Ratings and Reviews for 7657-1: AT-ST

7657-1: AT-ST

Overall Score

6.80
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 7.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 6.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 5.00
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 7.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 10
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 5.00
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 5.00
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 7.00
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 9.00
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 7.00
Review from: MartinP
Reviewed on: Feb 28, 2014
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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

The 7657 AT-ST is one of my favorite vehicles from the Star Wars movies. The AT-ST, also called the "chicken walker", was released in 2007 under the sub-theme of Episode IV-VI along with four other sets. The set comes with one minifigure and 244 pieces. When this set first came out, I remembered the scenes of the Star Wars movies where the AT-STs were destroyed by all the Ewok traps, so I wanted this set to recreate those scenes. That being said, I would consider this an iconic set, because of it's role in the movie.

Move out with the All-Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST)! Patrol the forests of Endor or the ice fields of Hoth with this all-new version of the Imperial scout walker. Features side-mounted weapons and an opening pilot hatch straight from the movies. Turn the knob to make the cockpit rotate side to side! Includes AT-ST pilot minifigure with helmet and blaster! Features side-mounted weapon pods!

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 6

The AT-ST comes with one minifigure and 244 pieecs. Here is the minifigure:

Imperial AT-ST Pilot

The AT-ST pilot comes with a blaster as his accessory. This minifigures is only found in one other set, which make the minifigure a rare one.

Now, let us look at the exclusive pieces in this set:

Light Gray Tilted Corner 4X4 with Angle:

43708

This set comes with one rare minifugre, and an exlcusive piece. That being said, it is an average set. I was expecting more rare pieces in this set and I wished that Lego had included a Ewok or two in this set to go along with the movies.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 5

Build Experience

The AT-ST has a very simple build process. Since there are 244 pieces in the set, it took me about thirty minutes to build the entire set. While, building, it was very interesting to see how Lego incorporated a mechanism to allow the head of the AT-ST to turn. Other than that, it was a simple yet boring build.

Here is an overview of all the pieces in this set:

Here is a picture of the mechanism that allows the head to turn in either direction:

Here are some more pictures of the build process of the set:

Playability

This set does not have much to offer in terms of playability. There is a knob on the back of the AT-ST that allows the head to turn in either direction. You can also open the hatch on the top to see into the cockpit, but after that, there is not much else in terms of playability.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 7

The AT-ST has a retail price of $19.99. Let us compare the Price Per Piece (PPP) ratio of this set to the other five sets that were released at the same time.

Set Retail Price Pieces Price Per Piece
7657 AT-ST $19.99 244 $0.08
7658 Y-wing Fighter $39.99 454 $0.09
7659 Imperial Landing Craft $49.99 471 $0.11
7666 Hoth Rebel Base $49.99 548 $0.09
10178 Motorised Walking AT-AT $129.99 1137 $0.11

As you can see, the AT-ST has a PPP ratio of eight cents. The set has the best PPP ratio out of all the sets it was released with. My standard for a PPP ratio is at or below ten cents per piece and this set falls into that category. That being said, the set is not a great bargin, but it is reasonably priced. In this set there is a wide variety of pieces so that PPP ratio may not be entirely accurate, so we will now look at the Price Per Gram (PPG) ratio, which factors in the weight of all the pieces in the set:

Set Price Per Gram
7657 AT-ST $0.046
7658 Y-wing Fighter $0.058
7659 Imperial Landing Craft $0.055
7666 Hoth Rebel Base $0.051
10178 Motorized Walking AT-AT $0.075

As you can see, the AT-ST also has the best PPG ratio out of these five sets. Since the PPG ratio is more accurate, it would be safe to say that this set is worth the retail price of $19.99, but another factor in determining if a set is worth buying is the part out factor. I will use values from Bricklink.com to determine if it is worth it to part this set out.

