Around the world, Star Wars fans are anxiously counting down the days until the Christmas season, but it’s not because they’re interested in what Saint Nick is planning on leaving under the tree.
No, it’s not visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads. Nor is it Santa they’re waiting up to see.
Not at all. This Christmas is different.
This Christmas is marked by the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, a movie that many people have been waiting decades – no, their whole lives – for. It’s the number one thing on every fan’s wish list, and the true reason for joy this season.
Side Note: If you’re not excited about this release, then you’re probably part of the rebel alliance and a traitor and should seriously reconsider your life choices. And maybe go watch Star Wars before you finish reading this post.
For those of you still reading, we take it you love Star Wars as much as we do. Which means you’ve likely dreamed of a galaxy far, far away a million times. Hell, you may even wish you could live alongside the Star Wars crew. Have you ever wondered, though, what it would be like if they came to live among us?
Better yet, have you ever ventured a guess as to what these well-known characters would drive if they happened to fall into our less civilized age?
Well, CJ Pony Parts did. They came up with the fabulous idea to take two of our favorites (Star Wars and cars) and put together an infographic with their choices of cars each Star Wars character would drive. The design and wit are on-point, and while we’re impressed, we have our own opinions on the cars for these fantastic characters. We brainstormed all of our options and fed our notes to the neighbor’s Tauntaun and pulled together the actual definitive list of what these characters would drive if they could get behind the wheel.
Take a look.
10. The Battery Powered Buddies: C-3PO and R2-D2
You can’t break up the dynamic droid duo — and that includes putting them in one car. C-3PO is more of a follower than a leader anyway, so he’s more than happy to follow his friend R2 when he picks out the perfect car for their droid carpool (droidpool?).
The Tesla Roadster — in blue, of course!
The Tesla is the perfect practical yet over-the-top car for R2’s devil-may-care attitude, and definitely would have gotten him across the desert to Obi-Wan’s house without worrying about pesky Tusken raiders.
As an added bonus, we get to see C-3PO clutching his seatbelt, white-knuckled, while R2 tears across the desert at the Roadster’s top speed of 125 mph.
And if their batteries run low, just plug into the Tesla’s internal battery! An electric car for our electric duo seems like the perfect way to start this list.
9. Our Favorite Desert Hermit: Obi-Wan Kenobi
There’s no better place to retreat to when you don’t wish to be found than the desert, but getting around said sandy monstrosity can be a bit of a challenge if you’re driving something without 4-wheel drive capability. So what should an old Jedi pick for outrunning Tusken Raiders and dodging Krayt Dragons?
None other than the 4-Door AWD Jeep Wrangler, in Sand.
The all-wheel drive capabilities of the Wrangler make it easy to get from point A to point B in the desert without getting stuck in a sand drift. Even those of us who don’t have the Force on our side could still find Obi-Wan’s hermitage without getting stuck on the rocks with our wheels spinning.
The light sand color makes the jeep blend easily with the desert terrain, making it all but invisible to even the most trained eyes. If you’re trying to hide from the world like Obi-Wan was, there is no better car to get you to and from your desert fortress.
8. The Furry Warrior: Chewbacca
What do you get the 7’4” Wookie warrior who’s got everything? How about a way to quickly navigate his tree-covered home world of Kashyyyk? Wookies tend to be arboreal by nature, and even evolved retractable climbing claws to facilitate their travel. But how do you get around on the ground when your entire planet is covered by trees that would rival the skyscrapers on Coruscant?
How about a heavy duty ATV?
Sure, we’d have to custom-build one to accommodate Chewie’s tall frame, but it would give him the perfect way to get around without having to worry about finding a car that he could fit in!
Even if he’s just cruising around Earth’s forests, the ATV is by far the best choice for our furry friend.
7. The Green Guru: Yoda
Gurus and other wise men tend to remove themselves from the world, living on mountain tops or deep in foreboding swamps or other generally inaccessible locations. How did they get there in the first place?
Contrary to popular belief, Yoda, a fan of the knick-knacks and trinkets that he’s collected over his 900 years, would not be driving a Vespa, or any other tiny two-wheeled thing that would keep him from carrying his collections with him. So what would our green guru use to get around?
