Ratings and Reviews for 7155-1: Trade Federation AAT

7155-1: Trade Federation AAT

Overall Score

7.40
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 7.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 8.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 8.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 8.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 10
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 5.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 8.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 5.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 7.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 8.00
Review from: comicblast
Reviewed on: Oct 5, 2013
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

I first came across the 7155 Trade Federation AAT while searching through the BrickPicker database for remakes of Star Wars sets. This particular one didn’t really stick out to me, but 1999-2001 LEGO Star Wars sets have always interested me, as they had great Price Per Piece ratios and were the pioneers of the theme that helped rescued The LEGO Group from bankruptcy. 

The most recent time that I’ve come across the 7155 AAT was when I acquired this set from a relative. At first, I was mildly disappointed because I had wanted a newer set, but then after digging into the building of the tank, I began to enjoy it, and appreciate it way more than I had before. 

This set plays a fairly large role in both the Star Wars The Clone Wars TV show, as well as several of the Prequel Episodes of the Star Wars saga, notably the Battle of Naboo. Though it obviously isn’t as “big” a vehicle as the iconic Millennium Falcon or Death Star, it plays a large enough role to draw buyers over a decade after its retirement.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 8

Of course, with an old LEGO set like this one, you would think that there would be very few rare or unique pieces in this set, right? Well, there’s actually a very healthy amount of rarer pieces in this set! Let’s take a look… 

 

1.) Engine 3x3x6 http://brickset.com/parts/?part=4129508

To most readers, I would hope that this piece is familiar. This particular mold is found in 27 sets, a relatively low amount for a piece, but is often used in Star Wars sets. This particular color variant is found in only 1 set, that being the 7155 AAT. This piece has a variety of uses, and is one of the few pieces that can attach to studs on a conventional LEGO brick in two directions. One is located on the longest side of the piece, with 2 lines of 2x1 receiving ends of the stud, and on one end has a receiving end that will stick to a 3x3 stud surface. The opposite sides uses regular studs. 

This piece is found right below the droid gunner’s cockpit and they are in a 45 degree position. 

 

2.) Brick Yellow Hooverboard 6x6x2/3 http://brickset.com/search/?part=4129507


This piece is found in only 2 sets, both being released a while ago in 2000 and 2001, respectively. This piece often reminds me of the foot of a AT-AT walker, though to my research, has not yet appeared in a official LEGO AT-AT.  

This piece acts as the cover for the Droid Gunner’s hatch, and is attached to Brick 1x2/Firc/Fork Vert./End (http://brickset.com/parts/?part=4144501) which allows for the hatch to open and close. It isn’t easy for it to do so, though, because the hatch isn’t connected to the hinge brick in any way other than being stuck to the bottom of the piece, so it falls off very easily. 

 

3.) Battle Droid Without Back Plate http://brickset.com/minifigs/?m=sw001b

Though a familiar sight to both non-LEGO and LEGO fans, the Battle Droid has quite a bit of little-known history behind it. Contrary to more recent variants of the Battle Droid minifigure, this variant has 2 identical arms, both with hands that are positioned parallel to the ground. In 2007, a new type of arm was introduced to the Battle Droid, which allows the minifigure to hold a blaster “correctly”. This minifigure sports 2 identical hands. 

 

4.) Panel 10 x 10 x 2 ? Quarter Saucer Top with SW Black Ovals Pattern Left http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=30117pb02L

This piece is unique to this set, along with its mirror image of the same piece. It makes up the “hull” of the AAT, and majority of the base of the tank. Though this piece does have studs in the middle, in the 7155 Trade Federation AAT, no pieces are ever connected to them.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 8

This set took me about 20 minutes to put together. It is probably buildable for most 7 year olds, but I could envision this set on the desk of an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO). This set doesn’t really include any unique building techniques, but does cleverly use some flat tiles in the construction of both cockpits. 

 

 

At the beginning of the construction of this set, I was pretty confused with the 4x8 tiles, and what was “right-side-up”, but besides that minor confusion, it was a fairly straight forward build. 

This set only weighs about 7.8 ounces, which makes it a great option for younger kids, and is very sturdy. Upon giving this set the “Drop Test”, this set broke into 2 main parts: the cockpit of the gunner and cannon, and the body of the tank. I thought that this was pretty good, as it was fairly self-explanatory putting everything back together.

Droid guns located under the main cockpit:

Additional pictures:

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 8

Upon release, the 7155 Trade Federation AAT sold for $19.99, and with 158 pieces, it had a Price Per Piece ratio of about $0.13, higher than some of the other sets it was released alongside. Let’s look at a comparison with the 10 other Star Wars sets that had debuts in 2000.

