Star Wars: Legion -The AT-ST, Stormtroopers, & Speeders Unboxed

AT-STs are freaking awesome – come take a look at the new kit and the other Imperial goodies from Star Wars: Legion!

We got our hands on the Imperial releases from Star Wars: Legion and they are pretty impressive. Time to rock out to the Imperial March and get all Dark-Sidey up in here:

AT-ST Unboxing

There’s not much to say besides this kit is fantastic. The AT-ST is going to be a VERY popular item just because it’s basically a replica of the AT-ST from the movies with some extras thrown in. On top of that, it’s pretty huge! For $49.95, even folks who don’t have any interest in playing Star Wars: Legion are going to want to have this kit – model builders, hobbyists, heck any fan of the Empire really. This would make a great desk ornament/fancy paper weight at worst. Oh and it’s great in game, too!

AT-ST Unit Expansion

The power of the Empire is visible on any subjugated world—few images are more representative of Imperial power than the shining white armor of a Stormtrooper or the rumble of a walker stomping through city streets or across the battlefield. Soon, you’ll be able to supplement your Stormtroopers with another symbol of Imperial oppression: the All Terrain Scout Transport!

An AT-ST is an awe-inspiring sight to the average foot soldier. It towers above the battlefield, stalking inimically forward on mechanized legs and raining a hail of fire and death from its laser cannons and powerful weapons systems. With the AT-ST Unit Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion, you’ll find a single finely sculpted, massive AT-ST miniature, which can be assembled to loom over the battlefield and provide a rallying point for your entire army. Alongside this beautiful miniature, you’ll find an assortment of all the unit cards and upgrade cards that you’ll need to fully integrate the AT-ST into the Empire’s war machine—and your armies.

Imperial Stormtroopers & Speeders Unboxing

The bread and butter of your Imperial Army is going to be Stormtroopers. Few things in Star Wars are as icon as these stark-white death-dealers. They are veterans of countless conflicts and have the Imperial Discipline to crush the enemies of the Empire…just watch out for smaller, furry creatures like Ewoks…

Model-wise, you’re getting a set of seven Stormtroopers and they will form the back-bone of your army. They are pretty finely detailed and hobbyists and modelers out there are going to have a blast working on these kits.

Stormtroopers Unit Expansion

No image is more iconic and symbolic of the Empire’s power than the expressionless helmet of an Imperial Stormtrooper. These soldiers have been deployed on hundreds of worlds across the galaxy, and everywhere they go, they keep the boot of Imperial oppression firmly placed on the neck of all who resist.

In the Stormtroopers Unit Expansion, you’ll find seven Stormtrooper miniatures, identical to the ones included in the Star Wars: Legion Core Set, along with the unit card and upgrade cards that you need to add another unit of Stormtroopers to your army.

The Return of the Jedi wouldn’t have been as fast and furious if not for the 74-Z Speeder Bikes. If you’ve ever pretended to zip through the forrest of Endor on the back of one of these, well now is your chance to do it on the tabletop! These kits are much like the others in that they are highly detailed and look like they were ripped right off the screen, and formed into 3D plastic, and then packaged. They are yet another great looking kit and I can’t wait to see what the community does with these!

 

74-Z Speeder Bikes Unit Expansion

The howl of a 74-Z Speeder Bike racing past is not something that’s easily forgotten. The Empire commonly uses these speeder bikes for scouting and reconnaissance missions, but they can also be deployed to terrifying effect on the battlefield, where their sheer speed often prevents the enemy from taking a clean shot.

The 74-Z Speeder Bikes Unit Expansion includes a unit of two 74-Z Speeder Bikes, and all the unit cards and upgrade cards you need to expand your forces with these lightning-fast speeders.

 

  • marxlives

    Looked and watched the vehicle rules during the stream and ya they are probably the best out there when you think of conventional vehicles.

  • SpaceDwarf

    I have some, like, actual points to make, but I need to get something off of my chest first:

    THAT AT-ST HEAD IS SOLID? But you have to glue detail gubbins onto the the inside of its shins? What the hell were they thinking? No ability to open the hatch? No control over the vision ports being open or closed? And unless they’ve done something to cut the weight, all that plastic is going to be resting on multi-part spindly legs with a super high center of gravity.

    OK, got it all out.

    Those stormtroopers… don’t look good, especially the heavy weapons trooper, and I wanted them to look good. They’re stiff, there are a lot of visible mold lines, and the decision to have (relatively) high-detail holstered sidearms, unit markings, etc., and then phone in the rest of the sculpt is baffling.
    It gets worse, too, as there aren’t alternate sculpts and the parts clearly aren’t remotely interchangeable. There’s a reason you don’t see many people running Assault on Black Reach tactical squads, and why we’re probably not going to see a lot of top-tier Primaris / Death Guard armies using the easy-assemble minis.

