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The newest wave of the ever popular LEGO Star Wars buildable figure series saw a return to the original trilogy, with the release of the might of the Empire’s finest soldiers.

Unveiled earlier this year, the news caught my eyes as soon as it entered the Holo-Net, as this is what I’ve waited for the past year ever since my acquisition of LEGO Star Wars 75111 Darth VaderLEGO Star Wars 75110 Luke Skywalker and LEGO Star Wars 75114 First Order Stormtrooper

I too possessed a couple of bootleg buildable figures (A second First Order Stormtrooper and a Captain Phasma) which I’ve yet to review on this blog, and perhaps I never will. 

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Anyway, a look at the box of both buildable figures show a substantial difference between the two: the LEGO Star Wars 75531 Stormtrooper Commander’s package is pretty much similar to the previous releases as it has only the figure itself, while the LEGO Star Wars 75532 Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike is roughly 3 times the width of the former, due to the inclusion of the vehicle…

Unloaded from the bulk of the box, 75531 comes in a couple sachets of LEGO pieces, two identical vinyl pauldron sheets, a base frame as well as the instruction booklet itself.

75532 however comes with 3 larger sachets, all of them numbered, along with a sheet of sticker, a small packet of Scout Trooper’s helmet, a couple of large grey piece for the Speeder Bike and 2 instruction booklets. 

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As always, building the figures are a breeze and they are just a series of snapping body parts and armour together.

Standing proud, the pride of Empire strikes fear into the hearts of their enemies with the troopers’ stark white armour that exudes authority and powerful demeanour.

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Let us focus on the Commander first. The helmet is finely sculpted with all the classic features as seen in the movies, including the ever slightly frown as well as the detailed respirators around the lower helmet.

Denoting his rank, the vinyl officer pauldron sheet is wrapped around the right shoulder that connects up to the neck and left arm slot, with some simple build to represent a trio of pouches hanging by the left chest. A Stormtrooper Commander is primarily seen first in A New Hope as a commanding Desert Stormtrooper AKA Sandtrooper, equipped with a survival backpack not included with this buildable figure (Such a pity).

Aside from the larger piece in place for the thigh armour to further cover away the exposed skeletal hip joints (A complain I have on the previous build, namely the First Order Stormtrooper) and some minor build as well as colour variations, the Commander is pretty much the same as the First Order Stormtrooper.

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The Stormtrooper Commander is equipped with a T-21 Light Repeating Blaster (Or at least what I think it is), of which LEGO took liberty in aesthetic licensing by incorporating the spring-loaded function as well as the same rifle chassis used on First Order Stormtrooper’s Blaster Rifle.

Unlike the First Order Stormtrooper, the larger sized Repeating Blaster cannot be attached onto the Commander’s thigh for holster purposes. It is instead stashed at his back via a connector just beneath the nape.

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Since the Commander is essentially a regular Stormtrooper with a pauldron, you can easily convert him into one too!

LEGO is generous enough to include a few more pieces to allow you to disassemble and rebuild the Repeating Blaster into a E-11 Blaster Rifle, a standard issue for all regular Stormtroopers. 

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Now, let us shift our perspective to the lighter brethren of the Stormtrooper, the Scout Trooper.

Again, similar build to the Commander, but with several notable differences all around. Once again impressed with the sculpt of the biker helmet, fully adorned with details here and there.

The Scout Trooper have these diamond-shaped elbow and knee armour that looks incredibly good on camera, as well as some padded pieces on either side of the abdomen. 

While using the same thigh armour, Scout Trooper have side skirt pieces hanging; A shoulder armour piece is used to represent Scout Trooper’s small backpack, too.

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Now let’s move on to the eye catcher of the set, the 74-Z Speeder Bike, as seen in Return of the Jedi on the forest moon Endor!

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The LEGO version impressively captures the overall look of the Speeder Bike, a somewhat complex build I must say.

The main chassis is built upon the stand itself, so there’s no way you can detach the Bike from the stand unless you disassemble many parts…

A pity there are several large stickers needed to be applied onto some of the larger LEGO pieces. I would love to have printed pieces instead for these collector’s items…

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Aside from the movable handles and pedals, the Bike does feature a couple of built-in gimmicks: the cover for the thrusters; And the spring-loaded shooter underneath the Bike, built into the stand with a working trigger.

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Secured with connectors on the handles and pedals, the Scout Trooper can effortlessly ride the vehicle to battle!

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Or surf on top of it ala Star Wars: Battlefront’s glitch. XDc

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While not technically fit for a passenger, another figure can join Scout Trooper on his joy ride, too. P 

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To conclude this review, here’s a spoof on a scene in the upcoming game Star Wars: Battlefront II, recently unveiled at E3.

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「Wait a minute… These aren’t the droids we’re looking for…」

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