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REVIEW: 75153 AT-ST Walker

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Hello everyone,

I am back again to share my second LEGO Star Wars Rogue One review and the earlier one which I reviewed was on the 75155 Rebel U-wing Fighter. So far, these are the two sets which I have recently opened and built for new reviews. I wonder if I can afford additional time to cover the rest in the future, but it is certainly very enjoyable to visit LEGO Star Wars again. Please note there will not be any major movie spoilers but there is bound to contain minor movie spoilers. If you are those who have not watched the movie, then please do not read this review.  Just to add on, I will be integrating many supporting references and facts which can be found in the informative DK Star Wars Rogue One (Ultimate Visual Guide). Without further ado, let me bring forth the second LEGO Star Wars AT-ST Walker in this series. 

Movie spoilers ahead (potential), read at your own risk. :devil: 

Name: 75153 AT-ST Walker
Theme: LEGO System / Licensed / Star Wars / Rogue One
Year: 2016
Pieces: 449
Minifigs: 3
Price: USD $39.99, GBP 49.99, EURO 49.99, SGD $99.90
Resources: Brickset, BrickLink

An original box image of the 75153 AT-ST Walker
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Back view of the original box image of the 75153 AT-ST Walker
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The latest new LEGO Star Wars Rogue One minifigures addition31738929911_17508c20f4_o_d.jpg


Never underestimate the power of the Empire's AT-ST
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The AT-ST or otherwise known as All Terrain Scout Transport in full. The AT-ST is a classic Star Wars Original Trilogy vehicular feature and is heavily used in Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi. Since then, TLG has produced several LEGO AT-ST designs since 2001 and this is the third official re-design for the classic AT-ST for a stand-alone set, not include the 8038 The Battle of Endor which also contain an AT-ST in it. It is nice to see a classic Imperial feature returning to the big screen and the design stay true to the Original Trilogy which I believe will excite many SW fans. The overall LEGO design is also an improvement to their predecessors which I will touch on in the latter sections. The AT-ST is very useful to recreate battle scenes, especially the guerrilla ambush in Jedha, lead by Saw Gerrera's militants. 

The Imperial AT-ST is often underestimated by the rebels without realising its full deadly potential. The Empire usually deploy AT-STs on open battlefields for swift reconnaissance and troop support. In the camped quarters of Jedha City, the AT-ST's firepower is magnified and became an immediate threat against the militants. 

The content of the sealed box
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The sealed box comes with three numbered mint packs and are numbered from one to five. The instruction manual and the dreaded sticker sheet  are part of the package and somehow I wish the Imperial insignia are printed. . After the set has been built, these are the remaining spare parts which are spread across the packs. You can view the spare parts for packet 1, packet 2 and packet 3.  

The continuation of the amazing new LEGO Rogue One minifigures

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Let's examine at these minifigures from this second smallest Star Wars Rogue One set which contain a good mix of the Empire and the Rebel Alliance. From left to right, we have AT-ST Driver, Baze Malbus and Rebel Trooper. I am very fond with the three minifigures especially with their detailed printing. Upon removing their helmets and hairpieces, you can see back view of the minifigures with their alternate facial expression. All of the minifigures are featured with detailed back printing including Baze Malbus . All of these minifiures are unique to this set and if you wish to get Baze Malbus who is one of the main characters of Rogue One, then this set is not to be missed.

Baze Malbus is a former Guradian of the Whills. He is a combat-hardened war veteran that have encountered numerous skirmishes. Baze has a bravado that provides a marked contrast to the spirtual centredness of his best friend and moral compass, Chirrut Imwe. He is equipped with a modified and highly illegal repeating blaster which is extremely deadly. The repeating blaster has two fire modes. The standard mode allow Baze to spray a wide field of precise targets while the secondary mode is a single-fire power shot. 

