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There was a giant robot at Ronald Reagan's inauguration. Wait, you missed that? I mean, it's right there in the image above, taken from the newly launched Trask Industries website, in which they're celebrating 50 years of the Sentinel Program, which created the kind of giant protective robots you see above.
Alright, it's possible you don't remember the presence of the Sentinels in our history because the Sentinels are fictional, part of the swiftly emerging story in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. The Sentinels were expected to be part of the film from the moment the title was announce, given their role in the comic book of the same name. But only at Comic-Con last week were the robots revealed, alongside the URL of the Trask Industries website, which has only now gone live.
If you're an X-Men fan who was concerned that the Sentinels would be too shrimpy, and not the monsters promised in the comics, this website ought to be a relief. Check out this other Sentinel standing in stark relief against New York City's Manhattan Bridge:
The Sentinels aren't the only bad guys coming from Trask, though. Check out this portrait of Peter Dinklage as the company's founder Bolivar Trask, who truly embraced every awful element of 70s hairstyles:
Yes, a thousand times yes to that hair helmet.
The Trask Industries site is full of plenty of good stuff-- like any well-constructed viral website, it's got lots of little tidbits that give you a sense of this company that ought to play a major role in the upcoming X-Men film. For example, you can watch this video of Dinklage's Trask at work, presumably discovering some major element of what will make the Sentinels technology work.
And finally, here's the promo video for all the good work that Trask Industries has done protecting the world with giant robots throughout the years. Do you buy it?
Click around the Trask Industries site and let us know any other good stuff you find. X-Men: Days of Future Past, whose viral campaign seems to just be starting, comes to theaters May 23 next year.