LEGO Star Wars Republic Dropship with AT-OT Walker 10195 Review
Officially known as the Lego Dropship, this set contains 1758 pieces in total. Normally it takes at least 3.5 hours to construct it, without stopping. A sticker sheet is also included in the build. It’s a good thing Lego didn’t choose to name this thing the LAAT/c with AT-OT, or people are going to have a hard time looking for it at the store. We’ve already had difficulties looking for this build by its official name – The Lego Dropship AT-OT.
This build was released in early 2009. Encased inside its box is probably the biggest non-UCS set box, since not only does it come with one Clone Wars-themed build… There’s two of them! Lego has never failed to surprise its most loyal fans with builds like these. When this was first announced, people were actually delighted to learn that the 10195 would showcase both a ground vehicle and air vehicle in one build. And what was even more surprising here was the fact that the build only costed $250, and had a whopping eight minifigures. There have also been questions on whether the set could manage to deliver at least $250 worth of Lego goodness, or will fans be questioning the company for one more bailout.
The box showcases the usual Clone Wars Lego set marketing – Nothing is really striking about this box, apart from its sheer size. The cast of minifigures are found on the side, and there’s also plenty of photos found at the backside of the box, with a glorious space background.
The contents that came with the 10195 include 23 bags of bricks, three types of manuals, and a sticker sheet. Keep in mind that the little plastic bags are numbered one for the AT-OT build (there’s ten of them in total), while the remaining two are for the dropship (twelve in total). There’s also a final bag here that doesn’t have its own number – Don’t get too confused, since apparently it’s also meant to be for the dropship. A sticker sheet also comes with the build.
The 10195 comes with three sets of manuals – All of them surprisingly thick. There’s a good reason why this is so – When it comes to building massive sets such as this one, a lot of the steps in the manual occupy one, or even two pages. This showcases the model in complete detail, and features the finishing image. So this results in an increased amount of pages than the average. An online version of the manual can be found on the Internet.
The manual’s pages all have nice color blocking, and sported the usual features found in the average Lego manual. This includes a parts inventory at the end of the manual itself, the piece callouts for every step, and the amount of pages in every manual.
There’s also a wonderful assortment of bricks in here, as well as a good assortment of Lego Technic parts, and bricks. It came in colors such as white, grey (both dark and light), and dark red.
A couple of printed pieces are also found in the build, like a tiny radar dish piece that attaches itself on the leg of the AT-OT. There’s eight of them in total. But that aside, be sure to start flexing your sticker-applying skills, since you will need them a lot in this build.
When it comes to a set of this size, and its pricing, plenty of owners would probably assume that they would get a decent amount of minifigures, or some unique ones at least. For the 10195, we managed to acquire two Clone Pilots, alongside six Clone Troopers. This is basically the equivalent amount of clones inside two packs which you could probably get at your nearest Lego store for $10. A wonderful assortment of minifigures, if we do say so ourselves.
The build looks pretty average – There’s a good amount of repetition when it came to the two models, but a little bit more with the AT-OT. A lot of stickers will also be used here, so this build requires lots of patience. Plenty of Lego Technic axles and pins also come in handy. We didn’t really encounter any sort of problem regarding this build, but it does get dull after a while thanks to the excessive repetitiveness. However, you do have to pay close attention to the locations of the pins and axles found on the beams. Other than that, everything is just normal.
‘The designs that came with both models actually do resemble their counterparts in the films. We were delighted, in particular, to learn that Lego has had several insights regarding the past iteration of the same builds (Lego 7675) and have placed in the carrying connector, so that the dropship would look compatible with its partner. Lego has done a good job with this feature.
When it comes to the AT-OT, Lego has actually done well with this feature too. The cockpit is well-designed, and could be opened up nicely to place your minifigures in. You can also fold it up to make the transport look a tad bit smaller while the AT-OT is in flight.
The 10195’s rear ramp, however, was a bit of a disappointment – We didn’t find anything special when it came to this part. We were expecting something a little more ingenious that would blow our minds away.
You can fill in up to 17 minifigures inside the AT-OT’s cockpit. Thirty cupholders are also present, which can result in a rather enjoyable road trip. But the build can only reach up to four miles per gallon, so always expect to have a handy canister of fuel nearby.
When folded up, the cockpit occupies a bit of space that the front section would be otherwise good for modding, by placing in additional seats or with a command center sticker. The dropship itself is a pretty huge model. At first, it didn’t seem that stable since there was a lack of support in the spinal area. But as the build progressed, you can now see that Lego has placed in additional support with the help of Technic beams.
You can also lift up the front panel doors much like the Lego 7676 version. This build contains a good amount of Technic infrastructure (it’s a vehicle build, after all) found inside the core of its carrying mechanism.
This set is a wonderful surprise indeed, and something that we didn’t really expect to come from Lego. We do enjoy the fact that Lego has released countless sets that are both outside the norm, and unique at the same time. But there are a couple of reservations that we have about the way the entire thing was marketed.
For us, we think this set was a tad too expensive for our taste. We’re pretty certain that no child or teen out there is going to ask their parents to purchase them a Lego set that costs $250, unless they’re very rich. And in the actual Star Wars film, these two vehicles don’t even show up on the screen for one minute. The situation would be quite different had they used a Millennium Falcon or a Star Destroyer build. Apart from that, not a lot of children are also willing to save up their lunch money to be able to pay $250 for this set, unless they’re very determined. There’s just way too many items that come in lower price points that are a bigger priority for children.
That aside, you can’t really split up the Lego 10195 into two different builds – Since individually, they come off as rather appealing, unless you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan. The main thing that draws people to this set is how well they work together when paired up. People just aren’t willing to spend around $120 bucks for this type of model either. Lego shouldn’t have marketed the 10195 so soon, especially when the 7675 and 7676 builds are still out on the market.
In our opinion, Lego should also have included ten more clone minifigures (bringing the count to a total of 16). A decent amount of Jedi minifigures should work too, or even one or two clone minifigures that can make the set more appealing to both Lego and Star Wars fans alike. Because this set is targeted towards adults instead of children, increasing the price to almost 300 bucks would make it seem like you’re completely getting your money’s worth. To be frank, if an adult is willing to shell out $250 for a build like this one, they definitely won’t think twice about spending an additional 20 bucks to purchase ten Clone minifigures or a bunch of rare Jedi ones.
We like the Lego 10195’s concept, and we like how it works so well with the 7675. Both models were nicely created as well. But we should’ve obtained more clone minifigures, not to mention that the build itself is a tad bit overpriced for our liking. We’re not really sure if Lego feels the same way, and could only do a limited run of this build.