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scalawag

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Another of my mini reviews on items I have had for a while.  

This time I am looking at my SideShow Speeder Bike and Scout Trooper.  

I thought it would be good to look at these now as the Speeder Bike has just been re-released, and the Biker Scout is about to be re-released by SideShow.  Typical of SideShow that. I looked for ages to get one of these in reasonable condition and at a reasonable price  Rolling Eyes  Rolling Eyes

The bike is in my opinion the best detailed version of the speeder bike available.  Sideshow have gone to great lengths to recreate the engine parts and all the controls, and have also done a very sympathetic job on the weathering.  I am aware that some feel that this version is to small and that the Hasbro bike is proportionally better, however after examining as many screen shots, production pictures, and even reproductions of the artwork used to design and ultimately build the real bikes I think this one is nearer to the original film used props.  I have both this and the Hasbro version, and in truth neither are absolutely proportionally correct, and this is a little bit shorter than it should be, where, according to my calculations and measurements, the Hasbro is wider, longer and has an overall more chunky look to it.

The Speeder Bike comes in several pieces which need to be assembled.  Some of the parts are quite thin and fragile so you do have to take care when putting this together or taking it apart.  The thinner parts around the control handles are particularly delicate, but then the overall look is all the better for them being near to scale sizes.
There are a number of moving parts such as the handlebars and pedals, the exhaust covers at the rear and the fins at the front of the bike which helps in getting some very realistic looking poses with this model.

The bike is supported on a single metal rod which slots into the bike and a weighted base which keeps the bike very stable.  The bike can be angled on the base to get some good action poses as if it is turning etc...  
The base comes with some woodland scenery to cover the black plastic with if you wish, and I have also used the similar base cover from the Biker Scout figure to add to this an completely cover the base the best I can.  You can see in the last pic of the bike on display that I have now also added a 1/6 Black Series Rebel commando helmet too just to add to the effect.

The Biker figure is pretty standard SideShow fare.  The costume is very well recreated and due to the sparser armour and no padded suit the joints remain fairly flexible.  Its a reasonably possible figure and can be made to pose on the bile in any number of convincing riding poses.  It comes with boots for standing and the ones seen here which have the toes positioned to sit correctly on the bikes pedals.  There are also spare hands for relaxed look, holding the handlebars of the bike and the included blaster pistol.
As mentioned the base comes with a a cover to make it look like the forrest floor.  

This figure does not need the bike and it does make a very nice stand alone figure, although it is of course nice to be able to display both together.

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I hope you enjoyed this mini review, and as always any comments are welcome.

Paul

#starwars #speeder #speederbike #bikerscout #scouttrooper #rotj #movie #scfi


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Stryker2011

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Really cool. Maybe it’s because I’m a biker (motorcyle that is), but this was always one of my favorite vehicles from the OT. I’ve seen some on eBay recently, but at the cost , one would be better off getting the new one. I have Sideshow’s ROTJ Luke on PO, and I could always put him on it in his Endor outfit.


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scalawag

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Stryker2011 wrote:Really cool. Maybe it’s because I’m a biker (motorcyle that is), but this was always one of my favorite vehicles from the OT. I’ve seen some on eBay recently, but at the cost , one would be better off getting the new one. I have Sideshow’s ROTJ Luke on PO, and I could always put him on it in his Endor outfit.

Yeah the prices of used ones have dropped back a bit from what they were, since SideShow re-released it , but as you say you are still probably better off getting a new one.  I was lucky to find this one used and at a good price (less than a new one would cost me now anyway), and although it had been unboxed the previous owner had never tried to putt it together, so all the little delicate bits were intact.
The Hasbro ones are a lot cheaper, but not on a parr detail wise, but with a bit of work they can look really good.

The ROTJ luke would be a great rider for one of these I think mate.


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dadrab

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Thank you for the detailed review, scalawag.

I've always really liked those and have been tempted on several occasions. However, as I don't own a single other Star Wars piece (not condemning, just never collected them), it would look pretty damn out of place, me thinks.

Still, very cool.

scalawag

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dadrab wrote:Thank you for the detailed review, scalawag.

