Toyguide Update: Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper

The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of the Toys”R”Us Exclusive Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper from 2012 “Darth Maul” Collection.

PROS: After years of promises, Hasbro finally made good and have given collectors the ultimate Speeder Bike. And while some may miss the nostalgic exploding feature, the detail, design and play value will surely make up for it. The scale of this new speeder is near perfect and the display base fulfills a long time wish for most. We also finally have a biker scout that can pilot it properly as the 2006 VTSC Biker Scout gets a nice overhaul with the inclusion of ball-jointed hips and a unique neck joint allowing for some dynamic, and more importantly, realistic posing options. As a bonus, Hasbro’s design team included a separate tripod cannon that can be reconfigured to attach to the speeder’s under carrriage. It looks fine, but most of us will use it simply as a ground based weapon to lay waste to Rebels and furballs alike.

CONS: While the design of the speeder is flawless (in my opinion) the package does have an unexpected effect on the right handlebar as mine was very warped from the rubberband holding it in the tray. Then there is the scout trooper. The aesthetic of the 2006 version was great but this new version takes a step backward as the 2012 rendition features a sloppier paint job and mismatch black joints in the shoulders and ankles which is simply lame in my book. Also, one of my new scouts is already showing signs of yellowing on one of the shoulders. Lastly, due to the nature of the hip joints, the scout tends to be a bit bow-legged right out of the box but I have noticed that he is returning to shape the longer he is left off the bike.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this set is worth adding to your collection.

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Toys”R”us Exclusive Biker Scout Sets Found

Reports are starting to trickle in from around the country that Toys”R”us stores are putting out their latest cool exclusive out!  Forum member Aaylasecurasman scored them today in Arizona, and I was lucky too and found them in St. Louis tonight… and with today’s one day coupon for Buy 1 Get 1 75% off any Hasbro Star Wars item there, the second one was only $5.50!

Hopefully things at retail this Fall will be better than the first 8 months of the year…?

UPDATE – Loose pics have now been added, including a size comparison to the old speederbike mold.

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