New Luke Skywalker Landspeeder LEGO Set Coming For 'Star Wars' Day
One More For Your Collection
The first ground vehicle to be shown in Star Wars was none other than the X-34 Landspeeder. It was first seen at the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) when Luke Skywalker crossed the dunes of Tatooine to carry out his errands for Uncle Owen, and then to go to Mos Eisley. It finally served as a ticket off the desert planet, when he sold it to pay Han Solo and Chewbacca. Its role in the saga was brief but iconic. And now is officially coming out in LEGO format.
The relationship between Star Wars and LEGO goes back to 1999 when their partnership was announced as part of the premiere of The Phantom Menace. The first LEGO Star Wars set was the 7140 X-Wing starfighter . From then on, LEGO has continued to manufacture sets from the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, and other productions. Currently, there are more than 400 sets and its license has extended to famous video games, whose most recent and successful installment LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was released this past April 5.
Now it is the turn of the X-34 Landspeeder. Within the Star Wars lore, the X-34 landspeeder was manufactured by the SoroSuub Corporation and was available in the period between during the Galactic Civil War. It was described as a civilian landspeeder of mundane design, capable of crossing harsh terrain and equipped for desert climates. Such was the reason why moisture farmers like Luke Skywalker owned a worn-out X-34. Despite his care, the damaging atmosphere of Tatooine was gnawing already away at it. In a way, the story of Star Wars was owed in part to this vehicle. Without it, Luke, Obi-Wan, C-3PO, and R2-D2 would not have been able to pay Han Solo for passage to Alderaan to save Princess Leia. By extension, the vehicle helped lead to the destruction of the Death Star, saving the Rebel Alliance and the galaxy.
Other versions of this vehicle had already been released for LEGO. The 75271 set was simpler, containing 236 pieces, and rated for ages 7 and up. The new 75341 Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder is released as part of the Ultimate Collector Series, which includes the 75192 Millennium Falcon, the 75275 A-Wing Starfighter, the 75309 Republic Gunship, and the recently released 75313 AT-AT.
The famed LEGO designer Cesar Carvalhosa Soares commented on the set:
"It has been an incredible adventure to create Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder in LEGO brick form. We made sure that no detail was left out and even included some of the scratches. The final product makes for an incredible display and is the perfect addition to the UCS collection."
This set differs from previous landspeeders in quality and the finer details. It measures 49 centimeters and includes the two-seater cockpit, the turbine engine without cover, and the windshield. The mini-figures of C-3PO and Luke with his lightsaber are included. It is made up of 1890 pieces and is rated for over 18 years of age due to the complexity of its construction, although it can certainly be assembled by younger fans in the company of an adult. The retail price is set at $199.99.
Star Wars Day always brings different releases and important news for the franchise. Last year, it was the premiere of one of the latest animated series, The Bad Batch. Now, we have an iconic and essential LEGO set for collectors and fans of the saga.
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Written By Alex Leibovich
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