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After investigating the new model, I discovered a couple of things ... He has more weaponry and protection, is inspired by a gorilla and has a greater psychic impact to instill fear.

It seems to be more stable than the old AT-ATs and that the new front legs would protect them of the Snowspeeders.

But do those front legs really provide something that defends them from using the same technique again to knock them down?

  • As far as I'm aware, there's nothing to prevent the legs from being wrapped up. – Edlothiad Dec 18 '17 at 9:26
  • I try to find a logic to those legs, it would be normal for me to have some defense against that tactic, right? But i don't found nothing about that... – Gawey Dec 18 '17 at 9:29
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Yes, according to the film's Visual Dictionary the modified AT-M6 has specific defenses against the cable-wrapping attack seen in Empire Strikes Back. The front of the leg has lifting (sharp) cutting edges.

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"Foot Mechanism ventilation gates also double as cable cutters"

This issue was also addressed in an interview with the film's Design Supervisor Kevin Jenkins.

One of the questions that tied us up a lot is the fact that they’d been taken down by snowspeeders in The Empire Strikes Back, and it felt like everyone else is trying to avoid the problem of a four-legged version of a walker because they had been defeated on Hoth. So I sort of took that on board and I suggested to Rian, “Well, instead of a dog, what about a gorilla?”

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The front legs are very heavily armored, and you can see almost up to the forearm. And again, that’s my take on, “You can’t take these down with a snowspeeder.” They’ve armored up the front or maybe they just cut the ropes because they are too big now. Also, the way they are balanced now is like a gorilla, because their knuckles are turned backwards and they’ve got very high shoulders. They are a completely different poise. Maybe they could even sort of kneel down or something.

StarWars.com: I’m glad to hear that they finally figured out how to defend against tow cables.

Kevin Jenkins: Well, it was more of a thought process of trying to base the design not upon something random but to move it forward.

INSIDE TWO NEW FIRST ORDER VEHICLES FROM THE LAST JEDI

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    @Edlothiad - Those vent covers go all the way down the leg to the bottom. Wrap it any higher up and the cable attack would be ineffective – Valorum Dec 18 '17 at 9:41
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    Yes, tawsome answer. thanks for the img and the source. – Gawey Dec 18 '17 at 11:31
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    Or treads. Like an actual tank. – Valorum Dec 18 '17 at 17:56
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    @delinear Relevant question: What is the benefit of an AT-AT walker over a conventional tank? – Engineer Toast Jan 9 '18 at 19:13
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    @EngineerToast - Because the walker looks frikking awesome. – Valorum Jan 9 '18 at 19:14

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