Remember the AT-STs in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back? We don’t blame you if you don’t: theirs was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance. So it’s surprising that LEGO have bundled this Scout Walker model with some Hoth-centric figures, instead of mining Return of the Jedi.
But we’re glad they did, as LEGO Star Wars 75322 Hoth AT-ST is one of the coolest low-price Star Wars sets we’ve had our hands on. And, on reflection, we can live without more of Jedi’s fuzzy, wonky faced mini-bears.
LEGO Star Wars 75322 Hoth AT-ST
- RRP: £44.99
- Number of pieces: 586
- Release date: January 2022
- Age rating: 9+
- Time to build: 1 ½ – 2 hours
What’s in the box?
The LEGO AT-ST Scout Walker comes with the usual manual, including a helpful warning not to shoot people in the eye with minifig Chewbacca’s boltcaster. The pieces are spread across four numbered bags.
In terms of minifigures, you get Chewbacca, a Hoth Rebel and an AT-ST driver. There’s also an Imperial Probe Droid which, while it isn’t technically a minifig, is a neat little mini build. There’s also an orange brick separator in the box, just in case you don’t already have 750 of them laying around the house.
LEGO Star Wars 75322 Hoth AT-ST: The build
Building the Hoth AT-ST is relatively simple, and there’s plenty of fun to be had with it. You can see the AT-ST taking shape, with the waist, then part of the torso (for want of a better word) and the legs. Once the legs are sorted you can stand it up, which is a satisfying moment.
We do have a minor grumble about the feet, though. The instructions have you building each foot separately when, up to a certain point, you could build them together. If we were constructing another one of these we’d do just that and shave a few minutes off the build.
It can be a little tough to distinguish between greys, but that’s an issue by no means exclusive to the AT-ST. Overall it was a fun build and a lot less fiddly than we expected.
Play or display?
Despite the 9+ age rating suggesting the LEGO Hoth AT-ST is a typical playset, in our mind it’s one to display. Why? Mainly because, unlike the original Kenner AT-ST, there’s no replicating the vehicle’s walking motion. You can move the legs but there’s no pressing a button and having it stomp along. Of course, younger builders will still get a kick out of moving it themselves – it’s sturdy enough for play. But there’s enough detail here for it to make an excellent display set for older LEGO Star WArs fans.
If you are displaying it, we’d recommend letting the AT-ST drive peek out of the hatch. If you hang him on the edge of the hole you can give the impression he’s looking down at the Rebels in sheer contempt. The probe droid and minifigures are also handy to have around, but we aren’t super keen on the probe droid’s arms being repurposed spanners.
Value for money?
£44.99 is about the sweet spot for this set, though we’d have done without the probe droid if it made the set a little cheaper. It released in early 2022 and, thankfully, wasn’t caught up in the LEGO price rises. We’d say it represents good value for money, considering how expensive other LEGO Star Wars sets can be – even some playsets.
Should you buy LEGO Star Wars 75322 Hoth AT-ST?
Yes, you absolutely should buy the Hoth AT-ST if you’re a LEGO Star Wars fan. It’s one of the most iconic Star Wars vehicles and whether you have its bigger brother, the AT-AT, or not, it looks great on display. The minifigs help lend it a welcome sense of scale, particularly when it’s got its (moveable) guns pointed at them. .
Our one gripe is that the sides of the cabin rest against the front, with a tiny visible gap. It’s not a seamless box as is the case with the actual (well, fictional) vehicle. But that’s not a deal-breaker and, while it could serve as a gateway to bigger and more expensive sets, Star Wars fans should snap this one up.