Apparently up there with X-wings, TIE Fighters and Snowspeeders for legendary status in the Star Wars universe – despite only appearing towards the beginning of Star Wars: A New Hope – Luke Skywalker’s X-34 Landspeeder has been a mainstay in the LEGO portfolio since 1999.
Over those two decades (and change), the speeder has appeared at different sizes, scales and price points, on its own and as part of larger sets, with different colours and design approaches, and including very different minifigure line-ups. And there’s probably even more than you think…
1999 – 7110 Landspeeder
The very first LEGO X-34 Landspeeder was among the earliest wave of LEGO Star Wars sets that debuted in 1999 alongside The Phantom Menace, and for five years, 7110 Landspeeder – which includes minifigures of Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi – would remain the definitive LEGO version of the vehicle. It’s very dated by today’s standards, but has that retro charm about it.
2004 – 4501 Mos Eisley Cantina
The LEGO Group’s first take on this wretched hive of scum and villainy saw a huge chunk of its 193 pieces devoted to (for some reason) a new version of Luke’s Landspeeder at minifigure scale. This time, the designers opted for sand red instead of tan for its base colour, but the single-piece engines and inaccurate windshield remained.
2008 – 852245 Landspeeder Bag Charm
One of the earliest LEGO bag charms – essentially oversized keyrings – tackled the Landspeeder, because this is clearly a vehicle iconic enough to carry around with you. It was also the first miniature version of the speeder, but it wouldn’t be the last.
2010 – 8092 Luke’s Landspeeder
Reverting back to tan for the last time at this scale, 8092 Luke’s Landspeeder focuses on A New Hope’s ‘these aren’t the droids you’re looking for’ scene in its minifigure selection, which expands on 7110 Landspeeder with C-3PO, R2-D2 and a Sandtrooper. It was also the first Landspeeder to make use of the new curved windscreen introduced in the Speed Racer theme in 2008.
2012 – COMCOM024 Luke Skywalker’s Mini Landspeeder
Probably the most adorable version of Luke’s Landspeeder to date – and a good idea of what the eventual Microfighter model will look like, because you know it’s going to happen one day – this convention-exclusive set was handed out to the first 200 people to show up at the LEGO stand at New York Comic-Con in 2012. It’s very expensive now.
2014 – 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina
Another take on Mos Eisley, another Landspeeder. (We thankfully avoided the same pattern in last year’s 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina, which instead turns to a couple of way more obscure speeders.) This one is notable for setting the template for almost every X-34 Landspeeder since, however, mainly through its use of nougat as a base colour. Its tube design also reappears further down this list…
2014 – 75056 Star Wars Advent Calendar
The LEGO Group essentially just removed 852245 Landspeeder Bag Charm from its chain for 2014’s advent calendar, while swapping out the red plate in the base for one in dark red. Not incredibly inspired, but then if it ain’t broke…
2015 – CELEB2015 / FANEXPO2015 Tatooine Mini-build
Technically two different sets by virtue of including either a C-3PO or R2-D2 minifigure – and technically, therefore, two more Landspeeders – these convention exclusives both include another mini version of Luke’s speeder. This one takes a slightly different approach to the bag charm, though, including a three-plate-high rendition of the farmboy himself.
2016 – 911608 Landspeeder
A bigger and wildly different take on a mini X-34 Landspeeder than any that had come before it, this questionably-bright-red model was bundled in as a foil-bagged freebie with the official LEGO Star Wars magazine in 2016. The engines are decent, but the less said about the windshield the better.
2017 – 75173 Luke’s Landspeeder
We’re back in solo set territory now, with a model based on the X-34’s adventures with Luke and the Sand People. (Such a versatile set when it comes to minifigure selection – we’re starting to see why the LEGO Group loves it so much.) For all intents and purposes, this is effectively the same version of the vehicle that was included in 2014’s 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina.
2020 – 75271 Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder
A year after the last Landspeeder left shelves, the LEGO Group churned out another one, this time swapping out the Tusken Raider for a Jawa. The physical tube design of both previous minifigure-scale Landspeeders was also replaced by stickered bricks, with more detailed builds for the engines and seats. But the end result was still the same: another year, another Landspeeder.
2021 – 40451 Tatooine Homestead
The LEGO Group loves Tatooine almost as much as it loves Landspeeders, which is handy given that’s exactly where Luke’s X-34 shows up. And it also means we had the first microscale version of the vehicle in this year’s May the Fourth promo, 40451 Tatooine Homestead, which impressively rebuilt the speeder using just three pieces.
2022 – 75341 Luke’s Landspeeder?
75271 Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder is set to retire by the end of 2021, but according to the latest rumours, we won’t have long to wait until the next one arrives to replace it – even if it is the first at UCS scale. Be careful what you joke about next, is all we’ll say…
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