For almost as long as there have been Star Wars movies, there have been Star Wars toys. And with the seventh chapter in the galactic saga, The Force Awakens, set to drop on December 16 (that's 105 days to be exact ... not that anyone is counting), speculation about the spinoff merchandise has been building to a fever pitch here on the Interwebs. All that changes today, though, because Disney and Lucasfilm have pulled back the curtain on nearly 1,000 products in a "global event"/fabricated holiday dubbed Force Friday. To be honest, most of the featured goodies don't rise much above your standard, garden-variety movie swag, but dig deeper and you'll find some real keepers in the mix, including a handful of items we suspect will be must-haves come Halloween and then again at Christmas.
Here then are 10 of our favorite The Force Awakens toys (and toys is used here as a loose catchall for related products).
Millennium Falcon Cockpit Bed — $3,999
Admit it: you've always wanted to pilot the Millennium Falcon. This bed, modeled after the iconic spacecraft's cockpit, won't get you any closer to that particular goal but it will kick your dreams into lightspeed. Remember: it may not look like much, but Pottery Barn has made some special modifications so it definitely has it where it counts.
Finn's Pilot Jacket — $49.95
We still don't know that much about Finn. Is he friend or foe, stormtrooper turncoat or Jedi-in-training? What we do know is that he has excellent taste in fashion, as evidenced by the quilt-lined coat pictured there on the right. As the product description notes, the front pockets, cadet collar, and flyboy patches put it "flight years ahead" of the competition.
That uncontrollable sobbing you hear right now? That's me discovering it's only available in children's sizes. I'm a grown man and I would seriously wear this intergallactic cafe race every day for the rest of my life.
Poe's LEGO X-Wing Fighter — $84.95
The toys associated with the second trilogy were largely panned, the notable exception being the unbelieveably cool LEGO collection (one of the Danish company's first real forays into branded properties). It's no surprise then that some of the most coveted Star Wars releases this time around are also built with bricks. The range currently includes TIE fighters, snowspeeders, a and deluxe Millennium Falcon (block count: 1329), but the pièce de résistance (pun totally intendo) is this black X-Wing (featured above), which is particularly stylish.
For more about the LEGO line, bounce on over to Gizmodo; they have a gaggle of hi-res pics to swoon over.
Spudtrooper Mr. Potato Head — $14.95
If you read Geek Gold, Yahoo Shopping's bi-weekly column about toys, you know we absolutely adore the Mr. Potato Head crossovers with a pop culture twist. And this little guy, labeled the spudtrooper, is no exception.
Come to the Dark Side: we have potassium. Or something like that. Also available in tater form: Frylo Ren, the franchise's new baddie.
Captain Phasma Voice Changing Mask — $24.95
Like Finn, we still don't know too much about what role Captain Phasma (portrayed by Game Of Throne's Gwendoline Christie) will play in the new trilogy, but we do know that her reflective blast suit is already a fan fave. This helmet, part of said armor, comes programmed with a bevy of her quotes from the film (we presume) but it also includes a modulator that lets users channel their voice through hers. Similar voice changing masks, it should be noted, are also available for Darth Vader (is he in this film? hmmm ... ), Kylo Ren, and Chewbacca (RWGWGWARAHHHWWR!) .
Chewbacca's Nerf Bowcaster — $24.99
Speaking of 7-foot-tall Wookiees with a temper, Chewie's signature weapon, the bowcaster has been cleverly reimagined as a Nerf gun. Even better, the design uses real crossbow action to blast darts up to 65 feet away. It even includes a side clip that houses four projectiles and a removable scope in case you want to just use the Force to target your enemies ... or siblings.
Need a bag to stash the bowcaster in? Pair it with this furry, bandoliered-backpack for the total Chewbacca experience.
Death Star Bean Bag — $149
No word yet on whether this redesign has eliminated that pesky thermal port that was the first Death Star's fatal flaw, but this bean bag does seem like an ideal spot from which to rule the galaxy after you dissolve the Imperial Senate. At 31-inches in diameter, it'll seat both kids and adults; even better, if any of your four-legged Wookiee friends leave hair all over it, the slipcover zips off for easy cleaning.
First Order Stormtrooper iPhone 6 Case — $19.95
We all know stormtroopers can't shoot worth a damn, but we're calling it now: this shell for your iPhone 6 is going to be a hit. Putting the fun back in functional, it's a simple and striking way to guard your mobile investment.
Millennium Falcon Remote Control Quadcopter — $88
So maybe that bed featured earlier won't fulfill your dream of piloting Han's beloved ship, but perhaps this remote-controlled Millennium Falcon quadcopter will. Can it make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs? Unlikely. Will it swerve through an asteroid field or outrun Bobba Fett's Slave I? The odds are against you. Will your friends and neighbors try to Force choke it from you in a fit of jealousy? Yes, yes they will.
Constructed from a high-density foam, the Millennium Falcon quadcopter comes equipped with 2.4GHz communication giving it a flying range of up to 200 feet. Also on the market: similarly-powered X-Wing and sandspeeder variants.
OK, last but definitely not least is the one item — a droid, naturally — that everyone's been looking for most: a working BB-8, the rolling-robo that stole hearts in the two The Force Awakens trailers released previously. There are a couple of versions floating around — at different price points, a smart move on Star Wars' part — but this one is widely considered to be the best (counterpoint of a sort here). Measuring 4.5 inches in height, this BB-8 can be controlled via an app on your smartphone or tablet (iOS and Android). It also responds to voice commands, projects holograms (kinda), and is said to be "adaptive", meaning it'll cozy up to you as it learns your tics. It will also be on any and all shortlists of the holiday's hottest toys so it's recommended that you reserve yours now!
And, of course we can't end this piece without a video of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer!
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