January 19, 2019 – Hasbro has released over a dozen different swoop bikes over the years. The repulsor-lift vehicle, designed for high speed, is a mainstay in Star Wars movies and animated series.
Regrettably, Enfys Nest’s Swoop Bike – at least in its 3.75-inch format – is one of the worst of the lot. First released in April 2018, the vehicle retails for $19.99 USD and comes with a 3.75-inch Enfys Nest figure.
While the vehicle appears at first glance to be beautifully designed, it suffers from several flaws on closer inspection. For a supposed kid’s toy, the swoop bike is static and lacks the playabililty features we have come to expect in similar vehicles.
What We Don’t Like
● No Moving Parts: There is no landing gear (retractable or otherwise), no spring-loaded firing missiles, and no hidden compartments to explore. Furthermore, neither the handlebars nor the foot-rest pedals swivel or move – an easy design feature that Hasbro ignored.
● Not Movie Accurate: In both the movie and the box cover art, you can clearly see three cables attached to the three fins at the front of the bike. Maybe it’s just us, but the toy in our hands feels incomplete, lightweight and cheap.
● Front of Bike is Very Crooked: The photos below show you how severely off-center and crooked the front of the bike is. Five thin, long, plastic “rods” are supposed to protrude parallel with each other from the center of the bike toward the front. The problem is that the five rods are made of thin plastic, which warps the alignment toward the right in our model.
It could also be a design flaw as the five rods are not made of similar length, and once attached to the front three fins, the tension makes them warp. Either way, the swoop bike is crooked and looks like it should be flying to the right in circles. Such a shame.
What We Like
● The vehicle comfortably holds Enfys Nest in flight. There is also a small plastic stub on the right side, just below and in front of the right foot rest, perfect for holding and storing Enfys Nest’s staff when in flight.
● Enfys Nest is the main reason to acquire the Swoop Bike, assuming you can find it at a discounted price (MSRP is $19.99). Beautifully imagined and designed, the 3.75-inch Mad Max-like figure has seven (7) points of articulation: swivel head (left and right); swivel shoulders; forearms which rotate 360° (so that she can grip the handlebars); and legs that swivel fore and aft at the pelvis.
Enfys Nest is equipped with a staff, which she can easily hold or which fits securely to the right side of the swoop bike. She wears a black cloth cape. Over her shoulders and around her neck is draped a plastic dark-gray shawl, which is etched to mimic fur.
The helmet has an intimidating Doomsday look and is not removable. The chest-plate is surrounded by a string of painted “bones” or “teeth”. Paint applications are sharp and clean, and the overall design of the character make this a must-have for most collectors.
While the swoop bike is forgettable, grab Enfys Nest either loose or discounted, if you can find her.