The newest Star Wars flick isn’t out until Christmas, but fear not, young padawan — there’s still plenty reason to fork over your cash to Lucas and company right freaking now. Because in their latest Jedi mind trick, the money-printing geniuses behind your favorite 40-year-old space opera movie empire created Force Friday, a faux holiday designed for the sole purpose of moving merchandise in advance of the next big payday. Not that that’s a bad thing. This is the golden era of movie tie-in merchandise. Back in the ’80s, you were lucky if your Luke action figure came with a lightsaber. Now they straight-up sell actual droids. Show your kid what a beautiful time it is to be alive with these Star Wars toys from Force Friday, which you absolutely should remove from their original packaging.
The droid you’ve been looking for for months is finally here and holy crap it’s even more glorious than anyone could have imagined. At this point, you’d normally be reading about all this Star Wars toy’s incredible features, like voice command, adaptive personality, and (are you kidding me, it really has) holographic messaging. However, in this case, you’ve probably already 1-click ordered and are tracking BB-8’s trip from across the galaxy (or the Amazon fulfillment center) to your house.
LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon
If you’ve ever waxed nostalgic about opening up your very own Millennium Falcon action figure on Christmas morning, congratulations. You’re no longer allowed to complain about movie-brand-merchandising-synergy, because you started it. Bring your childhood experiences full circle by building this stunningly detailed kit with your kid, then bring everything full circle by watching LEGO Star Wars movies until you can’t remember what the hell came first anymore.
Nerf Chewbacca Bowcaster
Slap a couple Star Wars logos on a Nerf crossbow and you’ve got yourself a Chewbacca Bowcaster. Okay, so some of these are trying a little harder than others, but look at how far those darts fly! Plus it’s got a removable scope in case you need pinpoint accuracy to fire your single remaining shot into your enemy’s lone weak spot, which seems to happen in the Star Wars universe.
Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber
Wield the awesome power of the ultimate Jedi weapon in 100 different configurations. As if a realistic lightsaber isn’t cool enough on its own, this Star Wars kit also comes with 2 Lightdaggers (yes, Lightdaggers), an expansion hilt, 2 elbow connectors, a dual connector, and a cross connector, because that was the sweetest part of that first trailer..
Air Hogs Millennium Falcon Quad
It won’t make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, but this Millenium Falcon Star Wars toy is controllable from up to 200 feet away and doesn’t require a Wookiee to operate — just a pair of AA batteries. There’s no more iconic way to terrorize the squirrels in your yard (or your neighbors).
Playskool Mr. Potato Head Spudtrooper
Get it? Because he’s a Stormtrooper … and a potato. Although if there’s anything Star Wars taught us, it’s that blending in with the Stormtrooper army is remarkably easy, even if you’re a giant space yeti … or a potato.
Risk: Star Wars Edition
The classic game of world domination was a natural choice for a Star Wars intergalactic upgrade. Why settle for ruling weak, feeble Ukraine when you can lord over the entire universe? Seemed to work okay for Vader. Also, the board is shaped like a TIE Fighter. That has nothing to do with the game, it’s just cool to look at.
It’s a Furby. It’s Chewbacca. It’s Furbacca. This interactive toy provides a double shot of nostalgia and a throwback to 1999 that thankfully doesn’t involve Episode 1. It makes Chewie noises, hums those classic theme songs, and plays games. In other words, you can leave your kid alone with it and they won’t even realize you’re gone.
Star Wars Catch Phrase
How many different Millennium Falcons must be put in front of you before you buy one? This one doubles as a Catch Phrase game, which will finally make your encyclopedic knowledge of Star Wars quotes and ephemera socially advantageous. Chewbacca’s signature call marks the end of the round, so even if you lose, you win.
Hot Wheels Star Wars Character Car, Stormtrooper
If a Stormtrooper were a car, well, it would look like this handsome Hot Wheels coupe. There’s a whole galaxy of these things, from Darth Maul to Boba Fett, all of which are speedy looking roadsters except C-3PO, who is some kind of hyperspace hippie van for some reason.
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