LEGO responds to design flaw in Star Wars 75313 AT-AT

The LEGO Group has responded to claims that the newly-released Star Wars set 75313 AT-AT includes a fatal design flaw.

The build process for the 6,785-piece walker apparently results in several elements in the legs being locked together, and unable to be taken apart without risking damaging them. One of the problem areas involves the connection between the AT-AT’s body and legs, which is facilitated by four axles. The only way to remove these is reportedly to shake the model until they come loose.

You’ll find the other issue in the leg assembly, which crams an axle, bush, pin and connector inside a new Technic frame – a configuration that essentially locks them in place. According to Brickset, the only way to disassemble this portion of the build is to use the blade of a knife to pry the pieces apart.

These issues have since spread around the web like wildfire, prompting outcry from the LEGO community. VICE picked up the story earlier this week, and has now published a response from the LEGO Group.

“All LEGO sets are designed to be rebuildable, including the LEGO Star Wars AT-AT,” the statement reads. “This set is a complex build intended for those aged 18+ and uses Technic pieces to secure elements of the set. Once assembled, these pieces can sometimes be more difficult to take apart, but it is still possible.

“In the case of the elements that attach the upper body to the lower part of the set, builders should tap to the side of the Technic rod until it starts to stick out and then remove it using the LEGO tool which is provided with the set. Alternatively, you can ease the model on to its side and the rods will come out.

“Regarding the pieces used to construct the legs; once assembled the Technic rods can be removed by pushing the rod from one end and securing the end of it with your fingernail. Then push back the cross-axle extender and keep repeating this movement until enough of the end protrudes out to be able to remove it.”

Regardless of whether those methods are viable – especially the latter, which may still require some kind of sharp tool if you don’t have much in the way of fingernails – the fact that the LEGO Group has needed to issue a statement at all still speaks volumes about the construction process behind 75313 AT-AT.

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But that statement also suggests it isn’t planning to issue any kind of post-launch fix, as it has done for previous sets including 21303 WALL-E, the first iteration of which suffered neck support problems.

If you’re yet to put together 75313 AT-AT, one Brick Fanatics commenter suggests that wrapping a small LEGO elastic band around the dark grey axle in the leg assembly provides enough leverage to get it out again – without compromising the structural integrity. We haven’t tried that one out for ourselves, though, so results may vary.

75313 AT-AT is still available in the UK and Europe, but it’s temporarily out of stock in the US. If you’re keen to grab it before Christmas, sign up to Brick Fanaticsstock alerts to be among the first to know when it’s back.

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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.

14 thoughts on “LEGO responds to design flaw in Star Wars 75313 AT-AT

  • 11/12/2021 at 16:01
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    “the fact that the LEGO Group has needed to issue a statement at all still speaks volumes”, and shows that people are getting more and more stupid by the minute.

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  • 11/12/2021 at 12:56
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    Seriously, this is news? The LEGO people are up in arms are they? XD

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  • 11/12/2021 at 08:07
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    You realize that there are far greater problems on earth right? This is worth reporting and whining about?

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    • 01/01/2022 at 19:20
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      you notice this is a lego site right? dumb fuck

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  • 11/12/2021 at 06:42
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    Seriously thought that Lego had figured out a way to stop those damn rebels from tripping up the AT-AT with tow lines. That’s the real design flaw!

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  • 11/12/2021 at 00:25
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    I don’t think this is a problem with Lego, it’s a problem with self-righteous users who demand that Lego builds everything so they can easily take it apart. Lego says these sets are for adults, and by design are harder to assemble/disassemble. People need to grow up and stop demanding that everything be exactly how they want or the other person/business is wrong.

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  • 10/12/2021 at 22:42
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    It’s nice to hear Lego say the intent is for them to be rebuildable. I’m ok with those 18+ using a knife if necessary. I certainly needed the thin edge of a knife to deconstruct the USC Falcon. When it came to how the frame was clipped together I just couldn’t get a good grip on the ‘Black Technic, Pin Connector 3L with 2 Pins and Center Hole’ pieces. 🙂

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  • 10/12/2021 at 20:56
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    They tell US how to fix it but that’s not our priority and job as a consumer.
    Lame excuse. “You got the lego tool and a knife dont ya?”.
    Well, we got a brain and a wallet too and lego can’t let this become the new standard, after all these years. You shouldn’t need a knife.

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  • 10/12/2021 at 16:17
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    One could just leave out the green piece entirely. I’ve not bought nor built the set, but from the looks of those two steps in the manual, the green piece is unnecessary.

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  • 10/12/2021 at 15:19
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    In other words, the complaint turned out to be a giant nothing burger. The way to disassemble it wasn’t as obvious as some people might have liked, but there is a way to do it. The kits are made for adults, that can read. Contrary to the articles claim, they DID issue a fix. The procedure for disassembly is essentially an addendum to the instructions.
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  • 10/12/2021 at 11:46
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    Step 131 was tricky to correct due to the green piece and I had to use q knife. 712 is easy just use a small screw and push it out from the inside and it will come out easily.

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    • 10/12/2021 at 15:06
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      I guess that armor was too strong for blasters. You’ll need to switch to harpoons to take it apart

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    • 10/12/2021 at 21:03
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      First world problems. When I was a lad, and this helped mould my imagination, Lego was plain bricks and other sub components. We built models from our imagination. And it was a lot cheaper.

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    • 11/12/2021 at 07:14
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      fatal
      /?fe?t(?)l/
      adjective
      causing death.

      How many people have died as a result of this flaw?

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