How to turn LEGO Star Wars 75337 AT-TE Walker into a viable army builder
Looking to shore up your Clone Trooper legions using LEGO Star Wars 75337 AT-TE Walker? Here’s how to turn the £120 set into a credible army builder.
There’s a reason most LEGO Star Wars battle packs come in at under £20 (with the notable exception of the retiring 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers): few of us can afford to drop £119.99 / $139.99 / €139.99 to get our hands on only four new generic Clone Troopers. But that’s exactly the value proposition in this summer’s 75337 AT-TE Walker, which includes three Battle Droids, our first-ever Phase II Commander Cody minifigure, three 212th troopers and a Clone Gunner.
If you’re hoping to use the 1,082-piece walker as an army builder – and the LEGO Group has specifically referred to it as a ‘gigantic battle pack’, so it’s not out of the question – you’re looking at a pretty significant investment at retail: but there are ways to make 75337 AT-TE Walker a more appealing prospect for amassing armies of Clone Troopers. The first and most obvious is, of course, selling your surplus Commander Cody minifigures, because you really only need one of the venerated trooper.
At the time of writing – three months on from the set’s release – Cody is fetching a healthy average of £30 new on BrickLink. Sell yours for that price and you’ve already recouped a quarter of your investment in an additional copy of 75337 AT-TE Walker, leaving you with four minifigures, three Battle Droids, a spider droid and the walker itself. But £90 is still pricey, so how else can we get that cost down?
Well, let’s say you’re only interested in building up your 212th Legion, and consequently you don’t need a battalion of Clone Gunners. The newly-redesigned gunner that appears in 75337 AT-TE Walker (and nowhere else, it’s worth noting) currently fetches an average of £13.50 on BrickLink. Wave goodbye to that minifigure and you’ve pocketed three 212th troopers, three Battle Droids, a spider droid and the walker for £76.50.
We’re into pure army builder territory here, with the caveat that you’re also hoping to build your Republic army (and therefore your supplies of AT-TE walkers, perhaps for some massive ground battle diorama). But let’s imagine you’re not interested in more than a couple of AT-TEs: here’s where things get interesting. At the moment, a handful of sellers are offering just the walker on its own, with no minifigures or spider droid, starting at £55.
Sell yours for the same ballpark price, and you’re down to just £21.50 for (checks notes) three 212th troopers, three Battle Droids and a spider droid. That’s a pretty good deal! But we can even go one step further, because some shrewd online sellers are also selling just the first bag of parts to 75337 AT-TE Walker, which – helpfully – include all the required pieces for the three Battle Droids and the spider droid. You’re looking at roughly £8 for those, which brings us back to only £13.50 for three 212th Clone Troopers.
Is that good value? There are two ways to check: first, compare it to 40558 Clone Trooper Command Station, which also includes three (comparatively more common) Clone Troopers for £13.49 at retail. You do get another 54 pieces in the blister pack, too, but they’re pure filler. By that metric, three 212th Clone Troopers for £13.50 is starting to look pretty good.
But it gets better: individually, those orange-tinted troopers fetch an average of nearly £13 new on BrickLink. Army building by buying up single minifigures is not what you’d call cheap, then, but parting out the rest of your copy of 75337 AT-TE Walker is a viable route to amassing legions of 212th troopers for effectively a third of the price.
Here’s a quick recap of how much money you can make back selling individual components of 75337 AT-TE Walker, all with a view to getting your hands on huge quantities of 212th Legion Clone Troopers as cheaply as possible. There is some legwork to be put in here in selling off the other elements of the set, and there’s no guarantee you’ll get these asking prices, but it’s as good a ballpark as any.
|Image||75337 AT-TE Walker component||BrickLink price (new)|
|Battle Droids and Spider Droid||£8|
|Commander Cody (Phase II)||£30|
|212th Legion Clone Trooper||£13 each|
It also means there is a genuine path to making 75337 AT-TE Walker a viable army building set, with the same financial outlay as the likes of 40558 Clone Trooper Command Station, 75320 Snowtrooper Battle Pack and 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers (depending on what exactly you choose to keep).
This is all based on the set’s RRP, of course: if you happen to find 75337 AT-TE Walker on sale, you’re laughing all the way to the Clone Trooper bank.
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So, here’s where the economics break down a little. Auction sites like EBay charge a whopping 12% in fees. It also assumes that you will be able recoup the full amount of shipping. Shipping may not be so hard, but pricing in the 12% *and* shipping into the auction price will mean that you stuff just won’t sell.
Of course, this also assumes you also have the shipping boxes and packing tape already and you have to factor in trips to the post office which may or may not be along your regular commute.
If you live in a larger metropolitan area, you might try Facebook marketplace, but as anyone who list there knows, it can be hit or miss. If you don’t live in a large city, FB sucks for sales.
Even *hot* retired sets aren’t always as big earners as people sometimes think. After you get through fees and expenses, you’ll be surprised how little more you get back for the time invested.