Back in August, just before Force Friday, Disney released images of a couple of new First Order vehicles that are set to appear in The Last Jedi, which is due out next week (!). Among them was the bizarre-looking upgraded AT-AT, known as the AT-M6 (All Terrain MegaCaliber Six).
Some people mocked their silly design, others criticised that the scene they appear in during the trailer is very similar to The Empire Strikes Back. I don't listen to that kind of stuff, but this afternoon, as I was messing about with a miniature Lego version of the walker, I realised something.
Look at this picture of the AT-M6, side by side with the original AT-ATs that attacked the Rebel base on Hoth.
The AT-AT is kind of like a camel, or a horse, whereas we pointed out back in August that the AT-M6's front two limbs are more like a gorilla's arms - in that it's walking on its knuckles rather than on feet. Plus the front 'knees' can bend backwards rather than forwards, like an elbow, and there's an extra point or articulation at the ankle/wrist level.
And it occurred to me, what would happen if these things were knocked over like the AT-ATs on Hoth? Does all that extra articulation and limb manoeuvrability mean they just get back up again? The same way a human being would push themselves up off the floor with their arms.
I'm no expert in the physics of science fiction, but surely if we had an AT-M6 downed, like this guy above, I feel like it's very feasible that the walkers can use the extra hardware they have in their front legs to push themselves back up again. Even if the rear legs are completely wrecked, it still means the weaponry is facing the right way - rather than being a embedded a few feet in the ground.
Maybe I'm going mad, or maybe I just discovered a crucial twist to the attack on the Crait Resistance base. Either way we'll be able to find out next week when the film comes out.