LEGO 75353 Endor Speeder Chase Diorama Review

“Quick! Jam their comlinks. Center switch!”

– Luke Skywalker

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the new Endor Speeder Chase Diorama set (link), which promises to bring the thrilling speeder chase from Star Wars Return of the Jedi to life.

Priced at $79.99 and including (only) 608 pieces, this set has certainly generated some mixed opinions. But does it truly live up to the hype and justify the price? Let’s dig in and find out!

Lego Star Wars 75353 Endor Speeder Chase Diorama lifestyle image on display
Lego Star Wars 75353 Endor Speeder Chase Diorama lifestyle image

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LEGO Endor Speeder Chase Diorama 75353 Specs:

Release Date1 May 2023
Price$79.99
Pieces608
Minifigures3
Set Dimensions11 x 8 in.
Where to BuyLEGO.com / Amazon
Lego Star Wars 75353 Endor Speeder Chase Diorama building process

The Minifigures

First things first, let’s talk minifigs. Now, for a set in this price range and theme (18+ Collection Series), we expect top-notch representations of the characters from the movie, right?

Unfortunately, there are a couple of small snags with Luke and Leia. The leg coloring is a tad off, with Luke sporting incorrect black dual-molding all the way down and Leia’s light blue legs missing full dual-molding as well. We’re left with these strangle looking half stripes of color midway down their legs. However, despite these minor hiccups, both Luke and Leia still manage to impress, especially with those awesome Endor helmets and torso detailing.

Lego Star Wars 75353 Endor Speeder Chase Diorama minifigures Luke and Leia
Lego Star Wars 75353 Endor Speeder Chase Diorama Luke compared to movie
Sure it’s minor, but the legs miss the mark. Why does the black stop half way down? Where are Luke’s black boots? Why don’t the arms have a dual-molded tan and black design?

Of course, we can’t forget about the villain in the scene – the Scout Trooper minifigure. This figure is nothing new or groundbreaking, but he’s an essential part of recreating the iconic chase scene. I’m a little annoyed we only get one Scout Trooper, but it works with the way the set is designed. I will say, the modern Scout Trooper minifigure is practically flawless, LEGO really does a stellar job with these.

Lego Star Wars 75353 Endor Speeder Chase Diorama Scout Trooper minifigure

When rumors of this set leaked, I was really hoping that Wicket (or another Ewok) would be included as a spectator standing off to the side of the Diorama, which would nicely round out the 40th Anniversary of The Return of the Jedi theme, but unfortunately no bueno there.

3 figures for $80 seems to be the way these 18+ Diorama sets are trending… (don’t forget, last year’s Trash Compactor Diorama (LEGO.com / Amazon) had a whopping 6 figures for only $10 more than this…).

The Speeder Bikes

Alright, let’s talk about the real stars—the speeder bikes! The highlight of the Endor Speeder Chase set definitely lies in the bikes themselves, as these are undoubtedly the best renditions of a speeder bike design we’ve ever seen from LEGO before. (Disagree? Leave a comment below).

Also, LEGO has finally released a version that accurately matches the dark tan color seen in the movie, a welcome change from the usual reddish-brown or gray variations we’ve gotten in previous years.

Lego Star Wars 75353 Endor Speeder Chase Diorama speeder bike close-up

The speeder bikes are detachable, as they are held on by a single translucent lightsaber piece (don’t worry, they feel sturdy enough) and feature an upgraded design and look with sleek handlebars and foot pedals. Plus, the second bike can fit both Luke and Leia, so you can recreate all those epic scenes in style.

The set can also be laid out to recreate the scene where Luke chops one of the speeder bikes in half, if you want to mix things up a little on your display shelf:

Lego Star Wars 75353 Endor Speeder Chase Diorama with Luke and lightsaber

The Trees and Surrounding Landscape

Now, let’s take a stroll through the forest. The tree and plant decorations in this set are seriously impressive. Sure, the leaf sections might look the same (the 7 separate tree leaf sections are actually the same exact design repeated), but they’re cleverly angled to give a natural and diverse look.

The tree trunks are spot-on, with textured bark made using a mix of smooth and studded pieces. That circular shape at the base adds a nice touch of detail too. And it’s a little weird to nerd out about this, but the forest floor looks absolutely fantastic on this set. The ground cover is lush with ferns, moss, and small plants in different shades. It creates the perfect forest floor around the brown path for the speeder bikes to follow. THIS is the attention to detail I love about these 18+ Diorama series!

Lego Star Wars 75353 Endor Speeder Chase Diorama forest floor

The Display Plaques

Like we’ve seen a few times already for 2023 Star Wars releases, this set comes with the printed brick celebrating the 40th anniversary of Return of the Jedi. I’ve heard some folks argue that it’s a “distraction” from the main scene as it sits a little awkwardly off to the right side, but if it really bothers you, just pop it off.

Personally, I think it adds a touch of nostalgia and excitement to the whole set, especially when displayed alongside the other 40th Anniversary sets from this year, like the Emperor’s Throne Room Diorama (review) and the Mini Death Star II promo (if you were lucky enough to snag one in time – if not, check eBay).

The main plaque has Luke’s famous quote he tells his sister (spoiler!) as they start their pursuit of the Scout Troopers: “Quick! Jam their comlinks. Center switch!”

Lego Star Wars 75353 Endor Speeder Chase Diorama
Endor speeder bike chase

Final Thoughts

All in all, the Endor Speeder Bike Chase set is a solid set for LEGO enthusiasts and Star Wars fans alike. Yes, there are a few minor issues with the minifigure coloring, but the attention to detail in other areas more than makes up for it.

Now, the $80 price tag has raised some eyebrows, and I get it—a range of $60-$70 would have been more palatable for a set with only 3 minifigures and 608 pieces. But if you’re a die-hard Star Wars fanatic or a serious LEGO collector, this set is still worth your consideration, especially if you already have several other sets from the Diorama Collection.

The speeder bikes are top-notch, the trees and plant decorations are impressively lifelike, and the nostalgia factor is off the charts.

Lego Star Wars 75353 Endor Speeder Chase Diorama box front and back

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