The Tauntaun sleeping bag: Sadly, it's only a joke. For now.
Among the avalanche of April Fool's jokes last week was an interesting development from the nerd merchandising supersite ThinkGeek.com. As an April Fool's joke, the site put up for sale the ingenious and rather appealing Tauntaun sleeping bag pictured above.
Star Wars fans will recall the famous scene on remote ice planet Hoth, in which Han Solo slices open a warm Tauntaun carcass and inserts the typically hapless Luke Skywalker to keep the young Jedi from freezing to death.
Thus was born the Tauntaun sleeping bag. From the ThinkGeek product description: "This high-quality sleeping bag looks just like a Tauntaun, complete with saddle, internal intestines and LED Luke Skywalker Lightsaber zipper pull. Use the lightsaber zipper pull on the Tauntaun sleeping bag to illustrate to your wee ones how Han Solo saved Luke Skywalker from certain death in the freezing climate of Hoth by slitting open the Tauntaun belly!"
Genius. Hundreds of eager buyers were prepared to click over $39.95 for the sleeping bag, only to discover it was all a hoax. As the news made its way around the Internets, ThinkGeek quickly realized it had a phenomenon on its hands. The Tauntaun sleeping bag wasn't just a great idea for a fake product — it was a great idea, period.
What ThinkGeek.com did next, more ideas for great gifts, and an invitation to do your worst, after the jump...
So now the product page has been updated with the following message:
ATTN Tauntaun Fanatics! Due to an overwhelming tsunami of requests from YOU THE PEOPLE, we have decided to TRY and bring this to life. We have no clue if the suits at Lucasfilms will grant little ThinkGeek a license, nor do we know how much it would ultimately retail for. But if you are interested in ever owning one of these, click the link below and we'll try!
Clearly, ThinkGeek has a winner on its hands. My only suggestion: optional intestine pillows!
In fact, if they can get the Lucasfilm people to cooperate, there could be a whole product line in the works. The Han Solo Carbonite Popsicle Dispenser. The Death Star Garbage Compactor (with Magnetic Seal and Dianoga monster). Maybe even a franchise of privatized Sarlacc Pit Detention Facilities, where spammers and virus creators can be slowly digested over a thousand years.
What figments of your imagination should Lucasfilm deign to allow?