Ratings and Reviews for 75019-1: AT-TE

75019-1: AT-TE

Overall Score

7.70
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 8.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 9.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 9.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 7.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 9.00
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 5.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 7.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 7.00
Review from: matt1147
Reviewed on: Sep 22, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

This is the third iteration of the AT-TE walker from the Star Wars: Clone Wars theme, which actually impairs my impression of the set a little bit simply for the fact that it's been done before (twice).  However, when looking at this set as if for the first time, it is pretty cool.  It has an iconic Star Wars look, comes with cool, unique figures, and is impressive in its size and scale.  The designers did a good job adding just enough color (through the use of dark red, black, and dark gray bricks and a few stickers) so that the set doesn't seem to blend into a light gray background like some of the Star Wars sets tend to do.  Overall, this set makes for a very nice display piece, as well as some fun playability features which I'll discuss later on.  I would rate the First Impression a nine, but the fact that it's a remake drops it to a eight in my eyes.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

This set comes with five minifigures, which may seem too few for a set with an MSRP of $89.99.  However, each minifigure is new and exclusive to this set currently.  The figures are:

1. Mace Windu: Jedi Master Windu has made appearances in plenty of previous Star Wars sets, however, those sets tend to be expensive and rare, so his inclusion in any set is a plus.  Secondly, this is a unique printing of Master Windu, making him exclusive to this set.  My only complaint is the same criticism that I have of all "bald" Lego minifigures - the head looks unfinished with no hair or headpiece.  He comes with his trademark purple light saber, and is selling for $8-$15 on ebay currently.

2. Coleman Trebor:  Definitely the highlight minifigure for me.  Jedi Trebor makes his first and exclusive appearance in this set, making him highly desireable.  This character is selling for $15-$20 on ebay currently.  He comes with a green lightsaber and, of course, his head is custom made.

3. Clone Trooper Commander: A unique Clone Trooper printing, this commander has yellow printing on his uniform and helmet and carries a large weapon which is a technic connector piece attached to a long Star Wars-style gun.  This figure is selling for $12-$20 currently on ebay.

4. Battle Droid: A unique color makes this version of the traditional Star Wars battle droid unique to this set...that is until they include this figure in future sets, which would not surprise me.  This version is in the "dark orange" color.

5. Battle Droid Commander: The same as above except that the commander comes with an additional printing on his head to distinguish him from the regular battle droid.  These two battle droids are typically sold together on ebay and go for around $3-$8 together currently. 

As for the parts, we get the standard allotment of light bluish gray and dark gray pieces that are common in Star Wars sets.  The most unique being part #'s 6038002 (unique to this set), 6030325 (1 other set), 6038008 (unique to this set), 6027686 (1 other set), 6038428 (a nice printed dish, unique to this set), 6020075 (1 other set), and 6037995 (unique to this set).  Additionally, there are some nice other dark red and technic-style pieces that make this set a nice pick-up for MOCers. 

Because of the highly desirable pieces and unique minifigures, this set gets a nine from me in this category...that is until the minifigures are included in other sets.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

This set is a fun build! The body contains a Technic-style frame which provides a sturdy support structure.  Once the frame is built, the build then shifts to adding the panels - on the sides and back - and then the legs.  The panels all use studs-not-on-top (SNOT) techniques, mostly with 2x1 and 1x2 "fork grip" pieces. There is some repitition which you might expect from building the six legs, but they go quickly and satisfy the user's desire to see the walker standing upright.  The front end contains a removable cockpit that fits a minifigure. The top of the walker contains a cannon, which swivels and opens to reveal flick-fire missles.  The side and back-end flaps open up to allow the user to see inside the walker and also place minifigures inside.  The back end contains a large enough area to sit 3 or 4 minifigs and hold their weapons.  There are six additional cannons that swivel, as well as the side legs that actually make a "walking" motion.  Another nice feature is the "handle" on top of the walker, which allows the user to pick up the entire structure without worrying too much about the set falling apart.

Overall, I give this set a very high build and playability experience rating of nine.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 7

This set has a retail price of $89.99, which at first glance doesn't seem too bad for a licensed Star Wars set containing 794 pieces (about .11 per piece).  It could be a little disappointing that the set only includes five minifigures at that price point, especially when two of the figures are battle droids.  Additionally, most larger sets in this price range contain other small -scale vehicles or secondary crafts to complement the main build, which this set does not have.  I rate this set slightly above average based on it's retail price, however, most retailers have immediately discounted this set and it's not uncommon to find it on sale for $80 or less in stores and as low as $55-$70 on ebay.  If you can get it in the $55-$70 range, this set has great value.  Otherwise, I would rate it no higher than a seven.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

Star Wars is arguably the most popular Lego theme...certainly appealing to a wider range of buyers than most Lego sets.  The only reason I rate this as a nine instead of a ten, is that the Clone Wars subtheme seems to be slightly less popular than the "mainstream" Star Wars themed sets from the movies.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

This set is sold through all channels and, as mentioned above, has already been seen highly discounted.

PACKAGING | Score: 8

The packaging is typical for Lego Star Wars sets, with the current year (2013) packaging including a Yoda logo that was meant help advertise the "Yoda Chronicles" series released by Star Wars this year.  Lego Star Wars packaging is very detailed and colorful.  I especially like the details on the back of the package which shows all of the playability features.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 7

Despite being a great set - both for display and playability - this set is a remake which hurts it's investment potential.  IF it is the last time we see a AT-TE set produced, it could end up being a nice long-term investment.  In the mean time, I would only expect to see moderate gains after EOL. The entire Star Wars theme CAGR is a modest 5.73%, well below the mean of 10.49%.  With this being a larger set with exclusive minifigures, it may see slightly higher gains than the average Star Wars theme.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

I would give this a high display value, mostly because of its impressive size.  The set also just "looks good" with a nice design and color scheme.  The set also lends itself well to a battle scene - especially for the Clone Wars.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7

Don't get me wrong...I really like this set for my own collection.  From the build experience to playability to the display value, I rank this set high.  It also has some nice minifigures.  However, there are two mitigating factors that ultimately hurt this set from an investment standpoint:  First: this set is already in its third version and remakes typically do not do extremely well as an investment.  Secondly, the Clone Wars sets do not typically do as well as some of the classic-themed Star Wars sets.  Because of these two factors, I would put this set near a seven overall and only expect a moderate gain after EOL.