Thursday, February 4, 2010

MacGruber X-5 Missile Patterned after Saturn 5 Moon Rocket

MacGruber, our all-around veteran and multi-awarded funny soldier from Saturday Night Live is now a movie on the big screen and it's explosive! The story is about a stolen X-5 warhead missile from Russia. The mission of MacGruber is to stop the madman from turning Washington D.C. into dust. The picture above shows the schematics of the X-5. If you look closely, it's actually patterned after the Saturn 5 Moon rocket from the 1960s.

The schematics does not exactly match the looks of the prop used in the movie (above, left). Look at the model behind Val Kilmer and you can see that it does not look like the one in the drawing; it has a slimmer midsection with a bulbous top. Interestingly, the schematics has text indicating the fictional company that made the missile: Lunatech. We can only surmise that this is a nod to the Saturn 5 moon rocket (left) that inspired the design in the drawing. The looks of the Saturn 5 is a classic imitated in many old toys of the 1960s. Apparently, the design has not lost its appeal, which is a good sign.

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