The amazing thing about LEGO Star Wars is that no matter how pointless something is, we fans will still go out and buy it – 75178 Jakku Quadjumper is only in The Force Awakens so that it can be destroyed within a second of being glimpsed, yet it has now been released as part of the most recent LEGO line-up. In spite of its short-lived debut, Jakku Quadjumper’s originality and build save it from joining our list of five of the absolute most pointless LEGO Star Wars sets that have been released and that, probably, we all still own.
7151 Sith Infiltrator
Darth Maul’s ride was released in a blockier time back in 1999. The Phantom Menace was about to hit cinemas, riding a wave of anticipation that bordered on a religious experience. Many of those first sets maintain a certain charming appeal, but 7151 Sith Infiltrator is not one of them. Perhaps it is that we had no connection to this ship piloted by a new character. Perhaps it is that a bunch of pieces had not yet been invented yet so the smooth angled prow had to be stair stepped. Perhaps it is that it stood on stilts like some sort of water based Bond villain lair. Whatever the reason, or combination of reasons, this is a set that many of us own simply because we bought up every Star Wars set we could get our hands on in those early days. This is one we should have all skipped.
8000 Pit Droid
As executives at the LEGO Group realised the goldmine they had on their hands with the Star Wars franchise, nearly every arm of the company tried to jump on the bandwagon. Technic’s foray into a galaxy far, far away was bit of a mixed bag, with 8000 Pit Droid being the bottom of the barrel. Was anyone really looking to own a questionably coloured version of the galaxy’s most useless robot? This is ugly to display, is not on anyone’s list of top 10 droids and features a dated colour palette.
8085 Freeco Speeder
This new type of cold weather speeder had an appearance in The Clone Wars that was minimal, to put it mildly. Due to the price point and inclusion of Thi-Sen, many adults and children alike picked this set up. Almost every Star Wars job lot I have purchased on eBay had this set in it, so at least everyone was pulled in together. With no supporting cast of characters or sets, this offering is an orphan. Thi-Sen is a largely forgettable character and has likely only found long term use in the background of Mos Eisley Cantina dioramas.
75024 HH-87 Starhopper
I have watched every episode of The Clone Wars TV series, and do have vague recollections of this ship being part of the arc in which Obi-Wan was disguised and undercover as part of Cad Bane’s organisation. That arc was not one of the series’ strongest. This is an ugly ship with questionable colour choices, which only gets by due to some exclusive minifigures. Thankfully, the most desirable – Cad Bane – can be had in other sets.
75158 Rebel Command Frigate
Rebels is a show that my family has enjoyed immensely. Because of that, I really wanted to love this set, but to be honest it stinks. The interior is anemic, it feels small for what it costs, the colour palette is awful and it wastes huge amounts of space on pointless features. Its only saving grace, and the reason most of us who bought it during its short run did, is the inclusion of the adult Ahsoka Tano minifigure. Commander Sato is also exclusive to this set, but was an underdeveloped character in the show and therefore doesn’t elicit a lot of excitement.
So, as much as 75178 Jakku Quadjumper is not the most exciting Star Wars set, there are previous offerings that illustrate why it might be worth picking up after all. It might be pointless, but there have been even more pointless Star Wars sets released so far.