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#1 Starwars4J

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 10:59 PM

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Finally!  I don't know about you, but I've been highly anticipating this baby.  Actually I do know about you, you have too  :-P   I love this thing, but let's get to why:

Set Name: AT-ST
Set Number: 7657
Piece Count: 244
Price: $19.99US

Okay, first let's start off with some pictures of the box.  Apparently this is called a 30th anniversary set.
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The set comes with a much-anticipated AT-ST driver with new blaster mold!
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I love him.  Well, I love him, but I'm not in love with him  :-P   He wasn't as great as I had hoped.  I'm sure I can find use for his gun, helmet, and torso though.  His head...ech, fleshie as expected.

The instruction manual comes with a list of all parts on the back:
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I found the build very easy and straight-forward, even though it included some very smart mechanisms.  The whole thing took me about half an hour.

It also included some very interesting and useful pieces, such as
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and the old turntable actually comes in two separate parts that you snap together!  I look at this as a wonderful opportunity to get those parts separate for MOCing  ;-)
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Now, let's look at the actual machine.
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Fearsome, eh?  Don't mess with the Empire  *vader*  (unless you're short and fuzzy that is.  In that case by all means go ahead  X-D )
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I would say this next image was just me being lazy, but to save face, let's say this is the point of view of a fallen rebel soldier, shall we?
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Let's start looking at the individual aspects of the set.

First, the legs.  This happens to be the greatest area of contention, and critics' greatest gripe with the set.  I agree, it wasn't done so well (again, fallen rebel)
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The legs can move, but only backwards  :-|   So this thing can't walk, unless you count moonwalking (and don't bring up that they were on the forest MOON of Endor...)

The light bley disk on the side is held on with a rather simple mechanism:
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And they actually hold those little claw things on the back of the legs by inserting them into the short tubes of plates!  Definitely not a common official technique...
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The feet I love though.  Very simple, but beautiful in the simplicity:
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(Did I mention all the wonderful bley parts in this set?  A Space MOCers dream come true!)

Now that we've moved past the horror that are the legs, let's get to the rest of the horror, er, set.  I meant set.  I love this set, I really do  ;-)

The "head".  This has been criticized as being too long, too big, etc.  I'd have to agree, but only to an extent.  It doesn't look huge in person, it looks right.  It looks armored.  It only looks bad if you compare it to...well, what it's supposed to look like

The head turns on a rather simple but sweet mechanism of turning a wheel at the back.
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(apparently our dying rebel soldier snuck a peek at the plans for the AT-ST?  Sneaky devil, musta been a Bothan

I really dislike the eyeflaps.  Instead of being the old kind, that would go over cannon emplacements on Pirate ships, they're in the middle of the tile...and can't cover the "eye" completely
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Also, the cockpit is rather barren and poorly designed
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Though it does include a 'holster' for the blaster
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Now for something positive  :-D
The head is nicely greebled.

The back:
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The top with hatch:
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Small missile launcher (IIRC):
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Concussion grenade launcher:
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The mechanism for the lasers is also really simple, but provides some nice greebling and details:
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The instructions are REALLY promoting the battle packs, too...:
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Extra pieces:
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Again, the might of the Empire  *vader*
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Overall, I love this set, even though I have a lot of nitpicks and negative things to say about it.  It's an amazing bley and dark bley parts pack, the fig is nice, and the gun/helmet are sweet.  There are some nice details, and some rare parts.  The set is also really nice on it's own, if you don't look at what the AT-ST is supposed to look like (the head IS a little long and thin...)

It's a shame that the legs won't let it really walk, but it's very stable.  The head-turning mechanism is also really nice, and allows for some realistic function.  Overall, this is leagues beyond the last version, and it's pretty cheep to boot (comparing price to parts.  Definitely pick a couple of these babies up, you won't regret it!

Parts: 10
Price: 8
Figs: 7 (another wouldn't have hurt)
Playability: 6 (the head-turning mechanism saved it on this one, but the legs really hurt it...)
Fun: 9
Overall: 8.4

The AT-ST is a must buy for me, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it if you pick it up.  They're fearless warriors of the Empire.  Unless...you have some teddy bears with a mission, then they get scared  :-P
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#2 snefroe

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 11:11 PM

great review! maybe i'll buy this set when it's available, but something tells me i 'll have to be fast :-P  :-X

the cockpit needs some serious modding! :-/


btw, what ever happened to the fallen rebel? did he make it? :-P

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 11:33 PM

And while you were building, you had Eurobricks on your P.C. in the background!

#4 Starwars4J

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 11:45 PM

View Postsnefroe1, on Dec 12 2006, 06:11 PM, said:

great review! maybe i'll buy this set when it's available, but something tells me i 'll have to be fast :-P  :-X

the cockpit needs some serious modding! :-/
btw, what ever happened to the fallen rebel? did he make it? :-P
I'm afraid not   :'-(

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And while you were building, you had Eurobricks on your P.C. in the background!
Shhhhhh  :-P

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 04:29 AM

Excellent review!  Thanks for taking the time to share the images.  I've got mine on order and should get it this week.  I love these AT-STs.  The 1st one was one of my favorite SW sets.  What I like most about sets like this is the size.  You can set up a small scene with a few figs (maybe a Snowspeeder), and you've got a small battle between the forces.  The pilot is excellent too.

