair of Corellian hounds get their own compartment to travel in, with a cage that keeps them enclosed, though they don’t have a lot of wiggle room.
Spinning the wheel on the side of the landspeeder turns the interior mechanism that spins the stud-shooter, flipping 1×1 round plates across the room and into your sister’s eye.
For such a small model that looks like a gray box, there are actually quite a few play features, though it remains to be seen how many actually appear in the movie — Rey’s Speeder was so inaccurate I felt the need to remove most of the play features once I’d seen the movie and reference materials became available.
The minifigures & creatures
Moloch’s landspeeder appears to be a single-occupant vehicle, so having three or four minifigs might not make sense for subject matter. Nevertheless, it’s a little unusual to have so few minifigs for a part count approaching 500. The two minifigs are Moloch and Rebolt, who are accompanied by a pair of white Corellian hounds.
Moloch carries a staff and blaster, while Rebolt wields a black whip. The hooded Moloch wears robes, and it’s not clear yet what’s under that mask (a single head piece). Both characters wear dark gray clothing that appears to be spattered with the same light gray mud or dust.
Rebolt seems to be a hound-wrangler of some sort, and wears a tan hat that’s the same mold as Pao’s headgear from Rogue One. His head is reversible, showing an alternate expression on the back.
Moloch’s head piece extends down his back, with ribs or articulation.
His robes are worth a closer look, since the robe piece is new — we first saw this curved piece on Professor McGonagall in the new 75954 Hogwarts unveiled during Toy Fair.
The Corellian hounds are unique, single-piece creatures that fit across two studs. They have printed mouths, eyes, and nostrils.
They’re quite small creatures — considerably smaller than a LEGO dog (which fits across three studs).
Conclusions & recommendation
Most LEGO Star Wars sets from Rogue One were also released well in advance of the movie, and included now-iconic vehicles like 75155 U-wing and re-releases of excellent classics like 75153 AT-ST Walker. Similarly set in the years before A New Hope, this latest Star Wars movie also gets a host of new vehicles. I’m personally quite excited about the wholly new Millennium Falcon (in its original color scheme and freighter configuration), but it’s hard to be ecstatic about a gray box that’s not yet associated with any familiar characters or plot points.
So, I’m withholding judgment on the accuracy of the vehicle and its play features, on whether the minifig selection makes sense, and other details dependent on seeing the movie. The parts in the set are indeed mostly gray, with some dark tan accents. There aren’t any major new parts, but $40 for 464 parts is on par with the lower price points for many of the Rogue One sets — a welcome approach to marketing the movie through merchandise if it means we get less-expensive LEGO sets.
We’ll bring you more reviews of the Solo LEGO sets as they become available, so stay tuned!
75210 Moloch’s Landspeeder includes 464 pieces and will retail for $39.99 beginning on April 20. It’s already hitting some brick-and-morter store shelves, though, and available intermittently at higher prices online from secondary sellers.