Ratings and Reviews for 75022-1: Mandalorian Speeder

75022-1: Mandalorian Speeder

Overall Score

5.60
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 6.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 7.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 6.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 7.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 8.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 5.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 4.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 4.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 3.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 6.00
Review from: boxofcorey
Reviewed on: Jul 31, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 6

This set requires only a brief glance to figure out that if there is a reason you picked up the box, it is because of the minifigures and the minifigures alone. Now, don't get me wrong... most of the time when I find a set worthy of a purchase in order to display it, the set is either part of a Collector's Series or it has some redeeming value based solely in the minifigures. But this set will hold no value to the casual Star Wars or LEGO fans as the Mandalorian Speeder itself is not likely to drum up sentimental feelings as it was not present in any of the prominent Clone Wars scenes.

The Mandalorian Speeder stood out for ONE reason and it is those three bad looking dudes on the front of the box.

 

LEGO.com Write-up:

Get to the rendezvous point in the LEGO® Star Wars™ Mandalorian™ Speeder with the treacherous Sith Lord Darth Maul minifigure with mechanical legs. Plot the Mandalorian takeover and take on anyone who gets in your way with hidden flick missiles, rear weapon storage and elevating cannon! Then, face off in minifigure combat with his legendary Darksaber! Includes 3 minifigures with weapons: Clone Wars Darth Maul and 2 Mandalorian Super Commandos.

• Includes 3 minifigures with weapons: Darth Maul and 2 Mandalorian™ Super Commandos
• Features hidden flick missiles under the hood, rear weapon storage and elevating gun
• Weapons include a Lightsaber, Darksaber and 2 blasters
• Collect Darth Maul with mechanical Clone Wars legs
• Unleash the hidden flick missiles!
• Elevate the gun and aim to fire!
• Battle with the legendary Darksaber
• Relive the excitement of Star Wars™: The Clone Wars animated TV series
• Measures over 3" (8cm) high, 7" (19cm) long and 4" (12cm) wide

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

75022 Minifigs

If you're attempting to open this box in hopes of finding unique pieces and a overly enjoyable build to the Speeder... you're going to have bad time. 


But if you are like every other LEGO collector with a fine eye for the details, you are in luck with the minifigures and their accessories.


First and foremost we have the main attraction of the build: Darth Maul in his cyborg variety. Being an exclusive to this set, and one of my favorite minifigures period, this is bound to be the main reason that investors should value this set. Darth Maul has always held quite a following within the theme, so the value is this minifigure should be a saving grace for this set.

Darth Maul has also ditched his double sided Lightsaber in favor of two: his prototypical red variety and the unique Darksaber. I wish they had a better way to convey how cool and unique the Darksaber is... but in the end it's just a black piece. Yawn.

Not to be outdone, the package also contains two Mandalorian Super Commando cronies to do Darth Maul's bidding, or to fly the Speeder... or whatever people do with these type of minfigures. Both figures come with the stylish, and unique, printed red and black armor with the black hand print upon the helmet. A pleasant suprise, both Commandos feature printed faces under their helmets, not generic black head pieces.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 6

The Speeder doesn't hold the same intrinsic values as some of the other ships in the theme, as it simply is not fun nor practical to manuever around. There is no need to hold the Speeder a few inches from the surface and send it careening around your LEGO table. Darth Maul doesn't deserve to travel this way, he deserves to speed around the galaxy in style... not in something with a semi-functioning flick missle attached to it's rear and covered in stickers. And beyond that, Darth Maul deserves to actually FIT in the vehicle that you provide him with and this one, he can't fit well.


But then again, the value is not in the Speeder, but the minifigures. The build itself is quick and very straight-forward... the only unique quirk to the Speeder is when the rear gun is raised, there are two comparments: one for his Lightsaber and one for his Darksaber. Should the Commandos be venturing out, there are two places to snap their blasters in behind the cockpit.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 7

With it's retail price of $24.99, the Mandalorian Speeder set comes in right under .12 per piece and not a wide variety of unique pieces nor colors. This is a set that most of it's value will come from the demand of the Darth Maul minifigure, to which I would usually put the stipulation that if they set reaches 20% off, it's worthy of a purchase for either part out or display as the price per piece drops below .10 per.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 8

As is the case with most sets in this theme, the Mandalorian Speeder will be both hurt and helped by it's theme. First, it will be helped because the Star Wars canon is far reaching and is more than a household name at this point... and having the iconic Darth Maul will only increase the recognition of the set. But, the Star Wars theme has always carried an extra price with it and that is reflected in the retail cost of this Speeder.


Compare a like sized set in the Marvel theme: Spider-cycle Chase 76004. The set comes in with two unique minifigures in Nick Fury and Venom, and a mainstay in Spiderman, not to mention an additional motorcycle. 76004 comes in with an additional 26 pieces, and a $5 lower price tag.

I cannot see the 75022 being the smaller Star Wars set that bucks the trend of the small sets being ignored in the secondary market, the Star Wars investing market will continue to see it's biggest growth potential in the much larger, and more substantial sets.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

The exclusivity of this set begins and ends with the newly redesigned Darth Maul and his cybernetic legs. I have seen the set at numerous retailers prior to it's street release date so finding a set for yourself will be of no consequence.

PACKAGING | Score: 4

Nothing to differentiate it from the rest of the Clone Wars sets but the one thing that I am starting to HATE about the smaller sets is that they have to fold the directions to get them into the packaging. I'd be fine with a smaller manual, if it could be slide into the box without having to fold it... obviously that is not something unique to this set but just a general problem with the packaging of sets this size.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 4

This is the hard part to determine, as what is the demand going to be for the Darth Maul minifigure in his cyborg appearance? It's going to be an exclusive to this set, which will help in the long term, but for most people the demand for this set will begin and end with the minifigure. A quick eBay search yields such figures going for between $10 - $20, depending on how popular the character became.


Darth Maul will ALWAYS hold value with Star Wars fans and collectors, but not enough to make this set a winner. My advice? Buy the minifigure separate if you want it, there are better sets to invest in, even within the Clone Wars series.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 3

As with most of the smaller sets, if you plan on displaying this alone, it is not going to add much. But pair Darth Maul with an army of the Super Commandos and you have the makings of a fine display piece.


The beauty of the smaller sets is typically how they fit together to form an iconic scene in your memory, but as I said previously, this set will end up suffering immensly from the fact that it has no iconic place within the Clone Wars series.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 6

I bought it because it was different, because it was new, and because of the minifigures. On a scale of 1 - 10 for the set, you are looking at a very low end display piece... but on the same scale for the minifigures, you are looking at an ideal situation for a low price.

Find the Mandalorian Speeder on sale, or simply find the Darth Maul on it's own... I mean, that's all we ever buy the Star Wars sets for anyway, right?