May 4, 2021

May the 4th Be With You

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May the 4th Be With You

By Joel | May 4, 2021

All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) Walker '80

Length: 65 Feet
Height: 74 Feet
Weight: 4,400 Tons
Propulsion: Two Interconnecting FW3 Fusion Drive Systems
Weapons: Two (2) MS-1 Heavy Fire Cannons, Two (2) FF-4 Repeating Blasters, Two (2) MKE Repeating Blasters
Speed (Throttle): 37 MPH
Crew: Three (3) total crew members per Walker: one (1) Commander, one (1) pilot, one (1) gunner/co-pilot
Passengers: 40 Troops minimum. Can add an additional 30 plus troops with modifications.
Cargo Capacity: 40 Tons
Strengths: Intimidation / Fear
Weakness: None

Hoth Stuff

When I first saw Star Wars in the theatres back in 1977, I was hooked. Just like so many, I was mesmerized not just by the storyline, but by the strange and awesome technology the Star Wars Universe had at its disposal. From the X-Wing fighters to the Light Sabers and the fearsome Tie Fighters, watching the story playout was nothing short of amazing.

So when The Empire Strikes Back made its theatrical debut, I couldn't wait to get in line to see it. I loved the movie but one thing I loved more was seeing the mighty All-Terrain Armored Transport or AT-AT for short, fill up the screen during the attack on the rebel stronghold on the planet Hoth. A few months later, I was at Sears picking up my very own AT-AT unit from Kenner Toys.

In honor of May 4th, I present to you my AT-AT Walker that I purchased nearly four decades ago. Yeah, it has seen some better days with the stickers peeling off and a few missing pieces here and there, but no one can argue that it still looks pretty good despite its age. I hope these screenshots bring back some happy memories for you as it does for me.

At first, I was going to replace all the worn out stickers. But the more I looked at it, the more rustic and natural it looked which made it appear to like like old battle scars.
Even at this angle, the fearsome AT-AT strikes fear as it emerges from our flower bed.
Up close and personal.
Here, I place two Rebel scout in front of the mighty AT-AT. You can almost smell their fear and surprise.
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