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I thought about that too, and maybe it's just rationalizing it too much or something, but my thought was they come out of hyper space, and wanted to fire on the planet as soon as they could, and ultimately they wound up getting it at the best angle they could to immediately fire and destroy, but not an angle that allowed a top-down shot like on Jedha.
Just a thought... or the one that helps me rationalize that anyway.
That's the funny thing about waiting for clearance and people who consistently tell you that you shouldn't... For me, something's only worth what I'm willing to pay, so sometimes I wait. I waited on most of the BF vehicles and got most. I bought an AT-TE full price as I wanted to show support for that, but on the others, they're not really my cup of tea for the full price so I got most at steep discounts. That said, if it's something I'm in love with I'm willing to shell out big $.
It's funny how the AT-ACT has brought out the odd perceptions of collectors and value too... They cite the price, say it's too much, etc., and for me it is too though not because I think the value isn't there. I feel it's just not in my personal wheelhouse. Comparatively speaking though, this week a pre-order went up for an Aliens APC for a whopping $250. It's 1/18 scaled perfectly, it has features spot-on to the movie and the actual plans for the vehicle, just shrunk down into a "toy". Now this is very much in my wheelhouse of something I want, but it's a whopping $250! Now, I'm going to get two... one full price for sure, and I'll keep an eye on the second one, but may bite before any price drops. It's a fraction the size of the AT-ACT though, and has basically 0 electronics (some interior lighting, but nothing more than simple LED work). But it's more a model than a toy, and man I love me some Aliens.
I look at the AT-ACT and I know people rag on it because it shoots NERF darts and stuff, but it friggin' walks... When I was a kid I'd have given almost anything for my AT-AT to have walked, much less remotely. I wish it was a little more controllable, but that's a whole other level of complexity adding in different servos and such. So I get what Hasbro did here, and I kinda get the price, not to mention it's basically been pretty easy to get for much closer to $200 than $300, and is $200 REALLY bad for this? I don't think so at all.
To each their own though... I say if you're not that into it, definitely gamble on the waiting game. It's not like people don't know chance they take.