Lego 75234 AT-AP Walker is one of the more obscure vehicles to star wars from the clone wars era (it’s only briefly in the film though) that’s focused heavily in Star Wars 1,2,3. It has 689 pieces and 5 mini-figures at a Hefty price tag of £64.99 and was released in 2019, however, this is not the first rendition of the walker as it has previously been released in 2008 and 2014, so not a surprise to see it redone on Lego’s updated cycle system lol.
As you may be aware now I’m a big fan of the clone wars era, the films were ok though for me they have aged fine, and number 3 is really good in retrospect. But its the clone wars series that I was a big fan of and was so pleased they did a final series recently, so when vehicles get released from this era Tigger and I are normally on the lookout, we don’t have the previous 2 versions so this was definitely a buy to sit next to out AT-AT and AT-ST.
As ever it seems with many of the clones was era sets you get 2 battle droids, this is great for bulking out your army but id hate to think how many I have sitting on the shelves in total lol, Tigger has made many of these and made these ones, they are simple in construction but these ones are Kashyyyk versions based on the battle, they are sporting green paint on the droids which add some difference.
Commander Gree appears in this set and he is also a big part of Episode 3, hes appeared in multiple sets so perhaps his need in this one is a little limited, however his design is still great, and in this one hes wearing his pearl silver helmet and great camouflage outfit, which again compared to many of the other star wars clone troopers and storm troopers is great to see, under the helmet is the clone face and he also has his rifle, he could have some googles aswell but is a small issue and not a big thing for his character but would have added his to it.
Following on the green the Kashyyyk trooper looks fantastic,however the clone trooper has been dpne many times before and certainly over the last couple of generations really hasnt changed much, much like Gree a little colour difference in certain places maybe doesnt justify a reprint, but again if you building out those armies then fine.
The most famous of the mini-figures in this set is Chewbacca, of course, he’s been done many many times, and the last several additions have practically no change, it still looks good with his facial features and dark brown/light brown body, his ammo belt coming over finishers the look wit his bow, the only thing he could ever be improved on is his arms, as they are still generic brown, Chewbacca has long fury ones in the films etc.
The AT-AP is more of a middle-sized walker, it’s not as big and grand as the AT-AT but there is more bulk to it that the smaller ones, the pure design of it are a tripod style with a big gun on the top, with a place for some troops inside while being operated on top, and in essence, the design is captured, the front walker legs retract up to allow it to stand on just two and able to walk fast.
There haven’t been lots of improvements on it of course because the last was only a few years ago, but its feels more narrow and not as tall, utilising the edge type design with flaps for the troops, the design is sturdy though with legs making use of technique pieces interlocking, circle disc pieces cover the joints for the design, the back looks a little boring though, the odd flash of green flat strips are added in an attempt to suit the battle, but I would have preferred more.
The gun is a little theatrical in its build with a shooter sitting up behind it, not actually shooting from the main gun. however, with this being said Tigger built most of the walker and generally didn’t find may issues, being broken down into several bags for how many pieces there are, is a good thing for him.
Overall you have to quickly approach this in two ways, did you own the previous one or not? if you did then you may be a little judgemental in it and ultimately think why was this released? I had this, not much as has changed including the mini-figures, but for Tigger and I, we didn’t get round to it the last time so for us it’s fresh, the set is fine overall, the design and mini figures are pretty similar to there originals, the build its self was actually pretty straight forward.
There are things that lego fans may want changing, I myself didn’t need another chewy, I like sets that produce my mini-figures to build out an army, much like the reason for this walker, thus I would have happily swapped out chewy for two generic wookies, similar to other sets where the mini figures are generic unless there’s a reason like Millennium falcon or Kylo ships, but X-wings, Tie fighters, walkers etc, in my opinion, should be generic mini-figures, though branding them like Kashyyyk versions are great,
The set still feels expensive but walkers tend to be if you can still get it cheaper then great if you want to build your range out then great, but if you have had it before then perhaps give it a miss.