11th Brigade of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force have built an outstanding, 50 ft (15 m) tall and 75 ft (23 m) wide, Star Wars snow sculpture of Darth Vader along with Stormstroopers to defend him, TIE fighters and the Death Star can be also seen. The sculpture was created for the annual Sapporo Snow Festival and took 3,500 tons of snow and nearly a month to construct.
According to Quartz, the Japanese military has been participating in the Sapporo Snow Festival since 1955 and considers the process of building large sculptures a training exercise.
The project was approved by Lucasfilm in anticipation of the new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.
Photograph above by Lucasfilm Ltd