Nom Carver, on 29 August 2012 - 02:13 AM, said:
Legs provide greater movility in harsh terrain, an AT-ST can go where no wheeled vehicle can, but repulsor lift on the other hand...
Originally the AT-AT was supposed to have wheels but Lucas didnt like the idea. And was also his idea to defeat the empire with teddy bears
Brickadeer, on 29 August 2012 - 08:09 PM, said:
I'm glad Lucas didn't like the idea. Wheels may be more efficient, but the walkers definetly look cooler and, back in the 80s, way more unusual.
As for the Ewoks, I agree that I didn't like everything about the whole Endor scene, especially not the way the Ewoks defeated the AT-STs.
But I liked the idea that the Emperor consequently underestimated the Ewoks, probably judging to their abilities from their appearance; I liked the idea that the apparently powerless can turn the tide of the battle and bring empires to fall.
You've misunderstood a bit there. The AT-AT was never 'supposed' to have anything in particular. The wheeled design for the vehicle was just one concept design out of several, and in fact one that Lucas quite liked. So much so, in fact, that 25 years later the design was re-examined and re-adapted for use in the Kashyyyk sequence of Revenge of the Sith. Today we know it as the Clone Turbo Tank
The concept design stage of production in movies, TV and video games is utterly fascinating and often produces some absolutely beautiful artwork. Star Wars in general has had some of the best, most inventive and most creative concept work in modern media history and it's well worth investigating. Ralph McQuarrie, lead concept designer on the original trilogy, is hailed as a master of his craft. As well as vehicles, aliens and the like, concept artists will help define intangible things like the colour palette used in sequences. This is why Hoth in The Old Republic and Ord Plutonia in The Clone Wars both tend towards the blue end of the spectrum in their depictions - they're both riffing off the original 1979 McQuarrie concept paintings for the battle of Hoth.