A couple of weeks ago I blogged about AT- AT for America, a grassroots movement to celebrate geek culture and American can-do attitudes by building a replica of the AT-AT Walkers from The Empire Strikes Back (my post on it is here if you’re interested). Sadly, Lucasfilm put an end to that particular idea (my follow-up post here), not because of malice but because of all the sticky issues surrounding, well, building a machine of stomping doom. It looked like the plan was dead.
Well, yesterday was Star Wars Day, and fittingly AT-AT for America has made a return. You can click on the link above for the full announcement, but the organiser now wants to network the potential volunteers who offered their time, engineering skill and enthusiasm, the idea being to link people together so they can carry out smaller-scale projects in their local communities. And you know what? I think it’s a great idea. Geek culture has a lot of brains behind it, it could be interesting to see what’s achieved if it got organised.
So I’d encourage anyone stumbling across this to check out the website and get involved if you can. Sounds like it has the potential to be something cool; hopefully next May 4th we’ll be blogging about the fruits of the project. Do or do not; there is no try!