Star Wars will forever be one of the biggest franchises in movie history. According to Wikipedia, the 12 films have totaled more than $9.323 billion in the box office…which is a lot.
So it comes as no surprise that someone created a Darth Vader hot air balloon. And it’s awesome.
As a part of the largest annual festival of hot air balloons, the Vader balloon made its way to Bristol International Balloon Fiesta that ran from Aug. 8-11.
Who cares? Glad you asked. While the Vader ballon has previously popped up all over the world, Bristol was one location it had never flown.
“The Darth Vader special shape hot air balloon was built in Bristol by Cameron Balloons but has never flown in this fine city. (We know!)”
In an effort to transport the Darkside, the festival committee started a crowdsourcing campaign, successfully raising over $6,300 to make this special event (even though the campaign is over, you can still donate in support of the festival itself).
This is particularly significant because Bristol is the birthplace of the man that played Darth Vader in Star Wars, David Prowse. Hint: Not James Earl Jones that did the voice, but the actual actor in the suit!
This was even hat-tipped by Luke Skywalker, himself, Mr. Mark Hamill.