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Are there any AT-STs at the Battle of Hoth in the original version of The Empire Strikes Back?

A friend of mine says there is an AT-ST in the Battle of Hoth in the movie, but after re-watching it I haven't been able to find it.

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    I definitely remember seeing one, but I'm not sure if that was in the original version of the movie. – Null Dec 17 '14 at 23:08
  • i just watched it on youtube, it claims its the unedited version and i didn't see one, but i could have missed it. – Himarm Dec 17 '14 at 23:10
  • Looks like AT-ST models were made for the original filming. See here and here. But that doesn't confirm that a shot with an AT-ST was included in the original version of the movie. – Null Dec 17 '14 at 23:13
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    I remember seeing it walking, not being deployed. – Null Dec 17 '14 at 23:15
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    I distinctly remember exactly one shot of one lone AT-ST walking in the background in the original version of ESB. I'll upload a shot of it if no one else has by the time I can get my hands on my old VHS tape. – ApproachingDarknessFish Dec 17 '14 at 23:16
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Just reviewed the battle from my copy of the original theatrical cut.x

One AT-ST is clearly visible walking behind an AT-AT at 30:25.

First AT-ST at Hoth

Another AT-ST can be seen at 33:20, just as Luke sabotages one of the AT-ATs.

Second AT-ST at Hoth

These are the only two seen throughout the entire battle.


x These screenshots are from the "Bonus" DVD of The Empire Strikes Back, from the 2008 Star Wars Trilogy (Widescreen Theatrical Edition) boxed set.

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    Beat me to it, as I thought someone would. +1 – ApproachingDarknessFish Dec 17 '14 at 23:47
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    Interesting and relevant; i.stack.imgur.com/UWU5B.png – Valorum Dec 17 '14 at 23:58
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    The fun thing about this shot is that it just looks so fake and composited that one would be forgiven for assuming that it was special edition material. But yet it's not. – user8719 Dec 18 '14 at 0:14
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The AT-STs should hang out with the NR-N99 snail tanks, which have a similar story (designed for second movie in a trilogy, but don't actually get to do anything until the third).

The AT-ST's role is minimal in ESB due to the fact that the biped walker design was finalized late enough that they were barely able to work the model in a all.

As for quality... Rather a lot of the Hoth shots employing stop motion look better while moving than while holding still. A natural planetary landscape complicates things a good bit, especially when you're having to merge it with footage of actors on real terrain and your ability to tailor either is limited by tools, time, and weather.

  • Do you have sources cor any of these statements? – psubsee2003 Sep 4 '16 at 22:25
  • interesting but otherwise generally unrelated to the original question. I won't downvote though since you'll be able to comment soon enough :) – NKCampbell Sep 5 '16 at 4:06

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