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    AT-ST #7657 Review (with pics)

    I just got done building the AT-ST and...WOW!!!

    If you have the original and were as let down by it even when that was the only thing around then you've GOTTA get this! I usually don't get pumped over a simple $20 set but it's really quite decent. It's quite large (about 8" tall when it's standing properly and about 11" with the legs fully extended) and is in quite good proportion to the mini-figs.

    It came with several elements that I've never seen (I only do SW LEGO now so they're probably in other sets) and I noticed a neat thing (once again probably been around awhile) and that is that they now list all of the parts and show a picture of them on the back of the instructions. I know they used to do this for the Technic sets and the Model Team ones but I didn't know they started doing it for the system sets.

    The one real selling point for me though was the badda55 AT-ST Driver!!! He looks sweet and the addition of the new blasters (I liked the old ones because they were made of existing pieces and were so generic that you had to love 'em).

    The only real "faults" that I could find are, in my opinion, the eye holes are a bit small and the face is a bit long. Also they could have done a bit more in the interior with the amounts of space that are in there but what are you gonna do? Other than those minor ones it's about as good as it gets without getting the UCS one.


    My over all grade: A-





    BTW, I clocked in at just under 30 minutes for the build.


    Height

    Front View

    Long in the Face

    The Reason I Bought the Set

    Blaster
    Up, up, and OKAAAAY!!!

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    Cool pics, though if you have macro mode for shots closer than a foot, it'd take care of the blurry issue with those last 2.

    It's weird, I read a few pretty negative reviews of this set originally because the legs don't really move in any meaningful way, but now I'm seeing more reviews like yours where the overall look pays off for them.

    I haven't been tempted to get this set, but with more and more folks saying "get it", I'm starting to be swayed. What do you think the chances of rebuilding the chin so it's not too long would be? The chin should end halfway down the chin-gun.

    The geared head, does it turn loosely or stay straight until you turn the knob at the back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    What do you think the chances of rebuilding the chin so it's not too long would be? The chin should end halfway down the chin-gun.
    It can very easily be done. I've got an idea right now and I may try it and take some pictures for you to see how you could very easily do it.

    The geared head, does it turn loosely or stay straight until you turn the knob at the back?
    It turns loosely. I'm indifferent about. It stays in position good enough but if you jiggle the table it'll turn towards a side that's slanted.
    Up, up, and OKAAAAY!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slicker View Post
    It can very easily be done. I've got an idea right now and I may try it and take some pictures for you to see how you could very easily do it.
    Cool! Could you take a photo from an isometric view (a quarter view basically) of the chin with one side of the chin wall totally removed when you do? I'm curious to see what we'd be up against in a rebuild.

    It turns loosely. I'm indifferent about. It stays in position good enough but if you jiggle the table it'll turn towards a side that's slanted.
    I wish they'd either use a worm gear to keep this from happening, or create large and small turntables with friction (like the friction technic pegs, usually black in color - which reminds me, I want a friction half-stud technic peg!).
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    Gonna have to grab this one, for 20 bucks its not bad at all.
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    Here are the pics you asked for JT (I think):

    Front On

    Side


    Barometric...or isometric. Whatever...


    If you need anymore pics just holla!
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    Wow, thanks! The side view told me a lot less than I expected, but the isometric view told me almost everything I wanted to know about that, and the front view confirmed that which I wasn't sure of.

    I think the hardest part will be figuring out how to attach those 2 small radar dish greebles under the gun without that plate underneath, there's not much room to work with behind the guns to hang it but that's the most likely place. I'm thinking that the slanty bricks might not do the trick to replace the long slanty bricks currently making up the chin, but perhaps small angle plates hanging on either side could be used instead (I'm beginning to like that idea already). I'm gonna try to pick this set up tonight and see if I can pull that off.

