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'Star Wars' sled strikes back: AT-AT races in Cardboard Classic

In honor of the snowy Hoth battle scene in "The Empire Strikes Back," a homemade Imperial Walker sled competed in the annual Cardboard Classic contest in Lansing, Mich.

Doug Brewbaker rides the AT-AT while fellow builders Garret Geiger (in black) and James Groves give it a shove. The All Terrain Armored Transport doesn't look quite as intimidating when it's a sled made of cardboard, tape, and optimism that it can reach the finish line.
Courtesy of Doug Brewbaker

Darth Vader himself would approve of the giant AT-AT sled that raced against 50 other entries in the 8th Annual Cardboard Classic last weekend in Lansing, Mich.

Contestants enter sleds made completely from cardboard, paper, glue, tape, paint, and creativity. All sleds race down a short hill near the Gier Community Center with hopes that their unique creations hold together by the time they meet the finish line.

Doug Brewbaker, Garret Geiger, and James Groves spent more than 70 hours creating the 7-foot, 8-inch tall cardboard AT-AT -- short for All Terrain Armored Transport -- modeled on the four-legged vehicle seen in the snowy Hoth battle scene from "The Empire Strikes Back."

"The AT-AT walker's journey down a snow-covered hill behind Gier Community Center lasted about 15 seconds," according to Lansing State Journal. "With the 36-year-old Brewbaker crouched underneath, it crashed before reaching the finish line."

The AT-AT competitors included a giant scorpion, a mini graveyard with zombies, and a Spartan Chariot.

Watch the AT-AT sled in action with this video of the 2014 Cardboard Classic here. The event raises money for the community center.

The builders (from left): James Groves, Doug Brewbaker, and Garret Geiger. Courtesy of Doug Brewbaker

The AT-AT sled, in all its glory. Courtesy of Doug Brewbaker