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"...