While the first wave of LEGO Star Wars sets from Solo: A Star Wars Story largely focused on iconic standalone vehicles that, in hindsight, had less impact on the movie itself, the three sets together in the second wave released after the movie’s debut depicts a single key scene in the movie. Disguised as Imperial mud-troopers, Tobias Beckett’s gang requisitions an Imperial AT-Hauler on Mimban for a daring coaxium heist on Vandor. LEGO Star Wars set 75219 features this unique vehicle, built from 829 pieces with 5 minifigures, retailing for $99.99 in the US ($129.99 in Canada | £89.99 in the UK).
The box, instructions, & sticker sheet
Seven bags contain the parts for the AT-Hauler, along with the instruction booklet and stickers in their own wrapper. As always, their own packaging keeps the instruction booklet and sticker sheet pristine.
The sticker sheet has various designs for exposed machinery, control panels, and so on. The largest sticker is for the cockpit’s forward canopy — an immediate disappointment even before beginning to build, since such large stickers applied to transparent pieces have a tendency to show any flaw or bubble under them.
The first bag includes Qi’ra, along with the parts for the vehicle’s lower observation platform and a small cargo container built largely from panels. One of the key aspects of this LEGO Star Wars set is evident from the very first bag — there is a lot of Technic in the set, including quite a bit that’s exposed rather than serving a purely structural purpose in the vehicle’s core, covered over by a System skin.
In fact, a good 90% of the first three bags are all Technic elements, with the second and third bags providing the parts for the core of the pronged lifting arms and the landing gear at the base of each arm.
The arms rotate on large Technic turntables, and the landing gear folds open on a Technic mechanism as well.
With such movement and necessary sturdiness, it’s no surprise that nearly half the build is essentially a Technic build — far beyond the Technic beams sandwiched between System plates that provides stability in the core of even extremely large LEGO Star Wars sets such as the UCS Falcon. So for someone who prefers to work with System, the latter half of the build came as a bit of a relief, as the regular plates and tiles cover over the arms (bags 4 and 5) and the cockpit section takes shape (bags 6 and 7).
The finished model
When complete, the cargo hooks on each end of the lifting arms also serve to stabilize the arms when resting the vehicle in “flight mode” on the ground.
These hooks match the look of the exposed Technic elements in the lower section of the vehicle built first, in brown Technic.
Minifigures can stand on the lower deck, though there’s only a railing on the front.
The cockpit section resembles an AT-AT, which makes sense, since we learned in Rogue One that AT-AT variants such as the AT-ACT are used for cargo, and the Empire tends to standardize controls for similar vehicles. The cockpit opens to reveal a fairly basic interior. Rio Durant can stand at the controls, wedged into a 1×2 panel with center divider.
The cargo container from the first bag has a large Technic beam across its top. It includes a small palette or weapons rack with four blaster rifles, which seems like a very small amount of cargo for the crate.
The Technic beam on the top of the container allows the AT-Hauler’s hooks to pick it up.
One of the most interesting aspects of the movie vehicle is its variable configuration, with arms that swing up and down for flight. In landed configuration, the arms stand vertically, with landing gear at their bases. The lift hooks flop down so that they don’t jut out from the top of the arms.
The absence of a safety railing on the back of the observation platform begins to make sense when the AT-Hauler is on the ground, since that is where you’d jump aboard.
75219 Imperial AT-Hauler includes five minifigs — Qi’ra, Val, Rio Durant, and two of Dryden Vos’s henchmen. (Dryden’s guards do not appear in the scene with this vehicle.)
Tobias Beckett’s partner Val sports a dark brown afro, with cold-weather climbing gear printed on both her torso and legs. Q’ira wears a fur wrap over the jacket worn by her minifigure in 75212 Kessel Run Millennium Falcon from the first wave of Solo sets.
Both characters have reversible heads, with Val sporting particularly great-looking goggles.
The back of their torsos also feature a lot of detail, on Val in particular.
The four-armed Ardennian pilot Rio Durant has short legs and a pilot’s flight suit and life support gear printed on this torso, with goggles that flip up and down on his unique head.
Although Rio has a standard LEGO minifigure torso, each pair of arms is a new, unique element that attaches to the torso. The hands are also standard hands, posable in the same ways as regular minifigure hands.
As we noted earlier, Dryden Vos’s guards only appear aboard his tall space yacht the First Light. However, LEGO tends to include minifigures in other sets when a more appropriate set is not on the near-term horizon, as we saw with the Kanjiklub minifigures in the Force Awakens Falcon before LEGO released 75180 Rathtar Escape more than 18 months later.
These Hylobon guards wear helmets throughout nearly all of the movie, so it’s interesting that they’re depicted without their helmets. I can easily see these minifigures fitting into a Planet of the Apes scene as orangutans.
Conclusions & recommendation
This LEGO set accurately captures the key functionality and overall look of one of the coolest new Imperial vehicles in Solo: A Star Wars Story, the Y-45 armored transport hauler. The variable configuration is achieved with fluid transitions, thanks largely to a parts selection that’s mostly Technic. The minifigure selection is also a little odd, with characters not featured in the same scene as the vehicle, but the addition of Val and Rio (complemented by the rest of the crew in the same wave) to the Solo minifig lineup is certainly welcome.
The price is a little daunting at $100 for just over 800 pieces, but if other Anthology LEGO sets are any indication, the set will likely be on sale within a few months, likely bringing it into the usual ten cents per piece ratio.
However, what really makes this set great is how well it fits with the other two sets in the same wave, which we’ll cover in more depth when we review the armored train shortly. Check back soon for that review.
Read more reviews from the current wave of LEGO Star Wars sets:
- 75203 Hoth Medical Chamber
- 75215 Cloud-Rider Swoop Bikes
- 75216 Snoke’s Throne Room
- 75217 Imperial Conveyex Transport
- 75218 X-wing Starfighter
- 75219 Imperial AT-Hauler
- 41619 Darth Vader & 41620 Stormtrooper
And don’t miss our earlier reviews of the first wave of LEGO Star Wars sets from Solo:
- 75209 Han Solo’s Landspeeder
- 75210 Moloch’s Landspeeder
- 75207 Imperial Patrol Battle Pack
- 75211 Imperial TIE Fighter
- 75212 Kessel Run Millennium Falcon