It was really quite gracious of Mattel to produce both a Luke Skywalker Landspeeder and a young Han Solo Speeder as part of the Hot Wheels Star Wars Starships line, right about the time we were stockpiling cars for future Gaslands (paid link) conversions.
On top of that, we found that other Hot Wheels Starships, such as the X-Wing Fighter and Imperial Combat Assault Tank, could also be inexpensively purchased at our local Walmart, though these vehicles were rather ruthlessly cannibalized to provide guns for the Luke and Han speeders. After all, we couldn’t send our intrepid drivers into the Gaslands arena without the proper death-spewing armaments.
Since Gaslands middleweight cars are supposed to have two crew members (at least), we had to find suitable copilots to ride shotgun with our landspeeder jockeys. Fortunately, a 20-year-old pack of Star Wars Classic Characters from Micro Machines provided both an unhinged astromech and a bloodthirsty Wookie of just the right scale.
What’s more, Micro Machines also produced several versions of the Star Wars speeder bike, up to and including Rey’s speeder from The Force Awakens. Most (but not all) of the Micro Machines speeder bikes are pretty darn close to the same scale as the Hot Wheels landspeeders, making them perfect for a space-opera inspired Gaslands game.
In our first-such experiment, documented in the Imperial video feed at the top of this post, we set up a scifi Gaslands competition between two heavily-armed landspeeders, each supported by a pair of equally deadly speeder bikes. Basically it’s space pirates racing against rebel scum for the amusement of the crowd and the glory of the Galactic Emperor.
Who will win this high-velocity blood sport, held on a desolate, sun-scorched planet in a galaxy really, really far away from here? Watch our latest Gaslands battle report to find out.