As expected, the gargantuan walker comes in as the second-largest LEGO Star Wars set of all time by piece count, with a whopping 6,785 bricks in the box. That’s behind only 75192 Millennium Falcon, which still rules the roost at 7,541 pieces, and also places it among the largest LEGO sets across the entire product portfolio.
Perhaps more impressive than its sheer size, though, is that 75313 AT-AT isn’t just a static model: the designers have seemingly solved stability issues to present a model that stands up on its own four articulated legs, poseable by using a mini LEGO wrench. It’s also got a moveable head, spinning guns, and opening side panels that reveal a stunningly-detailed interior.
There’s no shortage of minifigures and accessories to fill that interior, including General Veers, two AT-AT Pilots, a Snowtrooper Commander, four rank-and-file Snowtroopers, two speeder bikes and an E-Web cannon. You’ll need the rumoured 75320 Hoth Battle Pack to truly make the most of that interior space, though, which can apparently fit up to 40 Snowtroopers.
75313 AT-AT also includes Luke Skywalker, as all but one of the previous playset-scale walkers have, to dangle from its underbelly – a la the opening scenes of The Empire Strikes Back, during which the AT-AT first reared its fearsome head on the silver screen in 1980.
“The mega-sized LEGO Star Wars AT-AT set is the one everyone has been waiting for, and it’s been a thrill to bring this highly-anticipated build to life,” said LEGO Design Master Henrik Andersen. “The AT-AT was an engineering masterpiece and the LEGO set will make an impressive display, but we have also packed in plenty of details that will deliver hours of fun for fans of LEGO and Star Wars alike.”
The only negative is that all of this obviously comes at a cost, and it’s a very steep one: 75313 AT-AT matches 75192 Millennium Falcon at $799.99 and €799.99 in the US and Europe, but it’s a full £100 dearer than that 2017 model in the UK at an eye-watering £749.99 – which technically makes this the most expensive LEGO set of all time.
If you’ve been setting aside your LEGO budget deliberately for this set, though (and we’ve all had plenty of time to save up, to be fair: it’s been rumoured since as far back as January), you’ll be able to grab it on November 26 – otherwise known as Black Friday in 2021 – from LEGO.com and LEGO Stores.