Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
Deconstructing a Star Wars AT-AT Imperial Walker Baby Stroller
Update: We’ve interviewed the father! <<< Click that link. This page is our old speculation. The linked article explains how the stroller was modified, and has a ton of photos.
Original article: This photo of a baby stroller modded into an AT-AT Imperial Walker has been making the rounds on the Internet.
What is its back story? Web sites often share photos devoid of detail. Here is my estimation of the stroller, pieced together from photographs I found (linked at the end of this article).
A father pushing his baby in a stroller was spotted and photographed on May 26th by multiple attendees of the Star Wars Celebration IV convention held in Los Angeles.
The Imperial Walker is a faÃ§ade or shell fitted over what looks like
a Cosco or Eddie Bauer stroller (given red foot brakes and a red lever on the handle, but I’ll be damned if the wheel spokes don’t look like a variation of the Combi Flash EX).
Correction: I asked Greg of DaddyTypes, and lest you think his stroller talk is just that, all talk, I’ll have you know he correctly pegged the dad’s stroller as a Baby Trend Trendsport Lite. It’s a discontinued model. I didn’t stand a chance. You just have to leave detective work to the proper authorities. He also noticed the dad is wearing a Boba Fett wristband.
The shell appears homemade, possibly cut from foamcore or cardboard and painted gray. Detailing was probably accomplished with pen, maybe inspired by publicly available schematics such as this papercraft AT-AT or a model. Metal or plastic wires can be seen holding the AT-AT’s corners together.
During the noon hour the baby took a nap, and a blankie was draped over the stroller’s hood.
Later, the AT-AT’s head was damaged, requiring masking tape to keep it attached. Masking tape is an unlikely component of most diaper bags, leading me to believe the father borrowed a roll from one of the booths at the convention.
Four tiny rebel Snowspeeders dangle as a mobile hung from a wooden dowel in front of the baby’s seat.
By the end of the convention, the parents found it easier to dump convention freebies in the stroller and carry the baby.
Incidentally, the photo on this page has been “claimed” by several web sites by way of their adding their own domain name to the image. I’ve love to hear from the original photographer, as well as the dad who made the AT-AT stroller.
So… what other details can you discern from the photos linked below?
- Nap time side view (taken at 12:20 p.m.)
- Nap time front view
- New, The AT-AT passing Artist Alley (taken at 1 p.m.)
- AT-AT as convention shopping cart
- Taped-up neck and left for dead
Unrelated, but fun:
- Painting of a child riding his pet AT-AT by Casey Weldon.
- Photo of a daddy Wookie pushing a stroller, circa 1979.
- Yoda toddler costumes at DaddyTypes.
Update: The Master AT-AT Builder Speaks:
Howdy y’all. I received two e-mails from opposite ends of the country telling me they saw me and the baby on the internet. Pretty cool. The comments are awesome too. Even the ones making fun of me. [Editor's note: This story has been picked up by DaddyTypes then BoingBoing and Digg, Wired and lots of mainstream sites.] I’m a UPS driver in south Florida and got most of the supplies from customers to reduce the cost to almost zero. I was not going for exact replica, b/c time didn’t allow it. I just wanted it to look cool and give people something to talk about. Glad everybody’s getting a kick out of it. That’s how the head came off. The baby discovered he had something to kick and proceeded to practice baby double-bass drum on it. Thanks, Rick Russo. MTFBWY..always.
Second Update: We’ve interviewed the father! Read how the stroller was modified, see a ton of photos, and more.