Meet the fans queuing 36 hours for LEGO Star Wars 75313 AT-AT’s midnight launch

The LEGO Group is holding midnight launches for 75313 AT-AT across Europe – and eager fans have been queuing up for more than 36 hours to bag the new UCS set.

Former Brick Fanatics editor Graham Hancock snapped a photo outside the Leicester Square store earlier today, confirming that the first Star Wars fans in the queue had arrived at 7.30am yesterday. Wristbands for entry to the event, which will also feature a guest appearance from C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels, were being handed out from 10.30am today, but were in short supply.

Anyone hoping to get one will therefore have had to turn up early, but exactly how early is another question altogether. Did those fans need to queue for more than a day, and therefore presumably outside the Leicester Square LEGO Store in the bitter cold overnight, to be among the first to get their hands on 75313 AT-AT?

LEGO Store Leicester Square 75313 AT AT midnight opening
Image: Graham Hancock

Possibly not – but in this age of sets selling out incredibly quickly, it’s definitely one way to guarantee you’ll end up with a copy this side of Christmas. We don’t yet know what stock levels of the 6,785-piece walker will be like, but given how quickly 10294 Titanic and 21330 Home Alone sold out earlier this month, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it vanish within the hour online.

Of course, there’s more to a midnight launch than just being first to get the set. As well as coming away with Threepio’s autograph, keen LEGO fans attending the Leicester Square event will also bag mystery freebies when purchasing the AT-AT, although the jury’s out on whether that will just be 40483 Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber, the same as everyone buying online.

The other LEGO Stores taking part in the AT-AT’s midnight launch are San Babila, Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Paris Les Halles. The opening event will apparently last for an hour, so you’ll have plenty of time to mingle with probably the most hardcore LEGO fans in town.

If you’re perfectly happy trying to secure a copy of 75313 AT-AT from your sofa, keep an eye on in the next hour or so, just in case it goes live early (it’s been known to happen!). If it launches on time, the latest Ultimate Collector Series set will be available to purchase from midnight GMT / 1am CET in the UK and Europe, and from midnight ET in the US.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

3 thoughts on “Meet the fans queuing 36 hours for LEGO Star Wars 75313 AT-AT’s midnight launch

  • 15/07/2022 at 06:58

    Erm, I’m not sure you’re correct on this. The store were giving out leaflets in the week prior to the event and LEGO news websites like this one had already given details of the event well in advance.

  • 28/11/2021 at 15:43

    Se if you post this this event was total shambles because me and my mates who have attended many events at the Leicester Square store because there was a signing event so when we found out they were holding another event we needed to get all the right information because we needed to travel over 250 miles we only attend events
    When there’s a signing event so we phoned the Leicester Square store on different days Evan on the Wednesday to find out would anybody be there for any sort of signing and every time we phoned was told nobody would be attending to do any sort of signing so when we found out that Anthony Daniels who played cp3po from the star wars movies was there and that he would be doing signings on the certificate and also on a card with cp3po on it we were very annoyed that we missed out because of the lack of information from and the staff at the Lego store Leicester Square who did not have a clue about what exactly was going on in this midnight launch event to say we were disappointed is an understatement we were also told that what ever we would get at the Leicester Square store we would received at our local store Cardiff Wales so after we got this information we went to Cardiff store only to fund out that we were not getting the same as the Leicester Square store our friend who lives in London went to the event and told us that they only sold 90 of the 200 sets they had on the night we believe this is because of the lack of information that nobody could give us every other event we attended had always sold out on the events they have held there in the past was even told the event was badly organised on the night he was there 5am and wad one of the first persons to be there so nobody cued up for that amount of time for like 36 hours witch is totally wrong information very annoyed about the lack of information that nobody could give us.

  • 28/11/2021 at 15:18

    What a load of rubbish nobody cued that amount of time at Leicester Square event some people were there at around 6am for the midnight launch and the Lego staff did not have a clue what was going on like myself and others who phoned the store Evan on the Wednesday to find out if any body would be there to do any sort of signing and we also asked what was going to happen at the event at was told many times that there was not going to be any body signing at midnight and that we would get a gifts on that night me and my friends who wanted information about what was going to be happening because we had always attended signing events so after being told nothing like that was going to happen wanted to know because we travel over 250 miles and not one member of staff we spoke to did not have a clue about what was exactly what was going to happen so when we found out that Anthony Daniels who played cp3po in the star wars movies would be there signing at this event we were very annoyed that nobody working at the Lego Leicester Square store did not have a clue what was going on at this event they had 200 of the At At sets but on the night they only sold around 90 of them beleave this happened because of the lack of information about this event not Evan on web site gave all the information about this event only parts of it so fans like myself who have attended previous events missed out out on this event because of the lack of information witch nobody could provide the right information to us and was also told that we would get the same items from the Lego store Cardiff but this was not the right information we received from members of staff from Lego store at Leicester Square to say we were disappointed is an understatement.


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