Clone Of The Phantom Attack: 75283 Armored Assault Tank (AAT)

Making its battlefront debut at the Battle of Naboo, the Baktoid Armor Workshop’s hover tank was the backbone of the Trade Federation’s assault forces during the Invasion of Naboo, where it was used to provide infantry cover and as a primary heavy weapon. This formidable gun platform, which could cross any terrain unimpeded and highly accurate targeting computers, could be taken out by a glowing gumball.

Making its LEGO debut in the year after The Phantom Menace was released, 7155 Trade Federation Tank formed part of the second wave of Episode 1 sets, it was eventually retired, circa 2001, and slipped into obscurity as the events of the Star Wars saga evolved.

It wasn’t until Star Wars changed media format – from cinema to the living room – in 2008 that we were reminded of the Armoured Assault Tank when they re-appeared when the animated Clone Wars series was broadcast on TV. This prompted LEGO to release 8018 Armored Assault Tank (AAT) – this time decorated in CIS blue – in 2010.

Since then (aside from various mini-scale and Microfighter versions) this vehicle, which became as ubiquitous to the Clone Wars land battles as the Jedi Interceptor was in space has only been issued one other time – as the strangely proportioned 75080 AAT, which brought back the tans of the battle at Great Grass Plains in 2015.

7155 Trade Federation AAT

75283 Armored Assault Tank

Kids can enjoy hours of epic battle action with this LEGO® Star Wars: The Clone Wars Armored Assault Tank (AAT) building set (75283). The AAT has lots of realistic details to inspire fun, creative play, including opening hatches with space inside for the Battle Droids, LEGO minifigures, 2 spring-loaded shooters and a rotating turret with an elevating cannon.

501st Legion vs. Battle Droids!
This action-packed set comes with 2 LEGO Star Wars™ minifigures – Ahsoka Tano and Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper – AAT Driver Battle Droid and Battle Droid LEGO figures, and assorted weapons to inspire role play. An awesome gift idea to enhance any fan’s LEGO Star Wars collection, this toy building kit is great for solo or group play.

Star Wars action in LEGO style!
The LEGO Group has been creating brick-built versions of iconic Star Wars starfighters, vehicles, locations and characters since 1999. It’s become a hugely successful theme with a fantastic variety of sets to thrill fans of all ages.

  • Recreate thrilling 501st Legion vs. Battle Droid conflicts from Star Wars: The Clone Wars with this awesome Armored Assault Tank (AAT) LEGO® building toy for kids (75283).
  • This set includes 2 LEGO® Star Wars™ minifigures – Ahsoka Tano and Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper – AAT Driver Battle Droid and Battle Droid LEGO figures, and cool weapons including 2 Lightsabers to role-play action stories.
  • The AAT building toy has many cool features to inspire battle play including 2 spring-loaded shooters,a rotating turret with an elevating cannon, plus opening front and turret hatches to place the Battle Droids inside.
  • This 286-piece construction toy makes a great holiday gift and offers a fun, rewarding building challenge for boys and girls aged 7+. It combines brilliantly with other LEGO® Star Wars™ sets for even more creative fun.
  • The AAT building toy measures over 4.5” (12cm) high, 8.5” (21cm) long and 5.5” (14cm) wide. Fans can also command the vehicle in the LEGO® Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga video game for extra creative fun.
  • This construction playset is powered by creative kids’ free-thinking – no batteries required – so whether building and playing solo or sharing the fun with family and friends, the galactic adventures never stop!
  • Looking for the best building toy for a kid who is new to LEGO® sets? This Star Wars: The Clone Wars set comes with easy-to-follow, printed instructions so they can build independently… and feel Jedi-level awesome!
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ construction playsets are great for kids (and adult fans) to build and display, recreate scenes from the memorable Star Wars saga and create their own unique stories.
  • Ever since 1958, LEGO® bricks have met the highest industry standards, which ensures they are consistent and connect and pull apart easily every time – no need to use the Force!
  • LEGO® bricks and pieces are tested in almost every way imaginable so you can be sure that this LEGO Star Wars™ AAT set meets the highest safety standards here on planet Earth – and in galaxies far, far away!
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With the return of the Clone Wars animated series for its seventh and final season, interest in this chapter in the history of Star Wars was rekindled and LEGO was smart enough to introduce several associated sets – as well as a couple of Clone Wars-adjacent ones – in this year’s Summer Wave.

The set is a quick 45-minute, enjoyable build and aside from a bit a mix-up assembling the angled power generators, it went together with ease.

Lacking the 6 x 6 rounded corners that do so well to replicate the hover tank’s base, this set retaining the snub profile that was introduced with the midi-like scaled 2015 version, which is really its only drawback. To be honest, the stumpy profile is only evident when compared to the first two Armored Assault Tanks and when viewed on its own the short curve isn’t any kind of an issue – until you look at the vehicle in profile.

If there was any room for further improvement it would be to design the main cannon to fire the spring-loaded missiles, instead of having them set up to launch from the base.

The set is completed by three minifigures – two identical Battledroid (oddly one is labelled as AAT Driver Battle Droid and the other a Battle Droid) figures, Ahsoka Tano and Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper. Realising how popular Ahsoka has become, and the added bonus of a 332nd Division clone trooper, LEGO has clearly capitalised on fan interest, which it has leveraged against a $39.99 price tag.

What is frustrating about this set is the Ahsoka minifigure which breaks the timeline trend. Since making her debut in 2008, each successive minifigure has aged chronologically with the TV series as LEGO has brought out new sets (almost) concurrently with each season – until now! This is likely to get back to form if/when Ahsoka appears in the second season of The Mandalorian, coming out on October 30.

The new 75283 Armored Assault Tank (AAT) is available, priced $39.99, at the online LEGO store as well as its branded outlets, Walmart, Target, Entertainment Earth and Amazon.com now.

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