Darkness rises and light to meet it even in a galaxy far far away. The saga of The Force continues in theaters in Lucasfilm’s latest motion picture event “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Meanwhile dedicated fans and even a few automakers the world over have celebrated their own unique way. From costumes to fan art, “Star Wars” is everywhere even places the Hollywood marketing empire never dreamed of. While the ultimate goal would be to one day travel to a galaxy far, far away in one of the iconic starships the series is known for: some fans have built the next best thing: they’ve modified their automobiles into the ultimate tribute to the series. From styling the bodies after famous characters to re-coloring their rides to recall the look of X-Wings and Millennium Falcons, these cars won’t be taking anyone into hyperspace but they will endear the imaginations of fans the world over.
Here are some of our favorite Fan-made Star Wars-Themed Vehicles:
Nissan’s “The Last Jedi” Fan Experience
Nissan has made no attempt to hide their ambitions for creating the next generation fully autonomous car. We’ve even outlined their biggest developments just this year. During the LA Auto Show Nissan turned to none other than Star Wars to draw inspiration and bring attention to their latest technological achievements. Hot off the heels of of their incredibly successful “Rogue One” partnership, Nissan gave both their fans and Star Wars something truly special when they revealed seven Star Wars-themed vehicles at the LA. Auto Show. Don’t count on buying any of these cars at a dealership. The elaborate designs are anything but road-safe with extended body panels and accessories modeled after iconic ships and characters. These aren’t the cars you’re looking for…on the lot. In addition to showing off the out of this world automotive art, Nissan also gave fans a unique virtual experience where they could “pilot” the cars and even build their own.
The Hot Wheels Darth Vader Corvette:
Parked in Jay Leno’s garage on an episode of his series is none other than a Hot Wheels Darth Vader tribute car. Bryan Benedict, a senior staff designer at Hot Wheels, says that the car is a celebration of the collaboration between Hot Wheels and Lucas Films. What Leno finds most impressive is that this isn’t just a one-off with a block of wood underneath, either. It’s based on a C5 Corvette with a manual six-speed gearbox. Once you get past the Vader breathing sound effects (because the car does breathe) you’ll hear the familiar rumble of an LS3 V8. Who know Darth Vader was a Chevy guy? Benedict says he wanted this car to be a “vehicular expression” of Star Wars in pop culture, and we think he absolutely nailed it.
Honda Civic Del Sol X-Wing:
The Star Wars Lamborghini:
Boba Fett Hyundai Veloster:
The Force Awakens’ “Storm Trooper” Fiat 500e
The force is strong with these cars. You won’t find any one of these at a dealer near you. However, you could do worse than round up a few credits and let your creativity transport you. Or you could just drive to the movies, the galaxy is full of possibilities.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now in theaters. If you’ve seen it, tell us what you thought but no spoilers please!