Inspired by the Star Wars trench run, Tom Spina Designs created these tiles to recreate the surface of the Death Star in your home.

Originally made for a sci-fi fan's home theater system, the tiles ape the imperialist look of the Death Star, and can be fit together in any configuration.

There are 20 master tiles total.

Although not recreations of Industrial Light and Magic's original tiles, these capture the look of the Death Star well enough.

And, of course, save at least a few hundred quadrillion dollars off the Death Star's asking price.

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Well, okay, Death Star tiles. But either way, you can still relive the trench run.

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According to the best estimates out there, building your own Star Wars Death Star would cost you the equivalent of 850 quadrillion dollars. That's enough to break your second mortgage. If you just want the aesthetics of a Death Star without its planet-obliterating abilities, though, Thomas Silva designs have you covered. They'll sell you tiles to turn any surface into an X-Wing trench run.

First, some background. When special effects house Industrial Light And Magic built the Death Star for the original Star Wars movie back in 1976, they designed it with a few considerations in mind. A lunar-sized war machine, the Death Star's surface needed to seem both vast and desolate, like a manmade moon of death, mass-produced by an evil empire that reflected its disdain for life right down to its bleached, bulbous skin. But at the same time, ILM needed whatever design they came up with to be practical, something they could build quickly and film from many different angles without obviously betraying that the so-called Death Star was just a model built on a warehouse floor.

ILM's solution was genius: they made a series of interchangeable tiles that they could layer as needed for Death Star close-ups. Each of these tiles looked soullessly imperial and vaguely biomechanical, but they could be mixed up as needed to emulate a much larger surface. Superimpose a bunch of swooping X-Wings and voila! You've got the Death Star run. As long as you have a flat surface and the right tiles, you can transform it into a destroyer of worlds.

Image: Courtesy of Tom Spina Designs

That's why we're so delighted that someone has finally reproduced those tiles. Asked by a client to create a home theater evocative of being inside a starship, the guys at Tom Spina Designs created a series of 14 "master tiles" that could be tiled on the walls to recreate the feeling of the Star Wars trench run, as seen from the inside.

"We suggested themed three dimensional tiles inspired by the Star Wars Death Star trench and surfaces as a wainscot of sorts, running under the screen and along the lower walls and steps," explains Tom Spina Designs on the company's website. "These would give a sense of "tech" to the decor and, while recognizable to the avid fan, they would not be an over the top, obvious themed element. The end result blends wonderfully, with our pieces being a subtle accent, just one part of a large and awe-inspiring themed home theater."

The brilliance of ILM's approach was that it reduces the Death Star down to linoleum. Now you can buy that linoleum, albeit at a bespoke price. As of writing, Tom Spina Designs hasn't clarified to Co.Design how much that would cost, but it's got to beat 850 quadrillion dollars, right? May the adhesive force be with you, always.

[Image: Courtesy of Tom Spina Designs]

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  • KMDAB

    Are these flat, or do they have a raised surface? I don't think i'd wan to stumble on the latter at 3am while looking for a midnight snack. But if they're flat....shut up and take my money!

  • anarchduke

    What you could do is lay these raised tiles on a flat table then cover it in a liquid resin. Then you'd end up with a flat surface that has this underneath. And if you were feeling extra artsy, you could sink tiny spaceships inside the resin to recreate the flight run as well.

  • funkiest_venus

    Awesome ...Star Wars never gets old -and this? Why wasn't this thought of before? We also need Death Star light shades and Darth Vader kettles that play the imperial march music as they boil :) please :) x