In any case, this looks like a great set!

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 08:35 AM

Nice review Starwars4J!
I just have to buy 2 of this, mostley for the mini-figs.
But I still thinks that the model is to large and looks a bit wierd.

Is it possible that you can take even better pics of the page with the
pieces of the set?

Thanks in advance!

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#7 Starwars4J

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 08:57 AM

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:36 AM

Super!
The right side is a bit blury, but I think I can live with that
until I buy the set myself  ;-)

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#9 KimT

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 12:55 PM

Nice review and I agree with Ras.
I must have two of these *wub*

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 02:41 PM

Nice review,  thx *y*

But I am definitly not going to buy any of those AT-STs because they don't look any nice in my eyes  :'-)


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Posted 13 December 2006 - 02:44 PM

Great review Mate, love the fallen rebel photos X-D  ;-)

Overall this set seems ok but i dont think ill buy more than 1, though i will be raiding BS for more figs ;-)

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 03:07 PM

what's BS Vader?

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 04:48 PM

I'm pretty sure he means BL (bricklink.com)

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 09:09 PM

Thanks for the review 4J!!!!!!
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 09:25 PM

No problem.  If I have the time today, and my net doesn't go out (we're expecting somewhat of a power outage), expect a review of the surprisingly awesome Grievous fighter, and the greebly goodness of the Y-wing  ;-)

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 09:58 PM

Coming in late in the tread :-$ but Ill agree with the fellow EuroBrickers - nice review!!!!!

Im going to get me at least three of this babies - time to make some serious Endor Mocking >:-)

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 11:07 PM

Nice review, I am definetly getting one. The reason they are probably promoting the BP so much is that they are not a lot so people will but a ton, which will make Lego a ton of money. I really want the AT-ST. I will probably get one of these, a y-wing, a landing craft, and two of each BP when they come out.
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Posted 02 January 2007 - 12:36 AM

Got mine today and just finished it. I know, I said in another thread I can't afford it. I can't. But I have.


General comments:

- very nice. I'm impressed. Fun build. Smooth cockpit rotation about 90 degrees.

- No controls in the cockpit. Shoudl have a panel or steering wheel or lever or something.

- Blaster: excellent. and the internal clip for it

- PIlot: excellent. Welcome addition to the Imperial ranks

- Cockpit joins hips: instructions not over clear which studs and holes to use. I took a guess and it seems I was right.

- Eye flaps:I like them. Well positioned to look down at the jungle floor

- Where? This is being promoted on box art etc as an Endor set. I don't see why it wouldn't fit perfectly into a Hoth set.

- What could we improve? I'll probably get threatened with being struck down for this, but here goes. The AT-AT had a Luke hanging from it. The MF had a Snow Trooper with a repeating blaster.  The AT-St could have done with an Ewok included in the set. Would have increased playability value exponentially

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 01:38 PM

The first MF did not have any *enemy soldiers* - only the rebells at the time they escaped DS I

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View PostVaders_son, on Jan 2 2007, 01:38 PM, said:

The first MF did not have any *enemy soldiers* - only the rebells at the time they escaped DS I

Oh yeah, I forget about the first MF. It was released before I rediscovered LEGO and having the newer MF in find the old MF is one of the very few sets I have no interest in owning. So I frequently forget it even existed,

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 10:11 PM

Ok, restarting an old thread but I just had to ..... today was the FIRST day you could buy the news sets in the toy stores in Sweden *y*  *y*.......... and I did X-D!

The AT-ST is one big MegaBlocker compared to the AT-AT |-/  - very nice build though *y*.

And the Imperial AT-ST Pilot gets a 10/10 rating.

Now RAS & I can make a good Endor-scene to put in our toyshop - we asked the manager to get 3 sets of the AT-STs ;-)  to put in front of the bunker entrance - the rest comes from our private stash :-D.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 11:20 PM

Copmike what do you mean by your toyshop? Are Ras74 and you displaying stuff in a toystore in Sweden, and is it your own toyshop?

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 11:54 PM

View Postmorten_sonne, on Jan 10 2007, 11:20 PM, said:

Copmike what do you mean by your toyshop? Are Ras74 and you displaying stuff in a toystore in Sweden, and is it your own toyshop?

And can EB members have a discount?

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 08:14 PM

Ok morten - sorry for being a bit to general  :'-)  - no its not our toyshop.
Its the one we spend time in buying LEGO, harass the owners (a nice couple) about whats coming &
what they should get, help out on toyfares etc etc ....all for free ;-) ....

We will be displaying different MOCs in a LEGO-displaycase in the store.
First is the scene from Endor when the good guys is arrested and C-3PO & R2-D2 makes a diversion before the small fury hairballs charge forward X-D!
For that we need 3 sets of AT-STs from the LEGO-rep so when we change to the next MOC they will disappear ;-)
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Old dark grey - you go girl!

captaintau - any EB member coming there will enjoy the 10% of regular stupid high swedish LEGO-prices and then another 15% - buy youre airline ticket today X-D!

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 01:44 AM

Nice reveiw. I will probably get this only for the mini-fig but it has some nice parts.

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