The LEGO Star Wars sets from Solo: A Star Wars Story officially hit shelves on Friday, though we were able to bring you a couple early reviews with 75210 Moloch’s Landspeeder and 75207 Imperial Patrol Battle Pack. One of the smallest sets to include the titular hero is 75209 Han Solo’s Landspeeder, which retails for $29.99 in the US. The set includes 345 pieces and two minifigs.
The box & instructions
The box for 75209 Han Solo’s Landspeeder depicts characters from the movie, with the Star Wars wordmark in orange. The box includes three numbered bags and a single instruction booklet, with no sticker sheet. We’ve reviewed three LEGO Star Wars sets from Solo so far, and not a single one has had a sticker sheet! (While certainly noteworthy, we’ve already built the new Millennium Falcon, so we know that this isn’t a broader trend…)
The first bag includes Han Solo and one white Corellian hound (Moloch’s speeder includes two of these new beasties), with the parts for the landspeeder’s core and interior. Barely a third of the way into building this new vehicle, I started getting excited about just how much detail the LEGO designers had managed to pack into such a small space, with a detailed tan cockpit and complex engine area.
It’s also exciting to see interesting asymmetry in LEGO sets, and Han’s speeder has that in spades. Even the studs-out bracket pieces to which the exterior details will attach later are different on the left and right sides.
Studs face out in all four directions, anticipating plenty of detail from the remaining two thirds of the build.
The second bag includes Qi’ra and the parts for most of the speeder’s main body. The right side of the speeder has a smooth cowling, while the left side shows off exposed machinery (greebles that actually get added in the third and final bag).
Bag 3 includes the remainder of the parts, completing the removable engine, front hood, rear engine exhaust thrusters, and spoiler. The underside of the vehicle incorporates well-hidden spring-loaded shooters and small wheels so the landspeeder hovers smoothly. Bricks with studs on their sides are attached sideways, with a 1×4 black plate attached via half-stud-offset serving as a spacer between them.
The rear of the landspeeder comes together with the engine exhausts and spoiler, which is also asymmetrical, curling from the left side of the vehicle over the top and ending in a bit of a curlicue on the right.
The finished model
I’m going into the Han Solo movie with very low expectations. (For what it’s worth, I felt the same way about Rogue One, and it’s now one of my favorite Star Wars movies.) So without either seeing the movie or having the official reference book in hand, I’m generally withholding judgment on these sets in comparison with the “real” thing. Nevertheless, I think I must admit that I might be in love.
Han Solo’s landspeeder feels precisely like the kind of overclocked, likely illegal sort of vehicle that our favorite scruffy-looking nerf-herder would be driving before he (Empire Strikes Back SPOILER!) wins the Falcon from Lando in a high-stakes game of sabacc.
This vehicle looks fantastic from every angle — photos don’t really do it justice until you hold its surprisingly hefty weight (all that interior detail we’ll get to in a moment) in your hand. The white stripe on the speeder’s right side matches the curve over the hood, and then it ends abruptly in exposed pipes and mechanical details on the left side.
The rear is no less detailed, with large thrust exhausts on either side sandwiching vents and grilles. (My only complaint is that the red spring-loaded missiles stick out from the back of the vehicle.)
Pulling off the black 1×2 cheese grille pieces reveals a hidden compartment with what appears to be a power core.
The front hood comes off to reveal the fully detailed engine compartment, with a box to store a wrench and a long compartment to store extra trans-red missiles (built-in missile storage seems to be a first in a LEGO set).
The engine itself is removable, enabling Han to effect illegal modifications.
2×2 trans-neon-green radar dishes add more technical detail. We learned when The Force Awakens came out that Rey’s speeder had absolutely none of the play features that the LEGO set had — I went so far as to kitbash two copies of Rey’s speeder into an “unpimped” version. I certainly hope that the movie vehicle has all this detail under the hood, because it’s absolutely fantastic.
The cockpit area seats two and also has a ton of detail, with two printed control panels and a control yoke made from a bucket handle.
Minifigures & creatures
75209 Han Solo’s Landspeeder wouldn’t be true to its advertising if it didn’t include the galaxy’s favorite scoundrel. The set also includes the mysterious new character Qi’ra. Han wears a white vest with a gray shirt underneath, while Qi’ra gray coat with a red shirt. Interestingly, both characters have legs that appear to have gray dust or mud spattered on them. If you want a “clean” version of Han’s legs without the messy overlay of dirt or grime, you’ll need to pick up the new Falcon. A Corellian hound rounds out the trio of beings in the set.
Both the minifigures have reversible heads, smiling on one side and angry/concerned/frightened on the other. I’d be concerned too about one of these nasty-looking creatures bounding behind me. I’d suggest turning around and firing a DL-44 blaster bolt between its beady little eyes. Or, they could be fluffy little cuddle-doggies. We just don’t know yet.
The back of each minifigure’s torso is printed, with Qi’ra’s fur collar wrapping around her neck and more mud-splatters on Han’s back.
Conclusions & recommendation
From the wonderful asymmetry to the fun play features, this is a truly stellar LEGO set. Oddly, the LEGO version has now set the bar for what I expect in the movie, and I’ll be very disappointed if the movie doesn’t live up to my LEGO-induced expectations.
As fun as this set is on its own merits, it’s also a great value at $30 for over 340 pieces. As we’ve noted before, the LEGO sets based on Star Wars Anthology movies like Rogue One and Solo have tended to come in well below the often-inflated prices of other Star Wars sets (and licensed themes more generally). That’s certainly the case here, as it is with 75210 Moloch’s Landspeeder.
Many of you will likely wait until the movie comes out to decide whether you want to pick up the set, but I for one am very glad indeed that I picked up this excellent set — it defied all expectations.
75209 Han Solo’s Landspeeder includes 345 pieces and two minifigures. The set is available now from the LEGO Shop ($29.99 in the US | £25.99 in the UK | $34.99 in Canada), Target, and from various sellers on eBay and BrickLink.