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By far the most exciting thing about X-Men: Days of Future Past, other than the possibility that its time travel plot could be used to wipe away all of the missteps made in X-Men: The Last Stand, is that it’s adapting a story from the comics that relied heavily on the presence of one of the X-Men’s coolest reoccurring villains—the gigantic, robotic, mutant-hunting Sentinels. Whether it has been for budget reasons, feelings that the special effects weren’t quite there, or just that nobody had balls big enough, we have yet to see a proper Sentinel appear in any of the eleventy-billion X-Men movies Fox has made. But this time around they’re going to be forced to finally give us our robot on mutant action, right?

Yep, and today Bryan Singer tweeted out a picture that gives us our best look at how awesome the Sentinels in his film are going to be to date: a full-size, physical prop that shows off just how massive they are and proves that they won’t just be appearing in the film as possibly shoddy, shadowy CG effects. Click through to see the beautiful thing in all its glory.

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The Days of Future Past people seem to really be turning the heat up lately as far as how much of the film’s production they’re letting us see. Our look at the Sentinels started with a model for a head that turned up at Comic Con, continued with a viral site full of specs and historical images that had the big guys stuck in the background, and climaxed today with this photo. Could it be that a teaser trailer for the film isn’t too far in our future? Okay, maybe that’s greedy. Let’s try to let them concentrate on shooting for now.


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