Too Much For Too Little: A $128,000 Minimalist Star Wars Chess Set

July 13, 2017

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the franchise, this is the $128,000 minimalist Star Wars chess set handcrafted by the artisans at luxury French goods manufacturer S.T. Dupont. Listen: If I had $128,000 to spend on a chess game I wouldn't buy this, I'd hire real people to act it out and bludgeon each other to death with their weapons. I can only assume that's why God keeps me poor.

The round chess board is made of black obsidian with a polished and matte finish and the Empire and Rebellion pieces are rendition of iconic characters including Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca. The gold design elements on each piece evoke the signature looks of the characters to bring the universe to life.


The Empire pieces are made out of nephrite jade from British Columbia while the Rebellion pieces are crafted in natural rock crystal quartz. Each of the pieces is hand-carved and engraved with extreme attention to detail. The metal gold-plated rim of the checker board resembles the Death Star's exterior design. In addition to that, the drawer pulls on the board feature the symbols of the two sides.

For $128,000 I'd expect a real, functional holographic version of that chess game Chewie and R2-D2 play on the Millennium Falcon. "Dejarik." What? "Dejarik." Are you having a stroke? "No, that's the name of the game." Oh, I just thought it was called space chess. You learn something new every day! Today I learned I would not be very helpful if someone was having a stroke.

Keep going for one more shot and a video.

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Thanks to vishal, who agrees if you're gong to play chess, you should at least learn how to lose the graceful way: flipping the board and forcing your opponent to swallow a rook.

  • Sandy Dmyterko

    Would anyone except a hard core Star Wars fanatic know this is a Star Wars chess set if they weren't told it first?

  • Russell Bullock

    To me, "minimalist" usually equates to "half-assed"

  • Jenness

    Screw this. For this much money I would throw their "gold plated" 5 and dime crap in their face. 24kt & Platinum with diamond pawns and unicorn tears to lubricate my fingers to move it around or nothing at all.

  • Looks so shitty.

  • Bling Nye

    Looks like something you'd get off QVC at 2:30am for $149 in 1989.

  • Bubbubsky

    Yeesh, most of them don't even have a passing resemblance to the characters they're supposed to represent.

  • Reese Rizo

    Right? Even that aside, playing chess with "unique" pieces is a pain.

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