In the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back (often considered the best of the Star Wars films), Han Solo saves the life of an unconscious Luke Skywalker by slicing open a dead Tauntaun and spending the night on the deathly cold planet Hoth inside the smelly carcass.
Every year, Think Geek comes up with some goof products they unveil on April Fool's Day. On April 1st, 2009, the coolest possible Star Wars product ever was a featured item, -the Tauntaun Sleeping Bag. Oh yeah, crawl inside a smelly animal just like Han and Luke and stay warm and alive for the night! Alas, it was an April Fool, but that didn't stop everyone and their brother from wanting one.
It wasn't the first (or second) time that Think Geek had to produce an April Fool product after the fact because of popular demand. You'd think they would have learned their lesson from the Personal Soundtrack Shirt that started as an April Fool joke the year before which they had to go and invent to satisfy customers. This time, getting the product made was an even bigger challenge because they had to get licensing from Lucasfilm. A notice appeared on the item listing within a couple of days:
ATTN Tauntaun Fanatics! Due to an overwhelming tsunami of requests from YOU THE PEOPLE, we have decided to TRY and bring this to life. We have no clue if the suits at Lucasfilms will grant little ThinkGeek a license, nor do we know how much it would ultimately retail for. But if you are interested in ever owning one of these, click the link below and we'll try!