LEGO Star Wars Sandspeeder review

by admin on December 8, 2017

in LEGO Star Wars

While we have already discussed the 2018 LEGO sets that were released early (see: December 2017 – New LEGO Sets & Promotions), there was one 2018 LEGO Star Wars set that sort of sneaked in all by itself, and we haven’t yet talked about; the #75204 LEGO Star Wars Sandspeeder. The set is an exclusive to Target stores, and is also available at the Online LEGO Shop. So let’s talk about this interesting little ship. 🙂

The #75204 LEGO Star Wars Sandspeeder appears to be nothing more than a recolor of the classic snowspeeder, but there are actually some other differences as well. Both vehicles need to operate efficiently under extreme (but very different) weather conditions, which require some unique features and modifications. In addition, LEGO designers incorporated different building techniques to achieve similar shapes and functions (which is always interesting to see).

First, let’s talk about the original vehicles from the Star Wars universe, that the LEGO versions are based on. Both the snowspeeder and the sandspeeder are adapted from the T-47 airspeeder, manufactured by Incom Corporation. In Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, rebel technicians had trouble adapting the vehicles to the extreme cold, but they eventually figured it out by modifying the radiator fins. The small and agile speeders with a white paintjob and orange markings are well-loved by Star Wars fans and LEGO fans alike. In fact, LEGO released a number of different versions of the snowspeeder from tiny to Ultimate Collector Series size, and it seems like LEGO fans never get tired of it. Snowspeeders are just so swooshable!

The sandspeeder, on the other hand, is much less known in the Star Wars universe, and this is the first time it appears in LEGO form. According to the Star Wars wiki, “the Sandspeeder was a variant of the Incom T-47 airspeeder utilized by the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. It was modified specifically to undergo operations in hot, dry conditions. The drive section was left exposed for easier maintenance, although the airspeeder itself was enclosed. It also had a maximum speed of 600 kilometers per hour. They had been developed shortly after the Alliance had modified the T-47 airspeeder to operate on Hoth, leaving the modifications of the same airspeeder for arid environments relatively simple.”

The same wiki page mentions that the sandspeeder was originally designed for a Star Wars toy line made by the now defunct toy company Kenner, that supposed to be the continuation of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. While Lucasfilm scrapped the project, some of the concepts ended up getting integrated in other ways – like the sandspeeder.

Here is the official description of the LEGO Sandspeeder: Expand your LEGO Star Wars collection with the Sandspeeder. This variant of the iconic Snowspeeder features some fascinating details, including desert camouflage elements, opening minifigure cockpit and button-activated spring-loaded shooters. There’s also a toppling moisture vaporator, which any budding Sandspeeder pilot will love to use for target practice. Includes 2 minifigures: a Sandspeeder Pilot and a Sandspeeder Gunner. Sandspeeder measures over 2” (6cm) high, 6” (17cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide. Vaporator measures over 5” (13cm) high, 1” (5cm) wide and 3” (10cm) deep. 278 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE

The tan and dark-tan color-combination of the sandspeeder is quite striking, and goes well with the smoky window and dark-gray accent colors. Also, notice the special fins on the two sides of the cockpit, which is unique to the sandspeeder. Speaking of the cockpit, it opens up differently than the one on the snowspeeder, and includes a hidden compartment for extra weapons. The back of the sandspeeder is also different, and doesn’t include the tow-cable that was used to trip the AT-AT Walkers. The wings of the sandspeeder are attached with LEGO Technic connectors which makes them more sturdy compared to the snowspeeder, and also add some nice greebling effect. In the video below, just2good will show you some more details of the set.

As you can see, both minifigs are very detailed with really nice torso and leg printings and a great color-scheme. And, getting those rebel helmets with different colors and markings always make LEGO Star Wars fans happy. The moisture vaporator is also surprisingly well designed for such a small model, and the sideways rock piece is a very effective technique to hide some simple and clever play-functions, while also adding to the look of the terrain.

