Roundabout stuns drivers with uncanny resemblance to the DEATH STAR

At a junction far, far away: New roundabout stuns drivers with its uncanny resemblance to the DEATH STAR

  • Locals in Coalville, Leicestershire spotted the unusual traffic island being installed by developers last week
  • From the ground the unassuming roundabout just appears to feature ornamental walls with a solitary tree
  • But from from an elevated position it looks like the evil Galactic Empire’s space station and superweapon
  • The roundabout’s likeness is no coincidence and is a deliberate homage to the town’s links with Star Wars
  • Toys for the popular sci-fi film franchise were once made at the area’s Palitoy factory until it closed in 1994
  • Drivers have been left stunned by a new roundabout built in their town after noticing it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Death Star from Guerre stellari.

    Locals in Coalville, Leicestershire, spotted the unusual traffic island being installed on Grange Road by housing developers last week.

    From the ground the unassuming roundabout just appears to feature ornamental walls with a single solitary tree.

    But the force was strong with some residents who noticed that from an elevated position it looks just like the evil Galactic Empire’s space station and superweapon.

    Drivers have now joked of their fears that the ‘Coalville Death Starhad descended on their town from a galaxy far far away.

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    The Death Star
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    Drivers have been left stunned by a new roundabout built in their town after noticing it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Death Star from Star Wars

    From the ground the unassuming roundabout just appears to feature ornamental walls with a single solitary tree

    From the ground the unassuming roundabout just appears to feature ornamental walls with a single solitary tree

    But the force was strong with some residents who noticed that from an elevated position it looks just like the evil Galactic Empire's space station and superweapon

    But the force was strong with some residents who noticed that from an elevated position it looks just like the evil Galactic Empire’s space station and superweapon

    Teaching assistant Christie Bankhurst, 36, who lives in the town, disse: ‘I’m a big fan of the films so to get our own Death Star is really exciting.

    ‘Hopefully it doesn’t spell too much trouble for Coalville, although the shopping centre could do with being knocked down and rebuilt.

    ‘I just hope our Death Star doesn’t suffer the same fate as the one in the films as it’s a really cool addition to the area.

    Other locals took to social media to react to their new roundabout with one person quipping: ‘Be a shame for X-wings to blow up Coalville.

    Un altro ha aggiunto: ‘You wouldn’t want to over shoot that roundabout, you might get obliterated by the super laser.

    Un terzo ha commentato: ‘Sometimes see some sinister characters in black hoodies hanging about round there. It must have been Darth Vader and the Emperor though.

    The Death Star was made famous by the Star Wars filmsfirst appearing in ‘Episode VI: A New Hope’ nel 1977.

    It was a galactic space station and superweapon capable of destroying planets and was led by Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin.

    The Death Star was created to blow up the planet Alderaan with its powerful superlaser before it was later destroyed by Luke Skywalker.

    A second partially-completed Death Star appeared in ‘Return of the Jedi’ nel 1983 before that too was destroyed by the Rebel Alliance.

    The roundabout’s likeness with the famed space station is not a coincidence though and is a deliberate homage to the town’s links with Star Wars.

    The area once made toys for the sci-fi film franchise at the Palitoy factory until it closed in 1994.

    Drivers have now joked of their fears that the 'Coalville Death Star' had descended on their town from a galaxy far far away

    Drivers have now joked of their fears that the ‘Coalville Death Starhad descended on their town from a galaxy far far away

    The roundabout's likeness with the famed space station is not a coincidence though and is a deliberate homage to the town's links with Star Wars, as toys for the sci-fi film franchise were made at the town's Palitoy factory until it closed in 1994

    The roundabout’s likeness with the famed space station is not a coincidence though and is a deliberate homage to the town’s links with Star Wars, as toys for the sci-fi film franchise were made at the town’s Palitoy factory until it closed in 1994

    Councillor Ozzy O’Shea, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, disse: ‘One of the planning conditions for the Grange Road housing development was that the developer come up with a landscaping scheme for the roundabout and the green space in front of the houses.

    ‘The Death Star themed roundabout is rather unusual and we are pleased to see it is now fully operational -but not armed!

    ‘It is a great way to celebrate Leicestershire’s heritagePalitoy, which made Star Wars figures for the UK market, employed hundreds of local people over many decades.

    ‘The roundabout has been funded by the developers, Harworth Estates, and although we will adopt it after 12 mesi, as part of the highway, they will continue to be responsible for its maintenance.

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