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Next up: Death Star

That's no moon, it's an actual AT-AT

Gazette staff April 20th, 2011

Mike Koehler has a dream. Unfortunately, that dream is building a giant model straight from the “Star Wars” universe.

The Oklahoma City resident recently shared this wish with the world at — specifically, to build a full-scale, functional model of an AT-AT Imperial Walker from ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ all in order for “America to make something awesome again,” the site reads.

Nerds everywhere scream, “Cool!” Tea Partiers everywhere cry, “Whaddaya mean ‘again,’ you pinko commie?” And Chicken-Fried News says, well, it’s not exactly the Works Progress Administration, but to each his own. Since launching his Tumblr site, Koehler has received press mentions on the likes of G4’s “Attack of the Show” (the geek-news program that helped launched Olivia Munn’s career) and in the pages of New York Daily News.

Via the site, supporters can click his PayPal link to donate the necessary funds, and we’re confident the members of the “Star Wars” generation will respond in kind. Meanwhile, local charities struggle just to feed the starving family on the corner.

But we think one Boing Boing commenter said it best:

“Skip forward to a bunch of Ewoks dancing around a fire with storm trooper heads on sticks. Yeah, that’s how that idea works out.”

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04.21.2011 at 07:09 Reply

Awe come on man!  Frivolous spending is what makes this country great!  Besides, imagine how many homeless people you can house in a hallowed out AT-AT.

Seriously though, that would make an awesome and profitable tourist trap.  I'd totally pay $5 to see a real AT-AT.

And the Boing Boing commentor has their Walkers confused.  The Ewoks never took out an AT-AT, they instead took out the AT-ST Walkers.  Huge difference.  And if you were a fan, you probably would have known that.  

Personally I am still waiting for NASA to commission a fully functioning B-Wing fighter.  That's one sweet ride!