Hasbro’s latest addition to The Black Series 3 3/4″ scale vehicles is a previously unannounced offering of the Imperial AT-ST Walker and Imperial AT-ST Driver. This set is available exclusively at Wal-Mart and has been a hard to find set for most due to the popularity of it. The existence of this set was previously unknown until it suddenly hit store shelves, which does sometimes happen with Hasbro and other toy companies from time to time. They don’t always reveal everything at trade shows, including press events.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the original trilogy, and we’re hoping that this set is just the beginning of a long line of releases from Hasbro in the year to come. The release of the Imperial AT-ST Walker and Imperial AT-ST Driver is something that probably shouldn’t have excited fans as much as it did, as both have been made available multiple times already in previous years. The excitement comes from fans that want to see the original trilogy toys from Hasbro, in any form, even if it’s something they already own. The excitement also comes as evidence to fans that Hasbro still cares about the 3 3/4″ collector focused toys despite that lack of attention it has been getting in recent years. Despite the lack of information ahead of time, Hasbro did make this set somewhat affordable at the $59.99 MSRP despite the usual high priced vehicles of similar size or larger. It helps that this is a reissue so the tooling costs are already long spent, and since it’s been released several times already Hasbro already made those tooling costs back.
Availability: January 2017 – Wal-Mart Exclusive
The Black Series (Phase III) Imperial AT-ST Walker And AT-ST Driver is a repaint of the previous vehicles released in the scale. The vehicle was first released back in 2009 and has seen a reissue now four times in total. In 2010 it was included in the Attack On Hoth set, 2012’s The Vintage Collection Scout Walker (AT-ST) Kmart exclusive, and most recently in 2014’s The Black Series Battle On Endor, a Toys “R” Us exclusive multipack.
The AT-ST is repainted with a sand deco covering the legs and bottom half of the compartment. The vehicle can stand unassisted very well. But the multiple points of body articulation of the legs makes it somewhat difficult to pose, as the points of articulation lock in “stages” instead of where you want them too. With some patience and some weighted assistance the AT-ST Walker can have a nice array of poses. The Imperial AT-ST Walker has tighter joints this time around as opposed to the loose joints that the previous releases came with. All of the features are included, which includes a opening hatch on top, front opening “eye” ports, and interchangeable cannons.
The included Imperial AT-ST Driver is also reissued as the pack-in figure from the previous sets. The deco of the figure resembles he is based on Star Wars Episode VI, and comes articulated with 23 points of articulation. Something we wish to see of every Star Wars figure Hasbro makes in this scale. The figure includes a removable helmet, removable harness, and a E-11 blaster rifle.