Let's build a full-scale operational AT-AT

You know what America is in dire need of? An Imperial Walker. Why? Because why the hell not, dammit. AT-AT FOR AMERICA!

AT-AT for America is a crowdsourced project that aims to build, no fooling, a fully fuctional, full-scale model of an AT-AT Imperial Walker from The Empire Strikes Back. They've gotten preliminary approval from Kickstarter to make it happen, so it sounds like they just need some funding plus a bunch of engineers from Kuat Drive Yards, or failing that, an alliance of Earthlings with a level of mechanical expertise equaled only by their hardcore sci-fi geekiness.

In case you were wondering, an AT-AT stands nearly 75 feet tall and has a maximum speed of just under 40 mph (!). It can carry 1 ton of cargo, or up to 40 Imperial Storm Troopers. So good luck with all that, but the project remains wildly and excitingly optimistic:

"If America can put a man on the Moon, we can bring a little bit of Hoth to the Earth."

Or, you know, we could leave Hoth on Hoth and just build the AT-AT instead.

AT-AT for America, via TheForce.net

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