A “Darth Vader” Balloon Floats Over, Mark Hamill Reacts

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A “Darth Vader” Balloon Floats Over, Mark Hamill Reacts


In a city far, far away, there is a massive hot air balloon shaped like the Star Wars villain Darth Vader’s head floating in the air. This balloon display is part of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, which happened on August 8-11, and People.com, a website that provides news about celebrity and human-interest stories, reported that this exhibit was made for a fundraising page.

This balloon display attracted the attention of another Star Wars actor, Mark Hamill, who plays Darth Vader’s son, Luke Skywalker. Hamill, who is always actively tweeting on his account, said, “After a horrible, no good, terrible week, there’s nothing quite like a giant floating #DarthVader balloon to distract from reality & raise your spirits. #ThanksDad."

Additionally, one Twitter user claimed that the balloon display will be appreciated by the actor who played Darth Vader, David Prowse, 84, who was born in Bristol in 1935. “I think David Prowse would’ve loved that,” they said on Twitter.


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According to the report, the Darth Vader hot air balloon was built by Cameron Balloons. It also toured the world and has been sighted in the skies of Australia, the United States, China, and Malaysia. This balloon came home after they successfully managed to come up with the fundraising money to bring it back. 

The organizers were very grateful after they raised 5,265 euros out of its 10,000 euro goal. The people of Briston were very motivated to bring the Vader balloon back since it was one of the 130 unique balloons that managed to travel across different parts of the world in different countries like Japan and Taiwan. 

Aside from the gigantic Darth Vader hot air balloon, the festival also featured other designed. These soared over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, unfortunately, because of the strong winds, the event organizers deemed that they should move the ascent forward a day. 


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