A Darth Vader figurine has appeared in Bristol overnight.
Dave Prowse, the Bristol actor and former bodybuilder who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, died aged 85 on Sunday, November 29.
The figurine appeared on the empty Edward Colston plinth, Bristol Live report.
A petition was set up asking for a statue of the Southmead-born actor – who started his career as a weightlifter, bodybuilder and bouncer before heading off to London for a career as an actor – to be placed on the Colston plinth and has attracted more than 450 signatures so far.
And now a Darth Vader figurine has appeared overnight on the plinth, with its left arm raised and the palm open.
It isn’t clear yet who is responsible for it or whether the 1ft figurine has been placed there with permission.
Bristol City Council has been contacted for more information.
It is not the first time figures have been placed on the empty plinth of the slave trader since it was torn down, dragged a third of a mile and thrown into the harbour in the summer.
A strange mannequin of Jimmy Saville appeared, before being removed, as well as a figure of a Black Lives Matter protester.
The toppling of the statue of Edward Colston in the centre of Bristol on June 7, 2020 was seen around the world.
Colston’s statue has since been retrieved from the bottom of Bristol Harbour and is being restored ahead of proposed plans to put it in a museum.