Set Name and Number MSRP - USD  Price Per Piece Ratio USD - NEW
7124 Flash Speeder $9.99 $0.09
7115 Gungan Patrol $9.99 $0.13
7134 A-Wing Fighter $14.99 $0.12
7144 Slave I

$19.99

$0.13
7155 Trade Federation AAT $19.99 $0.13
7159 Star Wars Bucket $24.99 $0.09
7180 B-Wing at Rebel Control Center  $29.99 $0.09
7184 Trade Federation MTT $49.99 $0.11
7190 Millennium Falcon $99.99 $0.15
7181 TIE Interceptor $99.99 $0.14
7191 X-Wing Fighter $149.99 $0.12

The Price Per Piece ratio for this set is largely justified in my opinion. Two very large pieces that make up the hull of the AAT are much more costly to manufacture than, for example, a 2x4 piece. In addition, two 2x16 pieces are located under the hull, increasing production costs.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

Star Wars is one of the most popular themes ever to be produced by the LEGO Company. Getting ahold of the Star Wars license was largely an experiment on the part of the LEGO Company. The LEGO Company was struggling to find an area where they could concentrate on, while still make large enough profit margins to stay in business. The cost of molds used to produce elements, as well as the increasing number of elements being introduced increase costs. In fact, in the year 2000 alone, around 8,000 different elements were being produced EACH YEAR. (that number peaked at 14,2000 in 2004).They wanted to stay with their long-standing motto of “Only the best is good enough” and traditional brick-and-stud configurations, but at the same time, modernize the company to “stay in the game”. It’s during the time period of this set that infamous LEGO failures were introduced, including LEGO Galidor and LEGO Jack Stone.

Star Wars luckily, was not on the failure list. Whether or not to take a hold of the Star Wars license had already been a highly debated subject within the LEGO Company, and had it failed in the first 1-2 years, it would have been removed from production. In fact, in early 1997, when Star Wars was first proposed as a possible LEGO theme, the LEGO Vice President said rather harshly, “Over my dead body will LEGO ever introduce Star Wars.” Little did the head LEGO employees in Billund, Denmark know that it would save the LEGO Company, and help to form it into the LEGO Company we know today.

 

Source: Robertson, David C. “Brick By Brick.” Crown Business, 2013.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

To my knowledge, the 7155 Trade Federation AAT was only released in the United States, and was a non-exclusive set, meaning it was sold at virtually every LEGO retailer. This set was relatively popular, which is shown through eBay sales. An average of 13.25 units of the 7155 set are sold on eBay every month in both new and used condition.

PACKAGING | Score: 8

The 7155 Trade Federation AAT came in a box 28.8 cm. x 19 cm x 5.7 cm. It came in a box very similar to that below:

Image courtesy of BrickLink.

As you can see, this set features a fairly contrasting box design, with a black stripe across the top with the iconic LEGO logo and the Star Wars Episode 1 logo, symbolizing release wave (each wave has its own unique symbol). The majority of the front of the box is occupied by the tank, looking pretty yellow in this picture, but actually more tan. The background shows that this tank is on Naboo, with some of the iconic buildings with large windows and greenery in the background. I really like this box because it keeps the focus on the AAT without having very much additional special effects, save the blaster-shots streaking across the design.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 5

I don’t see very much growth potential left in this set, especially nearly 14 years after it was first produced, but that doesn’t mean that there will not be any more growth in this set. Let’s look at the chart below showing the eBay sales over the last 12 months (August 2012 - July 2013):

As you can see, there was a fairly nice sized jump in value from November 2012 to December 2012 of $16.85, pretty decent in my opinion for a set a decade year old. As of the last six or seven months, it looks like the value has stabilized with normal variance of value. I wouldn’t expect much change in value to come, especially in the positive direction, as there is a newer remake which has a NEW value lower than that of the 7155.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 7

I currently have this set on display on my window sill, and I think it looks great. It doesn’t take up a lot of room, and is a relatively short build, but the iconic feature of this set is unmistakeable. Though it doesn’t have as many moving parts as some other sets, it has a high enough number that you can make several unique displays, and don’t forget to use those minifigures!!!

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 8

Overall, I chose to give this set a 8/10 for a variety of reasons…

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Iconic
  • Star Wars is very popular
  • A decent number of minifigures

Cons:

  • High price per piece ratio
  • A little short, which limits some of the display quality.