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Not bad ... can we do better?: Chicken Walker get usage counts

Dragon Writer
The Visual Pun is nice; but is it possible to get a better image for this variety of walking mecha?

StarWars gave us the AT-ST, Robocop featured the ED-209, possibilities should not be hard to come by.
 2 Madrugada, Fri, 29th Jul '11 8:11:21 PM Relationship Status: In season
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Well, the mech it's in is an example, isn't it? I'd have no problem with a good clear shot of the one from Robocop, though.
'He strutted across the bedroom, his hard manhood pointing the way' sounds like he owns a badly named seeing-eye dog. 'Sit, Hard Manhood!
 3 shimaspawn, Fri, 29th Jul '11 8:12:52 PM from Here and Now Relationship Status: In your bunk
I like the image. It's a chicken in a Chicken Walker.
Reality is that, which when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.

-Philip K. Dick
I'm pretty much sure this is the only image that is a Visual Pun and an actual example, besides Visual Pun of coarse.

edited 29th Jul '11 8:15:15 PM by nuclearneo577

 5 Camacan, Fri, 29th Jul '11 8:45:51 PM from Australiatown
Probably better to start a thread like this with an example that is clearly better and a reason why they current image doesn't work. I don't see how the presence of the visual pun is getting in the way of it being a good example of the trope.

(Those are reverse-joint or digitigrade legs alright. And the blocks of (reactive?) armor as seen on some modern tanks are a neat touch.)

edited 30th Jul '11 12:28:36 AM by Camacan

 6 Willbyr, Fri, 29th Jul '11 10:36:01 PM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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The current pic is great. The suggested replacements could go on the Image Links page.

edited 29th Jul '11 10:36:39 PM by Willbyr

 7 Deboss, Sat, 30th Jul '11 12:00:21 AM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
I like it. It's both a visual pun, and an actual example of the type. Stuff the ImageLinks.Chicken Walker page though.

And yes, those blocks are most likely based on reactive armor.

edited 30th Jul '11 12:01:30 AM by Deboss

 8 DRCEQ, Sat, 30th Jul '11 9:12:39 AM Relationship Status: Anime is my true love
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I wish I could find a picture of the literal Chicken Walker from the Futurama Video game.
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Dragon Writer
Yes, I'm aware that the current image is not bad and it's mostly one of my artistic muses nitpicking the complaint....

If we look closely at the mecha's legs you can see it is clearly jointed in three segments (thigh, ankle, foot), which although this is how such legs actually work in real life animals, it's actually a minority depiction in fiction — the majority of Chicken Walkers omit the "thigh" and "knee" joint entirely, with the so-called "reverse knee" being the only joint present at all between hip and foot.

[Edit: Moved search results to next post]

edited 30th Jul '11 10:29:09 AM by Stratadrake

 10 Deboss, Sat, 30th Jul '11 10:12:12 AM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
It's on the Image Links.
 11 DRCEQ, Sat, 30th Jul '11 10:13:59 AM Relationship Status: Anime is my true love
MOVE, B****! GET OUT THE WAY!
ahh, so it is.
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 12 Madrugada, Sat, 30th Jul '11 10:19:41 AM Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
^^^ If that's the case, how does the leg move forward from the torso at all? There has to be a pivot at the hip or the entire upper section of the leg is locked in one position. I'll grant you that it's not usually as clearly visible as the one in the page image, but there's always three joints, a hip, knee and ankle.
'He strutted across the bedroom, his hard manhood pointing the way' sounds like he owns a badly named seeing-eye dog. 'Sit, Hard Manhood!
Dragon Writer
For an admittedly contrived comparison, take this mech.
Is it digitigrade? Yes.
Is it a Chicken Walker? No.

Anyway, here's some results from my searching:

(And to answer the question, Madrugada, the fact that you can find these sorts of mecha legs in animated media demonstrates they are mechanically possible, even if only by Rule of Cool.)

edited 11th Aug '11 2:59:41 PM by Stratadrake

 14 Willbyr, Thu, 11th Aug '11 2:34:55 PM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Are we good with the current pic?
Dragon Writer
It kinda bugs me that it's not consistent with the majority of examples, but that's me.

edited 11th Aug '11 2:58:35 PM by Stratadrake

 16 Deboss, Thu, 11th Aug '11 3:02:12 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
I'm cool with it. Now, if Eddie wants to replace this with a Live Action one, we've got meks from Falling Skies.

edited 11th Aug '11 3:05:26 PM by Deboss

 17 Willbyr, Thu, 11th Aug '11 4:04:01 PM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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[up] Is there a different shot of one of those? The dust effect around its legs makes them kinda hard to see.
 18 Deboss, Thu, 11th Aug '11 4:38:00 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Most of the GIS images are either something similar or chest high shots. I can go download and screenshot a copy if necessary, but I'd like to know if I should go through the effort.
I don't think so. It's a bit too much Conspicuous CGI.
 20 Camacan, Thu, 11th Aug '11 7:41:54 PM from Australiatown
I prefer the current image to the suggested replacements. It's a good quality image, uncluttered with background, and the legs are clear examples of the type.

Dragon Writer
Star Wars and Robocop are for the most part live-action....

...and the legs are clear examples of the type.
I disagree on that point, but that's more or less splitting hairs right now. They're less an example in the sense of the Trope Codifier, more in the sense of a Reconstructed Trope.

edited 11th Aug '11 7:51:09 PM by Stratadrake

 22 Deboss, Fri, 12th Aug '11 2:17:31 AM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
I'm okay with it as well, just pointing out.
 23 Willbyr, Fri, 26th Aug '11 6:16:30 AM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Bump...are we good with the current pic?
Dragon Writer
Suggested alternatives added to the Image Links namespace. Maybe another time we can have some mech wars.
 25 Willbyr, Fri, 2nd Sep '11 8:30:40 PM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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[up] Thanks for doing that. Closing up.
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You need to Get Known to get one of those.
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