I was all set to skip any of the 3.75 inch Star Wars figures. That is, until the Elite Speeder Bike came out. I have 3 standard Speeder Bikes (one that explodes), 2 Snow Speeder Bikes, a BARC Speeder, and the 6 inch Black Series Speeder Bike and Scout. I think it is safe to say the Speeder Bike and Scout are pretty high on my list of favorite things from Star Wars. So, when the opportunity, and a sale at Toys R Us presented itself, I jumped at the chance to get the new Speeder Bike.
First thing out of the box, it seemed to be on the small side. Well, as I looked at it more, and compared it to the original Speeder Bike, I think it actually fits the riders much better. More on that in a bit. It seems as though we are not going to see any Scout Troopers this time around, flying all over creation with their screaming bikes. I am a little sad about that. As for the Stormtrooper they put in the box, he looks to be fairly standard, except for one thing. Thankfully they gave the Trooper some knee movement, or this would have been a complete disaster. As it is, the Trooper sits up way too straight. As we got to the end of the line of the original trilogy figures, they were sporting so much articulation, that they could ride their Speeder Bikes slouched over like they do in the movie. Here, this guy is not articulated enough for a good pose. At least he can reach his pedals.
You don’t get a button this time around, but this Speeder Bikes comes apart like the original. There is better detail under the hood this time around, with the actual engine showing. This will be nice for diorama people, who want to show figures working on their bikes.
Hmmm, what is this ‘+’ here in the back? Could they be getting ready to come out with a speeder bike that launches from something? That would seem about right. The original Speeder Bikes had many different uses over the years with some minor changes. Another thing to note about back here: The fins open and close on this one, just like the original, but they are not controlled by the foot pedals any longer. The pedals do move in and out a bit too.
The newly updated Elite Speeder Bike is a bit shorter in length, height, and overall size. It has a more flared out back end. The structure in the front looks to be a bit stronger with more support moving toward the fins.
Overall, it looks to be very similar, as if it is an actual upgrade to the original Speeder Bike, but a little smaller to be in scale with the 3.75 inch figures. The original speeder bikes have been the same for just about forever, with the riders not being able to reach their feet to the pedals.
There you have it. It is similar to the original Speeder Bikes, but not the same. It would have helped a lot to have a Trooper with better articulation to really get him in a good riding position. Overall, this does not give me a lot of hope for further vehicles or figures in the 3.75 inch scale. I was really bummed to see the lack of articulation in the Rebels line of toys, and thought it would come back for TFA, but it seems to be holding at very little articulation for now. We will just have to wait and see what the future brings.