This is exactly what you think it is - a Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon. We love the idea of combining such lighthearted sightseeing activity with the sinister, brooding qualities of one of our favourite movie villains.
“Originally the concept was just a joke, but after a few loose ends were tied with Steve Sansweet from Lucasfilm, these die hard Star Wars fans dream became a reality with this incredible Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon.”
Having been for a hot air balloon ride, we’ve experienced the exceptional quiet while up in the air. But wouldn’t it be awesome if, at least occasionally, instead of the peaceful silence you heard the disquieting sounds of Darth Vader’s mechanical breathing?
*Occasionally we’ll post some gems from auctions past because a) the artist is having an exhibition or b) getting mad props or c) because it’s fun revisiting things we love or d) it’s Star Wars Day! When we do this we’ll call it a ‘Throwback’ so you’ll know what we mean!
Created by redditor BillyAppletini as a joke for his friend who loves Star Wars… and cats! Inside is a fully furnished cat condo complete with liquer bar and mounted bird heads. Check out all the WIP shots at Billy’s imgur gallery.
The Star Wars brand may have sustained some damage during the past 13 years, over which time three tepidly received prequels were released, but the force of the franchise seems as strong as ever. The latest homage to Lucas’ creation is “Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition,” which the Montreal Science Centre is promoting with a series of dazzling posters.