Star Wednesday: LEGO Biker Scouts

The Biker Scout is arguably my favorite Star Wars action figure. Introduced in Return of the Jedi, the Biker Scouts (at least at first) came off as more elite than the typical bumbling Stormtrooper. Everything about these guys, from their helmets and armor to their unique pistols, was simply cool. To top it off they had super fast Speeder Bikes, on which they raced at break-neck speeds (sometimes literally) through the forest moon of Endor. Unfortunately, the Biker Scouts (along with the rest of the Empire) were overtaken by a small group of Rebel Commandos with help from an army of Ewoks. That doesn’t say much for their elite status.

Due to their popularity, certain figures are easy to collect. Every Star Wars collector has an abundance of R2-D2 and Yoda items and figures simply because so many of them were made. If you find yourself attracted to a slightly less popular character, you may have to dig a little deeper at garage sales to find the figures you’re looking for.

In the mid-to-late 90s, right after the special edition of the Star Wars trilogy hit theaters (but before Episode One: The Phantom Menace was released), Star Wars Merchandise once again began filling store shelves. The Power of the Force action figures, released in the mid-90s, were just the beginning. By the time the special editions were released, it was as if Star Wars had never left. Not only were there Star Wars action figures and playsets on shelves, but also drinking glasses, mouse pads, bouncy balls… and, among a thousand other things, Star Wars LEGO sets.

I got my first LEGO set when I was five years old. For a while I kept my LEGO bricks in a zip lock bag before graduating to a shoe box and eventually a Tupperware tub. Today my LEGO bricks fill a 22-gallon plastic tub. I’ve enjoyed LEGO playsets for a long, long time, and when they began releasing Star Wars-themed sets, naturally, I decided I had to own them.

The “7128 Speeder Bikes” LEGO playset came with two Speeder Bikes, a tree with a base, and three action figures (two Biker Scouts and one Luke). The set sold for $9.99 back in 1999, which would be a good deal today for the figures alone.

I own fifteen LEGO playsets from that same era, including two of this one. I have tried very, very hard over the years not to fall into the trap of buying two of the same thing (one to open, one to store), but in this case it appears I did. I probably realized at the time that I would be too tempted not to eventually open a Star Wars-themed LEGO playset, especially one containing Biker Scouts!

Both of the boxes I have for this playset contain $4.98 price tags from KB Toys. There used to be a KB Toys liquidation store I occasionally visited in Texas, which explains the bargain price. Based on that, it seems like I got a good deal — unopened versions of this playset are selling for $40-$50 on eBay today.

“Ha ha ha,” he said, when talking about selling Star Wars things.

When it comes to my Star Wars displays, there are big items, and there’s filler. These small Speeder Bikes make good filler, and can easily be placed in between or around other larger items on my shelves. Currently they’re on the shelf right next to my cable modem and wireless router, so every time I need to reboot one or both of those items, I find myself looking at these guys.

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