When The Empire Strikes Back was first being filmed, Lucasfilm didn’t quite have the budget for life-sized robotic walkers or a huge snowy field to film them on. That left the filmmakers with one clear option – stop-motion.
The animation technique will likely be familiar to many of you, as a popular method used to make LEGO brickfilms. Rather than using the computer-generation software we have today, the AT-AT’s on Hoth were created by filming scaled models taking one step at a time. While a variety of sizes of replicas were used, Popular Mechanics reports that the most common ones were around 18 inches tall, translating to just under 46 cm.
At that size, the latest entry in the UCS subtheme of LEGO Star Wars – 75313 AT-AT is bigger than most of the models that were originally used to film part of The Empire Strikes Back at a height of 62cm.
It’s not hard to imagine 75313 AT-AT sitting on the miniature snowfield featured in the video above with the locking legs even allowing similarly small movements to be made.
We’ve given LEGO Star Wars 75313 AT-AT a full review for you to find out more about the enormous build, and it is also included on our list of the biggest LEGO sets released in 2021 as part of our Year in Review series.