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 10 Force Friday finds, which you absolutely should remove from their original packaging.
Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1Y2WfcCb4M expand=1] 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 the 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.
Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid ($150)
LEGO Star Wars Millennium FalconIf 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.
LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon ($150)
Nerf Chewbacca BowcasterSlap 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.
Nerf Chewbacca Bowcaster ($20)
Bladebuilders Jedi Master LightsaberWield the awesome power of the ultimate Jedi weapon in 100 different configurations. As if a realistic light-and-sound lightsaber isn’t cool enough on its own, this 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..
Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber ($50)
Air Hogs Millennium Falcon QuadIt won’t make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, but it 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).
Air Hogs Millennium Falcon Quad ($90)
Playskool Mr. Potato Head SpudtrooperGet 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.
Playskool Mr. Potato Head Spudtrooper ($13)
Risk: Star Wars EditionThe classic game of world domination was a natural choice for an 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.
Risk: Star Wars Edition ($24)
FurbaccaIt’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 PhraseHow 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.
Star Wars Catch Phrase ($20)
Hot Wheels Star Wars Character Car, StormtrooperIf 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.
Hot Wheels Star Wars Character Car, Stormtrooper ($6)