Dust and LEGO go together like burgers and ketchup, salt and pepper or mac and cheese: you simply can’t have one without the other. Where those culinary delights are all complementary, though, LEGO and dust are a combo most of us would do anything to avoid.
Indeed, collectors will know just how frustrating and lengthy a process it is keeping all those precious models clean, and that’s amplified tenfold when you’re dealing with the second-largest LEGO Star Wars set of all time, the mighty 75313 AT-AT (review). Luckily, iDisplayit is working on a new display case to house the Imperial monster, and the folks behind the vast range of stands and cases have sent us the prototype to get our initial thoughts.
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Everything about 75313 AT-AT is huge: the legs are massive; the cockpit is gigantic; and even the feet are monstrous – so it will come as no surprise that the display case to house the imposing beast inside is also enormous. The box alone is bigger than most coffee tables, and gives the impression that constructing this will be just as much of a deep and involved mission to undertake as the assembly of the actual AT-AT was.
Well, good news: it’s actually very simple and straightforward to put together.
The case is made from several large pieces of perspex: a white base, which ties in nicely with the Hoth setting; two clear side panels; two clear panels for the front and back; and finally, a clear panel for the top. Assembling them requires one side panel connected to the front first, using the included screws, then simply repeating the process until the case is built.
The entire thing is quick and pain-free – two attributes that don’t always go hand-in-hand with flatpack furniture. The assembly instructions are very simple to follow, well-explained and both illustrated and written, so there’s really no confusion as to how the case is assembled.
One thing to note is that due to the size of the case, it will need to be constructed in situ and with the AT-AT and accompanying minifigures, side builds and display plaque in place (if you are choosing to display everything together). Otherwise, it will be almost impossible to place these into position once the case is built. The best way to go is screwing together one side panel to the front and back, then placing the model inside and finally screwing in the last side panel.
As with all iDisplayit cases, there are no studs present for the minifigures to be placed upon, so it can be a little fiddly tightening the display case sides correctly while at the same time making sure the minifigures don’t fall over. However, this does allow you to pose the minifigures and accessories any way you like, rather than being restricted only to the layout of any built-in studs.
Once finished, the display case measures 34cm wide, 80cm long and 66cm tall. At the time of writing there was no snowy diorama backdrop, which could make for a great addition, but at the same time the completely clear case does make for a smart display option.
Display cases aren’t for everyone, and in this instance it does mean 75313 AT-AT takes up even more space than usual – but despite the size, it looks very stylish and neat, and the white base gives the impression you’ve taken a slice of Hoth and immortalised it for all to see.
While we don’t know the final price for this case at the moment, iDisplayit products typically fall at the more expensive end of the scale – but the overall quality, stability and dust protection they offer more than justifies the price. Overall, it makes for a smart if not dominating display piece, and it will be interesting to see what changes – if any – are made before the final product is ready.
This product was provided for review by iDisplayit, and is a prototype – the final product may differ. Check out our written and video reviews of 75313 AT-AT for a closer look at the 6,785-piece walker entombed inside this display case, which launches November 26 for £699.99 / $799.99 / €799.99.