    I have no sweet clue why the speeder bikes have so many fiddly parts, either. We can’t have an AT-ST with an open hatch, but we can choose the angle of the accelerator pedals? And by “choose”, I mean “get the angle wrong while gluing and then decide to leave it or risk snapping the part”? That could have been a decent press-fit two-part ‘hull’ kit like the old Ork Deffkoptas, but here we are, I guess.
    It especially rankles when compared to how stiff and one-note the infantry are; if we can put together multi-part speeder bikes with their spindly, snappable appendages and random detail plates, I think we can put together a squad of truly multipart stormtroopers.

    Last point, kind of petty, but also, I think, speaking to the lack of a unified design direction: Half of the space of that AT-ST box is totally wasted. That large, right-most bin just has some paper and a base *thrown in there like whatever*, just sitting there at a weird angle. That stuff could have been inserted under the tray, or with a slight redesign, could have had the base sit under the head with plenty of room to slot the cards into the other bin, with the token sheet sitting happily underneath the instruction pamphlet. The only reason I can think of for this is wanting a bigger box, which hey, great, except for the pesky fact that some of the extra expense for shipping that thing is coming out of my pocket, on top of the licensing fee.

    • af

      I think you’re being a bit nitpicky. The models look fine, though it is indeed a bad choice that you can’t open the hatch in the AT-ST for variety.

      • SpaceDwarf

        Sorry, what part of “obvious mould lines”, “static, clunky poses”, “no ability to customize”, or “bizarre vehicle kit design” crossed the line into “nit-picky” at $30-50 bucks a pop?

        • af

          Pretty much everything?

          • SpaceDwarf

            Alright, honestly, though; is there anything negative that *can* be said about this without the fanboy crowd jumping up and down?
            I’m sorry if Fantasy Flight is pushing a half-baked game with second-rate miniatures onto the Star Wars fanbase and that’s causing some cognitive dissonance; but pal, these are (presumably, as they’re not in stores yet) *promotional boxes* being shipped to *community influencers* who will be *showing them off*, and their design and contents are *not very good*. That says a lot to me. Fit and finish is *part of the product*, same with mould and sculpt quality. I know it’s not an intrinsic failing of FFG, either, because their X-Wing and Armada models are really impressive. This feels like they rushed a mass combat expansion for Destiny out so they could sell more dudes.

          • af

            Take it easy. I’m not a FFG fanboy. I own Star Wars Armada because hey, spaceships! Like I mentioned elsewhere, I hated Twilight Imperium so much I gave it away. I think that’s every FFG game I ever owned.

            This may surprise you, but I also have no interest in Legion, nothing I’ve read about it sounds interesting, and I have Star Wars burnout and haven’t even watched the last movie, so I won’t even be collecting the minis.

            I just don’t think they are ugly, that’s all.

      • CloakingDonkey

        those models do not look “fine”… not for that price. They are at best mediocre.

        • af

          Well, they are not perfect. But I think they are mostly badly painted in the official pics. See how their armor looks full of grime, like they used a wash to paint them? Now, a wash is generally a great tool, but unfortunately it’s not how you should paint Stormtroopers, especially when in the movies their armor looks white and pristine.

    • Walter Vining

      do you have anything positive to say ever?

      • SpaceDwarf

        Yeah, a lot, actually, about a lot of things.
        I’m really liking how my Warpath kits are coming together, although I have some criticisms about some of the design choices, but they’re pretty darned easy to put together.
        I’m also a really big fan of the new D&D and Pathfinder minis that WizKids are putting out. I’m not thrilled about them being soft plastic, but that’s what WizKids knows, and it’s a much better plastic than they used to use and it helps keep the price down so I can get $6 dragons. Plus, the sculpts are incredible and the soft plastic might actually be helpful to ease mould wear and tear.
        I’ve switched over to Army Painter brushes, can’t comment on the round ones with the artificial bristles, but the white-handled series are definitely worth the money. Less fraying and curving so far than any other brand I’ve tried.
        Making my own wet palette was a really good use of an early afternoon and $10, and if anyone is on the fence about switching I’d recommend it.
        I’m still happy about how much faster 8th edition 40K plays over 7th.
        The new Necromunda looks amazing and I can’t wait to get to it.

        Oh, did you mean about Star Wars: Legion?

        • euansmith

          Mantic’s kits often leave me with an “Oh, Mantic, why?” moment; like the Forge Farther infantry coming in so many bits that don’t line up, or the plastic Plague 3rd Gens being weirdly out of scale (I don’t mind them have huge mutated bodies, but how come their guns, hats and pouches all expanded to match them, like Mantic got the scale wrong when sending the minis’ files to the manufacturer), or the way that the Plague Zombies has one body that can only be modeled either holding its guts in or waving a gun in an awkward manner that makes it stand out in a horde, especially when it is one figure in every 10; but their vehicles, so far, go together like a dream, and the Walking Dead stuff is really cool.

