AT-AT walker rocking horse built for little Sith lords

The fierce AT-AT walker from "Star Wars" gets a kid-friendly makeover as the world's geekiest rocking horse.

AT-AT rocking horse
This looks friendlier than the ones from the movies. Epbot

AT-AT walkers generally don't make good house guests. They're large, messy, and prone to shooting at things with their laser canons. Jen Yates, known for geeky blogs Epbot and Cake Wrecks, figured out how to tame an AT-AT by building a rocking version of the robotic creature.

The AT-AT started with a template, which was used to guide the cutting out of more than 40 pieces of medium-density fiberboard. The pieces were assembled onto a set of rockers and painted to approximate the markings of a walker. A red holographic strip makes the "eye" glint in the light.

The resulting toy manages to suck all the terror out of the machine and make it look downright adorable, like a lost puppy of destruction.

The AT-AT shape doesn't naturally lend itself to a rocking-horse format, so the builders had to add several safety features to make it secure for a 4-year-old test subject to ride. That includes foot pedals, a front handle, and a seat back. Bumpers built onto the bottom of the rails keep it from rocking too far forward or back.

Yates hasn't yet decided what to do with the rocker. It's plenty heavy, so she's considering giving it to the local chapter of the 501st to auction off for charity. It's going to make some little Sith lord very happy.

AT-AT rocking horse with Darth Vader kid
Darth Vader would have loved this as a kid. Epbot
About the author

Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.


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