By Jim Hrabak (email@example.com)
MSRP: $79.99 (2006)
Height: 17 Inches
Width: 8 Inches
I, like most Lego collectors, battle with space constraints. While I’m lucky to have a portion of the basement to myself for displaying sets, the unfortunate part is that the space doesn’t allow for custom shelving. As a result, I’ve been a bit constrained when it comes to displaying UCS sets. Large ships like the UCS Star Destroyer and Super Star Destroyer are out of the question (plus they are insanely expensive), but my curiosity for UCS sets has lingered (particularly retired sets). This led me to hunt down a reasonably-priced copy of 10174 Imperial AT-ST. I figured, hey, it can’t be that big, right? We’ll, as you’ll see in the photos below, this is quite a large set. The 1068 piece count reveals nothing about how epic the AT-ST truly is.
Building From the Ground Up
It’s probably no surprise that the build begins with one leg (the right), foot first. As soon as I put the plating on the right foot, I began to realize that this was going to be a much larger model than initially thought.
The lower half of the leg comes together next. This is the first hint that you get of how technical the build is going to be. You build three layers of long 1x technic bricks and sandwich them together, adding various greebling and tiles along the way. As you build up the leg, you add various 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 dishes to cap the joints. There is also very nice use of clip and bar pieces and an inverted hinge coupled with a long bar piece to emulate the ankle joint tensioners. Very cool!
Once the right leg is complete, you move across to build the support platform for the crew cabin. Some of the nice detailing here includes three flexible hoses that are not easy to notice. I really like this level of detail. The platform is capped with a 6 x 6 round brick on a turntable.
It Keeps Getting Better
Once you have finished the left leg, you are on to the crew cabin. You start with the face, complete with little shutters that look like eyelids. There’s one kind of useless sticker that sits right between the eyes. It’s supposed to represent a sensor, but I don’t think the model would suffer if you left it off.
The armor plating on the sides of the crew cabin represents some of the most technical plate stacking that I’ve seen so far in my time building Star Wars Lego Sets. I constantly found myself checking and rechecking the instructions to make sure that I was properly oriented and that I was placing the pieces correctly. I was continually amazed and challenged by this process. The armor is barely three plates deep, but it is very solid and sturdy. And it’s truly amazing how accurate the model is as it begins to come together.
There are three weapon systems on the AT-ST: a twin cannon on the front, a concussion grenade launcher on the right side (which cleverly uses four binocular pieces on a 1 x 1 brick to create a gatling gun effect), and a light cannon on the left side. Each weapon system has its own unique character and all are nicely detailed.
The back of the AT-ST features rotor blades to emulate the cooling system of the vehicle. You also see 1 x 3 phone bars, vehicle hoods, megaphones, and about a dozen taps on the platform that add a lot of detail to the back of the model. It sounds like a mish-mash, but it really comes together nicely.
The Big Finish
Not to be hyperbolic here, but I was truly amazed at how large the Imperal AT-ST ended up being. The comparison pic stacks up the AT-ST vs. the 75045 AT-AT. Despite having 100 fewer pieces than Lego’s most recent AT-AT, 10174 dwarfs its big brother. Obviously, this UCS set is meant for display purposes, as it is significantly larger than minifig scale. Further, while the legs are highly detailed and look incredible, there is not a lot of articulation. Lastly, the cabin is bare, save for a elastic band that help maintain the shape of the side armor plates. Overall, I think this is an incredible model, and a very good entry point for getting into retired UCS sets. Prices do vary, with complete used sets going from $250 – $350 and new in box copies going for upwards of $500. If only we could go back to 2006 and pick it up for $79.00!
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