The dignity of priciest Lego mannequin has been awarded to the brand-new AT-AT from Lego’s Star Wars theme. Within the UK it is £50 greater than the earlier front-runner the Lego Millennium Falcon, although within the US and Australia each units are the identical worth. (And whereas the Tremendous Star Destroyer Lego was practically twice the worth, it has been discontinued for years – gone however not forgotten.)Sadly, the Lego AT-AT’s $800 / £700 / AU$1300 price ticket is much too steep to get us excited, particularly when your cash might be higher spent on the likes of the Lego’s finest Star Wars units or one thing just like the Lego Daily Bugle and Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block.
In the event you disagree with us although, you possibly can nab the Lego AT-AT after it launches later this week on Friday 26 – the identical day as Black Friday. Whereas this set possible gained’t be included within the Black Friday Lego gross sales, we’d nonetheless suggest appearing quick – not solely do new Lego units promote out rapidly however Lego can be working a limited-time provide to present consumers a free reproduction of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber in the event that they purchase this set earlier than November 29.
Opinion: not well worth the plastic it is constituted of
When Lego first launched these mega-expensive themed units, the bar was set fairly excessive, beginning with a 1:1 scale mannequin of Star Wars’ most iconic ship the Millennium Falcon. In the event you’ve been to a Lego store any time previously few years you’ll have seen a show cupboard with this impressively giant equipment inside full with its intricate particulars and assortment of minifigures representing characters from the unique and the sequel trilogies.
Lego adopted this up with the Imperial Star Destroyer; a much less fan-beloved ship however a hanging mannequin nonetheless. The detailing is spectacular and as soon as once more the dimensions utterly blows you away whenever you get an opportunity to see this factor up shut. It even features a miniature Tantive IV – the insurgent ship carrying Princess Leia in A New Hope that acquired its personal full-size 1768-piece set which has since been retired – for scale and that can assist you act out scenes from the series.
We’ve additionally been handled to a Lego model of Mos Eisley Cantina (the placement the place Luke and Ben meet Han Solo on Tatooine) and more lately the Republic Gunship – nevertheless, these each launched at a less expensive $350 / £320 and $350 / £330 respectively. And there may be the Super Star Destroyer itself, a 3152-piece leviathan that had been priced at a staggering $1,799 / £1,590 (round AU$2,490) earlier than its discontinuation in 2014.
By comparability, the AT-AT is a multitude of bland grey. The Imperial Star Destroyer additionally suffered from overusing the world’s most boring colour however not less than the ship’s complicated design tried to make up for it – aside from having legs there isn’t actually a lot to the AT-AT.
A saving grace may have been to incorporate a scaled model of a snowspeeder – the craft utilized by the Insurgent Alliance to journey up these behemoths on Hoth – both as a ship in flight or as Luke Skywalker’s downed vessel – however alas, we aren’t so fortunate. (Nor are collectors: Lego discontinued the most recent 1703-piece Insurgent Snowspeeder mannequin, however just a few can be found at inflated costs round Amazon.)
In the event you’re after an AT-AT mannequin we’d as an alternative suggest the less expensive one which comes with 1267 pieces at just $160 / £140 / AU$250 – although neither of at the moment’s fashions holds water to the motorized AT-AT set from a number of years in the past that would truly stroll.
Lego ought to both have priced this set to be more consistent with the Lego Cantina and Gunship units or opted for a more bold-looking possibility worthy of the lofty price ticket. One simple possibility could be Slave One, the ship flown by Boba Fett that will have tied in completely to the upcoming E book of Boba Fett series.
Alternatively, we’d have accepted fashions of the Razor Crest (from The Mandalorian) or the Ghost (from Star Wars: Rebels) – or of one thing that isn’t from Star Wars for a change.
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