          • SpaceDwarf

            Yeah, my eyesight is not very good and some of the arm pairs on the Enforcers sprue don’t quite line up, which is fun to discover when one of the arms is already glued down!
            Did you pick up any of the Forge Father tanks? What a kit. It practically assembles itself. Can’t wait to magnetize them.

          • euansmith

            Oh, yeah, I forgot about the Enforcers and their weird joints 😀 I feel that Mantic normally gets things about 80% right on any project.

            The Forge Father Tanks are a dream to assemble, though their “Oh, Mantic, why?” moment for me was the two different back ends for the vehicle; the Tank and the Carrier versions.

            For all the plastic given over to making two separate back ends, the visual difference is minimal. I just wish they’d settled on one roof and one rear plate and left it at that. They could have then used the spare space on their molds to make some extra variants; like Command, Air Defence, Artillery or Engineering Vehicles.

            The 4x4s in Mars Attacks! are fantastic bits of modeling; snapping together perfectly. I really hope that the Corporate Mules are going to be as good.

            With the Corporate Infantry Sprue, I wish they’d included the sniper rifle weapon.

    • SacTownBrian

      I’m absolutely convinced these are the old blind box Star Wars collectible miniature game models. That’s why the AT-ST has a solid head. Of course everyone has to make the “exact same Star Wars characters in the exact same movie ripped pose” models so I’ll never know for sure, but I know!

  • aylwong

    Why are the infantry heads so big?

    People look really weird.

    • af

      I suppose they are going for 28mm heroic scale like GW, which indeed looks cartoony.

      • EnTyme

        It really stands out when the rest a the mini appears to be going for a more realistic aesthetic.

  • Fredddy

    Has anyone ever seen a scale comparison between that FFG AT-ST and the old AMT-made 1/48 one?

  • The Bob

    for the lack of customization and the price they should be prepainted. Demoed the game and gencon and wasn’t impressed. Generally not a fan of proprietary dice games(do enjoy x-wing though) to begin with but then this one is a new scale all together so need all new terrain to look right, no thanks star warshammer cash grab. I ll stick to 40k and x wing

    • Sebastien Bazinet

      ”Generally not a fan of proprietary dice games” especially since FFG NEVER packs enough dice. I mean if in your basic set some attack takes that many of this particular dice have the decency to include enough dammit!

  • CloakingDonkey

    Sorry but the models just aren’t exciting at all. Boring poses, not the greatest detail, in part because they’re made of PVC…

    I dunno, I’m not impressed for this price.

  • Rainthezangoose

    I think these look great but the troop packs coming in 7 annoys, but I don’t really know why.

    • euansmith

      The Dark Side worships Nurgle; who’da thunk it?

  • ZeeLobby

    Not shocked to see certain people in the comments and by what they’re saying…

  • dark-tadpole

    I’m really on the fence with this release. I love Star Wars and always thought a miniature war game set in the Star Wars universe would be amazing. However, one of the main reasons I love miniature wargaming is for the models. I don’t mind paying more for high quality detailed models but these models are a bit disappointing.

    Maybe I just set my expectations too high as I really wanted them to blow me away. Or maybe I’ve been spoilt by GW mini’s. Regardless what people may say, GW mini’s are technically excellent even if their aesthetics aren’t for everyone.

    Hopefully when I see the Legion models in person I’ll be more impressed.

    • ZeeLobby

      We we’re talking about this the other day. If your a fan of GW’s detail-laden models most other models fail in comparison. The Star Wars aesthetic has always been a relatively simplistic one, if iconic. storm troopers don’t run around with metals, badges. Markers, painted symbols, etc. Personally I really like the simplicity of the models. The snow troopers do look better though.

      • euansmith

        Hey, everyone looks better in a tail coat.

      • dark-tadpole

        I don’t mind the lack of iconography and things, a stormtrooper would look weird with skulls and purity seals all over the pace.
        I just feel, from photos I’ve seen, the details they do have don’t seem as sharp the, poses look a bit stiff, their doesn’t seem to by much customisation in the models (two units of stromtroopers will all look identical). They look like larger versions of Imperial Assualt models. Which isn’t necessarily bad but for a miniature wargame I wanted them to be higher quality.
        Want I wanted in my head was the models to look like they do in the films but with the quality of GW’s plastic and sharpness to detail.
        Now I may be wrong as I’ve not seen them in person this is just from photo’s and I often think the same to GW models when I’ve just seen photo’s which is why I still hold out hope that they are more impressive in real life. The AT-ST and snowspeeder are looking pretty good.

        • ZeeLobby

          Ah. In that case I definitely agree. They we’re never going to be as good as GW plastic. They’ll also cost a fraction of the cost, and come with their rules, additional scenarios and wargear (like all FFG expansions). So I guess it’s just a trade-off. For hobbyists there will always be better SW models out there for painting, but the will probably be the best game we get.