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With Valentines Day rapidly approaching, it’s important to remember: Nothing says “I love you” like a plush symbol of the Galactic Empire’s might.
Of course, if your significant other is a Star Wars fan, this Darth Vader bouquet will probably make a bigger impact than roses (and it’ll definitely last longer).
Your Star Wars fan cave may be tastefully decorated with framed movie posters and home to the only the rarest of action figures, but it may that special something that only these beautiful villain sculptures can provide.
Crafted from combinations of bronze, brass and dolomite by Hong Kong design studio Hidden Lab, these museum-quality busts of Darth Vader, Boba Fett and a Stormtrooper are even licensed by Lucasfilm.
These Star Wars lightsaber fountain pens would make great conversation pieces, no doubt, but it’s difficult to imagine ever actually writing with one or — heaven forbid! — lending one to a friend. You see, they’re limited editions, priced at about $25,000 each.
Sold by S.T. Dupont, the Darth Vader- and Yoda-themed pens are made of bronze, with black lacquer, palladium and rhodium, and feature 2-carat topaz crystals. Better still, they levitate on their display stands, with the help of magnets.
In the buildup to the release of The Force Awakens, we’ve seen an avalanche of unusual Star Wars merchandise — mostly licensed, but some not — ranging from custom pianos and a diamond-encrusted BB-8 to a Han Solo blaster flask and unintentionally creepy shower heads. However, these Star Wars urns may claim the title of strangest tie-ins, all while causing us to dwell on our own mortality. Or at least Darth Vader’s.
Don’t let the festive Santa hat and candy-cane lightsaber fool you: Darth Vader is no jolly old Sith.
In fact, the former Anakin Skywalker despises Christmas even more than he dislikes sand, as he clearly demonstrates in this (anti-) holiday short, “Darth Santa.”
The force is strong with this gingerbread creation. Caroline Eriksson, a 3-D artist from Oslo, Norway has created a perfect Darth Vader statue made out of gingerbread.
Kylo Ren has emerged as the mysterious, murderous and moping bad boy of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, what with the mask, the distinctive (and divisive) lightsaber and the unhealthy obsession with Darth Vader. Now you can channel just a little of that mystique with your own miniature version of Darth Vader’s melted helmet.
A man in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, was charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon for attempting to rob a convenience store — dressed as Darth Vader.
According to ABC News, Jacob Mercer, age 32, carried a handgun into the Jacksonville Beach convenience store on Sunday evening and demanded money from the cashier. The store clerk refused to give Mercer — again, dressed as Darth Vader — the money, and threw a jar of salad dressing at his helmet. Mercer then ran out of the store, where witnesses saw him take off the helmet and reveal bleeding cuts on his face, before escaping in a car.
Photographer Pawel Kadysz is capturing the everyday life of Darth Vader in pics — that is, if Darth Vader was living a “normal” life.
“This is just the beginning of what’s to come in 2016,” Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein explained to the Daily Dot. “We already have another ‘Star Wars’ fashion collection in development that is amazing and I really think it’s crazy how far Star Wars fashion has come over the past five years. I mean, we wanted a T-shirt five years ago and now we’re talking to Lucasfilm about full fashion collections. It’s exciting.”
The collection features designs based on characters from across the “Star Wars” universe and includes several dresses and jackets. The designs were inspired by Darth Vader (dress and jacket), BB-8 (jacket), Boba Fett (jacket), R2-D2 (sweater) and Princess Leia (dress), with a “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” tour shirt as well. Hit the jump to check out some photos of the collection.
Sure, Darth Vader was unbearably annoying as a child and young adult, and a murderous tyrant throughout much of his later years, but he was a sharper dresser. He knew basic black is timeless, and a cape makes a statement.
So, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Sith Lord sporting these 14-karat gold Darth Vader cuff links from Nieman Marcus. He certainly had the ego for them, if not necessarily the cuffs. However, it’s tough to imagine Yoda strolling around, twirling his cane, while sporting gold cuff links made in his own likeness. He lives in a swamp, for goodness sake; he’s not that ostentatious.
The Star Wars saga is sometimes referred to as a “new mythology” or, more often, simply a modern classic. However, one artist has taken his praise for the franchise even further, reimagining some of its best-known characters as classic Greek sculptures.
Take, for instance, the $356 Darth Vader mask cooler, which is actually a cooler shaped like the Sith Lord’s mask and not a cooler for his mask. It appears to hold just one can at a time, as opposed to R2-D2’s six-pack, but you get what you pay for, I suppose.
The reach of the Galactic Empire has extended far beyond the Outer Rim to Ukraine, where a statue of former Russian leader Vladimir Lenin has been transformed into a monument to Darth Vader.
Citing local reports, the Russian news agency TASS states the plaster statue resides at a factory in the port city of Odessa, where workers and local residents decided “it is time for new heroes.”
ThinkGeek is offering tiny rechargeable Bluetooth speakers featuring Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Chewbacca and Captain Phasma. Did we mention they’re armed? Adorably armed?