Name: Imperial AT-ST
Walker And Imperial AT-ST Driver
Collection: The Black Series [Phase III]
Number: N/A (Walmart Exclusive)
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: January 2017
The two-man AT-ST is a lightly armed walker featuring chin-mounted laser cannons and side-mounted weapon pods. The two-legged transport, dubbed the Scout Walker by many, serves as a recon and patrol vehicle.
Hummina… hummina…. hummina…. Boner! What the heck? This is some sweet victory! Out of the blue a Star Wars collector finds the Imperial AT-ST Walker And Imperial AT-ST Driver at a local Walmart and that’s about the only confirmation the collecting community received that this set even exists. But immediately a hope was ignited within the very disgruntled 3.75” Star Wars collecting community. Is Hasbro finally waking up? Did they really just release a truly collector-focused vehicle into The Black Series [Phase III] line that doesn’t take up half of your house? Is this a mirage? All of these are valid questions. But the Imperial AT-ST Walker And Imperial AT-ST Driver is a reality and it makes us very happy collectors. We can confirm however that the “assumed to be a Walmart exclusive” (confirmation forthcoming) Imperial AT-ST Walker And Imperial AT-ST Driver was something that shouldn’t have excited us all as much as it did. But after a very few disappointing years, this ray of light appears and gives us a new hope. What’s sadder? Getting exhilarated about something we have bought multiple times already, or getting excited because we’re interpreting its release as a tangible action that Hasbro still cares about the longtime 3.75” collector who has sunk thousands and thousands of dollars into their bottom line for over two decades? Oh, and that despite repeated attempts to make us feel sad about clinging to an age old format (3.75” scale), there is now a case and point example of confirmed viability that the (collector-focused) 3.75” action figure format still has merit. Hasbro DID just produce this set didn’t they? Hasbro often snags themselves in this double talk all the time. But instead of the attacks, let’s focus on this very positive and momentous event. Because if this is just the beginning, we could be in for a fantastic ride. With a $59.99 MSRP, the Imperial AT-ST Walker And Imperial AT-ST Driver is affordable and fairly priced in this era of collecting.
Hasbro’s first The Black Series [Phase III] vehicle was the huge First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter. Whatever your position on that successful vehicle (Hasbro’s words, not ours), it’s really an impractical format. People are forging minimalist lifestyles in this day and age and all of us are running out of room fast. Unless you’ve been collecting from the beginning, you’ll find that not many current Star Wars collectors “buy them all”. Living spaces are smaller and there isn’t room for a toy that is as big as the dining room table. Anything is possible for the future, but we don’t feel confident that the 6” vehicle line will continue, let alone with any regularity. We digress. It’s nearly insane that the SECOND vehicle release in The Black Series [Phase III] line look is a 3.75” scaled vehicle. Hasbro themselves have said that it’s too expensive to produce these and that they’d have to sell them for more than we’re willing to pay. So why the shocking change? Back in 2009 during the Golden Era of collecting, Hasbro tooled an all-new AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) vehicle and released it as a Walmart exclusive. All collectors were ecstatic for its release and rightfully so. Hasbro overused versions of the vintage Kenner vehicle for way too many years. And they decided to produce something new. While we were eager for it, it ultimately disappointed. It couldn’t stand unassisted for any length of time really and it came with a cheap pack-in figure that none of us wanted. Still, it was a good first step for things to come. Over the years, Hasbro released repaints of this vehicle. In addition to the original 2009 LC AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) release, Hasbro snuck this vehicle into 2010’s SW [SOTDS] Attack On Hoth set, 2012’s TVC Scout Walker (AT-ST) Kmart exclusive and most recently in 2014’s TBS [P2] Battle On Endor – a Toys R Us exclusive multipack. This version marks this vehicle's fifth release. And this one is probably going to be the best for a couple of reasons.
Assortment Number: C1970
Retail: $59.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.
Status: Imperial AT-ST Walker is a repaint of 2009's LC AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) Walmart exclusive vehicle. This time the joints have been assembled a bit more tightly and the vehicle can sustain its weight better.
Features Count: 3
Feature Details: opening cockpit, front opening "eye" ports, interchangeable cannons
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: interchangeable chin gun with action feature, 2 missile projectiles
Date Stamp: 2009
Status: Imperial AT-ST Driver is a repaint of AT-ST Driver [Major Marquand] from 2012's TVC Endor AT-ST Crew (Special Action Figure Set) Kmart exclusive Special Action Figure Set.
Articulation Count: 23 points (14 aread of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left glove (1), swivel right glove (1), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: removable helmet, removable harness, E-11 blaster rifle
Date Stamp: 2010
The Black Series [Phase III]
-Click HERE to return to the home page-