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AT AT Imperial Walker , set 75054 or 4483..Which is better?

I just finished building 75054 last night ( the latest AT AT Walker) to hit the shelves. While I like the head on this new one…I still think that 4483 is the better build of these 2. I actually took set 8129, (the previous version of the AT AT), apart and used it to build another 4483 version, but in the new BLEY colors. Yes, I like set 4483 that much. Or maybe it was I did not like 8129 enough to keep it the way it came. (My BLEY version of 4483 is what you see in the photos). The new version (75054) is really very weak on play value. The original 4483 has removable side troop seating, and the speeder bike cargo area to launch from the back. I think the only thing going for 8129 was the minifigs / Han Solo Bespin minifig honestly (the only one to date). And yes, I did not mention the motorized AT AT for a reason…although it should be included as we have 4 AT-AT sets officially.

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Head on shot:

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Back view:

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Side compartment on the new AT AT…no interior, just a lame trap door with no cable line or anything. Watch your legs on that landing. At least it's Hoth, and not Endor.

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4483 Side compartment…oh yeah, we got stuff going on in there!
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Aft side shot of the new AT AT…just technic, frames and support structure going on,….blah.

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and a shot of the 4483 ,same area….but with a snowie on the bike ready to hit it! When you pick up the two models you can feel the difference in the weight for sure. Again, I think the head on the newer one is better, stays together better / more sleek, and 4483's head has some issues ( staying closed and attached) being two of my gripes on that one. As a matter of fact, when I picked up 4483 to put him back in my case his head fell off, again.

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Curious as to everyone else's thoughts, now that we have 4 to compare!
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Comments

  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 727
    Hey, quit fooling around with Star Wars stuff and get back to Middle Earth! (JK)

    Nice to see you in the hood :-) This place is as addictive as Lego, watch out.
    Andor
  • KevBrickstructKevBrickstruct Member Posts: 42
    You have no one to blame but yourself KLATU003…you're the one who told me about this cool place! ;) I started my custom building with Star Wars back in 1999…we didn't have Lego Middle Earth all the way back then!
    Andor
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,354
    I consider #75054 the best, as I suggested in my review a few days ago. I have a couple of comparison photos at the bottom of that review which demonstrate the relative sizes of each set. My justification for that opinion is as follows:

    #4483 - The size of the model is great (the largest of the four) and I like the Speeder Bike hold in the back, just as it is situated in the film. However, the head is awful due to its fragility, the colour scheme is some way off as there is too much dark grey and the shape of the main body section is not particularly accurate. It was a good set for 2003 but beside the more modern versions the issues with it are all too clear in my opinion.

    #10178 - Of course the main draw to this set is the fact that it is motorised, which is brilliant. The function works well and it is a lot of fun to play with. However the body is far too shallow in height, and the placement of the head and legs are not ideal to facilitate the walking feature.

    #8129 - This set is far more accurate than either of the previous two, but at the cost of size. It is a decent model, but not really big enough to feel truly intimidating (for a Minifigure) and some areas of the armour plating are a bit fragile.

    #75054 - The legs are far longer relative to the body than on any other model, which is accurate to the film as they look fairly spindly, as they should. The entire model is very sturdy and the shape is perfect. The main issue with this set is the price I think, although if you are looking for an AT-AT today this should be it as it is as expensive as any of the previous models are on the aftermarket.

    Just my opinion, but I would rank the new model at the top. Even though it is a bit tricky to compare it to the motorised version as that set is all about the functions rather than the appearance, I still favour #75054 overall.
  • woony2woony2 UKMember Posts: 336
    I've said it many times on here but the original #4483 is still the best looking of the lot. It's the biggest and to my eyes still the most accurate to the film. Take a look at the rear 3/4 comparison shot above, the new one's middle bit is too square and it doesn't flow well into its rear panel. #4483 also has nice printed parts which look great.
    Don't get me started on #10178 I've always thought that was a hideous beast and no amount of clunky walking can ever make up for it.
    #4483 is without doubt quite fragile but as mine are only on display it doesn't bother me too much.
    Perhaps a bit of a combination of the oldest and newest would yield a near perfect one at this scale. #75054's neck is much better and so is the engine thingy near its bum.
    Just my thoughts.
  • Lego_Lord_MayorcaLego_Lord_Mayorca H-Town, USAMember Posts: 614
    Add me to the list of "#4483 is the Greatest Lego AT-AT" supporters. I will never forgive Lego for removing the printing on the dishes for the leg joints. That inexcusable affront is a big minus in my book against the new AT-AT. Size does matter here, as 4483 looks very huge and intimidating. I prefer the usage of dark gray because it adds an extra air of menace to the machine. Plus, it comes with Luke on a rope to take out the beast, and a speeder bike for the snowtroopers. I will grant a foul on that neck! So flimsy and not very confident in its ability to hold up the head. Regardless, there is so much awesome about the rest of the set that I can overlook it, even over ten years later.
  • markarm919markarm919 USAMember Posts: 60
    I wish I could contribute here, but the only Lego AT-AT I have is #20018. Not the biggest, but remarkable for its size.
  • obi_gobi_g BlightyMember Posts: 606
    edited September 2014
    as i said to @CapnRex101‌ when i loaned him my walkers for the photos, i like everything about the original #4483 except the head. it's a novel idea to close it all up but it just doesnt work. it doesnt stay shut or hold it's shape, and if you so much as glance at it funny then it all opens up.

    i'd like to get one of the new model heads and put it on the original. that'd make me happy!

    i missed out on the motorised one. i might try and bricklink it at some point, but not urgent and i'll probably get the new one and snowspeeder in the sale...
  • KevBrickstructKevBrickstruct Member Posts: 42
    Thanks obi_g , that pretty much sums up what I said. I missed out on the motorized one intentionally. The new one was fun to build, but I think it needs some play functions…as I mentioned.
  • Cosworth3dCosworth3d Member Posts: 42
    i bought the motorized one instead
  • bycougarsbycougars Member Posts: 33

    #8129 - This set is far more accurate than either of the previous two, but at the cost of size. It is a decent model, but not really big enough to feel truly intimidating (for a Minifigure) and some areas of the armour plating are a bit fragile.

    I bought #75054 and sold my #8129 because pieces were falling off of it all of the time..
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