What’s up everyone? Today I have a pre-review of a The Last Jedi set: 75177 First Order Heavy Scout Walker! Also known as the not-an-AT-ST 😛 This is a 2017 set, the piece count is not known at the time of writing but I believe the price is $49.99 USD, £49.99 GBP, $89.99 AUD, and $99.99 NZD.
There are 4 minifigures included.
- The Resistance Trooper is quite a nice figure. It’s nice to get more female generic troopers in Star Wars, and her new torso and leg printing isn’t bad. Sadly her head is the same one used for the female Resistance Trooper in 75103 First Order Transporter, which is a downside. Also, she has no neckguard, which in my opinion makes the helmet look unfinished.
- The First Order Crew is nothing special. His weird helmet is funny, but his unprinted legs and simple torso printing hurt the figure. He’s available in a 2016 FO Battle Pack so he’s a bit bland.
- Hux is the only main character in this set. It’s good to get him in a cheaper set, as he only previously appeared in 75104 Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle. However, he doesn’t have his hat, but instead has hair. While normally I don’t mind that, I would prefer his hat as his hairpiece is a relatively easy-to-get piece: Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan’s hairpiece.
- The last figure is a First Order Flametrooper. He’s nice but comes in the affordable 75166 First Order Transport Speeder Battle Pack so I doubt many will purchase this set just for him.
So yeah. The figures are a little bland. What about the build?There’s only one, which is frankly smaller than I’d like for the price. It seems to be the First Order successor of the AT-ST, and it appears to have a strandbeest walking mechanism. The back of the box shows off the play features. When pushing the model along, the Technic wheels at the bottom cause the Technic legs to alternate up and down, mimicking a strandbeest walking style. I don’t know how it will look in real life but I have high hopes and I think it will look brilliant! I must say though that the build of this portion looks REPETITIVE. The cockpit is a cuboid shape, seemingly without the angled-in panels of an AT-ST. Sadly, it does not swivel, but the top hinges open, with space for two minifigures to sit inside. I am disappointed, however, by the seemingly rudimentary interior and the odd colors, especially the red sides and the sand yellow lid. I do like how the front angled window is constructed. There’s one spring-loaded shooter on each side of the cockpit, replicating firing cannons. Nowadays such projectiles are well hidden away (like on 75176 Resistance Transport Pod) but here it appears no such effort has been made to conceal them. I do not like how they look, especially since they stick out like a sore thumb. They can swivel up and down, though, which helps with aiming at minifigures.The back of the cockpit looks pretty ugly in my opinion, though it appears the designers did try to add greebling with the black parts. There are two double-barreled guns at the back, but I don’t know if they are meant as detachable weapons or greebling. Two clips below can be used to store extra spring-loaded shots but these look bad in my opinion.
So… I guess that concludes my pre-review of the set! I honestly think it’s really bland, and that there’s nothing special about it except for maybe Hux. Furthermore, the price is bad, especially for such a small model. Perhaps I’m wrong and this is $29.99 USD/£29.99 GBP/$59.99 AUD/$69.99 NZD, which in that case would be good value, but I doubt it.
With all due honesty, don’t get this when it comes out. 75176 was incredibly well-designed, which helps to justify its high price (on a sale too), but the design quality of that set is not present here.
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VaderFan2187 out! 😀