On the day fans the world over were teased with a trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie, Samsung has sought to align itself with the insanely popular film franchise by launching a limited edition Star Wars-themed vacuum cleaner.
That’s right, the Korean electronics giant has announced a duo of new PowerBot robot vacuum cleaners, a spin-off from the VR7000 that Samsung unveiled at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year, only this time Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper are taking center stage.
By way of a quick recap, the VR7000 is a robot vacuum cleaner that can be left to clean your home under its own steam. Yes, it can move around of its own volition sucking up all your dust and dirt, but it can also remember specific corners and contours of a room so it improves over time, and it can detect different surfaces and adjust its suction accordingly. It can also be controlled via smartphone, with users able to schedule cleaning times through an app and use voice commands through Amazon Echo.
The geeky Star Wars refresh is about more than just looks, however. Both models come with “fun and unique” sound effects specific to each character — by way of example, the Darth Vader vacuum apparently makes a heavy breathing sound when you power it up.
In addition to (presumably) getting permission from Star Wars-franchise owner Disney, Samsung said it worked closely with Star Wars “super fans” during the development.
The Darth Vader incarnation goes on preorder today in the U.S. for $800, and it comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and its own remote. Stormtrooper will cost $100 less, but that version doesn’t have Wi-Fi or its own remote.