Force Friday is the date all Star Wars fans have on their calendars, and this year it marked the release of new toys and collectibles ahead of the upcoming film Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. The day itself was filled with special events, midnight openings, giveaways and competitions to celebrate the arrival of all things Star Wars, but we’ve picked out a few of our favourite limited edition toys and new technology to fill your Christmas list!
It’s the Furby we Star Wars fans always wanted! This adorable character is an avian species that reside on the secluded planet Anch-To, where Master Luke Skywalker had been hiding prior to Rey’s arrival in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The cuddly critter was created for the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and can now be brought into your own homes, featuring flapping wings, forward waddling movement and chirping sound effects.
Star Wars™: Jedi Challenges – Awaken Your Inner Jedi (YouTube/Lenovo)
Disney has teamed up with Lenovo to produce a unique experience – allowing us become to Jedi using a new augmented reality set. The set is designed to work with smartphones, much like Samsung’s VR headset, but the also includes a highly detailed lightsaber shaped controller to battle AT-ATs and take on Kylo Ren, and a sensor device to track your movements. The toy takes players on their Jedi training journey, facing various challenges and exercises. There is also a more relaxing gameplay, Dejarik Holochess – but remember, always let the wookie win…
NEW UCS Millennium Falcon – LEGO Star Wars – 75192 Reveal Video – Force Friday (LEGO/YouTube)
With 7,541 pieces, the new LEGO Millennium Falcon is the largest and most detailed model kit LEGO has ever created! This ultimate collector’s edition model combines both the new and original trilogy. The model features removable panels to reveal the intricate details inside like the Holochess board and the Jedi training helmet. The set includes Rey, Finn and Older Han Solo, alongside Princess Leia, Han Solo and C-3PO, and allows you to alter the ships appearance for interchangeable play between the classic films and Episodes VII/VIII.
Relive your own battle for Endor and the Death Star trench run with Propel’s new battle drones. These high performance drones can reach speeds of 35 MPH, and allow you to engage with others using the multiplayer laser combat modes. Each drone is hand painted, and comes in its own collectable display box. There are currently three ships to collect; 74-Z Speeder Bike (complete with Stormtrooper rider), T-65 X-Wing Starfighter and TIE Advanced X1 fighter.
Why limit Star Wars to us humans? Now your pets can join in with Star Wars and The Last Jedi-themed toys and costumes. The range covers everything from Darth Vader mice to a Princess Leia’s iconic buns knitted hat, a Chewbacca collar to a Porg pillow – something for every Star Wars fan’s furry friend.
Released in a series of books relating to The Last Jedi, Journey to Star Wars, this book comprises of 15 easy to build models of the most iconic starships in in the saga. The models for you to craft include the X-Wing, the Imperial Star Destroyer, the Millennium Falcon and Rey’s Speeder. The models range from beginner to expert, and all contain detailed instructions. You can create these highly detailed models using the pages themselves and a pair of scissors, as the art of Kirigami requires simple folds and cuts to produce the ships.
Another limited-edition release curtsey of Force Friday II, only the contents of your purchase remains a complete mystery until it arrives at your door. If you can manage the agonising wait and suspense, the surprise includes over £90 worth of Star Wars goodies. But hurry, there are only 300 boxes available!
Have you ever been shaving and thought “…this experience could be a bit more Star Wars-y”? Well now it can, as Philips has introduced new Star Wars-themed electrical shavers. Each shaver is presented in a special edition gift pack, and the Dark Side box contains the background to the Sith for bathroom reading. The shavers are inspired by the colours of Kylo Ren and BB-8, displaying battery power in the form of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber, and detailed schematics of the loyal astromech droid.
This genius product will bring an end to lost keys, and what’s even better, is that they are now Star Wars themed. Featuring a range of classic characters – Chewbacca, Darth Vader, R2-D2 and Stormtroopers – you can simply attach the Finders to possessions that you’re prone to misplacing and with the accompanying app, track them down. The Finder also alerts you when you get out of a 30m range from the item. We no longer have to dig down the back of the sofa to find our wallets, we can use the Force instead to locate their positions. The app also allows users to find lost phones by recording the last known location.
Inspired by the impending The Last Jedi film, Toshiba is releasing a 24-inch TV so viewers can be a part of the Star Wars movies. The bezel is decorated with X-Wing silhouettes, ‘May the Force Be With You’ inscribed on the stand, and the Star Wars logo covers the screen upon starting-up the TV. When switched off, it plays climactic Star Wars themed sounds, including the iconic hum of a lightsaber. Features include built-in Wifi, and smart TV functions, it will arrive in Star Wars packaging complete with all the familiar characters.
Amaze your guests at your next Star Wars themed fancy dress party with your own Death Star. The speaker levitates above its base using electromagnetic repulsion technology, for up to 5 hours, while you can play your Star Wars theme songs via Bluetooth. Not only is the orb gravity-defying, but it effortlessly rotates to the speed of the music for 360o sound.
Now every mealtime can be fuelled by Star Wars, with the limited edition shapes and packaging from Campbell’s. The collection includes Darth Vader and Yoda Spaghettios, alongside Stormtrooper and R2-D2 soups. They contain no artificial colours, flavours or MSG so that healthy young padawans can continue their Jedi training.
These Are The Droids You’re Looking For (Star Wars App-Enabled Droids By Sphero) (YouTube/Sphero)
The arrival of The Last Jedi brings the first appearance of BB-8’s (presumably) evil twin, BB-9E. The astromech droid already feels more menacing, with its black shell and red lighting. Become a member of the First Order as you command this droid using the accompanying app, but it can also patrol on its own using sophisticated technology and special awareness.
“This is not the droid you’re looking for… it’s the droid that’s looking for you.”
A new clothing line allows all children to wear Star Wars, with t-shirts, pyjamas and trousers all emblazoned with iconic characters and quotes. Featuring both the heroes and villains, droids and starships there’s something to suit all budding Jedis.
The only downside to these products is they don’t come in adult sizes.
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