I imagine by now everyone has heard about the Great Star Wars Kit Repression of 2015. Because of my occupation and where I work many assume that I am in the know about the behind the scenes schemings of the evil corporations. That simply isn’t true. I’m about as clued-in as everyone else as to what is going on though I am fortunate to live in Japan where I am able to purchase the Star Wars Bandai kits. On the one hand I am grateful for being where I am but also feel bad for those Star Wars fans who, like me, really love the Bandai kits. As I have terrible timing, here’s my post for the AT-ST kit.
The manual isn’t all crazy like the Y-Wing and is back to the standard form we’ve seen with all other Star Wars kits so afr.
And less stickers than the others as well.
I wonder what this is…
Oh? Who is this?
Chewie! Sadly, no Ewoks with this kit.
The assembly is pretty simple though does take more steps than I thought. Here’s the rundown.
This doesn’t have pipes like the Y-Wing but does have some hoses found underneath the main body.
Once you’ve got that far with the body you move to the legs.
I think there are more parts on the leg than on the body.
You’re going to use this tiny, tiny, easy-to-drop-on-the-carpet-and-lose-for-fifteen-minutes-piece six times during the assembly of this kit, three on each leg.
When you’ve got both legs done you have another part to put onto the body.
Then you move onto the cockpit, or driver’s cabin.
No stickers for the console on this kit.
Push that main part on, lining up the grooves.
Some hoses go on the underside of the head as well.
You have option for open or closed hatches, you just need to swap parts.
I went with this to start.
Here’s the weapon that is found under the chin.
Left side of the head.
And right side.
The base is a must on this kit (almost).
Chewie, however, isn’t.
I did find a home for him.
Chewie had his own ideas and found his place when I put the AT-ST in the studio.
This kit has some great details and the extra parts are great to have.
It isn’t stable at all, however, and you will need the base.
Bandai did take the instability into consideration when designing the kit. There is one part when assembling the knee joint which can be swapped for a separate part that actually locks the leg into one position. This will prevent sagging from the weight of the body when this kit stands up. It does mean that you’re kit is going to be in that neutral pose until such a time as you swap parts again and allow the knee to bend. Given that there’s not much you can really do with the balance of this kit, locking it as Bandai has designed is very helpful and will extend the life and enjoyment of the AT-ST.