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Man builds 20-foot tall AT-AT to scare away crows

Striking fear into the heart of the Rebel Alliance and the local bird population alike, this 20 foot AT-AT Walker was built for a local scarecrow competition.

The 20-foot-tall replica features moving parts and plays the Star Wars theme.
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A British man competing in a scarecrow competition has chosen to build one of the most frightening figures from a galaxy far, far away in his front yard: a Star Wars AT-AT.

Not quite full-size, the 20-foot tall Walker nevertheless comes with a moving head, light-up eyes and plays the Star Wars theme.

Ian Mockett, 54, who works as a plumber in the Northamptonshire village of Harpole, says he has to keep one-upping himself every time having already created Hogwarts, Jurassic Park and the moon landing in previous years, the Northampton Chronicle & Echo reports.

Mockett says he was inspired to build it by the construction of Disney's Star Wars Land in Orlando and says it just needs a "bit of straw" to qualify as a scarecrow. 

The scarecrow festival draws 10,000 visitors every year and funds raised are donated to local groups. "They have a presentation evening in a few weeks to see who won and more importantly what charities the monies raised will go to!" Mockett told CNET.

Mockett's "scarecow" is impressive yes, even if it's not quite Worzel Gummidge-level scary.