Who Let the AT-AT Out?

StarWars.com Team | March 11, 2009


(Photo by Nick Drummond)

We’ve all played with our Star Wars toys, lost in our own magical world. But when Manchester-based photographer Nick Drummond plays with his AT-AT, it becomes less of an assault vehicle for the Empire and more like a family pet.

His whimsical photos of his pet AT-AT going through the cat door, frolicking in the snow and dancing in front of the fireplace are a hit with fans. Starwars.com chatted with Drummond about his photos and why leaving a water dish out for your AT-AT isn’t as odd as it sounds.

What made you decide to take candid photos of your AT-AT in action?
One of my nephews is 6, and as much into Star Wars as I am, so I decided to give him and his brother my old Star Wars toys so they would be played with again. My collection is over 25 years old but certainly beyond ever being a collector’s item. They were “well loved” by me as a child.

I took a few photos before I handed everything on and noticed that the AT-AT was very photogenic. As it was getting on for Christmas I took a few more shots hoping to make one into a puzzle for a present. I was much happier with the results than I expected and the ideas just haven’t stopped yet. Turns out my nephew already has an AT-AT, so I get to keep ATilla.


(Photo by Nick Drummond)

Why do you think AT-ATs make such great pets?
A few reasons:
- hair-free (unlike a Wookiee)
- very obedient (although they will dig around in wardrobes)
- good guard dog (would you break into a house with an AT-AT in it?)
- very photogenic (much better at keeping still than our cat)

Which is your favorite of all the AT-AT photos you’ve taken?
I think the one where ATilla and Ringo (our cat) are playing on the floor is my favorite so far. I was just so happy that they both got their poses right at the same time. I’d previously tried to get Ringo into the cat flap photo but at that point they still weren’t getting along.

Check out the full set of photos here:
AT-ATs: Not just for Xmas

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