I've always really liked those and have been tempted on several occasions. However, as I don't own a single other Star Wars piece (not condemning, just never collected them), it would look pretty damn out of place, me thinks.

Still, very cool.

They are very cool mate, and its difficult to do justice to the model in photos. You should get one you know, it wouldn't matter that you don't have other Star Wars characters in your collection, this stand s well on its own as an interesting and intricate model. But I guess I would say that lol Laughing Laughing Laughing


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scalawag

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I just found some side by side pics of this bike and the Hasbro one that I took.  The left is sideshow, the right the Hasbro one.  They give you some idea of the differences between the two.
You can also see the different stand which the Hasbro one has.

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Paul


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GubernatorFan

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Thanks for posting this mini-review and the beautiful photos, Paul. And the timing is pretty good, for the very reasons you specified. The bike is a little masterpiece, but at Sideshow prices even with the re-release I am a bit dubious about getting it. If the proportions were perfect, I would have talked myself into it already. So this one's short, fine, and expensive, the other wide, less refined, and much cheaper (if still available)... ah, the freedom of choices.


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What I wonder is the size difference between the "old" Sideshow version to the one that's currently on PO. I wonder if, like Jabba, it's actually a bit more in scale.


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Stryker2011 wrote:What I wonder is the size difference between the "old" Sideshow version to the one that's currently on PO. I wonder if, like Jabba, it's actually a bit more in scale.

What makes you think that there is any difference in scale between the two bikes? I don't know whether there is one, but just curious. Also wasn't aware there is a difference between their Jabbas in sclae -- though there is certainly plenty of difference between the two in the level of detail and amount of features (advantage new product). But even if there is a difference between the Jabbas, that doesn't mean there is one between the bikes. Or did I miss something?


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As far as the bike, it's just an assumption on my part if they changed it. But they did change Jabba. If you watch the video that they did on their Sideshow Live, for a couple minutes they had both of them side by side, and the new one is indeed bigger, closer to scale (whether it's accurate to scale, only the die-hards would know for sure). That's what made me wonder, since they seem to be "updating" quite a few figures, if the scale was an update.


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scalawag

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GubernatorFan wrote:Thanks for posting this mini-review and the beautiful photos, Paul. And the timing is pretty good, for the very reasons you specified. The bike is a little masterpiece, but at Sideshow prices even with the re-release I am a bit dubious about getting it. If the proportions were perfect, I would have talked myself into it already. So this one's short, fine, and expensive, the other wide, less refined, and much cheaper (if still available)... ah, the freedom of choices.

Both of these speeder bikes have their strengths and weaknesses and both are nice models in their own way.  If cost is not factored in the choice between them is really a personal preference.

It will be interesting to see if the new speeder bike is simply a re-release or if SideShow have refined it further Very Happy

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GubernatorFan

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I think it is simply a re-release. I was looking at it again, and it says nothing about changes in any way, which some of Sideshow's products have indicated before. Even the paint scheme appears to be the same, judging by a couple of instances I zeroed-in for comparison. And it is just as refined and striking as the original. The only difference, so far as I can tell, is that the price has increased by 10%, to $300 (before shipping).


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I just checked the dimensions on the old and new version, and you’re right, Gov’na. It is just a rerelease.


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Stryker2011 wrote:I just checked the dimensions on the old and new version, and you’re right, Gov’na. It is just a rerelease.

Thank you for checking. I found the new one, but wasn't enterprising enough to find the old one and compare the dimensions. It is still a very beautiful piece -- and even though it is $330+shipping, once it is out of stock it will be even more.


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Yeah. Timewalker has it at $319.99 (free shipping w/ orders of 350 or higher). So, avoiding SS, you probably end up saving 30-45.


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Stryker2011 wrote:Yeah. Timewalker has it at $319.99 (free shipping w/ orders of 350 or higher). So, avoiding SS, you probably end up saving 30-45.

Good to know. I just assumed it is an exclusive. Well, that helps a little. You'd still need to make up another $30 to qualify. Smile


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In this hobby, that shouldn't be hard. I always select "Combine this order with previously placed orders", that way, they always wait until you accumulate $350 or more (assuming they can combine this.)

