The team at Hacksmith built a version of Thor’s hammer that is five feet wide and more than 10 feet tall. It seems to be a trend, as the YouTuber has built multiple Mjolnirs already, including one that catches lightning and another filled with lead. The recent video summoning Mjolnir with artificial intelligence teased this mega build. This version of Thor’s hammer is giant and weighs over two tons. The team spent 2,000 hours on it, with an estimated final cost of $100,000. So what do they plan to do with it next?
Before we get to that, we get to see both the highs and the lows of the maker’s process in true Hacksmith fashion. At a metal galvanizing workshop, Mjolnir gets a hydrochloric acid dip. And then Thor’s giant hammer takes a bath in molten metal hot enough to melt a Terminator—apparently all after a build gone wrong that saw inches accidentally converted to centimeters and become a not-so-mega build. Whether the 60 centimeter mini-build part was real or just a Spinal Tap reference, it doesn’t slow the team down for long.
How much does Hacksmith’s Mjolnir weigh? The team places wagers even before the hammer is finished. In a stunt that made the local newspaper, they take this giant Thor hammer to a public park. Random passers-by get to guess the weight. One person places a spot on guess: 4,444 pounds. So what’s next for this mega Mjolnir? Dropping it from a crane, of course.
After the build had been up on the Hacksmith YouTube channel for a few days, they added the video above. Thor’s enormous hammer destroyed everything from a picnic table to a truck. And, of course, they used it to pound a giant nail into the ground. “Science Thor” Kyle Hill even makes a cameo!
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.