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