The amazing R2D2 pumpkin, from the creator of the Death Star pumpkin!

This is one astromech droid that will keep you flying. This incredible R2D2 pumpkin is the work of Noel Dickover, the undisputed champion of science-fiction pumpkin carving who gave us the Death Star pumpkin. And check out pumpkin Darth Vader!

These images come from Dickover's amazing site, Fantasy Pumpkins, which also includes a tutorial on how to carve your very own Death Star pumpkin. When he's not bringing your greatest dreams of a galaxy far, far away to life in pumpkin flesh, he's a volunteer with CrisisCommons, a group of techies who pool their skills to respond to natural disasters. Dickover explains to NPR:

In thinking about carving R2-D2, I absolutely had to have a fairly tall, completely cylindrical looking pumpkin. I found one that weighed in at right around 40 lbs. Without this, there's no way I could have gotten the detail I was looking for. The other issue is whether the pumpkin has a smooth surface or whether it has a "grooved" surface. Grooved lines on R2-D2 obviously wouldn't work. Finally, for R2-D2, because I didn't have a pattern, I needed to have pictures of anatomically accurate R2-D2 pictures. I found these both with the Weta Sideshow R2-D2 sculpture and with some videos of fully functional R2-D2 units from the R2-D2 Maker's group.

Here are more images of R2D2 plus the new Darth Vader carving — tons more at the link! [Fantasy Pumpkins]

The amazing R2D2 pumpkin, from the creator of the Death Star pumpkin!

The amazing R2D2 pumpkin, from the creator of the Death Star pumpkin!

The amazing R2D2 pumpkin, from the creator of the Death Star pumpkin!

The amazing R2D2 pumpkin, from the creator of the Death Star pumpkin!

The amazing R2D2 pumpkin, from the creator of the Death Star pumpkin!

The amazing R2D2 pumpkin, from the creator of the Death Star pumpkin!