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"Hasbro style" AT-Hauler for 3.75" action figures

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This design is my own "toyetic" idea of what the Imperial AT-Hauler might have been like had Hasbro made one. It can interact with Hasbro's AT-DT Walker toy by carrying and releasing it just as you see an AT-Hauler do in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. Its arms are 18" long. You can download the building plans for free to make your own.

This kit includes templates and decals in PDF and in their original PNG format. The Photo Guide shows you how the pieces go together (and how to build certain elements, such as the pilot seat and winches from scratch), so you can flip through them as you build:

https://www.mediafire.com/file/k3y70hbgcyq5c1k/AT-Hauler_Kit.zip/

For a lot more pictures:

https://imgur.com/gallery/DKzVj1y

This AT-Hauler is made with corrugated cardboard (Amazon boxes), paperboard (cereal, snack boxes), coffee stirrers, toothpicks and a coffee cup sleeve. The only plastic parts are the cockpit window (from throwaway packaging for a sandwich), cylinders for the winches and some detailing on its back plate (both from bendy drinking straws). You probably have most of these materials already in your home or office.

And it's held together with white glue -- the cheap stuff that grade school kids use. No other adhesives were used. Masking tape was used to temporarily hold glued pieces together until the glue dried and removed.

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"Is it a good day?" Where Rio sits, Rio fits. 😁

A box mock-up I threw together one day hanging in the coffeehouse.

Product number: E0319.
Dimensions: 19" x 16" x 5".

Trivia bit: these measurements are based on the toy itself separated into its main components -- body, gantry, arms, claw. This plausible box size is between that of Hasbro's Force Awakens Millennium Falcon and Kessel Run Millennium Falcon box sizes. So if Hasbro had actually made such an AT-Hauler, it would probably be categorized as a "Class III Vehicle" under their product designation and retail for at least $99.

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I haven’t seen too many custom vehicles before... This one, had you not told me it was a custom design, I’d probably have expected to see it on a store shelf!

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Rob Brown has been building his own Hauler using my plans -- but he's using plastic sheets (instead of cardboard)! Here's his progress so far. Rob devised a "stopper" pin for the rotating arm joint (which stops the arms from rotating too far back and too far forward).

He's about to own the closest thing to a "real" AT-Hauler toy for 3.75" action figures, because his will be plastic!

 

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Rob finished building the gantry and claw. I'm especially impressed to see how he has attached the claw to the main body of the Hauler. In his words:

"Got the Claw finished and mounted. I came up with a way to make it removable for painting purposes later. It locks in under a removable plate. Even used Hasbro/Kenner screws salvaged from something else."

His AT-DT patiently waits...

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Rob Brown finished his plastic AT-Hauler! Now all he has to do is paint. Check out the video clip -- he engineered it so that its arms can rotate in unison. (This feature wasn't in my original design.)

Video clip of arms moving in unison:
https://i.imgur.com/0NnHr7k.gifv

See more photos at:
https://imgur.com/a/HLluNYw

If you're on Facebook, please join the "Star Wars Customs and More!" group to follow Rob's AT-Hauler project further:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/671123449657026/permalink/1680376392065055/
 

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