An Australian electrician, who identifies himself only as “Kuat” (which also happens to be a shipbuilding industrial planet in the Star Wars universe) has built his own All Terrain Scout Transport replica from Return of the Jedi. Better known as an AT-ST, the two-legged machine is used by the Empire’s ground forces to scout terrain and shoot rebels. Or in the case of RotJ, some ewoks too.
Kuat built this life-sized model in his own backyard. It doesn’t walk or actually shoot lasers, which is kind of a bummer, but it does have shutters that open and close, mounted turrets, and it replicates the firing sounds from the film. Check out the video below, created by YouTuber Mr Kernish and edited by the New York Post to see it from the inside and out:
The structure is over 8 meters tall and is made out of wood, plastic, and scrap metal. The cockpit is large enough to seat two people. That means one to steer and one to fire the cannons. If this thing could actually walk and had operational cannons, that is. I call shotgun! It also features an Imperial propaganda poster on the inside that reads “Another Fine Product from the Kuat Drive Yards.”
According to The Verge, Kuat decided to build the AT-ST purely for fun. He has no intention of making money off it. He just decided that he wanted to take a shot at building one and went for it. My most ambitious project was crocheting this Death Star pillow…
Would you want your own AT-ST for your backyard? That’s a stupid question. Of course you do. What other Star Wars vehicles would you want? Let us know in the comments!
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