The AT-ST driver is an Imperial Pilot who is specialised in maneuvering the AT-ST and is a generic minifigure, while the Rebel Trooper is also a generic Rebel Trooper with a darker skin complexion. I am not exactly sure if this minifgure belong to the Special Forces (SpecForces) but I do believe he is part of the roving Saw Gerrera's militants who has ambushed the Empire in Jedha. I have also used the spare printed 1x1 bomblet and pass it to the deserving Rebel Trooper for additional weapon arsenal. 

The entire building content for Packet 1
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The completed built for Packet 1
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The completed built for the first packet is to form the base and legs of the Imperial AT-ST Walker through a mixture of grey technic and brick parts. This packet also include Baze Malbus minifigure. 

The entire building content for Packet 2

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The completed built for Packet 2

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The completed built of packet 2 is focused mainly on the cockpit control and structure. It also include the AT-ST driver and Rebel Trooper minifigures. 

The entire building content for Packet 3

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The completed built of the AT-ST Walker

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This is the completed built for the AT-ST with a full dull grey facade. This Imperial Walker measures over 24cm high, 6cm long and 13cm wide. It is fun to deploy and the base structure is very sturdy. You just need to be mindful of the plates surrounding the armoured cockpit. I find those a little loose and tend to drop off if you do not play with care. There are several playing mechanisms which can be seen from here. There are shooting spring-shot missiles and adjusting the various weapon features like the light blaster cannon,  the concussion grenade launcher and twin laser cannons. The most enjoyable feature is the ability to turn the knob to allow the AT-ST to rotate freely from the back as it took aim on the enemies. The thin slim mechanical legs are also able to move forth and back, which has a very complex gyro stabilisation system that keep the walker stable and upright as weight shift from one leg to another. The last playing feature could be opening the armoured cockpit. The armoured plates will provide adequate protection against small arms but not against heavy arms. The interior of the armoured cockpit will allow the AT-ST driver to have a commanding view. The original AT-ST design configuration is suppose to have two positions which comprise of a driver and gunner. In the LEGO design case, there is only one driver's position to handle both the driving and battle operations. This is quite a taunting and challenging operation for the AT-ST driver. I also noticed that TLG official design allow us to view the driver from the temple's opening, but no matter how I placed it, I can't seem to take a sneak peek at the driver's expression from the outside. 

These are the images of the AT-ST which can be viewed from the front, side view and back view.

Assault on the Imperial AT-ST Walker

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Jyn, shoot it down or it will crush us

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The new LEGO AT-ST and Rebel U-wing Fighter together

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Incoming attack, brace for impact
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To conclude, this set is an above average LEGO Rogue One set. I like it very much and is fun to play with to form various battle scenes together. I look forward to acquire a few more of these, if the price is reasonable elsewhere and in Singapore. The minifigures assortment are excellent and the design is realistic and stayed close to the actual reference. It is quite a reasonable good improvement from the earlier designs. Movement on the legs can be quite restrictive but is good and not wobbly if you are posing in a stand-still position. If you are a huge fan of Rogue One or Original Trilogy, this set is not to be missed. 

Summary review
Playability: 9/10 (Fun playability on the rotation of the armoured cockpit and shooting missiles.)
Design: 8/10 (Good design and a reasonable improvement from previous LEGO AT-ST designs.)
Price: 6/10 (Price seems reasonable elsewhere but now I know Singapore SRP is on the high side which is very disappointing which will certainly deter me from buying here.)
Overall: 7.7/10 (Do absolute get this set and immerse yourself with endless fun and joy like I do.)

I gave it a "4" based on my Review Score Card. :wink: What about you?

I hope every one of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Criticisms are welcomed.
Pictures can be found in My Flickr.

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Dear Eurobricks Community, 

Merry Christmas! I am very pleased to share my next LEGO Star Wars Rogue One reviewing set. I will be taking a break and I hope you enjoyed the recent reviewing coverage so far. 

This review is complete and ready for public viewing. 