Oops. Just checked. This item is oversized and can't ship combined; doesn't apply for free shipping. Still, you can save at least 10 -20, since SS ALWAYS overcharges on shipping (unless you get a free shipping offer).


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BAD WOLF-787

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Great looking Speeder Bikes and photos scalawag.


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Stryker2011 wrote:I just checked the dimensions on the old and new version, and you’re right, Gov’na. It is just a rerelease.

Ah well, as GubenatorFan says its still a great bike.

Paul


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scalawag

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BAD WOLF-787 wrote:Great looking Speeder Bikes and photos scalawag.

Thanks BAD WOLF, i'm glad you enjoyed the post.

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scalawag wrote:
Stryker2011 wrote:I just checked the dimensions on the old and new version, and you’re right, Gov’na. It is just a rerelease.

Ah well, as GubenatorFan says its still a great bike.

Paul

It is, indeed. Still on the fence (money’s getting tight).


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scalawag

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Stryker2011 wrote:
scalawag wrote:
Stryker2011 wrote:I just checked the dimensions on the old and new version, and you’re right, Gov’na. It is just a rerelease.

Ah well, as GubenatorFan says its still a great bike.

Paul

It is, indeed. Still on the fence (money’s getting tight).

Yeah I know that feeling at the moment Laughing Laughing


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blackpool

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awesome bike and figure, so iconic, it's defnitely my favorite trooper and vehicle from the OT as well!!! Sometimes I'm glad I didn't started to collect starwars cause I would be broke af lol... Thanks for sharing that masterpiece!

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You guys are such enablers... and Sideshow detail is so seductive... as I fessed up elsewhere, I took the plunge, justifying it by applying all the Sideshow Rewards I had amassed but not used up yet.


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blackpool wrote:awesome bike and figure, so iconic, it's defnitely my favorite trooper and vehicle from the OT as well!!! Sometimes I'm glad I didn't started to collect starwars cause I would be broke af lol... Thanks for sharing that masterpiece!

No problem mate,  glad you like this one.  You know you want a Star Wars mini collection really!!! Go on... join the dark side... and the light side... and well all of it really:lol: Laughing Laughing


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scalawag

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GubernatorFan wrote:You guys are such enablers... and Sideshow detail is so seductive... as I fessed up elsewhere, I took the plunge, justifying it by applying all the Sideshow Rewards I had amassed but not used up yet.

I'm sure you won't regret it mate, it is a beautiful piece to have in any collection and will fit right in with yours. Very Happy


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I might contact you for advice during the put together... although patience is not one of my many virtues, I've been warned to take it easy. Wink


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You will be fine mate, just take your time and don't push on anything too hard and it will go together in no time.  

The control levers can be a bit tricky I seem to remember that they each have there own keyed hole.

Sideshow did a good "how to" video for putting the bike together:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzM3xSDEvpM

and also one of their "How to be a poser" videos on posing the rider and the bike:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb6mAb8KrEA

I might look for another Biker Scout figure when they are released as I fancy doing a standing one too now Rolling Eyes Laughing Laughing


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blackpool

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These are not the figures you are looking for!

Very tempting but nope I'll pass on the starwars figures at that size, I found an alternartive way by collecting the black series 1/12th scale.

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Thanks, Paul! I have been looking at those youtube videos. There is a cute promotional one for the speeder bike re-release, where a Scout Trooper (Sideshow figure) is gushing over the speeder-bike and its funcitons.

blackpool wrote:Very tempting but nope I'll pass on the starwars figures at that size, I found an alternartive way by collecting the black series 1/12th scale.

The black series has some really nice offerings and good articulation, although it can be inconsistent. For example, I love their Sandtroopers but hate their regular Stormtroopers. For the latter, I use Kotobukiya Revoltech ones (the Japanese ones are more expensive but much higher quality than the Chinese ones) and now the Bandai 1/12 models (I just put together an entire squad the weekend before last). The Scout Troopers, however, are quite good, and work well with the 1/12 speeder bikes. Advantages of the 1/12 black series are much lower price, (potentially) more characters, and also, if you were to buy them, the GTP space station wall elements.


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blackpool wrote:These are not the figures you are looking for!

