Dad Makes Star Wars-Inspired Baby Furniture and It's Out of This World

Some serious Jedi tricks are at work here.
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By Laurie Ulster, Contributing Writer
Updated June 19, 2018
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Matt Regonini, a Waltham, Massachusetts-based dad, has been a Star Wars fan since he was a kid. “I can still remember playing with my Star Wars action figures out in the sandbox,” he tells The Bump. So as any true fan (or member of the Rebel Alliance) would, Regonini is raising his 1-year-old son Ellis to follow in his footsteps—by building him the most amazing Star Wars-inspired baby furniture.

A designer and builder, Regonini’s first Star Wars creation for his baby boy was a rocking horse inspired by the AT-AT walker, immortalized in The Empire Strikes Back. Sure, they were weapons of the Empire, but they make for an adorable rocking horse. Ellis seems to agree.

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Once Regonini got rolling, his next idea came pretty quickly. He started making sketches based on the AT-ST from Return of the Jedi. He sent his sketch to a fellow designer friend, who suggested he turn it into a high chair.

Image: Matt Regonini

Since Ellis isn’t very good at putting his toys away (“Shocking!” said no parent ever), Regonini decided to tackle a bigger project: a toy box based on the sandcrawler from the original Star Wars. To make it more fun for his young padawan, he put windows on the sides for Ellis to push his toys through. He also added a ball return—pop it in on the top and it rolls back.

Image: Matt Regonini

Wondering what he’s going to do with his creations when Ellis outgrows them? Definitely not toss them! “The highchair could become a plant stand, the toy box could become a motorcycle sidecar and the rocking horse could become a lamp,” he proposes.

Given how awesome these creations are, it’s no surprise people are asking him to make Star Wars-themed gifts—and not always for their kids. “I’ve been asked several times for an adult-size AT-AT rocking horse,” he says. Yes, please!

Curious to see how these creations were made? Head to Regonini’s YouTube channel. And may the Force be with you.

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