    There's some decent photos of the AT-ST from the front in the "movies" and "EU" section on its sw.com listing: http://www.starwars.com/databank/vehicle/atst/

    Thanks Slick! Let us know what you do with the rebuilding, photos too.
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    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post

    Thanks Slick! Let us know what you do with the rebuilding, photos too.
    Unfortunately, I can't do it. I've only got limited pieces here and I THOUGHT I had the proper pieces but I don't so it's all just gonna have to be done by others.
    Up, up, and OKAAAAY!!!

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    Ah well, if you ever get a chance...

    I picked it up today, haven't had a moment to get it assembled yet though.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    First, let me fire off my initial review on this set...

    There's a sliding scale of "good" in the LEGO Star Wars universe, especially if a ship is a remake of an older set. In this case, the older set is the AT-ST with Chewbacca from 2001 and it's among the least-accurate sets ever (not to mention it's just plain silly-looking) so any remake of it can only be better. This new one is the 4th LEGO version of the All Terrain Scout Transport, and definitely the most recent. However, it's not exactly all that good even though it's a significant upgrade from the original.

    The build is pretty interesting and has a very decent part-count, but building the legs last feels anticlimactic here. The hardest part for me was getting the figure into the cockpit seat, it's a little awkward to get in there. The focus is on getting more of the movie model's details to make an appearance through false-perspective and light greebling (building little details that serve no other function), it's a fair update but definitely not the final stop.

    The cockpit is still a 1-seater but has much more room, even if there aren't any details. The top hatch is a sight better than the original's goofy mess, now the center of the roof flips up and has a fake hatch in the middle. There's some fudging to get the windows and shutters on the face, but the look is pulled off better than it really deserves. Under the main gun now is a detail from the movie version, the twin disks - are they energizers, recoil system? I dunno, but they look neat and add a lot of character for something rather small. The "toes" are now represented and do a decent job of that for what they are, and the feet are much closer than the original's, but the lower leg springs are poorly-depicted by another use of the toes greeble.

    The minifigure is an Imperial AT-ST Pilot, with a new gray outfit, goggle-painted non-smiling head, new helmet, and new blaster. The pilot is a cool customer, the only things he's missing are the black boots and Imperial emblem on his left shoulder. I also would have liked to see a second, non-goggled face painted on the other side of his head. The box shows the figure halfway out of the hatch, but the only thing to stand on is the narrow seat and it turns out he's holding onto the railing.

    Features include a movable chin gun, rotating side weapons, and a gear-driven gimmick that turns the head left and right. Notice I didn't mention walking even though this is the "Chicken Walker", that's because for stability's sake (or money's) there are no viable leg joints on this set. The hips are locked into place, the upper knees can only bend backwards, and the lower knees and ankles have stops to keep them from collapsing so they can only move backwards, all of which is a shame because not only does it take away a nifty feature, but it also makes legs that are plain and not accurate-looking (especially sad since the leg joints on the real AT-ST look very similar to some newer LEGO joints). No walking gimmick means this is a "stand there and turn side to side" set, it's a nifty gimmick but not much to do for a $20 toy.

    Besides the lack of play functions, my chief complaint here is how half-hearted some of the representations are. The angled bar at the back of the head is just a nub on either side, the railing at the top hatch is just a single bar at the front instead of all the way around, the simple hip shield plates reduced to a stick-on brick. I can deal with stuff like the binoculars in place of left-side turret, but only to a point.

    The worst though is the lack of shape on the head itself. The AT-ST's head may seem at first like a simple box in the movie, but a cursory look shows it's actually tapering both forward and downward, a very difficult shape for LEGO to convey in bricks. Here, they try to represent that with angled plates for the rear armor and a slanted lower face that also steps in 1 level, and the result isn't particularly accurate. Then LEGO goes and makes the chin nearly twice as long as it's supposed to be since, rather than angling the whole head downward, they got stuck using steeply-angled bricks and there's very little in their arsenal that can be used for that.

    Bottom line, this feels like a work in progress, it's not a bad set exactly but it has deficiencies in both the play and display departments. It's a mostly-solid set, the top hatch dish and some of the greebling stuff can come off when it's knocked over, but generally it holds up to use and is moderately well-balanced. It's not a failure, but neither is it a success. Grade: C
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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