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Summer may seem far, far away, but soon enough Emperor Palpatine, Grand Moff Tarkin and the gang will be dropping to eat a few burgers, enjoy warm weather and plan the destruction of the Rebellion. So, you’ll want to be fully armed and operational with this Star Wars Death Star grill.
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.
U.K. company Rawlins Paints & Coatings has released “An Illustrated Guide to Iconic Fictional Locations,” showcasing memorable settings ranging from Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and Stark Tower to the Simpsons’ home and Walt and Jesse’s RV from Breaking Bad.
Fortifying his home against the awakening of the Force, a California contractor and his kids constructed a 23-foot Death Star and mounted it on their roof.
Or maybe it was merely a Halloween decoration. Whatever its true purpose, a two-story light-up replica of the planet-destroying space station from Star Wars is pretty amazing.
Breakfast, we’re reminded time and again, is the most important meal of the day. And what better way to start your day of conquering galaxies and destroying innocent — or not-so-innocent — planets than with delicious waffles that resemble the Death Star?
While you can be excused for mistaking this officially licensed Star Wars waffle maker for a tiny, tiny moon, it’s actually a dispenser of scrumptious — albeit evil — cooked-batter goodness. Whether it possesses a glaring design flaw that will enable its repeated destruction remains to be seen.
While it isn’t a warm-and-fuzzy Baymax lamp, under no circumstances should it be mistaken for a moon. It’s a Death Star Mood Light, designed to destroy darkness, rather than planets, and emit a soothing glow.
Had that been the intent of the Empire’s battle station, the original Star Wars trilogy might’ve played out a lot differently.
As if the White House doesn’t have enough to worry about between the debt-ceiling debate, Cabinet confirmations and contentious efforts to stem gun violence, now it has to contend with the sneering condescension of the Galactic Empire.
Last week the Obama administration denied a petition to build a Death Star by 2016, with Paul Shawcross of the White House Office of Management and Budget explaining to the 34,435 signees that not only would a moon-sized space station be cost-prohibitive — $850,000,000,000,000,000, by one estimate — but that the super-weapon has an obvious design flaw that’s already been exploited on two occasions. On top of that, the administration doesn’t really condone the destruction of planets.
Now, through the official Star Wars blog, the gloating representatives of the Emperor have responded, hailing the unwillingness of the United States to construct a Death Star as confirmation of “the overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire.” The press release, from Galactic Empire Public Relations on Coruscant, refers to Earth as a “tiny, aggressive planet.”
“It is doubtless that such a technological terror in the hands of so primitive a world would be used to upset the peace and sanctity of the citizens of the Galactic Empire,“ Gov. Wilhuff Tarkin is quoted as saying. “Such destructive power can only be wielded to protect and defend by so enlightened a leader as Emperor Palpatine.” The release continues:
Although signed by 34,435 people, a petition asking the U.S. government to build a Death Star didn’t bring the results its signers were looking for. But at least it gave the White House an excuse to have some fun … and maybe watch Star Wars again in the interest of “research.”
The petition was created last November on the White House’s “We the People” website by
Anakin S. from Tatooine John D. from Longmont Colo. He wanted the infamous space station built by 2016, noting “By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.”
Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, said a Death Star wasn’t in the government’s future, noting its potential cost, moral reasons (“The Administration does not support blowing up planets”) and design issues — “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?” — but he left out the potential maintenance issues or copyright issues Disney might raise. Shawcross went on to tout the International Space Station, which already exists and probably isn’t in imminent danger of an X-wing strike anytime soon, as well as other aspects of the space program.
“Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe,” Shawcross said. If that new Hubble Telescope doesn’t have a monster-inhabited trash compactor, I think it’s time for another petition.