Hot Wheels’ Darth Vader Car is as subtle as a lightsaber to the face

Jul 24, 2014
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Hot Wheels’ Darth Vader Car is as subtle as a lightsaber to the face

Hot Wheels' Darth Vader Car left us perplexed when we first saw the one-off, full-sized Star Wars themed monster the company had crafted for SDCC this week, but after seeing it in action on the road everything becomes clear. The gaping-mouthed racer - about which "distinctive" would be a decided understatement - stars in a new video for the company, looking every bit as intimidating as the Sith Lord himself.

It's the detailing that makes the car special: the lightsaber-style side sills, and the replica chest control panel that's built into the hood. The hydraulic roof is another nice touch, reminiscent perhaps of the Batmobile.

Underneath the gloss-black bodywork is a somewhat more mundane donor car, a Corvette C5. It's limited to 80mph, presumably because, while Vader's helmet was designed to look good, it wasn't made with highway aerodynamics in mind.

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Still, going slower does mean more time for everyone else to gawk at you, particularly when the exhausts pop with a shower of sparks.

Hot Wheels, unsurprisingly, isn't going to be selling full-sized cars; instead, the custom job is intended to draw attention to a new line of Star Wars themed die-cast models, of which the Darth Vader Car is just one.

Others will be based on Yoda, Han Solo, R2-D2, and Chewbacca, with early examples up for grabs at Comic-Con this week for around $40 a pop.


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