When Think Geek presented their Tauntaun Sleeping Bag as an April Fool’s Gag, little did they realize how many fans would gladly hand over their cash for the real thing. So the Think Geek gang went into hyperdrive to see if it could indeed become a reality, just in time for the holidays.
Think Geek’s PR guy, Shane Peterman, chatted with LA Weekly about their progress:
Will you ever sell the Tauntaun sleeping bag for real?
We are definitely trying to make it in to an actual item to be sold on our site. As of right now, it’s still an “if,” but it’s turning in to more of a “when.” Things are looking pretty good, we just don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. There’s certainly been enough of a demand, both from customers and from those of us that work here. Right now, we’re aiming to have it available for the holidays, or at the latest, the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back next spring.
Have you gotten the go-ahead from Lucas?
We’re still working with Lucas to get approval for a final design. Again, it’s looking good, we just can’t say too much right now since it’s still in the works.
The joke price was $39 bucks. Is that how much it will really cost?
The price will very likely go up a bit once we actually make the sleeping bag. Since we haven’t gotten to the production stage yet, it’s hard to say what the price will be, unfortunately. I think it’s safe to assume that the kids size will be at a lower cost than the adult size, that much I’m pretty sure of. The cost of material and the actual production of it will dictate what the retail cost will be.
Read the full interview here:
Don’t Joke About Tauntaun Sleeping Bags (via LA Weekly)