Release Year: 2008
Pieces: 798 (with 6 minifigures)
Known as the All Terrain Tactical Enforcer, this big beast has six legs, and two armour plated halves between a flexible section in the middle. This set, like last week’s aircraft was seen a fair bit in The Clone Wars TV series, but it was first visible in Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and later in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
There’s a huge variety in this set with elements, but not with colour. It’s unique with the 1x1x5 brick in dark red, as well as some pretty great grey elements in a variety of shapes and sizes. From turntables, to printed and non printed dishes, balls and sockets, bow and angle bricks in various sizes, the strange “Hooverboard 6x6x2/3” used as the feet for the walker, and four 1x6x5 roof tiles, great in other sets as aircraft tails. Other nice-to-haves include transparent bricks with shafts, long axles, Technic elements, and more. There’s even two black flick-fire 6x2x2 cannons, which I’d never come across until finding a big pile of them in the bulk lot.
The minifigures (many of which are missing) were quite interesting. At first glance, they don’t look like legitimate LEGO, as the eyes are too large, low, and wide across the head, but sure enough, they’re legit. It’s this way because that’s the look for the Clone Wars characters, but it just looks wrong, and a bit cheap. There’s a few characters, including Ahsoka Tano, Anakin, Captain Rex, Rotta the little green alien thing, and a Battle Droid and Clone Trooper. It’s a pretty big variety.
While it’s a set that looks to be inherently swooshable, I really didn’t find that to be the case. Yes, the cannons move, the tops and sides open up, and the legs have some movement, but it’s not one that you’d want to move around the floor of the family room. I like the fact that the front cabin opens up and the seat can be removed, and that there’s a nice carry handle that pops up from the middle of the model, but that’s it. This to me is more of a display piece, not a swooshy set like a typical City set.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s still the small part of the set – the STAP (Single Trooper Aerial Platform) that is definitely swooshable, but that’s really it. If you think differently, please let me know in the comments below, but as always, these are my thoughts. It may just be my adultness creeping in!
It’s a reasonably fun build, but really only due to when you experience the sheer size of the set. It’s massive. Really massive. You understand when the legs are attached, at just how big it is. There’s the STAP built first of course, so you’re immediately in the mindset of a small build, but this set is deceptively big. The inside is very basic, with the interesting section for me being the cockpit area. It was pretty repetitive for the rest though, as it’s essentially the same at the front and the back. Not too many crazy techniques in play here. Some SNOT in the legs and sides of the unit. The two front and two back legs are on an elastic band, which keep them in the correct position, with the two middle legs being on a swivel joint underneath the large dish.
While the imposing size of the model is enough to draw some attention, don’t worry about looking inside. It’s empty. There are holes galore. It looks like the designers created the framework for it, then thought “Ah, it’s time for a coffee break. Let’s stick some panels on it and call it a day”. It’s a shame, because from the outside it looks pretty great! I’d love to see some MOC’d versions of this one, to see what can really be done with it. It’d be interesting to see what the 2013 version in 75019 is like. It certainly looks pretty nice!
The value for money for this one is a bit of a mixed bag. For a new set, you can expect to pay an extra $100 – so around $240, but a used set will be a fraction over $100 in total. There’s nothing really noteworthy in this set for collectibility, so unless you’re wanting to get some of the more varied Star Wars characters, you might steer clear of this one. Sure, it’s a big set that would look good on a shelf, but that’s most likely your only factor.
Next week I’m venturing back into Technic, with the biggest Technic set I’ve built yet – 8285: Tow Truck. It’s a behemoth!