WhiteFang

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The local Walmart have this set priced at $32.82+tax so that made it better for me. 

Any other issues I would have, is more with how the AT-ST is promoted in the movie. From the trailer one might think it was in the move for 2 to 3 minutes. But it had as much screen time as the First Order's Snowspeeder. 

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Very nice review!

I think this is a stellar model, but needs some minor facial modding ( hiding the stud shooter, rework the plating and tweak the ''eyes'' spots ), which I HIGHLY recommend. 

Consider a visit to the MOC thread upon purchasing this set!

 

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Thanks guys. I enjoyed building and this review and hopefully I can generate one last more from the Rogue One series. 

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My only complaint is the cockpit only having room for one figure.  It really is an excellent set, especially for the price.

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Just now, quark12000 said:

My only complaint is the cockpit only having room for one figure.  It really is an excellent set, especially for the price.

I believe all past AT-STs (LEGO) designs only have one minifigure inside the cockpit. You are right and it's suppose to have two minifigures (gunner and driver) in there. 

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It would've been really cool If Baze's armor was a new mold with a 2 stud connection on his back for the ammo backpack. Still, It's a nice potrayal in minifig form.

Good review. But I'm not sure If I'm going to get a third AT-ST just for Baze.

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This has 3 bags, cheaper Hovertank has 4.

This was in the movie for a very short time, cheaper Hovertank was in there longer.

Hmm...

The only reason I want this is for Baze.

 

Great review anyway :)

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Excellent review buddy. I am now going to read your U-wing review. I have all the new Rogue one sets except battle of scarif but I have had no time to build any.  The tie-striker looks superb. Kind of regretting I bought Krennics shuttle though as the review on Jangbricks has put me off slightly.......:pir-hmpf:

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7 hours ago, LOBOT-OMY said:

Excellent review buddy. I am now going to read your U-wing review. I have all the new Rogue one sets except battle of scarif but I have had no time to build any.  The tie-striker looks superb. Kind of regretting I bought Krennics shuttle though as the review on Jangbricks has put me off slightly.......:pir-hmpf:

Is it because the vehicle doesn't get a stand? really annoying they don't provide one for vehicles that suffers from looking better in flight mode ( B-wing, Tydirium Shuttle and others )

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On 12/29/2016 at 7:19 PM, RetroInferno said:

Is it because the vehicle doesn't get a stand? really annoying they don't provide one for vehicles that suffers from looking better in flight mode ( B-wing, Tydirium Shuttle and others )

Don't forget the V-9 Torrent Fighter. That needed a stand. Even JANG said so.

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How to modify the articulation of joint at foot? The lack of joint prevents it from posting different poses. 

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On 12/28/2016 at 7:02 PM, Orange Leader said:

It would've been really cool If Baze's armor was a new mold with a 2 stud connection on his back for the ammo backpack. Still, It's a nice potrayal in minifig form.

Good review. But I'm not sure If I'm going to get a third AT-ST just for Baze.

Yes, you need to get it for Baze! It will be real awesome and I don't think it will ever appear anywhere. Well, for me to get it is because I don't have the earlier AT-STs. 

On 12/29/2016 at 2:19 PM, RetroInferno said:

Is it because the vehicle doesn't get a stand? really annoying they don't provide one for vehicles that suffers from looking better in flight mode ( B-wing, Tydirium Shuttle and others )

Most play sets don't come with a stand as this is not considered an UCS display. I don't quite think is appropriate to leave it static. You should probably be playing with them. 

On 1/1/2017 at 0:39 PM, wilson3a10 said:

How to modify the articulation of joint at foot? The lack of joint prevents it from posting different poses. 

I believe we need to adjust the knee joints and replace it with movable technic parts. I am not the right person to advise. At this moment, it is in a static position which is very stable. 

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On 1.01.2017 at 5:39 AM, wilson3a10 said:

How to modify the articulation of joint at foot? The lack of joint prevents it from posting different poses. 

