Text and Photos By: Abel Pinedo
To commemorate the re-opening of Star Tours last year at both
Disneyland and Walt Disney World, a flurry of new merchandise was released exclusively to the parks. Hats, shirts, and
glasses along with toys, this is the usual outpouring one would expect for an event such as this. What I’d like to touch
upon is a Star Wars vehicle that has gone largely ignored. Many fellow collectors seem to have heard about it but none possess
it. I’m assuming it is because it is not so easily attainable but you can now add a large scale Starspeeder 1000 to
This thing is HUGE! It’s not quite on par with the large
size vehicles that Hasbro has released in recent years like the Millennium Falcon or the AT-AT but it comes close. The real
beauty of this is that for years there have been hints of a retooled Starspeeder large enough to hold action figures. I’m
happy to report that the wait is finally over. I asked our old friend Admiral Ackbar to assist me. As you can see, the vehicle
fits perfectly to scale with the figures. It comes with a hard plastic removable R2-D2 and when you press down on his head,
he makes his unmistakable chirping sounds. Also included is an IC-360 Camera Droid. As you’ll discover, this is full
Now let’s start at the front shall we? There is a small
flat button on the top of the vehicle, just opposite R2. When you press it, two hidden cannons flip out from the lower front
portion of the vehicle and firing lights and sounds are emitted. Simply flip the cannons back manually to reset them. [Video]
See Also: Star Speeder 1000 Door
Demo Video [Video]
On the back of the vehicle are four buttons. The top two activate
the doors on the sides of the vehicle. One push and they pop open and make a door chime sound you should recognize if you’ve
ever been on the actual ride. When you press the button on the lower right, you activate the lights and sounds for the lightspeed
effect. When you press the button on the lower left, well, for that let’s take a look inside the vehicle.
The top hatch is removable so you can view the interior cabin.
There is room for nine standard sized action figures to sit. (Make sure you buckle them in!) A tenth figure can sit in the
pilot’s chair. Your Starspeeder comes with four different “destination screens” which can be inserted in
the slot in front of the pilots chair. When each screen is inserted, a different line of dialogue from the ride is emitted.
You can also activate these sounds by pressing the previously mentioned lower left button on the rear of the vehicle. [Video]
See Also: Star Speeder 1000 Destination
Screens Video [Video]
The Starspeeder 1000 retails for $69.95 and it is available at
both Disney parks. If you don’t want to plunk down the money to enter the park just to pick up this awesome vehicle,
it is available at the World of Disney store located in the Downtown Disney shopping district just outside of each theme park.
By the way, over
the years Hasbro has said that they will not make playsets (i.e. a Death Star playset) as there is no market for them. I find
it ironic that while the Starspeeder 1000 is not made by Hasbro but instead by Disney, right there on the front of the box
it says “Starspeeder 1000 Vehicle Playset”. Kinda covers your bases don’t it?
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About the Author: Abel Pinedo has worked
in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He's also an annual visitor to such conventions as Comikaze, San Diego Comic
Con, Wizard World and More. When he's not touring the convention circuit he can usually be found at his keyboard telling the
world about his adventures.