Darth Vader car

With the launch of a big blockbuster movie comes the inevitable slew of children's toys. Even films that are specifically aimed at adults are accompanied by a variety of action figures and video games targeted at children.

With a new Star Wars film just around the corner, you can pretty much guarantee toymakers are churning out light-sabres by the lorry-load. Hot Wheels – the iconic manufacturer of die-cast model cars – has gone one step further, by creating a full-size car based on the most famous baddie of all, Darth Vader.

Of course, it's a promotional exercise to garner some publicity for its new model car, but unlike most wacky automobiles this one actually works.

In fact, hidden under the bonnet is the 526bhp 6.2-litre V8 engine from the previous generation Chevrolet Corvette, meaning this sleek automobile not only moves but it's ruddy quick too, having been clocked at 80mph on the open road and with a claimed top speed of 150mph.

As you can probably tell, the car's styling has taken inspiration from Vader's helmet, particularly the gaping front grille. The side-exit exhaust pipes light up in the colour of his light-sabre and the bonnet-plate above the engine resembles the chest plate worn by the evil overlord himself. It even makes heavy breathing noises...

The Hot Wheels Darth Vader car is currently being displayed at the 2014 Comic-Con event in San Diego, USA. If you can't make it, you can check it out in the video below.