Lego recently unveiled its most expensive set yet, and we already know for sure we won’t be waiting in line to pick it up.
The brand new AT-AT from Lego’s Star Wars theme honors the priceless Lego model. In the UK it costs £50 more than the previous front-runner Lego Millennium Falcon, although in the US and Australia both sets are about the same price. (And while the Super Star Destroyer was about twice the price of Lego, it has been discontinued over the years—gone but not forgotten.)
Unfortunately, the LEGO AT-AT’s $800 / £700 / AU$1300 price tag is just too much to get us excited, especially when your money might be better spent on something like LEGO’s best Star Wars set or a LEGO Daily bugle . And the Super Mario 64 question mark block.
If you disagree with us, you can grab LEGO AT-ATs later this week after it launches on Friday 26 — the same day as Black Friday. While this set won’t be included in the Black Friday LEGO sale, we’d recommend acting fast – not only do new LEGO sets sell out quickly but there’s also a limited time offer for LEGO buyers to give a free replica is driving. Luke Skywalker’s light if they buy this set before November 29th.
Opinion: It doesn’t fit the plastic it’s made from
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 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.
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