As of late, a great deal of attention has been given to the life-sized remote controlled beer-serving R2-D2 refrigerator. But while the idea of a robot coming up to its master and serving up a cold bottle of beer is breathtaking, the near $10,000 price tag is hard to digest. Moreover, the droid refrigerator/maître d' can only chills up to six standard beer bottles so while R2-D2 is the droid every "Star Wars" fan is looking for, most just can't find the money to spare for such an expensive appliance.
For those who are looking to show their dedication to the beloved film series, but do not have enough budget for the R2-D2 refrigerator, there is an alternative. However, it requires going over to the dark side and putting your drinks inside a masked villain. Meet the Darth Vader beer fridge and vodka fountain.
Note that this is nothing new. It was first introduced by Tom Sachs a few years ago and was given due attention by several publications. Nonetheless, even with the passing of time, Dark Lord beer fridge and vodka pump still looks awesome.
It's not complicated, anyone with a decent pair of hands can manage the required assembly. All you need is a small table with wheels, stack a mini fridge on a pump system, put a pair of boots on each side, don a cape around it and then top it with a Darth Vader figure head – voila, you'll have Luke's dad keeping your beer chilled for you. It's that simple. Just don't expect it to deliver you the beer – Darth Vader was never suited to be someone's server anyway.
Moreover, unlike the wimpy droid, the Darth Vader beer fridge and vodka fountain's capacity is not limited to six bottles. It can load up an entire bar's beverage inventory. The best thing about it is that it won't burn a hole in your wallet. So what are you waiting for? Come to the dark side and have a beer, a cold one.