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Darth Vader and friends get a star turn on Wall Street

December 23, 2009 |  3:29 pm

Now, this isn't something you see every day. But if you did happen to be at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning, you could've caught a glimpse of Darth Vader and some Stormtroopers ringing the opening bell. 

"The 'Star Wars' guys cheered us up," trader Raphael Mandoca told the New York Post. "I thought it was pretty cool."

The celebrities from a galaxy far, far away reportedly were mobbed for photo ops after the bell rang. Maybe that spin with the conducting the Icelandic Philharmonic Orchestra has Darth hankering for the good life. Even if James Earl Jones isn't currently part of the picture.

And that white-haired human in the middle?

Darth That'd be Howard Roffman, head of licensing for Lucasfilm, which more than 30 years after "Star Wars" premiered still lays claim to the top-selling licensed toy property in the U.S. The same guy who just said, regarding the "Avatar" licensing crew, that in this economy his "hat’s off to people who rise to that and get a program out there."

A program? He's referring to 20th Century Fox's effort to recoup some bucks on James Cameron's just-released mega-pic through the retail magic of toys, trinkets and party goods -- an effort Business World Online characterized as the studio's biggest licensing push in years.

If it were him, Roffman said, he'd be "very nervous."

Hmm. We bet Darth Vader wouldn't be nervous.

Because he's, you know, Darth Vader.

And he can kill you and stuff.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

P.S.: Hat tip to Hot Air -- this was ripped from their headlines.

Photo: Darth Vader rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Dec. 22, 2009, in Manhattan. Dario Cantatore / Getty Images.

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