The idea that Darth Vader had a home somewhere in a galaxy far, far away isn't a new one. Star Wars concept designer Ralph McQuarrie came up with the idea decades ago, but no filmmaker has been able to fit the idea into the franchise yet. Until Rogue One.
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Ever since we first saw footage from Rogue One, we've wondered about that one mysterious shot of a kneeling hooded figure in front of a mysterious, foggy tube. Who's the figure? What's inside the tube? Well, a seemingly innocuous featurette for the movie might have provided the answer.
We attended the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story press event over the weekend, ahead of the movie's release next week. Spoilers were, of course, verboten — but fun facts and random nuggets were not. Here are five things we learned from a pair of press conferences featuring various members of the cast and crew.
If you had to choose the perfect single outfit to wear the rest of your life, one of these wearable sleeping bags from Selk'bag just might be it. They're like comfy pyjamas that will also keep you warm at night, and now that they're available in four Star Wars designs, why would you ever need to change into another outfit?
They're supposed to be an alternative to pumpkins and skeletons for decorating your home come Halloween, but these porch light covers, featuring Iron Man, Darth Vader and Stormtrooper masks, can just be left up all year round as a way to let the neighbourhood know your house is a safe place for nerdy types.
Obi-Wan Kenobi being struck down — and becoming more powerful than we could possibly imagine — is a defining moment in the Star Wars saga. It informs so much of Luke's journey from farmhand to Jedi Knight. It's a chapter in the tragic tale of Anakin Skywalker. But in the initial script, it wasn't going to happen.
After the release of the Rogue One trailer, the internet was abuzz with theories that parts of the new Star Wars film were filmed in a London Tube station. Which is, of course, not true. Everyone knows that the Death Star has an incredibly comprehensive public transit system — possibly the best in the universe.
There are a lot of dumb Star Wars-branded products on the market, and a Darth Vader toothpick dispenser certainly had the potential to be one of the worst. But by having Vader snatch and wield a toothpick like it was his lightsaber, Bandai has made this absurd collectible a must-have addition to any collection.
If the Smithsonian is where America keeps some of its greatest treasures, then it's time to toss a few Muppets and pack away those ruby slippers to make room for what is clearly the greatest gingerbread creation of all time.
This inflatable Darth Vader is not only the easiest way to decorate your front lawn for the holidays, it will also blow away whatever your neighbours come up with, because at 4.8m tall it's one of the largest lawn ornaments you can buy. And isn't besting your neighbours what the holidays are really all about?
Some people think they can seed their dreams with pre-sleep rituals that send them off into amazing adventures once they slumber. But why rely on your sub-conscious when this Star Wars bedding can have you reliving one of the greatest sagas of all time while you doze?
If there's one toy that defines cheap and mass-produced, it's those buckets full of tiny green plastic army men. They really stop being desirable once you turn six, except when those plastic soldiers are replaced with tiny white stormtroopers led by an equally tiny Darth Vader.
Lucasfilm and Disney have approved the ultimate loyalty test for Star Wars fans. Aqua, better known for its obscenely over-priced R2-D2 mini fridge, now also has a Vader fridge that's a perfect life-size replica of Darth's helmet. That's the good news. The bad news? It can only chill a single can.