A new roundabout at a faraway junction stuns drivers with its uncanny resemblance the DEATH STAR

  • The unusual traffic island was noticed by locals in Coalville, Leicestershire, last week.
  • The unassuming roundabout appears from the ground to have ornamental walls and a single tree. 
  • From an elevated position, it looks more like the evil Galactic Empire’s space station and superweapon.
  • The likeness of the roundabout is not an accident and is a deliberate tribute to the town’s Star Wars connections 
  • Palitoy was once the location’s factory for making toys for the popular sci fi film franchise. It closed in 1994.

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After noticing a striking resemblance to Star Wars’ Death Star, drivers were stunned by the new roundabout in their town.

Locals in Coalville (Leicestershire) noticed the unusual traffic island that was installed by housing developers on Grange Road last week.

The unassuming circularity appears to be ornamental walls with one tree from the ground.

However, the force was strong with some residents, who noticed that from an elevated location it looks exactly like the evil Galactic Empire’s space station and superweapon.

Drivers now joke about their fears of a ‘Coalville Death Star’ descending on their town from another galaxy.

The roundabout
The Death Star

Drivers were shocked to see a new roundabout in their town. It bears a striking resemblance with the Death Star from Star Wars.

From the ground the unassuming roundabout just appears to feature ornamental walls with a single solitary tree

The unassuming circularity appears to be ornamental walls with one tree from the ground.

But the force was strong with some residents who noticed that from an elevated position it looks just like the evil Galactic Empire's space station and superweapon

However, the force was strong with some residents who noticed from an elevated position that it looks exactly like the evil Galactic Empire’s space station and superweapon.

Christie Bankhurst, 36-year-old teaching assistant, lives in the town and said that she is a huge fan of the films, so the prospect of having her own Death Star is very exciting.

“Hopefully it doesn’t spell too much trouble to Coalville. Although the shopping center could use being demolished and rebuilt.

“I just pray that our Death Star doesn’t succumb to the same fate as the one from the movies, as it’s a really great addition to the area.

Others took to social media to express their dismay at the new situation, with one person commenting: ‘Be a shame that X-wings blow up Coalville.

Another added: “You wouldn’t want to over-shoot that roundabout. You might get obliterated if you use the super laser.”

A third said that he sometimes saw sinister characters in black hoodies hanging around the area. Darth Vader and Emperor must have been it.

Star Wars films made the Death Star a household name with its appearance in Episode VI: A New Hope in 1977.

It was a superweapon that could destroy planets and was operated by a galactic station. It was headed by Peter Cushing’s Grand Mofftarkin.

The Death Star was designed to destroy the planet Alderaan using its superlaser, before it was destroyed later by Luke Skywalker.

A second partially-completed Death Star was seen in “Return of the Jedi” 1983, before it too was destroyed by the Rebel Alliance.

The town’s connection to Star Wars is evident in the roundabout’s resemblance to the famous space station. This is not an accident.

The area was once home of toys for the Palitoy factory’s sci-fi film franchise, which closed in 1994.

Drivers have now joked of their fears that the 'Coalville Death Star' had descended on their town from a galaxy far far away

Drivers now joke about their fears of a ‘Coalville Death Star’ descending on their town from another galaxy. 

The roundabout's likeness with the famed space station is not a coincidence though and is a deliberate homage to the town's links with Star Wars, as toys for the sci-fi film franchise were made at the town's Palitoy factory until it closed in 1994

The similarity of the roundabout with the famed space station does not happen by chance. It is a deliberate homage the town’s Star Wars links. Toys for the sci fi film franchise were made at Palitoy until it closed in 1994.

Ozzy O’Shea is the Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport. He stated: “One of the planning conditions for Grange Road housing development was for the developer to come up with a landscaping plan for the roundabout, and the green space in front.

“The Death Star-themed roundabout is quite unusual, and we are happy to see that it is now fully operational – but not armed!

It is a great way of celebrating Leicestershire’s heritage. Palitoy, which produced Star Wars figures for UK markets, employed hundreds over many decades.

“The roundabout was funded by Harworth Estates developers. We will adopt it after 12 month, but they will continue to be responsible.

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