One of the many head turners on the San Diego Comic-Con floor this year was Hot Wheels and Star Wars’ Darthcar, a full-size and “fully functional” vehicle inspired by Darth Vader. The shiny black beauty was built to help promote Hot Wheels’ upcoming line of matchbox character cars that are due out in October. The car is accented with many nods to the Sith Lord, from red lightsaber side pipes to a grill inspired by his breathing apparatus — for some odd reason, though, it looks more like a combination of the ‘60s-era and Burton-era Batmobiles.
Hot Wheels designer Bryan Benedict designed many of the Star Wars 1:64 scale cars that will be released, including the Darthcar. Bryan told HotWheelsCollectors that we can expect the series to include classic Star Wars characters, as well as new ones from the upcoming J.J. Abrams film.
“There is a Boba Fett car and I’m pretty sure you’re gonna like it. Boba Fett is my personal favorite of all the cars I’ve done. We’re doing a lot of cars. There’s something like 24 or 26 different cars total. There will also be characters from the new movie coming out.”
Check out the pics and video of the 1:1 and 1:64 scale Darth Vader cars below, and experience the horsepower of the Dark Side.