There's topic "75153 at-st modifications". you'll find some great mods there

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Thank you for another great review Whitefang!

 

All the Rogue One Sets have been great, i hope there will be a third wave.

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5 hours ago, WhiteFang said:

Most play sets don't come with a stand as this is not considered an UCS display. I don't quite think is appropriate to leave it static. You should probably be playing with them.

He meant Krennic's Shuttle, not this AT-ST. That set needs a stand too imo.

I'm not too sure either if Baze is good enough to get in this set. Sooner or later (unless it's another Zam Wesell case) he's bound to be in another set, like an AT-ACT… and not being a huge fan of this set, I may not get it just for him.

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Posted (edited)

This set is good, but it's clearly out of proportions. Just like Kanan's Speeder Bike, and AT-RTs, it's way to big for the minifigure scale. So far, the best AT-ST that would has correct proportions with minifigs was included in 8038 - The Battle of Endor. http://brickset.com/sets/8038-1/the-battle-of-endor

Edited by Governor Tarkin

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21 hours ago, mrcngrck said:

There's topic "75153 at-st modifications". you'll find some great mods there

Thanks!

After watching the moc, i ordered a 75153 for me. Great advice to shorten the legs and make the legs more adjustable.

1 hour ago, Governor Tarkin said:

This set is good, but it's clearly out of proportions. Just like Kanan's Speeder Bike, and AT-RTs, it's way to big for the minifigure scale. So far, the best AT-ST that would has correct proportions with minifigs was included in 8038 - The Battle of Endor. http://brickset.com/sets/8038-1/the-battle-of-endor

Yes. But with that size it can't hold 2 minifigs inside the AT-ST.

20 hours ago, DarthBrickus said:

Thank you for another great review Whitefang!

 

All the Rogue One Sets have been great, i hope there will be a third wave.

I hope there will be a set for the Darth vader ending scene.

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Did I build mine wrong? It's head is really prone to falling forward if I move it much! Seems unbalanced.

 

Aside from that this is actually one of my favorite sets this year. Maybe my favorite. I just like the design. I wish the legs had more articulation. But I like it.

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8 minutes ago, BrickG said:

Did I build mine wrong? It's head is really prone to falling forward if I move it much! Seems unbalanced.

 

Aside from that this is actually one of my favorite sets this year. Maybe my favorite. I just like the design. I wish the legs had more articulation. But I like it.

I've made something like that. in at-st modifications topic you'll find more ideas :)

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On 1/4/2017 at 2:46 AM, BrickG said:

Did I build mine wrong? It's head is really prone to falling forward if I move it much! Seems unbalanced.

Aside from that this is actually one of my favorite sets this year. Maybe my favorite. I just like the design. I wish the legs had more articulation. But I like it.

It should not be unbalanced. It can't move but it is very stable as it is. You can take a look at the amount of spare parts to show a rough comparison between yours and mine. 

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On 1/5/2017 at 6:37 AM, WhiteFang said:

It should not be unbalanced. It can't move but it is very stable as it is. You can take a look at the amount of spare parts to show a rough comparison between yours and mine. 

 

On 1/3/2017 at 10:46 AM, BrickG said:

Did I build mine wrong? It's head is really prone to falling forward if I move it much! Seems unbalanced.

 

Aside from that this is actually one of my favorite sets this year. Maybe my favorite. I just like the design. I wish the legs had more articulation. But I like it.

There are 2 pins, one on each side that need to be pushed in and the head will not move forward at all. I forgot to push mine in and just figured it out. They are where the legs attach to the head, behind where the legs attach. 

Edited by bobosneaker

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On 07/01/2017 at 9:27 PM, bobosneaker said:

 

There are 2 pins, one on each side that need to be pushed in and the head will not move forward at all. I forgot to push mine in and just figured it out. They are where the legs attach to the head, behind where the legs attach. 

May I know in which part this step occurs?

 

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