Sunday, May 15, 2005

Gimme gimme gimme

Apropos of this week's Star Wars premiere, a Japanese company is now selling a functioning scale-model (four meters high) replica of an Imperial scout walker, complete with air guns which can shoot rubber balls over half the length of a football field! And at $43,500 it's priced to move, although the article--which appeared in the May 3rd online edition of The Australian--cautions:

[O]wners are advised that these land walkers are vulnerable to hostile Ewoks and Wookies."

And don't forget badass Jedi with purple lightsabers!

Seriously, though--how long until we see soldiers tromping around in these things? I've already mentioned that an American company is shipping a few dozen machinegun-toting robots over to the Iraqi front. It doesn't take too much imagination to swap tennis ball launchers for rockets and substitute "Stars and Stripes Forever" for the "Imperial March"...

No comments: