Where did the inspiration for the AT Walkers in Empire come from?

Jul 27, 2014

Kit bashed has suggested that the inspiration for the AT walkers that so famously attacked the Hoth Rebel base in Empire were inspired by the Martians that attacked planet Earth on H.G Well's War of the Worlds.

Here's how Wells described his tripod war machines:

"But instead of a milking stool imagine it a great body of machinery on a tripod stand... Seen nearer, the Thing was incredibly strange, for it was no mere insensate machine driving on its way. Machine it was, with a ringing metallic pace, and long, flexible, glittering tentacles (one of which gripped a young pine tree) swinging and rattling about its strange body.

It picked its road as it went striding along, and the brazen hood that surmounted it moved to and fro with the inevitable suggestion of a head looking about. Behind the main body was a huge mass of white metal like a gigantic fisherman's basket, and puffs of green smoke squirted out from the joints of the limbs as the monster swept by me."

Well, the AT had no tentacles...but what do you think?

If this got you wondering what else inspire Star Wars, check out what Gandalf did for the franchise and the other things that inspired George Lucas.

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