Very tempting but nope I'll pass on the starwars figures at that size, I found an alternartive way by collecting the black series 1/12th scale.

Yeah I have a few Black series 1/12 figures too.  I got the 40th anniversary wave of the original 12 characters released by Kenner after the first film.  I once had the original set of 3.75" figures which were produced by Palitoy here in the UK.  I collected and played with them as a boy, so when the black series 40th anniversary wave hit I had to have a set lol.  Got some sand troopers and some bounty hunters too in 6".

On a separate and completely different note I was notified today that my Black Series 1:1 Darth Vader helmet should be arriving Monday.... Oh yeah I am a Star Wars fan What a Face bounce bounce bounce


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My Speeder Bike arrived today — real fun putting it together with the atypically bad instruction manual with horribly small, poorly printed black and white photos. But I managed. My only complaint/question is actually in regard to the Biker Scout: how in the world do you change his boots out? I tried, and tried, and tried (Heat, etc.), and I can’t get the pegs to go into the joint inside the boot. My God it doesn’t need to be that damn tight. Any tips for swapping these things out? Now that I managed to get the standing boots off, I can’t even get those back on.


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Not sure what to tell you, other than patience. Keep trying heat and some firm pressure. It will work in the end. I've never found it quite is difficult as you describe -- they can be a bit trying, but they should work as intended.


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Yeah pretty much as GubernatorFan said.

Its a while since I did mine, but from memory they took a bit of firm pressure to get on and some heat applied with a hairdryer just to the socket in the boot.

Good luck with yours Stryker2011

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Ahh, love it! Thanks so much for this review of an iconic SW vehicle! I have to live vicariously through others until such a time as I can afford these kinds of things, lol, so it's greatly appreciated. Very Happy

One of my personal dream 1/6 vehicles would be the swoop bike that Anakin rides in AotC on his way to search for his mother at the Tusken camp. The thought of being able to make a diorama of that scene is almost too much for my fangirl heart, haha. Even if they never make that one, I'd considered perhaps eventually modifying one of those Hasbro bikes as a stand-in for it.


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Not trying to hijack the thread from scalawag, but I did manage to finally get the riding boots on (thanks S. & G.). Took a lot more heat than I ever would have thought necessary -- but it worked. The outfit limits his mobility, and trying to work with him on the Bike, which feels super fragile, is a pain. But here he is (can't seem to get his knees to bend enough to get his butt on the seat):

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Frustrating, but the overall impression from an on-looker is still pretty impressive!


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I haven't unboxed mine to try and replicate, but I think it looks good.


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Thanks.

I might futz him a bit more when I can, just to see if I can't get him sitting lower and leaning down more (wind resistance). I watched the Sideshow "How to Be A Poser" on this guy, and the guy who does these even said it's not really possible to get him all the way down on the back and have his feet on the plates at the same time.

As it is, I already have to glue a piece on the bike back on -- trying to get that nose extension piece on was a royal pain, and I hadn't notice that I broke a small rod away from the rear of the bike when trying to push the two pieces together. The bike is SUPER FRAGILE in places, so be careful when you get around to yours, Guv.


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Stryker2011 wrote:I might futz him a bit more when I can, just to see if I can't get him sitting lower and leaning down more (wind resistance). I watched the Sideshow "How to Be A Poser" on this guy, and the guy who does these even said it's not really possible to get him all the way down on the back and have his feet on the plates at the same time.

As it is, I already have to glue a piece on the bike back on -- trying to get that nose extension piece on was a royal pain, and I hadn't notice that I broke a small rod away from the rear of the bike when trying to push the two pieces together. The bike is SUPER FRAGILE in places, so be careful when you get around to yours, Guv.

One would think that they would have had the decency to make sure their two overpriced products that go with each other fit properly... but that would be too logical, I suppose. It's been a while, I suppose I forgot to what extent he can sit back or not. The videos can be very helpful, and I remember Paul's comments were helpful too. Mine is all assembled, I just haven't unboxed it from when I moved. It is not really easy (or perhaps even possible) to disassemble it, so it was quite tricky packing it. I am almost afraid to look. I hope you are able to repair the broken small rod.


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