If you grew up with Star Wars, odds are you had a lot of fantasies about living in that galaxy far, far away. And I don’t just mean Leia and her gold bikini.
I wanted to be a Jedi, I wanted an Ewok as a pet (which is sort of messed up, these were skilled warriors from a proud civilization!), and I even wanted to ride a Tauntaun. Maybe even sleep inside one. But the coolest fantasies involved flying an X-wing, or a Tie Fighter.
Or riding an AT-AT.
The bad-ass walking tanks in the opening scene of The Empire Strikes Back were basically the coolest thing I had ever seen, and thirty years later, they still rank up there. Alas, I’ll never see on in real life, let alone ride one, or get to trip one with my tow cable.
Unless I go to Indiana and visit Michael Corrie. My dude, a brewer, and cosplayer, made himself a full-on AT-AT costume. Well, he didn’t make it for himself, but for his 2,000 pound Clydesdale horse named Moana. Complete with a helmet!
Corrie estimates that it took about five months and 700 hours of work to complete the costume, which is mostly comprised of PVC pipe, foam exercise mats, and tape.
“It was a long series of fittings and refittings to ensure Moana was both comfortable and safe,” Corrie told CNET. “Early on we decided that if at anytime Moana was stressed the whole thing would be abandoned.”
Corrie is attempting to win himself a Guinness World Record, specifically for “largest Equine Star Wars costume,” which is apparently a category? The entry fee to compete for the record is a pretty steep $1000, which is surely less than he spent on the get-up.
The costume is elaborate but it’s pretty impressive, and it’s hard to imagine someone else made something bigger, or better, for their steed.
Check out the costume in action: