Coming in as the second-largest LEGO Star Wars set to date – behind only 75192 Millennium Falcon – this is a landmark set in all the right ways, and deserves to be top of your wish list this Black Friday.
That said, if you’re still doubting whether to splash the cash on the enormous grey walker, allow us to nudge you in the right direction with five solid reasons it’s worth picking up straight away.
5 – Long have we waited
Let’s face it: most of us have been asking for a UCS AT-AT since 7191 X-wing Fighter and 7181 TIE Interceptor landed on shelves 21 years ago. Or at least it sure feels that way, because 75313 AT-AT is a set that’s really, really overdue.
For a while, it seemed like it would be technically impossible within the constraints of an official set – but that the design team has managed to crack it with fewer than 7,000 pieces is a feat of engineering nobody should miss out on. Especially when we’ve waited this long.
4 – It’s huge. Like, actually huge
Like, totally, seriously, properly huge. Just look at it next to Dimitri’s dog. If we were Rocky, we’d be getting a little jealous of our owner’s new pet. Yes, you’re going to have trouble figuring out where to display it, but it’ll all be worth it when every single visitor to your house is bowled away by its commanding and overwhelming size, whether for better or worse. (No judgement from us, at least.)
3 – It’s perfect storage for all your minifigures
If you’re happy to throw caution to the wind when it comes to the health, safety and comfort of your minifigures, you can fit at least 185 of them into the body of 75313 AT-AT. We know – we’ve tried. If you’d prefer to seat your minifigures for some kind of wild intergalactic bus tour, there’s room enough for 40, while standing can go up to 80. That’s a lot of space for a lot of minifigures, and it’s way more aesthetically pleasing than shoving them in a drawer.
2 – Who knows when it’s going to be restocked?
We’re not trying to instil FOMO into you, honest – we’re just being pragmatic. Take a quick look through LEGO.com’s ‘Exclusives’ section right now, and you’ll see that pretty much all of the newest high-profile releases are out of stock, with no indication on when they’ll come back. If you want 75313 AT-AT before Christmas, you’re probably going to need to buy it day one, minute one, before it sells out for the foreseeable future.
1 – It comes with a free lightsaber
For what’s sure to be a very limited window, early adopters of 75313 AT-AT will receive 40483 Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber absolutely free. That exclusive gift-with-purchase is only available with 75313 AT-AT from the moment it launches, and we’re not expecting supplies to last very long.
If you want the first-ever buildable Skywalker hilt – and it’s definitely worth your time – bagging 75313 AT-AT is probably the most financially prudent way to get it. That might sound counter-intuitive given the asking price of the walker, but 40483 Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber is very likely to reach triple-figure values on the aftermarket…