Photo via Jesse Wellens/YouTube

This working Star Wars speeder bike is seriously awesome

They acted out a 'Star Wars' chase scene through the streets of New York.

 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Nov 1, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 12:37 pm CDT

Star Wars is always a popular theme for Halloween costumes, so it takes serious skill to stand out. But by building a working speeder bike, these cosplayers managed to do so.

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YouTubers Jesse Wellens and Carmella Rose dressed up as Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, circa the Endor sequence in Return of the Jedi. It’s a relatively unusual choice of Star Wars costume, but the thing that really made it shine was their speeder bike. It’s a realistic replica of the hover speeders used in the Endor chase scene, and they took it out on the road in New York.

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As you’d expect, it was an awesome Halloween treat for nearby Star Wars fans. And to complete the scene, they turned it into a full-blown chase sequence. The video begins with Luke and Leia, but soon enough they’re being followed by a stormtrooper on a speeder bike of his own.

The speeder was built by the Super 73 bike company, and you can watch the construction process in this fascinating behind-the-scenes video.

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*First Published: Nov 1, 2017, 8:34 am CDT