The Empire Strikes Back - on Star Wars' fan's front lawn with 20 ft high replica

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's a fan-built 20 foot high AT-AT Walker standing proud in the streets of the UK
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's a fan-built 20 foot high AT-AT Walker standing proud in the streets of the UK

One UK fan is taking his love of all things Star Wars to new heights.

54-year-old Englishman Ian Mockett, along with fellow Star Wars fan James Matthews, took over a month to build the replica of the AT-AT Walker from the film The Empire Strikes Back on his front lawn.

The 20-foot wooden model of the infamous Imperial battle craft was built as part of a festival in mid-England to raise funds for the Air Ambulance.

Behind the scenes pictures on Twitter showed the lengths - and heights - the duo went to to ensure the AT-AT walker was correct in its design.

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The work's paid off for the duo with the official UK Star Wars twitter feed saying "The Force is STRONG with this incredible fan made Imperial Walker."

The next instalment in the Star Wars saga , Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is out in December. 

On Wednesday it was announced the following film, Episode IX, will be helmed by JJ Abrams, who is credited with re-invigorating the franchise with 2015's The Force Awakens

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