A long time ago, in a galaxy…well, this galaxy, actually…we all loved to dress up as our favourite Star Wars character. Whether it was Jedi robes, Han Solo’s waistcoat, or Darth Vader’s respirator, it was brilliant to transport ourselves into the world of light sabers and mind tricks.
Now comes a chance to transport yourself into an even more exciting world: the world of major motion picture production. Columbia Sportswear has released the Limited Edition Empire Strikes Back crew parka, an authentic replica of those worn by George Lucas’s henchmen when filming Episode V of the Star Wars saga in chilly Norway. If you’ve ever longed to identify yourself as a key grip or assistant makeup artist – and if you have, we are we to judge? – this is your big chance.
The parka is selling for $US500.00, which is pretty reasonable for this level of bespoke geek chic style. Waterproof, insulated, and fitted with Omni-Heat thermal-reflective lining, the true value lies in the parka’s security stripes, Darth Vader logo patch as worn by the original crew, and customisable nameplate, not to mention the geographic filming coordinates of Hardangerjokulen glacier – the real-life ice planet Hoth – sewn in.
This is next-level status-symbol stuff, and hardcore Star Wars fans – that’s all of us, yeah? – would be well-advised to move swiftly. You don’t want to have to settle for the Phantom Menace crew parka.