LEGO 75144 Star Wars Snowspeeder Ultimate Collector Set Review

The LEGO 75144 Snowspeeder isn’t exactly new, but this version definitely is and was released in 2017. With sleeker lines, interactivity and two minifigures, this set is a completely new interpretation of a relatively old theme. Let’s check it out!

 

LEGO 75144 Star Wars Snowspeeder Ultimate Collector Set

This isn’t the first LEGO Snowspeeder. In fact, the first LEGO Snowspeeder was from 1999, at just 212 pieces. Since then, there have been several different editions of this set, including an Ultimate Collector Set in 2004 (LEGO 10129). There was also a more playable set in 2014 (LEGO 75049).

Do not think all these sets amount to the same thing, however. With each iteration, the LEGO Snowspeeder becomes more complex, detailed and accurate. The LEGO 75144 set is unique in its construction and it shows. It comes with a windshield that is new to this set, function figures, and so much more that wasn’t found in previous LEGO Snowspeeder versions.

This version is much closer to the original craft seen in the Empire Strikes Back movie, with a much more realistic and familiar design closer to the official look of the ships.

As this is an Ultimate Collector Set, it is not meant for play, just for display. This doesn’t mean it isn’t an innovative build, sure to encourage creative and lateral thinking on the builders. It is also challenging, but never boring or frustrating, which is always a nice thing to have.

This set is 21cm high, 39cm long and 29cm wide while on the stand. It is 11cm high without the stand.

What’s in the box?

LEGO Snowspeeder UCS Box

  • 1703 pieces
  • 2 minifigures (Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot and Rebel Snowspeeder Gunner)
  • The Snowspeeder, built in intricate detail, including functionality such as a rotating harpoon gun
  • A stand with fact plaque to display it
  • 2 blaster pistols
  • Accessory elements such as electrobinoculars and original helmet headpieces
  • Instructions
  • Sticker sheet

How much does it cost?

The LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder UCS is a hard to find set, therefore prices will vary.

LEGO 75144 Star Wars Snowspeeder UCS Designer Video

LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder UCS Pictures

LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder - Front Cockpit Open LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder - Top View LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder - Full Ship Without Stand

LEGO 75144 Snowspeeder Cockpit Detail LEGO 75144 Snowspeeder Back Wing Detail LEGO 75144 Snowspeeder Back Flap Function Detail LEGO 75144 Snowspeeder Cockpit Opening Detail LEGO 75144 Snowspeeder Back Thrusters Detail

Minifigure Kit Valent LEGO Snowspeeder
Kit Valent Minifigure
Minifigure Zed Senesca LEGO Snowspeeder
Zed Senesca Minifigure

LEGO Snowspeeder UCS Stand

LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder UCS Review

The LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder is a marvel of LEGO engineering. The first interesting thing about this set is how it shows a remarkable attention to detail. When a set is for display only, it’s easy to forgo some details and finishes. However, unlike other sets, this one is fully finished. Even the underside is detailed.

The cockpit is unique, with an original piece and quite a lot of detail to the dashboards inside. It opens freely and fits minifigures. The stand is also simple and has mobility enough to angle the ship different ways.

Pros & Cons

Pros
The function pieces work in brilliant ways. One of these is the harpoon gun. Moving it moves the controls inside, which is a very cool thing to add to a collector piece not meant for play. The landing part under the ship also gives extra detail to the whole build.
In full, this set is solid when well built and rests on a tiny cube point — the gap left when not on the stand to fit does not compromise the build’s appearance at all. With the stand, you may angle it without issue at all, or place it parallel to a surface.
The back of the ship, with the cooler vents, looks very realistic and true to the snowspeeder’s original design. This set has a much nicer front, with more angles and plates, which match the original design more than earlier LEGO Snowspeeder sets.
Cons
One controversial point in this set is the usage of rubber bands to keep the underside of the wings closed. While some believe this should’ve been a hinge, it has its reason to be. The bands hold the pieces in place and make the gap smaller than it would’ve otherwise been. Also, it provides flexibility to the area.
Another controversy in the LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder is the use of stickers. For some, this might be negative, but they add more detail to the build, in special within the cockpit. While they could’ve been a printed piece (at an extra cost to set, of course), they are not enough to be a truly bad thing. Otherwise, the ship is very much realistic and detailed.
The minifigures could’ve been better, with different faces, as they’re the same. But, the detail in the helmets makes them unique. While they are unnamed in the instructions and box, the details are enough to find them as Kit Valent and Zev Senesca.

Conclusion

The LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder UCS is beautiful and interesting. This edition improves substantially on older designs with a sleeker look. The LEGO 75144 set has a less blocky and more angled front, clever usage of resources, original pieces and a very nice attention to detail. You may also want to see other updated Star Wars sets such as the LEGO 75192 Millennium Falcon.

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