Releasing a new, updated version of any previously-visited LEGO Star Wars set is going to be increasingly difficult for the LEGO Star Wars team. With limited resources and an ever-increasing number of properties to visit from Disney’s ever-expanding galaxy far, far away, every spot in every wave of LEGO Star Wars sets counts so much more.
Using any spot for something previously seen in LEGO form, then, carries further risk. While it allows for already popular and established vehicles to be revisited and studied further in LEGO form, familiarity also breeds contempt. Get it wrong and fans will feel twice as cheated for what could have been instead.
Pleasingly, then, 75337 AT-TE Walker is the sort of LEGO Star Wars set that answers any such doubts, serving as an example of how the brilliance of LEGO Star Wars design in 2022 isn’t just reserved for how completely new concepts are explored, but also for how older, more familiar vehicles and ships are wonderfully perfected with style and substance.
— LEGO Star Wars 75337 AT-TE Walker set details —
Price: £119.99 / $139.99 / €139.99 Pieces: 1,082 Minifigures: 5
— LEGO Star Wars 75337 AT-TE Walker build —
Putting together 75337 AT-TE Walker is a very familiar process, given it follows the same make-up as previous LEGO AT-TEs, beginning with a skeletal framework. The core to the walker takes shape surprisingly quickly with the addition of just a few carefully-placed bricks and plates. Add the legs in place, with limited movement for the front two and back two and a little more poseability with the middle two, then build up the rest of the shell and that’s the entire AT-TE. Across six sets of numbered bags, 75337 AT-TE Walker is a build that feels like we’ve been here before, doesn’t ask too much of the builder and goes relatively quickly all-round.
That’s by no means a criticism, but rather a reflection of how the LEGO Star Wars team have the design of this vehicle down to a tee. Despite a build that you can breeze through, when finished, 75337 AT-TE Walker still wonderfully captures that quite unusual and particular shape of the AT-TE, with all the various changes in bodywork direction and angle.
The final model carries the appearance of a hefty Star Wars walker that needs six legs to hold its weight, yet with that middle handle in place that pops up, it’s pretty easy to pick up and move around. Likewise, 75337 AT-TE Walker’s armour looks the most impenetrable we have seen of a LEGO version of this beast, with the gaps between the various plates and pieces expertly closed as tightly as the LEGO medium will allow, all the while being able to all swivel open to reveal a satisfyingly spacious interior with seating for seven, plus space for weapons. That amount of space should not be overlooked for how effectively it is created with limited pieces and a quite complex structure around it.
Play features are kept to a minimum to allow the design and basic functionality of the LEGO set to breathe. There are no gimmicks across 75337 AT-TE Walker, just good design that reflects everything you want to see from the on-screen vehicle translated into LEGO form. The giant heavy blaster cannon on top swivels 360 degrees, while there are ball-jointed blaster cannons front and back too, and a cockpit that detaches to allow you to place a driver in place.
75337 AT-TE Walker is a LEGO Star Wars set designed by the best in the business, based on something really quite complex but translated so effortlessly and simply into LEGO bricks that it’s nothing but a delight to build and exactly what you want when finished. It hasn’t been overcomplicated with unnecessary extras or colours that are out of place.
That means this remains a very familiar LEGO set to anyone who has built one of the previous LEGO AT-TEs, but, when something isn’t broke, it doesn’t need fixing. The LEGO Star Wars team know this and have taken the opportunity here to just further perfect the final model. Great for play, easy to build, awesome on display – perfect 75337 AT-TE Walker is exactly what they’ve done.
— LEGO Star Wars 75337 AT-TE Walker characters —
75337 AT-TE Walker is a strong LEGO Star Wars vehicle designed expertly here, but what makes this LEGO Star Wars set really shine is the selection of minifigures that are also included. Five Clone Troopers is a hefty line-up for such a set to include, and one of the largest we have seen in a LEGO Star Wars set for a number of years. It offers a great opportunity to build up your 212th Clone Trooper army and includes the return of Commander Cody in minifigure form, after a long, long wait, and for a first time in his appearance as per Revenge of the Sith.
His design includes a new helmet mould, which is nigh-on identical to the last mould, bar the inclusion of holes in the side so as to attach his visor. This new mould is also carried over to the rest of the Clone Troopers, presumably for budget reasons, but also for the opportunity to use the other attachments included in the set with them, if you so wish.
As far as Cody’s design goes, there’s little to criticise in the design of his legs, torso and exclusive face print, which all sit true to his appearance in Episode III. Likewise, the print for his helmet follows the new style and proportions of the other Clones, with inclusion of those markings particular to his helmet.
What remains is the visor, which works and doesn’t work – it’s the same visor that we’ve had available from years gone by and it certainly adds that sense of LEGO charm to this interpretation of the character, which is usually the intention when it comes to LEGO minifigure design. But it is also rather chunky and oversized, protruding forward a little too far to be called accurate.
In a LEGO Star Wars set where everything else is authentic and as true to its appearance on screen as possible, Cody is the most LEGO-ised thing here and this may disappoint some as a result. All that being said, we are nitpicking, and otherwise this minifigure is the most welcome addition to the LEGO Star Wars collection for a long while.
— LEGO Star Wars 75337 AT-TE Walker price —
75337 AT-TE Walker comes in at £119.99 / $139.99 / €139.99, making it the second-most expensive release of this summer wave of LEGO Star Wars sets. To reflect that fact, the LEGO Star Wars team has delivered the most authentic and build-accessible version of the AT-TE so far, fine-tuned and finessed to perfection, and thrown in the most complete and perfect selection of minifigures.
It remains an expensive set at that price, but at least it’s one that delivers such value and fun that should you find the time to save up for it, it won’t disappoint.
— LEGO Star Wars 75337 AT-TE Walker pictures —
— LEGO Star Wars 75337 AT-TE Walker summary —
75337 AT-TE Walker is a wonderful answer to anyone asking if we ‘need another’ version of any LEGO Star Wars set releasing in 2022, when there is so much material from current and upcoming Star Wars properties to explore. The LEGO Star Wars team have leaned into everything they already know about designing LEGO AT-TEs with enjoyment, fine-tuning the stability and structure of the model and adding layers of finesse to its appearance and functionality.
The vehicle’s design has been kept simple but effective, allowing 75337 AT-TE Walker to deliver in every way that is important to LEGO Star Wars fans wanting that authentic tribute to an increasingly iconic walker from the prequel trilogy.
This set was provided for review by the LEGO Group.