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Of all the vehicles we got to see in the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we only recognized one in the new series of LEGO sets: the AT-ST walker. So we’re delighted that today, on Force Friday, we’re allowed to present everyone with a review.
Over the years, LEGO has tried to successfully replicate this All Terrain Scout Transport several times. But because of its slender legs and angled shapes, that hadn’t really worked out up to now (not to say it hadn’t at all). The emphasis was put on the shape too much, which damaged the robustness, or the functionality was deemed more important, which in turn left the proportions something to be desired. Until now. The shape of the legs – which are also individually movable this time around – and the proportions with the slanting angles of the cockpit are perfect.
Thanks to a clever mechanism, you can turn the cockpit using one rotating block. Genius. When building the last few Star Wars sets, I’ve noticed that this has been happening more frequently: technical tools which make some parts movable. It’s as if someone in LEGO’s Engineering Department has been amusing himself to no end by coming up with as much movable features as possible.
The downside to all this engineering is that you’re prone to make mistakes during building. Even someone like me, who has clocked in many building hours, was fooled by this walker and I had to go back a couple of steps several times.
The legs consist of different technic and pin elements and the mechanism to make the ‘head’ turn are very crafty indeed. The result is one to be proud of. The details in the cockpit and the way to reach it are well thought out. The whole construction is very robust, even though you wouldn’t say that at first glance. You can grab hold of it tightly and move it without something breaking off or shifting. Even the slanting sides of the cockpit are firmly attached. To say nothing of the detailing of the weaponry and its functionality. Excellently done as well is the way in which the springfire missiles have been incorporated at the bottom of the cockpit. You can shoot these using the two little exhaust pipes on the back. Springfire is a necessary evil with LEGO, but they’re not eyesores.
Included in the set are three figurines: the pilot, a Rebel Trooper and Baze Malbus. That last one appears in the trailer for Rogue One, so we can safely assume that he will play a not unimportant part in the film. The way he is armed also speaks volumes. The figurine has a detailed print on its torso as well as legs and has ultra heavy weapons in its hand and on its back. Its arsenal is comprised of no less than eleven elements, but to go head to head with an AT-ST, that’ll probably be necessary!
The Rebel Trooper, with its detailed helmet made of two types of plastic will help him with that. The AT-ST pilot’s helmet has been given a print as well, which is a first for this type of helmet. It has been used in previous sets, but never in this version. Baze’s and the pilot’s faces have been printed on both sides.
The big advantage to this set is its neutrality towards the original trilogy. We haven’t seen the new Star Wars film yet, so all other sets from the Rogue One series are still a mystery to us. However, this walker acts as a bridge between the new film and the original trilogy. Even for the older fans, who tend to base their purchases on nostalgia rather than hype, this walker is a great asset. It’s larger than the average LEGO AT-ST walker, but also more detailed. With 449 elements for a price of 54,99 euros, it’ll probably fit into the average wallet. We forgive LEGO for all their previous attempts: this is the walker we’ve long since been waiting for!
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LEGO has tried to release the AT-ST walker a few times in the past, with differing success (not to say none at all). But this time, LEGO shoots and scores. The legs' shape and the cockpit's proportions are good. The way that cockpit can be moved is an ingenious piece of engineering and the details are to die for. Because of its history in the classic Star Wars trilogy, this set gains extra points for nostalgia. And younger fans will be able to get to know it because of the new film. To sum up: everyone has a reason to buy this splendid piece.