A Toyota Prius Wagon, in green of course!
The Prius is a great choice for our swamp denizen, simply because its fuel efficient hybrid engine will easily get Yoda from the local grocery store to his swampy home without any trouble, plus its smaller carbon footprint helps to keep his swamp healthy for centuries to come!
The Prius Wagon also has a ton of cargo space, making it easy for the old Jedi to bring his important trinkets with him wherever he needs to go.
6. The Dark Overlord: Darth Vader
You can’t make a list of Star Wars characters without mentioning Darth Vader at least once: His iconic voice and heavy breathing have been staples of Halloween costumes and bad radio jokes for more than 30 years.
So what would a Dark Lord of the Sith drive to pick up his kids from piloting class or light saber practice?
A 1959 Cadillac Flat Top, in the ever-appropriate black.
Someone who’s walking around in a life-support suit needs something that screams style, and the ’59 Caddy does just that. The sleek body style, chrome trim and fantastic wings are the perfect complement to Vader’s mask and flowing cape.
It may not be the safest car for hauling the kiddies around, but it is definitely the coolest car that you’ll see in the school car circle.
5. The Scruffy Nerf Herder: Han Solo
How do you pick a car for Han, the scruffy smuggler who pulled the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs?
Wait, we have to? Oh, OK. Please insert dejected looking emoji here while we go search for something that’s cooler than the Millennium Falcon. We probably won’t find anything, but we can at least say that we tried!
While it may not be as cool as the Falcon, the 1977 Ford F150 pickup is definitely the most practical choice for a smuggler in any universe.
This four-wheeled beast might drink gas like it’s going out of style, but it can easily get Han and his cargo from start to finish. Give it some thrusters and it might be able to swing the Kessel Run too!
4. The Senator’s Daughter: Princess Leia Organa
As the daughter of a senator, Princess Leia Organa never wanted for anything as a child, so when she asked for a car for her 16th birthday, her parents were more than happy to oblige. The question is: What does a pampered princess pick for her first car?
A brand new Mini Cooper, in white!
The Mini Cooper is the perfect car for a new driver, easy to handle and fuel efficient, with just enough room for Leia and her droids.
Unfortunately, her first car will end up being destroyed by an overbearing father figure. The Mini Cooper is no match for the power of a fully armed and operational Cadillac Flat Top.
3. The Moisture Farmer’s Nephew: Luke Skywalker
Growing up in a dusty desert, poor Luke Skywalker had to come up with ways to entertain himself. He filled his days by tinkering with any bit of machinery that he could find, repairing droids and tweaking the moisture vaporators until one day he unearthed an old beaten up car. It’s filled with sand, but after Luke works his magic on it, it starts up and purrs like a kitten.
There’s nothing like speeding across the desert in a newly restored Ford Mustang Convertible.
It has to be a convertible though, because if you’re tearing through Beggar’s Canyon, you don’t want to try shooting womp rats out of the window!
2. The Tattooed Menace: Darth Maul
While this Zabrak baddie only showed up in Episode 1, his magnificent taste in transport and weaponry earned him a spot on this list.
But what could we possibly find to could match Maul’s modified Razalon FC-20 speeder that carried him so effortlessly across the sands of Tatooine?
One car springs to mind:
The Suzuki Hayabusa, in Maul’s trademark black and red color scheme.
The stock Hayabusa from 1999 or 2000 has a top speed of almost 200 mph without any aftermarket modifications. While it doesn’t have the maneuverability of the Bloodfin speeder that Maul prefers, it makes up the difference in speed.
1. The Bounty Hunter: Boba Fett
And now on to a man who needs no introduction.
Boba Fett is easily one of the most iconic characters in the entire Star Wars franchise and despite his untimely “death” in the belly of the Sarlacc on Tatooine, he remains a fan favorite.
So what car could possibly live up to the legend that already follows Fett around?
Since MC Chris released the song “Fett’s Vette” in 2001, our favorite death-defying bounty hunter is always pictured in a stylish Corvette. If we update it for modern cars, Boba Fett would look fantastic in a new Corvette Stingray Z06.
So what do you think? Do you agree with our choices? Share your picks in the comments! And may the Force be with you during this agonizing wait for Episode VII.