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If Only You Knew the Inflatable Power of the Dark Side

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Yeah. That’s a huge-ass hot air balloon shaped like Darth Vader’s head. According to CNet, it was made by a clearly mad but industrious nerd from Belgium named Benoit Lambert, who actually got permission from Lucasfilm to make the majestic…um, balloon. As CNet also points out, if you’re a pilot, seeing Darth Vader’s huge fucking head coming at you at 5000 feet would be the most pants-wettingly terrifying experience ever. I just can’t help wondering what Vader would sounds like if his little breathing apparatus pumped helium instead of oxygen. Much thanks to Joystick Division‘s Chris Ward for the tip.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.