This Death Star-funding story just became a trilogy. First, the White House shot down a petition to build a Death Star. Then, a team took to Kickstarter to crowdfund a Death Star. Now it's Return of the Jedi: a team is looking for $11 million to build a fleet of X-Wings, and it's already got more than $100,000.
From the Kickstarter:
And here are the schematics they've got listed.
So, three Star Wars funding gags. Still pretty funny! But let's not make the mistake of delving into prequel territory, guys.
For both of these projects....who's pocketing all this money? It's not going to end up building anything.
Yeah, I want to know where this money actually goes if they happen to meet their goal.
The money must get returned to the people who donated if the creator of the project cannot deliver on the promised product.
People have too much time and money on their hands. Send some of that money to me, I'll make good use of it. I can use it to fund a mindless television program for mindless people to enjoy. Or I can use to to fund my plans to produce whiskey on the moons surface. Give a whole new name to moonshine.
You guys are pathetically cynical. If you took ten seconds our of your whining to actually, you know, click the link and inform yourselves about the very thing you are complaining, you would see that all donations are to be returned. It states this in the terms of their project. Kickstarter does not actually collect or deliver the money until they guarantee the parameters of the project have been met; if somehow these people tried to renege and pocket the money, Kickstarter would simply block approval, so either way the donations will never actually be taken from the donors.
Thus the people 'wasting their money' (most of the people have donated about a dollar) do so with the knowledge they will never actually lose any money. If, somehow, they did, they lose a dollar on a joke. Have none of you ever spent a few bucks on a gag gift? Are you completely incapable of having fun, laughing at a joke, or doing anything that is not 100% practical and productive? Do you wake up, brush your teeth, work ceaselessly for 16 hours, then go back to sleep, every day of your life? I suppose you vehemently oppose the idiom "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" as some insidious communist plot?
Smile. Laugh. Have some fun. There is a difference between healthy skepticism and total distrust, between careful practicality and bitter distrust. Quit being such miserably unpleasant people.
turn that frown upside down
Looking at the numbers while I'm writing this,
75 think the gag worth 1$
105 think the gag worth 10$
5 for 5000$
13 for 10000$
Freezing 1$ or 10$ a couple of months or so, the time to be refund no problem.
5000$ or more they must be rich and confident to get it back.
I expect to get an X-Wing.
I WILL TEST PILOT THAT SUCKER!!!
I suspect this to be a publicity stunt by Disney.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a Grade-A Star Wars fan geek, but how can something like this get that much support when people know it's fake, yet something like Cybernated Farm Systems on IndieGoGo is barely cresting $10k and it's purpose is to use science, engineering and technology to feed people around the world in a sustainable way?
Love my job, since I've been bringing in $82h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online…
I submit that Alderan is far too remote for a useful demonstration, as is the Hoth system.
In a way, Princess, you've helped us decide on the planet we will use to bring our station fully operational. Target her home planet, Earth.
From their Kickstarter campaign:
Risks and challenges
As with the Death Star, our biggest challenge is making sure Kickstarter and all of our Backers know that this is also a joke. We LOVE the Death Star Kickstarter project, and just wanted to post the logical challenge project to it.
In the hilarious and unlikely event that we come close to reaching our Funding Goal, we'll pull the plug on the project. We might have an actual engineer on our team, but Simon has no clue how to build an X-Wing. Well, nothing more complex than a Lego model, anyways.