75167 Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack
There are four reasons why, regardless of what I write here, you will most likely be purchasing the LEGO Star Wars set 75167 Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack
Price: £11.99 / $14.99 / €17.99 (DE) Pieces: 122 Available: Now
And I’m being generous when I say it’s four.
Reason #1 – 4-LOM
75167 sees the long-awaited debut of 4-LOM, The Empire Strikes Back character who overrode his protocol training in order to become a bounty hunter. As you can see from the pictures, the wait has been worth it, as included in this £11.99 set is a new masterpiece head mould that accurately captures 4-LOM’s robotic features, thanks also in part to the two-tone printing on the eyes. The torso is also excellently detailed, though it’s on the same metallic grey as the Shadow Troopers from 75079 Shadow Troopers, which had reports of printing scratching off.
Reason #2 – Bossk
This is a new colour for the excellent Bossk minifigure, who has only previously been available in 10221 Super Star Destroyer and 8097 Slave I, and as a keyring – meaning the chances are this is a first opportunity for many to own the lanky Trandoshan in LEGO form proper. His head and hands are in the more screen accurate Olive Green, whilst his torso and legs are now designed in Cool Yellow, with the latter also printed for the first time. The eyes have been given an extra glint to them, which may be a good thing or not, depending on taste when comparing them with the orange-outlined pure black eyes from before. The main limitation to this minifigure is in his existence as a minifigure – his height is nowhere near right, as we’ve mentioned before, and come up with a solution for.
Reason #3 – IG-88
Just as with Bossk, IG-88 has previously only appeared in two sets – 10221 Super Star Destroyer and the earlier Slave I, 6209. Here we have a specially-printed 1×1 rounded brick to represent his eyes, in an overall design that otherwise hasn’t changed much since the 2011 version.
Reason #4 – Dengar
The fourth and final reason I can write whatever I want to here and you’ll still blindly buy 75167 is the fourth and final minifigure. Last and least, as this is practically the same version as available in 75145 Eclipse Fighter, which is a set that is often reduced at the moment.
However, one difference between the two versions of the character is something notable across the battle packs in general since 2014 and that somewhat blights this particular set – the mini stud shooters. Oversized and juniorised, they sit uncomfortably in the hands of the minifigures holding them. Why create these work-of-art character designs in brick form that, Bossk aside, are also accurate in scale, only to plonk a comparatively massive tube as wide as their heads in their hands? IG-88 does come supplied with one of the older rifles too, to tease how these minifigures could have been perfected that little bit more.
Minifigures and massive blasters aside, there’s also some LEGO that comes in 75167 Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack, in the form of this Azure Blue-tinted speeder bike. It’s bulky, but credit to the designer for creating a unique-looking vehicle in a galaxy already packed with brick-built speeders, and without any new pieces. However, I do know that building this bike for this review will be the first and last time that I will do so, in spite of the fact I may end up buying further copies of this set…
There’s not much to say in conclusion to a review of a battle pack. We buy these sets regardless, because the choice of minifigures pulls us in. For the money, you get four bounty hunters you are likely to not already own. The mini stud shooters are to 75167 Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack’s detriment, but that won’t be reason enough to not buy it, with four reasons like those four bounty hunters pulling you in.