It’s curious that Lego decided to release its brand-new Star Wars AT-ATs on Black Friday, but the paucity of deals on the most priceless Lego sets clearly hasn’t deterred people from buying the sets.
You can check out the brand new AT-AT here, which costs $799 / £699 / AU$1,299 – but if you’re in the US or Australia, you’ll find that the kit is already sold out. There is stock left in the UK but we imagine there are only a few sets left.
So why did it sell out so quickly? Well, it’s probably the lightsaber’s fault. You see, if you pick up the set during Black Friday LEGO festivities, you also get Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber kit for free. Lightsaber-hilt kits like this have always proven to be popular, as they are usually offered only in promotion and not sold separately.
In case you were willing to buy the Star Wars AT-AT, this isn’t actually the only Lego version of the set, and the older (and cheaper) version is discounted in the US and UK as well:
LEGO Star Wars AT-AT:
$160 $153 at Target (Save $7)
It’s not a great deal—you’re literally only saving 4% of the price—but we included it because it’s a hugely popular Lego kit that normally costs a lot.
LEGO Star Wars AT-AT:
£139 £125 (Save £14) at Smiths
It’s a massive set based on classic Star Wars vehicles, and there are tons of minifigures in the kit as well. Sure, it’s not the best crunch in the world, but it is something.
Opinion: It doesn’t fit the plastic it’s made from
by Hamish Hector
When Lego first introduced these mega-expensive themed sets, the bar was set very high, starting with a 1:1 scale model of Star Wars’ most iconic ship, the Millennium Falcon. If you’ve been to a Lego shop at any point in the past few years, you’ve likely seen this impressively large kit with a display cabinet with its intricate details and a collection of minifigures representing characters from the original and sequel trilogy.
Lego followed it up with the Imperial Star Destroyer; A less fan-loved ship but an attractive model nonetheless. The detailing is impressive and once again the size completely blows you away when you get a chance to take a closer look at this thing. It also included a miniature Tantive IV – the rebel ship carrying Princess Leia in A New Hope that received its full-size 1768-piece set, which has since been retired – to scale and act out scenes from the series. to help you do so.
We’re treated to a Lego version of the Mos Eisley Cantina (the place where Luke and Ben meet Han Solo on Tatooine) and more recently Republic Gunship – however, both of which launch at much cheaper $350 / £320 and $350 / Has happened. £330 respectively. And there’s the Super Star Destroyer itself, a 3152-piece Leviathan that cost $1,799 / £1,590 (about AU$2,490) before being discontinued in 2014.
By comparison, the AT-AT is a mess of bland gray. The Imperial Star Destroyer also suffered from excessive use of the world’s most boring paint, but at least the ship’s intricate design made up for it – there really isn’t much to an AT-AT other than legs.
A saving grace could have been to include a smaller version of a snowspeeder – the craft used by the Rebel Alliance to travel to these behemoths on Hoth – either as a ship in flight or as Luke Skywalker’s downed As in the ship – but alas, we are not so lucky. (Neither are collectors: Lego has discontinued the latest 1703-piece Rebel Snowspeeder model, but some can be found around Amazon at inflated prices.)
If you’re after the AT-AT model we’d recommend the much cheaper one instead which comes in at just $160 / £140 / AU$250 with 1267 pieces – although any of today’s models will have a motorized AT- There is no water in the AT set. Years ago that could actually run.
Lego should either price this set more in line with the Lego Cantina and Gunship set or opt for a more bold-looking option worthy of a higher price tag. An easier option would be Slave One, a ship flown by Boba Fett that would be closely related to the upcoming Book of Boba Fett series.
Alternatively, we may have accepted models of Razor Crest (from The Mandalorian) or Ghost (from Star Wars: Rebels) – or something that isn’t from Star Wars, for a change.
- Be sure to check out all of this year’s Black Friday deals before you go