A selection of sets based on Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be available from the 1st of September but 30497 First Order Heavy Assault Walker has been released slightly early in a few Canadian Wal-Mart stores. This 54-piece model depicts the AT-M6, a new kind of attack walker deployed by the First Order which first appeared in the teaser trailer for the upcoming film.
A larger version of the AT-M6 is also among the first wave of Star Wars: The Last Jedi sets and several other companies are producing toys based on the vehicle. It therefore seems likely that it will occupy a significant role in the movie, presumably in a pivotal action scene set on the mineral-rich planet of Crait.
The Completed Model
The AT-M6 stands on four legs and is controlled from an articulated cockpit section so is bound to draw comparison with the Imperial AT-AT. They are fairly similar at first glance but the new vehicle features a distinctive leg configuration which has inspired the nickname 'Gorilla Walker' because the forward shoulders are set above those at the rear. This is reflected in the model as the legs are mounted at different heights using Technic pins so can be articulated individually.
Each foreleg also features joints at the knees and ankles, although the movement in the ankles is limited by a dark bluish grey slope. I cannot envisage how this could have been avoided at such a small scale but it is slightly bothersome. Nevertheless, you can create some fairly realistic poses and the ball-jointed head looks superb, as does the heavy laser cannon mounted just above the neck.
The shaping of the body seems reasonably accurate based on what we have seen of the vehicle so far. I like the black clips which are fitted at an angle, representing a stack of cannisters stored towards the rear of the walker in the film. This presents a pleasant contrast with the grey armour plating and the trans-red cockpit is a pleasing detail too.
Star Wars polybags have been excellent in recent years and this small model maintains the high standard we have come to expect. The unusual stance and proportions of the AT-M6 have been rendered nicely and I am very satisfied with the range of articulation in the legs and head. A wider range of motion in the ankles would have been ideal but the 1x1 slopes are necessary for the sake of accuracy so this is excusable in my opinion.
I would certainly recommend this polybag, although its availability is currently very limited. Hopefully the set will soon be more widely released around the world as it would be nice to assemble an entire fleet of walkers like that in the trailer. I look forward to seeing the AT-M6 in action against the Resistance in the movie!
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