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Tokyo jeweler offers gold Darth Vader masks for $1.4 million

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/1/2017 By EMILY WANG, Associated Press
Tokyo gold jeweler Ginza Tanaka employee Momoko Marutani looks at the gold mask of Darth Vader at the jewelry shop in Tokyo, Monday, May 1, 2017. The life-size mask of Star Wars villain Darth Vader will be up for sale for a hefty price of 154 million yen ($1.38 million). The 24-karat mask was created by the gold jeweler to mark the 40th anniversary since the release of the first Star Wars film. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) © The Associated Press Tokyo gold jeweler Ginza Tanaka employee Momoko Marutani looks at the gold mask of Darth Vader at the jewelry shop in Tokyo, Monday, May 1, 2017. The life-size mask of Star Wars villain Darth Vader will be up for sale for a hefty price of 154 million yen ($1.38 million). The 24-karat mask was created by the gold jeweler to mark the 40th anniversary since the release of the first Star Wars film. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO (AP) — "Star Wars" fans with deep pockets might consider it a golden opportunity.

The gold mask of Darth Vader in a glass case is displayed at Tokyo gold jeweler Ginza Tanaka's shop in Tokyo, Monday, May 1, 2017. The life-size mask of Star Wars villain Darth Vader will be up for sale for a hefty price of 154 million yen ($1.38 million). The 24-karat mask was created by the gold jeweler to mark the 40th anniversary since the release of the first Star Wars film. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) © The Associated Press The gold mask of Darth Vader in a glass case is displayed at Tokyo gold jeweler Ginza Tanaka's shop in Tokyo, Monday, May 1, 2017. The life-size mask of Star Wars villain Darth Vader will be up for sale for a hefty price of 154 million yen ($1.38 million). The 24-karat mask was created by the gold jeweler to mark the 40th anniversary since the release of the first Star Wars film. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

A Tokyo jewelry store is offering life-size Darth Vader masks made of 24-karat gold at a hefty price of 154 million yen ($1.4 million) to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the first "Star Wars" movie.

Tokyo gold jeweler Ginza Tanaka's employee looks at the gold mask of Darth Vader at the jewelry shop in Tokyo, Monday, May 1, 2017. The life-size mask of Star Wars villain Darth Vader will be up for sale for a hefty price of 154 million yen ($1.38 million). The 24-karat mask was created by the gold jeweler to mark the 40th anniversary since the release of the first Star Wars film. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) © The Associated Press Tokyo gold jeweler Ginza Tanaka's employee looks at the gold mask of Darth Vader at the jewelry shop in Tokyo, Monday, May 1, 2017. The life-size mask of Star Wars villain Darth Vader will be up for sale for a hefty price of 154 million yen ($1.38 million). The 24-karat mask was created by the gold jeweler to mark the 40th anniversary since the release of the first Star Wars film. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The creation measures 26.5 centimeters (10.4 inches) wide and 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) high.

The Ginza Tanaka store says the masks are not designed for wearing — at about 15 kilograms (33 pounds), they would be too heavy, and they have no opening for a head.

While the masks are its most expensive "Star Wars" memorabilia, the jeweler has made pricier products. In 2013, a gold Disney-themed Christmas tree was priced at 500 million yen ($4.5 million).

Marketing manager Hirotsugu Tsuchiya said it took 10 goldsmiths three months to mold and assemble the prototype.

"The most difficult aspect was that each section of the mask was created by a different gold craftsman and then assembled to make one Darth Vader mask," Tsuchiya said.

Orders for the mask can be made at its main store in the glitzy Ginza shopping area where the prototype is on display. Customers will have to wait three months after ordering.

For those looking for less expensive options, gold coins engraved with Yoda or Luke Skywalker will also be available starting at 132,300 yen ($1,200). They will go on sale Thursday, which is May 4, celebrated by some fans as "Star Wars" day because "May the fourth" evokes the film's iconic line, "May the force be with you."

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