Suggested Age: 8-14
Casual Build Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Dimensions: Over 9″ x 6″ x 5″
Brand: Star Wars
Now that I’ve gotten all of my smaller kits out of the way, it’s time to look at the big sets that I was given for Christmas. As you may have noticed, I am a huge fan of Star Wars but it’s not the spaceships that I love the best. It’s the Walkers that hold the most nostalgia for me. Amongst the most iconic of these is the two-legged All Terrain Scout Transport, or AT-ST. This vehicle was first seen in The Empire Strikes Back, although the version in this kit is based on the one that appears in the more recent Rogue One.
The kit is medium sized and contains all the pieces necessary to build the AT-ST. On top of this, it comes with an assortment of hand-held weaponry and three minifigures – Baze Malbus, an AT-ST driver and a Rebel Trooper.
Here’s a closer look at the box contents, as well as some photos of the building process:
After my experiences building the AT-AT last Christmas, I was expecting this to be a very long and arduous build but it was all a lot more straightforward than I was expecting. Although there is a little bit of repetition (the two legs are identical to each other), it was pretty simple to put together and I didn’t come across anything that I found to be especially difficult. There weren’t even that many stickers, which is always nice, with only half a dozen to provide extra detail to the feet, back and hatch.
The finished Walker really is a thing of beauty. It’s instantly recognisable and easily balances on its heavily-reinforced chicken legs. There is a small dial on the back that allows you to turn the cockpit, allowing it to swing from side to side in the same distinct way that it does when plodding along. There are also a missile launcher hidden on either side of the front gun, to give it the illusion of firing its lasers.
The cockpit contains two hatches. For film accuracy, it has the small round hatch on the top but the entire roof of the Walker is also hinged, making it easy to get the driver into his seat. The only thing that I will note is that the picture on the box is slightly misleading. In the pictures, it clearly shows the driver peering through the front windows, while you can clearly see here that he is sat quite far back away from these.
Of the three figures that come with the kit, only one is especially distinctive. While the AT-ST driver is necessary, his drab beige uniform isn’t especially eye-grabbing and the Rebel Trooper is also lacks the distinct clothing of those in the original trilogy kits. Yet Baze is a great figure and looks spot on. One of my favourite things about this kit is how Lego have recreated his heavy blaster and backpack out of small pieces. The use of a chain for form his ammo belt is particularly inspired.
All in all, this kit is great. It’s easy to build, sturdy and very recognisable. It also boasts a nice variety of features and a great unique minifigure in the form of Baze. I’ll definitely be looking at more of the Rogue One sets in a future review.