We’re just 4 days away from Star Wars Europe, and what will surely be a Rogue One extravaganza!
So let’s take a look at one of the most anticipated vehicles this September, the Imperial hovertank from the trailer.
A straightforward beast, right? Massive side guns, sloping front, and heavily armored to withstand cowardly attacks from rebel scum. Definitely a tank.
Or is it?
Last May, we brought you the leaked images of the Rogue One Lego sets. And from there we saw a full-body photo of the tank:
Lego won’t allow us to post the leaked image. Click the pic to view the unblurred version from a hosting site.
Lego set 75152 turned out to be the vehicle in the trailer. However, it’s full-body appearance was different enough that people who didn’t see the trailer called it a speeder, instead of a hovertank.
In fact, before the Lego photos were leaked, we were able to obtain a description of the sets from noted Lego insider Just2Good. He described the set as an “Imperial speeder” a full three weeks before the photos came out.
Here’s a pretty good recreation of the Lego set, courtesy of Youtuber BrickWizard59:
A cab, sloped front, and a flatbed. Do you know what that looks like to us? This:
Heck, it’s even carrying cargo at the back: those mysterious orange crates that seem to be scattered all over planet Scarif!
Here’s another custom build, courtesy of brick fan Rebel Builder:
Take away the side guns and what you have is the Imperial version of the Humvee. An armored pickup truck for carrying cargo and patrolling dusty streets.
So if it’s a light pickup, what’s their version of a “Deuce”, a 6×6 truck? That would be the All-Terrain Armored Cargo Transport, or AT-ACT:
And if the AT-ACT is “just” a truck, what would the Empire consider as a main battle tank? Nothing less than this:
Remember, these are the same guys who build mile-long destroyers and moon-sized battlestations. So when it comes to the Galactic Empire, what might look like a tank to us could be nothing more than a Humvee. A heavily armed and floating Humvee.
And if it’s not a “hovertank”, it won’t be the first time we all got something wrong…