The rumoured LEGO Star Wars UCS AT-AT probably won’t look this good

Rumours suggest we’re getting the first-ever LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series AT-AT later this year – but it probably won’t look as good as this one.

Designed by Gábor Vértesi-Nagy, this enormous take on the Imperial walker rings in at roughly 15,400 pieces, which automatically puts it beyond any realistic part count for an official set. (For reference, the LEGO Group’s largest Star Wars set to date remains 75192 Millennium Falcon, which includes 7,541 bricks.)

That’s the beauty of fan designs, though, which don’t share the same size or budget restrictions of retail products. And it’s what’s allowed Gábor to fully realise this Empire Strikes Back icon at such an awe-inspiring scale, standing 82cm tall in all, and weighing approximately 13.5kg.

“I wanted a fully-accurate model to the original from The Empire Strikes Back, and to give myself the smallest creative freedom,” the builder tells Brick Fanatics. “For example, the armoury wasn’t in the original walker as far as I know. The aim was finding the edge between an accurate model and playability.”

According to Gábor, designing the AT-AT’s legs was – perhaps unsurprisingly – the most difficult part of the build, mostly because he wanted them to be dynamic. The Hungarian builder, who’s an architect by trade, achieved that complex feat by inserting two gears into the knees: one static, and one flexible.

There’s also a full complement of 40 Snowtroopers (with room for each and every one), along with speeder bikes you may recognise as Brick Fanatics’ own design. It adds up to an incredible rendition of the Imperial walker, and one that the rumoured official UCS AT-AT likely won’t be able to live up to at just $800.

Of course, there is one factor Gábor’s model hasn’t had to contend with, and it’s a biggie where the AT-AT is concerned: stability. While the earliest renditions of the designer’s build were completed in physical bricks, he’s finished off the model in LEGO Digital Designer and Stud.io.

That means he can’t guarantee the walker could genuinely support its own weight in real-life – but based on his original physical models, the AT-AT’s Technic skeleton, a similar approach to the legs as Cavegod’s enormous interpretation of the walker, and a stability test run in Stud.io, Gábor says he’s ‘80%’ sure it would hold up.

For the official version, nothing less than 100% will be good enough – whether that’s through a separate support stand, or a solution to the legs that would allow them to stand on their own four feet. Time will tell (if the rumoured set pans out at all), but we’ll really take any chance to own anything even close to Gábor’s model.

If you’re after something a little more accessible in the way of a LEGO Imperial walker, 75288 AT-AT (review) is available now at LEGO.com. Or for a really wallet-friendly version, there’s always 75298 AT-AT vs. Tauntaun Microfighters (review).

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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.

2 thoughts on “The rumoured LEGO Star Wars UCS AT-AT probably won’t look this good

  • 30/09/2021 at 23:58
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    having just had my CaveGod version just collapse when trying to reattach a single piece to the exterior, I can vouch for how much of an issue the stability and strength of the legs is going to be.

    This looks awesome though. But not battle tested, so-to-speak. (if it was, I’d be trying to source the extra pieces and buying the MOC instructions)

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  • 28/09/2021 at 16:30
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    A UCS AT-AT is my LEGO Star Wars holy grail since they began the line in ’99. I’ve enjoyed most of the System sets over the years, but none of them have that level of Wow that one would expect from a UCS set. However, I’m a mecha MOC builder, and one of my chief complaints about LEGO over the years is their stubborn reluctance to improve on their joint palette, even with the increasing number of larger mecha and creature sets they’ve been making. There’s certainly a need for more robust joints that can handle increasing weights in a compact form, but LEGO seems unwilling to to make them. And so, although I’m excited at the prospect of Finally getting that coveted UCS AT-AT, my excitement is tempered by the fact that their existing joints will likely be incapable of supporting a model of the scale we would expect, and the Set will be little more than a statue. That may not bother some, but for me, articulation is important in anything with appendages, and just like their IDEAS Voltron or the UCS Hulkbuster, the lack of leg articulation eroded much of the appeal of those models for me. They both look nice, but the inability to move the legs is deeply disappointing and ultimately robs them of a great deal of their potential fun factor. Regardless, if a UCS AT-AT is indeed on the horizon, moving legs or not, I’ll still likely get a copy, although as I’ve stated, my enjoyment will be greatly diminished if it turns out to be a statue. 🙁 That’s not the best, and in that case, good enough shouldn’t cut it.

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