In this post I am going to give you a recommendation of which set you should buy between the two. This is post purely advice and is just my opinion.
The first match-up post I have is the AT-PT (set 75043) from the official Star Wars Winter lineup of 2014 vs. the AT-TE (set 75019) from the lineup of Summer 2013. Both of these sets are recent and are similar. Here are the statistics:
Let's start with the AT-TE
Retail: 89 US dollars
Age Range: 9-14
Number of numbered bags included: 5
Now let's examine the AT-AP.
Retail: 59 US dollars
Age Range: 8-14
Number of Numbered bags included: 5
Now these stats don't match up perfectly, but there are some similarities. The obvious ones are that there are both 5 minifigs in each set, and they both have five bags.
But what LEGO doesn't want you to catch is that the AT-TE is only about 900 pieces more. That sounds like a lot, but it's only 9.00 worth if you go ten cents per piece. That being said if you went strictly ten cents per piece for both sets, the AT-AP would be $71. 70 while the AT-TE would be 10 dollars less
at $79.40. ALREADY the AT-AP is cheaper, not to mention it's actually only 59.99 on shelves.
Obviously the AT-AP is the cheaper option, but there are more tricks hidden in the AT-TE's box, literally. The AT-TE has the exact same number of bags as the AT- AP, except it just has a way bigger box. SO the AT-TE on shelves looks way bigger. Only half of the box was actually used for storing parts.
So now I'm getting down to the nitty gritty (in other words the actual models) , and I can tell I'm going to need two separate posts for this topic. So when you are done reading this part go and click the COWPT tag and check out the other part.
Without further ado here it goes, a toe to toe comparison of two fabulous walkers.
To start off I just want to say both these sets are great, my complaints are minor, and I hope you see that I am extremely satisfied with both. Unfortunately only one set can win.
Let's talk minifigures! Right off the bat the 5 minifigures in the AT-TE seem more substantial than the ones included in AT-AP, just because there are 3 regular minifigures rather than 2 in the AT-AP. In the AT-TE set there is Maace Windu, Coleman Trebor, and a yellow clone commander. Commander Gree and Tarful. Both sets include a battle droid commader and a regular battle droid, just in different pigments. Overall I like the minifigures included with the AT-AP better just because the Gree and Tarful minifigures are better detailed and more interesting, plus Mace's leg printing is really bad, which is disappointing. (AT-AP set also included a super battle droid)
So far in terms of scoring whose better, the AT-AP is winning with one point for winning the Minifigures category. The AT-TE is behind with a -1 for the bad printing on Mace Windu.
The next category is fragility, and let me tell you the AT-AP has lost this one. Virtually nothing can fall off the AT-TE without being pulled off manually. There are a few pieces on the AT-AP that will consistently break off.
For this, the AT-TE has 0 points and the AT-AP has 1.
Thanks for reading part one, and make sure to look at part two by clicking on the COWPT tag.