Star Wars Black Series AT-ST Review

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Black Series AT-ST Review
Star Wars: Black Series AT-ST with Driver

One of the most awesome scenes from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is that of an Imperial AT-ST stalking the streets of Jedha, and blasting away at insurgents with its dual laser cannons. Now, we have the opportunity to recreate that iconic scene, thanks to Hasbro releasing a 3.75 scale AT-ST in its Walmart exclusive Black Series line of toys. For the first time that I am aware of, Hasbro released this toy without any announcement or teaser whatsoever; in fact, the first mention of its existence came on January 03, 2017 when a collector spotted the item in a case on a pallet at his local Walmart in Houston, Texas, and reported it to starwarscollector.com. Since then, it has appeared at Walmart stores across the country, and of course on the secondary market with third party sellers trying to dazzle buyers into making them rich.

They’ll get no such pleasure from me, as I drove forty miles to buy mine from an area store that has a large inventory of Star Wars toys to choose from. I wasn’t disappointed. So, let’s see what the fuss is all about, shall we?

Star Wars Black Series AT-ST Review

Black Series AT-ST Review
Star Wars: Black Series AT-ST with Driver

To begin with, the packaging is extremely nice. The box is about fourteen inches tall, and features the black and red design deco common to the Black Series figures, just up-scaled to accommodate the toy. It has a nice, large, window panel which provides an unobstructed view of the AT-ST, with the Imperial Driver figure positioned at the bottom of the box, between the walker’s two feet. Inside you can see the additional laser cannon, which we will discuss later. The side of the packaging is really neat, as it features a schematic of the AT-ST, with all of the technical data in Aurebesh, the standard language used across the galaxy (for the translation of this data, see my video review at the bottom of this article).

The back of the box has the standard obligatory product images, with shots of the different features of the toy and figure. The AT-ST is packaged in a pull-out tray, being secured with plastic tie straps to the back of the plastic tray and cardboard. Once removed, the vehicle is free standing, and extremely stable. The vehicle itself stands 13 1/2″ tall, is nearly 8″ long, and about 8″ wide. The exterior of the AT-ST features a weathered appearance, with tan discoloration across the vehicle to simulate operation in a dusty environment.

The command module is very detailed, and moves from side to side. It is mounted on a plastic joint, protected by a rubber gasket, which really lends itself well to the realism of the vehicle. The armored roof section has is hinged for easy opening, and allows placement of the included driver and one other figure inside the cockpit.

Inside there are decals for the instrument panels, molded control yokes, as well as molded foot pedals. The roof also features a hinged hatch in the center, where the figure can be positioned as well. You must bend the action figure’s legs at the knee to correctly position them in the seats, but this is due to the foot pedals being molded at an upward angle.

On the left side of the exterior of the command module you’ll find the light repeating blaster mounted on a ratcheting mechanism, allowing it to be pivoted up and down, and has a targeting laser mounted above the cannon itself. On the right side is the concussion missile launcher, which also can be moved up and down. Under the “chin” you will find the heavy twin laser cannons. These are packaged so as to prevent the guns from being bent, so you have to unpeg it from the chin, turn it around, and then move the cannon around the mount so that it is positioned correctly. These guns are very nicely done, and even feature targeting lasers mounted above them, just like the side mounted blasters. These can be switched out for the included larger laser cannons, which peg into place the same way. The difference is the larger cannons feature two plastic projectiles, which can be fired by depressing a button on the bottom of the cannon.

The walker’s legs feature multiple ratcheting joints, which are all nice and tight, allowing you to pose the vehicle in different action poses, on varying terrain, including sloped ground. As I previously stated it is very stable in any position, as the joints ratchet and then lock into place, so unless you break them, it isn’t going anywhere, though I would recommend storing it inside its original packaging to protect it, as I do mine. The action figure features 21 points of articulation, identical to the other 3.75 Black Series figures, and includes a removable helmet, and an E-11 Blaster. The shoulder harness is a separate piece of molded plastic on the figure, however I would not recommend removing it.

Overall I think this is a really nice collectible, and a pleasant surprise by Hasbro for fans worldwide. I hope that they continue to release vehicles of this scale in the Black Series line, as we haven’t seen many vehicles released in the past few years geared towards collectors. The U.S. retail price for the Black Series AT-ST is $59.99 at Walmart.