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Review: 30052 Mini AAT

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Review: 30052 Mini AAT

Postby Staff » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:25 am

30052 Mini AAT

How awesome would it be to go out trick-or-treating and receive a Mini LEGO set instead of flavored high fructose corn syrup? It may not necessarily be the point of Target exclusive 30052 Mini AAT, but since this and other polybag sets are typically found in the seasonal department mixed with other seasonal items, I couldn’t help but imagine the possibility. Of course, with the economy being as it is, I can’t see too many people willing to purchase this $3.99 MSRP set for every kid who may traipse up to their front door.
30052 Mini AAT Packaging

Star Wars Mini sets have always been a cheap, fun little diversion in contrast to the full boxed sets. I skipped many recent Mini sets either because I didn’t find them interesting (AT-ST, have the superior original) or there wasn’t a reasonable way to get them (Brickmaster exclusives, I’m not into subscriptions). It's nice to wander into Target and find these on the shelves and the AAT is no exception.
30052 Bag Contents

The first thing you notice about the AAT: it’s tan. On that fact alone, it’s tempting to buy multiples. It’s a decent source of tan 1x1 cheese slopes (nowhere near the 566 in 10214 Tower Bridge) and jumper plates. Not particularly remarkable, but at about 9 cents per piece (46 pieces + 2 extra), it’s not a waste of money.
30052 Mini AAT Complete

After it’s built, well, it is what it is: a fairly decent representation of the on-screen AAT. It has the basic structural shape, the gun swivels, and it's not very swooshable. Can you even swoosh a tiny tank?
30052 Gun Assembly

Here you can get an idea for how the main gun connects to the hull. It’s a technique I wasn’t expecting and it works well. It doesn’t provide the strongest clutch, but I haven’t any problems with it falling off yet.
30052 Side

The main gun is also the most glaringly inaccurate part of the Mini AAT. It sits way too high. I stated before that this was a decent representation of the vehicle, to a point. This inaccuracy throws the model off for me. I tinkered with it a bit and determined it would have been simple to lower it closer to the body of the tank and set it slightly back, thus achieving a more accurate look, all without adding pieces.
30052 Rear

I thought about being lenient in my judgment of the model given it was a Mini set and detail was sparse to begin with, but I can’t get over such a simple inaccuracy. It doesn’t quite ruin the set, since I like the way the rest of it looks, but it’s prominence makes it impossible to ignore.
30052 Mini AAT and 7155 Trade Federation AAT

The other major inaccuracy is the lack of detail on the sides of the hull. This detail is represented on the larger 7155 AAT as the two large tan cylindrical pieces. I'm a little more forgiving of this oversight because of the scale and I'm not sure of a practical way to make the improvement.
30052 Mini AAT and 4491 Mini MTT

30054 Mini AAT is an ok entry into the Mini Star Wars line-up. I’m not overly impressed how it looks next to the 4491 Mini MTT, but it is better than many of the the other Mini sets. If the position of the main gun had been more accurate, I’d be lauding this set, but as it stands it makes for a slightly better parts pack than an AAT. I don’t plan to dismantle the set and piece it out just yet (there is the option of returning to Target and getting a few more while they're available). I like it just enough to place it on the shelf with the rest of the Mini sets. However, if one day I’m working on a creation that requires a part or two or more and this set happens to have what I need, I’m not going to think twice.

30052 Mini AAT
Value: 9/10
Build Quality: 8/10
Accuracy: 6/10
Swoosh Factor: 5/10
Play Features: 5/10
Minifigs: n/a
Reviewer’s Tilt: 7/10
Overall: 6.6/10

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Re: Review: 30052 Mini AAT

Postby Trooper10 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:46 pm

I liked the supply of small tan pieces so much I grabbed 4, and the build is pretty good compared to many minis. The main gun is super easy to drop by removing the 2x2 tan plate below the turntable. Now I'm thinking about trying for a micro scale AAT, since the Star Wars advent calendar has got me to thinking...
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Re: Review: 30052 Mini AAT

Postby onions » Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:23 pm

totally agree about the inaccuracy. i feel like the canon should be lower, set further back, and longer.

i had an idea for fixing the absence of the cylindrical pieces, but unfortunately it involves putting in some 1x1 technic bricks right where the 2x3 inverted slope goes, so no dice there.

that original aat, such a beauty.
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Re: Review: 30052 Mini AAT

Postby mr_joshua » Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:02 am

Nice review. When I saw the polybag images of this set a while back, I thought 'Wow, that's an ugly/sad looking attempt at the AAT' but when I saw them at Target I had to grab a few. I was pleasantly surprised on how much better this looks in person. The picture on the polybag doesn't do this model justice. Yes there are those (above) small issues but overall I really liked this set.
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