The marriage of repulsorlift and heavy armor has resulted in formidable floating tanks known as AATs. These assault tanks form the frontline of Trade Federation armored infantry divisions. A crew of battle droids drives the tank and operates the array of laser and projectile weaponry carried by the vehicle.
Hasbro started the 30th anniversary celebration of Star Wars early. Yes, 2007 was officially the year when Star Wars would turn the big 3-0, but Hasbro ensured they’d get out a nice helping of new products in brand-spanking-new packaging as an advance of what big stuff was to come the following year. 30 (77-07) line look product began arriving as early as November 2006 and it included the Commemorative Tin Collection four-packs, a new Comic Packs line and of course an all-new assortment of vehicles. One of these vehicles was the Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank (AAT), but this time it was supposedly based on its appearance on the Star Wars: Battlefront video game. It was cast from the same tooling of AATs from ages past, but the brand-new brown color scheme and Geonosis-inspired B1 battle droid action feature all seem to point to this awesome Expanded Universe source. Hasbro didn’t make any tooling updates to the Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank (AAT), but the paint job on the vehicle is absolutely stunning, and it will probably become a favorite of those who buy these items to augment the basic figures in their collections.
The Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank (AAT) is a mix of colors. The upper portion are a clay red color and its lower parts are chocolate brown. Keep in mind however that Hasbro added a ton of sprays and washes to give the vehicle and incredible look and texture. You’ll find collections of dirt and grime, but you also find areas of shiny metal where the “paint” has worn off in battle. And the multiple use of browns and tans and reddish-browns all work together to create a visually stunning vehicle. The same play features have been carried forth. The Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank (AAT) comes with an articulated cannon. And there are four projectiles that you can add to the platform area of the vehicle and firing them by pressing buttons on the back. There is a Confederacy of Independent Systems insignia on the vehicle’s right side and it has been applied very neatly and cleanly. The reverse side of the Confederacy of Independent Systems looks a little “undone” for lack of a better word. It seems to need some of the great deco the front of the vehicle received. But it’s not a complaint as it is more of an observation.
The cockpit can house a B1 battle droid of your choice. With all of the fantastic Battle Droid action figures we have received throughout the year, we certainly have a variety of options from which to choose. They all seem to function well with all models of the Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank (AAT) which makes complete sense, and as Hasbro develops better sculpts, the vehicles will look better outfitted with them for obvious reasons. In our opinion, we’re not crazy about the damaged battle droid action feature. It’s a lot of wasted space that could be used for better things, although we’re not sure what those better things might be. The Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank (AAT) is a nice update to this classic modern vehicle. They had a major presence in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, but it’s very neat how Lucasfilm Ltd. is working them into the video games and other Expanded Universe sources. And what’s even more exciting than that is Hasbro is making them for the toy line. 2007 is about the 30 year celebration of Star Wars and not necessarily A New Hope. And by Hasbro focusing on toys across the entire Star Wars timeline, exciting things are sure to follow.
Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank (AAT)
Status: Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank (AAT) is a rework of 1999's EI Trade Federation Tank vehicle. This time it has been repainted in the colors of the vehicle seen in the Star Wars: Battlefront video game.
Features Count: 4
Feature Details: reveal damaged battle droid, opening top hatch, rotating turret, firing missiles
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: 4 missile projectiles
Date Stamp: 1999
Assortment Number: 93368
Retail: $19.99 USD
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