Would you pay $1.4 million for this gold-plated Darth Vader helmet?
Star Wars' villain gets immortalized in new publicity stunt.
The force is strong with this one. And expensive, too.
Looking to drop $1.4 million? Step right up to this counter where you can purchase a Darth Vader mask made of solid gold. Japan's jeweler Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry, founded in 1885, is selling the 33-pound pure gold mask to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars film franchise. The pure gold mask will go on sale on May 4 – also known as Star Wars Day because it sounds like "May the Fourth" be with you.
If $1.4 million is a little out of your price range, the jeweler will also be offering a commemorative plaque featuring three small oval coins made of pure gold. But act fast. There are only 77 plaques available, tied to mark 1977, the year the first film was released in theaters.
Of course, there are other ways to hop on the Star Wars bandwagon – er, we mean the Millennium Falcon. For starters, you could throw yourself a Star Wars-themed wedding. And if you're not in the market for galactic nuptials, there are plenty of everyday t-shirts, dresses and onesies that look like they'd fit right in when you're saddling up to the bar at the Mos Eisley Cantina.
Meanwhile, a new installment of Star Wars – dubbed "The Last Jedi" – will be hitting theaters later in 2017, exactly four decades after viewers first saw that iconic text scroll at the beginning of the original film. The new movie, produced by American Kathleen Kennedy and Israeli Ram Bergman, is helping stoke continued excitement in the storied franchise.
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