‘Star Wars’-inspired Chargers back in Dodge’s garage #8230; for now

The Chargers, which were actually different colors, weren’t given special paint jobs. Instead, they were wrapped in special Stormtrooper decals.

A crew of Stormtrooper-inspired Dodge Chargers have been returned to their home base.

Hot Wheels said the eight Chargers that invaded New York last week for a Hot Wheels “Force Friday” promotion with Uber were shipped back to the automaker.

The Chargers, which New York Uber users were able to ride in for free for up to 30 minutes, were inspired by the Hot Wheels Stormtrooper cruiser. Riders received official Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hot Wheels diecast cars as parting gifts.

So what’s the next step for the wildly popular Chargers that caused a stir on social media?

Well, the news will disappoint Stars Wars enthusiasts who wanted to buy one.

“Anything is possible, but there are no immediate plans at this moment, but you never know,” said Randy Ortiz, head of the Dodge and SRT brand advertising, in an interview. “… No plans at the time to make that an official vehicle for sale.”

A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spokeswoman said last week that the Hot Wheels collaboration was a one-time promotion that is independent of the company’s recently announced promotional partnership with Lucasfilm for the upcoming movie.

The Walt Disney Co., which owns the Star Wars franchise, began a global rollout of merchandise last Friday — including toys, comics, books and clothing — related to the new movie, which hits theaters in December.

A spokeswoman for Mattel, the makers of Hot Wheels, said the menacing Charger had the perfect look for the Stormtrooper fleet because of its “strong visual lines, muscle and presence.”

The plan came together about six months ago. Mattel approached Dodge about using the Charger.

Eight cars were provided, including a Hellcat, with seven being used for the Uber rides. The other one was designated as a media vehicle.

“Some people have said it kind of looks like a Stormtrooper in design anyway, so we knew that was a great pairing. It was a great base to use,” the spokeswoman said in an interview Friday.

Stormtrooper wraps

The Chargers, which were actually different colors, weren’t given special paint jobs. Instead, they were wrapped in special Stormtrooper decals.

Ortiz said the cars, which are back with Dodge in Auburn Hills, Mich., are being unwrapped.

“If you had the chance to see the car in person, you’d realize it’s not a shiny white, it’s a matte white,” the Mattel spokeswoman said. “[The decals] really created the texture of what you would see up close with the helmet of a Stormtrooper. Not just like flat paint or flat coloration, there was actual texture ingrained.”

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