Item Value
Minifigure $4.75
Rare Pieces $2.94
Other Pieces $24.16
Total $31.85

As you can see, a majority of the part out value of a set is in the non-rare pieces in the set, which is the case for most sets. If there were sticker sheets, more minifigures, and more rare pieces the part out value would be much higher. Right now, the set is valued at $76.94 which means that the part-out value of the set is 59% or $45.09 less than the value of the set. That being said, it would not be a good idea to part out the set right now, instead sell the set in new condition.

Overall, I would say that this set's value for money as slightly above average due to the great PPP and PPG ratios, but it is brought down because of the poor part-out value.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

The AT-ST comes from the Star Wars theme. The Star Wars theme has been popular since its debut in 1999 when Lego introduced that first Star Wars sets. Fifteen years later, Lego has produced over 400 Star Wars sets many of which are from featured in Star Wars Episodes IV - VI.  That being said, almost all the Star Wars sets sell very well in the primary market except for a few sets. Even after a set has been retired, many Star Wars fans want the set and the value of a set usually goes up. Usually, Lego sets are intended for children, but many Star Wars fans who are adults, have bought these sets and are contributing to the increase in value of these sets after they are retired.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

The AT-ST is not an exclusive set. This set was widely available when it was produced. You could find the set in a variety of stores like Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, and many others.

PACKAGING | Score: 5

The box for the AT-ST is like a typical set. On the front is depicts the AT-ST during battle on what seems to be Endor. There are also a smaller picture on the box showing the ability for the head to be turned in either direction. The back of the box has some more pictures that show different features of the set like the hatch to get into the cockpit.

Image from Bricklink.com

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 7

The AT-ST has a CAGR of 21.23% which is more than twice as much as the CAGR for the Star Wars theme. Now let us compare this set's CAGR to the other sets released at the same time:

As you can see this set has the best CAGR out of all the sets here. Time is a very crucial factor when determining the CAGR of a set, which is why I decided to compare the set to sets released at the same time. This set has been out for about seven years now and I think that it is at the peak of it's growth with very little growth left for the future. That being said, the CAGR will drop due to the time factor. Now, let us focus on the  past growth of the set:

As you can see, the growth of the set over the past two years has been mostly stable according to this chart. The set has appreciated in value 72.78% from it's value back in 2012 having it's biggest gain from 2012 to 2013 when the set rose over $20 in a year. From there, the set declined in value a little from 2013 to six months ago, but then had another significant gain over the last five months. Now, let us focus on the growth of the set over the past year:

As you can see, this set has a decline from March 2013 to June 2013 where the set dropped from a value of $74.27 in March 2013 to a value of $57.67 in June 2013. Since then, the set has slowly climbed back up in value to even higher than before. Since I think that this set does not have much growth left, I predict that the value will peak around $80 to $85 in the next year. I will finish off this section with a chart showing the number of sold sets in the past year:

As you can see, seventy-two sets were sold over the past year, making the average sets sold per month six. Usually, ther most sets are sold in December due to the December effect, but that is not the case here. The most sets were sold in November. My guess is that that is due to many buyers buying this set ahead of the Christmas rush.


There is always a possibility of having a set remade and affecting the value of the previous set. Lego did not make many AT-ST sets since their first one in 2001. That being said, I would guess that there might be another version remade soon. If that does happen, the value of this set may be affected a lot or a little. It will depend on the new set, but in most cases, it is a negative affect and the older version of the set declines in value for a period of time.

Overall, this set has a great CAGR right now, it had a great past growth, but it does not seem that there is must growth left for this set.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 9

The AT-ST is a fairly small set so it can be displayed almost anywhere. The set is not very tall and not very wide, so it would be an ideal display piece for a mantel, a desk, or something similar. My favorite part of this set is it's ability to be displayed with it's "big brother" AT-ST. Here are a couple picutres of this set being displayed with the 10174 UCS AT-ST:

Here is how I display these two sets together:

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7

Let us look at the pros and cons of this set:

Pros:

  • One rare minifigure and piece
  • From Star Wars theme
  • Great display quality

Cons:

  • Not an exclusive set
  • Boring build
  • Not much growth left

Overall, I would rate this a slightly above average sets that Lego has made.