While overall the set looks pleasing and the play-functions work well, there are a couple of weak points also. The cockpit of the sandspeeder can open up in two ways; you can open it fully to reveal the hidden compartment, or, you can just open up the windshield section in the more traditional way. However, because the hinges of the windshield are quite tight, unless you hold down the section behind it, the whole roof tends to fall off. This is an issue on other small vehicles too where there is not enough room to tighten down the hinge with extra pieces. It’s an annoying problem that I’m surprised LEGO didn’t yet fix. I also feel like the sandspeeder could have used a bit of extra greebling. I particularly miss the 2×2 round tiles over the 2×2 slopes on the wings (as seen on most versions of the snowspeeder). Little things like that can make a big difference in overall shaping. Fortunately, this is an easy fix, as greebling is fairly easy to add to any vehicle with a few extra pieces.

With everything considered, I would say that the #75204 LEGO Star Wars Sandspeeder is a great little set with a very swooshable airspeeder wrapped in a unique sandy camouflage. LEGO Star Wars fans should be very pleased to add this version of the vehicle to their snowspeeder collection. Hopefully, we will also see it in upcoming movies, so we can tie some great stories to it – just like with the snowspeeder. As I mentioned at the beginning, the set is exclusive to Target stores if you want to check it out, and is also available at the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Star Wars Sandspeeder? Do you think it’s a worthy addition to the fleet of LEGO snowspeeders we already got? Are you planning to add it to your collection? Or do you already have it? Feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below! 😉

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

TomTom December 8, 2017 at 11:26 AM

The colors are great. I just want to know why they are releasing this set now and how it fits (if at all) with the upcoming movies. I find it curious that it does have Rey, Poe, and Finn on the box, so it seems like they are bringing the sandspeeder back to being canon?


Håkan December 8, 2017 at 8:28 PM

It’s not just a standard image, though? I’m not sure if it should be interpreted literally… It seems like all sets have an image of either Darth Vader or the RPF trio, even if they consist of original material…


Legostuff71 December 8, 2017 at 11:39 AM

Some say that it’s not part of the “The Last Jedi ” movie but, maybe something from the new battle front game. Either or it still looks cool and has that expanded Star Wars universal appeal.


brickmaster December 8, 2017 at 12:54 PM

That’s a possibility. In either case, I like it. The colors work really well.


admin December 8, 2017 at 5:54 PM

Interesting! I’m curious to see where it will appear. The fact that it was made into a LEGO set now, seems to indicate that we will see it in some way or another.


Giza December 8, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Little on the expensive side for what you get, but this set is a great variation on the snowspeeder. I like the new type of attachment of the wings. It does have some give, but it’s stronger because of the technic connections.


admin December 8, 2017 at 5:54 PM

Yes, it’s interesting that while the speeders look very similar, their construction is quite different. Fun to compare and learn from for sure! 😀


Håkan December 8, 2017 at 1:22 PM

On another Star Wars-related note. I saw the SW calendar countdown at Brickset.

I wonder how the logo would look when we’re getting further towards Christmas, and days like XVIII, XXIII and XXIV…


admin December 8, 2017 at 5:53 PM

LOL! That was a fun read! And fun comments too! 😀


Legostuff71 December 8, 2017 at 7:23 PM

Your guess is as good as mine. But , here’s something to think about . The white and blue colored helmet it has the same design on the helmet that Rey puts on in ” The force awakens ” . So, it might just be in the next movie. I heard a lot and I’ll belive it when I see it . Speculations can just mess things up and confuse us more. So, just wait and see the movie.


admin December 8, 2017 at 11:16 PM

Hm… interesting about the helmet. Good notice!


Laure December 8, 2017 at 10:06 PM

Too much of a Broken Record. I love color, to bland for my taste. PS Hate Star Wars. E Walks were to only thing good to come out of star wars. Rest Meh, but hey everyone has different Taste 😉


Legostuff71 December 8, 2017 at 11:41 PM

I have a book on Star Wars species, and it says that when an Ewok is born the Ewok villagers plant a tree in it honor of its birth. They are actually very spiritual . Kinda like the native Americans. I think that’s pretty cool.


admin December 9, 2017 at 12:18 AM

Ahhh… that’s adorable! My grandparents planted a tree when I was born. It was a gorgeous tree with a large canopy full of birds. Eventually it had to be cut down though, because it basically took over the house. But I still remember it fondly…


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