Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in cinemas later this week. Here’s how a few fans are celebrating the film (and the Christmas season too).
The TIE Fighter Light Display
Maxwell DeLorm of Munnsville, New York, decided to decorate his house with something other than jolly Santas this year. Instead, he and his friends constructed one of the spaceships from the Star Wars films. His red TIE Fighter was built out of 10,300 Christmas lights and lots of PVC pipe. Each wing is over 20 feet tall and 14 feet wide. Putting it together required over a month of labor and about $3,400 worth of supplies. (Click on the pictures below to enlarge them.)
A Very Festive Death Star
Colby Powell and his family in Lafayette, California, took their love for Star Wars even further with their colossal display. They constructed a gigantic, glowing Death Star out of 162 Geohub connectors, 2,000 feet of half-inch PVC conduit pipe in six different lengths, 18 cans of paint, lots of LED lights, and two parachutes to cover each side. After everything was in place, Powell used a crane to lift the “fully operational battle station” and stick it on the roof of their house. Originally built for Halloween, the family had planned to remove the 23-foot Death Star, but they’ve decided to keep it up there until after The Force Awakens is released. The display also contains flashing lights designed to mimic the battle station’s “super laser.”
The Star Wars Theme Song Display – Cedar Park, Texas
Cedar Park, Texas, homeowner John Storms spent nearly a year working on a holiday display that flashes in sync with the orchestral tune that plays over the opening credits of each of the series’ installments. All of his hard work has, apparently, paid off and Storms’ neighbors like to set up lawn chairs to watch the display do its thing. Last year, he created one in honor of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation set to that movie’s theme song.