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The empire strikes deck

ProSkates unveils Star Wars skateboards.

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Star Wars characters including Princess Leia and Han Solo on skateboard for sale at Pro Skateboards.
  • The Star Wars gang's all here, at Pro Skates.

After months of being sworn to secrecy, today the crew at Pro Skateboards got to reveal the limited-edition line of Star Wars-themed decks by legendary skateboard maker Santa Cruz. This made for a bit of an unwrap party at the Quinpool Street store, as stock that's been sequestered in the back room until the official release date was finally allowed onto the shelves.

Loads of characters from the Star Wars universe are featured—there are storm trooper longboards, Boba Fett and Yoda set-ups complete with matching wheels, Han Solo and Princess Leia decks—with no sign of Bizarro universe denizens like Jar Jar Binks and General Grievous. In other words, they are awesome.

Darth Vader's face made out of wood inlay on the bottom of a skateboard.
  • The Darth Vader inlay board, in its plastic-wrapped, foam-lined display box.
The jewel of the collection is the all-wood Darth Vader inlay deck, where Vader's face is made completely out of maple, elm and walnut burl veneers, rather than being painted on the finished deck.

Santa Cruz says: "These incredibly unique decks are laser serial numbered with matching numbered Certificates of Authenticity and encased in its own custom foil printed and embossed, foam lined display box."

In other words, Darth Skater isn't going to actually ride one of these around. But for the serious fan of both Star Wars and skateboarding, definitely an object of desire. Pro Skates' one inlay deck is priced at $536, with lower price tags on the rest of the line.

The Santa Cruz promo video, complete with trip to Lucasfilm and cameo from the man in black.

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