The AT-AT Walkers we were introduced to in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back are one of the most recognizable pieces of Imperial weapons technology ever. Their long strides across Hoth’s barren landscape and sheer size would bewilder anyone in their path, so why don’t we pool our resources and talents to make this walking tank a reality? Well, if Mike Koehler and the AT-AT for America team get enough support, we may have that chance.
From AT-AT for America:
NERDS OF AMERICA:
We were once a country that made things: giantmetal cars, Hoover Dams, non-AutoTuned popular music.
But now we are stuck in an economy in limbo, surrounded by our Internets, our hipsters and our arguing politicians.
Nerds, I have a great idea to make America great again. We can show our brain power, our manufacturing prowess, our organizational skills and our geek-fueled eye for detail.
That idea: an AT-AT for America.
Now I have an idea, but no money and a total lack of mechanical aptitude.
That’s why I am hoping this project spreads like wildfire, inspiring the nerds, makers, geeks, motorheads, sportos, dudes, steampunks, Jedis, halfwits, greasers and geniuses to band together for one goal.
To build a fully fuctional, full-scale model of an AT-AT Imperial Walker from The Empire Strikes Back.
Impossible? Perhaps. Inspiring? Of course.
The AT-AT would become an instant monument of America’s obsession with popular culture and our ability to be awesome.
The overall goal of this project seems to be reminding people just what we, as a country, are capable of. Anyone with mechanical know-how or a few extra pennies to spare can do their part in realizing this incredible geek dream. Head over to AT-AT for America’s Tumblr page to get all the info and updates or make a donation. May the Force be with us.