I am trying to concisely come up with a way to have an intro line that will say all of the things I want it to, but not be obnoxiously long. "Tanksgiving" is my catchphrase, since its November and about tanks, but I also want people to know it is Sci-Fi tanks. I had one commenter say I should have the StuG III in my top 30, and while it is a fine armored fighting vehicle, it's not really from the realm of Sci-Fi...well, maybe Nazi Zombies. Anyway, on with the countdown!
#30: Colonial Marines M577
Plus, I'm always a fan of pseudo-technical posters!
As was pointed out by GMort, who recommended it, this is an APC, not a tank, but I feel it is within the spirit of the countdown, and was therefore included. While I never saw Aliens as a kid (apparently it was one of the few horror/sci-fi movies my parents wouldn't let me watch), I know this thing has a huge following.
The actual live screen-use vehicle was made from an airport tug, but you wouldn't know it from looking at the beast. It manages to look utilitarian and menacing at the same time. Air portable, and with a capacity of twelve Colonial Marines, this thing could bring the pain!