Thanks to the Polar Vortex and an endless supply of cold, arctic wind, a huge portion of the country is currently covered in snow. For once, we’re actually glad that Ol’ Man Winter is sticking around a big longer than usual because without his help, we never would have gotten to see this awesome cardboard sled. [Image via CNET]
A team of builders in Lansing, Michigan created a very detailed, almost movie accurate AT-AT, also known as the giant, imperial walker that attacked the rebel base on Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back, for the 8th Annual Cardboard Classic. The most impressive part of this epic sled is that it’s made entirely out of cardboard. According to CNET’s Crave blog, builders Doug Brewbaker, Garret Geiger and James Groves worked on the thing for over 70 hours to make sure every crevice, curve and circuit from the AT-AT in the movie was part of their design. Unfortunately, the 7-foot, 8-inch tall sled didn’t last very long after they sent it careening down the hill for the competition. It only stayed upright for about 15 seconds before crashing out towards the bottom of the hill. Thankfully, it was captured on video so we could only enjoy its breathtaking design and inevitable destruction.
It’s a shame that such a well-designed, cardboard creation of one of sci-fi cinema’s greatest battle droids had to crash and burn after they put so much work into it. Then again, that’s probably why they built the thing in the first place.