“Designing a new walker was kind of our white whale.” In an exclusive clip from a featurette included with the Star Wars: The Last Jedi home release, director Rian Johnson talks about creating the AT-M6 walker, a.k.a. the gorilla walker, with design supervisor Kevin Jenkins. Given how iconic The Empire Strikes Back‘s AT-AT walker is, it’s no wonder they were intimidated by creating something new and massive for the First Order to bring to the party on Crait. Watch:
The lumbering AT-M6 towers over the familiar AT-AT. To see it move is to wonder what it would be like to be crushed under its gigantic feet. Johnson says this walker projects a certain kind of power because of how it almost walks on its knuckles. The vehicle came to be known as the gorilla walker because of its stance, and Jenkins told StarWars.com he even molded the profile over an actual photo of a gorilla to nail the pose in the early design stages.
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