I’m not gonna lie: I thought Star Wars Rebels Season 1 was sorta “Ehn”. But when I saw Captain Rex and more Clone Wars characters in the Season 2 trailer, my heart definitely thawed. And although Rebels Season 2 hasn’t met my expectations, that trailer is still the high point of Rebels for me. So when I saw that the Summer 2016 LEGO Star Wars Captain Rex’s AT-TE 75157 set commemorating the Clones’ return at Toy Fair 2016 last week? Yeah–count me in!
And despite the fact that we’ve gotten several builds of the AT-TE in the past, the 75157 LEGO Captain Rex’s AT-TE set is definitely like none that has come before it!
Captain Rex’s AT-TE is unique among the other ones that we’ve seen over the years in that it’s, well… old. While the Galactic Empire has retired this model of vehicle entirely, Rex and friends have been gallivanting around a desert world in this ATTE for the past 15 years.
The blue and yellow colors added to the AT-TE, the “battle-worn paint” on the stickers, mismatched rear leg, the ladders on the sides of the vehicle and so forth all make this particular AT-TE a unique entity that feels quite special compared to its predecessors.
Where this LEGO 75157 set really got its hooks into me in an indelible way is the minifigures selection. While only placeholders were on display at New York Toy Fair 2016, we can see all the characters included on the box art.
On the villainous side, we get a generic Stormtrooper and The Fifth Brother Inquisitor Minifigure. I would have preferred Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character, the Seventh Sister (AKA Buffy the Jedi Slayer), but I presume we’ll be getting her a little bit later on instead.
Meanwhile, the other trio of minifigures brings us old versions (and I do mean old verisons) of three old friends: new minifigures of Captain Rex, Commander Wolffe and Commander Gregor (making his overall toy debut from any toy line!).
It’s possible we may see another Captain Rex Minifigure, but this is almost certainly the swan song for Gregor and Wolffe. If you fell in love with the Clone Troopers during Clone Wars (and my family absolutely did), you’re going to want this set.
I’m a Clone Wars groupie, so the price on this set isn’t going to deter me, but it is a little disappointing that this ends up being the most expensive iteration of the AT-TE ever.
The LEGO Star Wars Summer 2016 sets will be available online and in stores in June 2016 (which is far earlier than usual, so hooray!). Unless I miss my guess, we’ll be seeing these pop up in some stores as early as May, however. I’ll be continuing hi-res photo previews of the Star Wars summer sets over the next week, so be sure to check back here and follow our Twitter/Facebook Pages.
Are you out or in for the most expensive release of the AT-TE ever, brick fans? Does the coolness of the custom Captain Rex AT-TE set win you over, or are you satisfied with the older (cheaper) versions?