The only thing more hotly anticipated than the Dec. 18 release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the release of all of the corresponding intergalactic toys.
The toys are being introduced through a series of unboxing events happening all over the world, with the first one taking place at 5:45 EST on Wednesday, Sept. 2 in Sydney, Australia. Since then, more “Star Wars” toys have been unveiled and unboxed in Hong Kong, Paris, New York and more. All of the fanfare is leading up to #ForceFriday, the day all of the toys will be available to the public.
The new range of toys has something for Star Wars fans big and small. Here are a few of the standouts:
• Customizable lightsabers. The initial trailer for “The Force Awakens” confused several fans with the debut of character Kylo Ren’s fiery three-pronged lightsaber.
For kids, the possibilities are about to become even more eccentric. From a glowing knuckle-duster to a dual-saber spear, the “Star Wars Bladebuilders” toys from Hasbro boast over 100 possible combinations. Lights and sounds add to the authenticity.
The sabers are priced at $49.99.
• Galactic games. Disney has collaborated with LucasArts to create “Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars,” an interactive, sand-box style video game that brings “Star Wars” toys to life. The game allows players to explore three different “Star Wars” time lines, including one based around “The Force Awakens” that features the characters Finn and Rey.
The game is available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and the Wii U and is priced at $64.99.
• “Star Wars” Lego sets. No toy unveiling would be complete without a Lego playset or two, and this time is no exception.
Lego has debuted seven different spacecraft sets inspired by the upcoming film, including the X-Wing fighter, the First Order Snowspeeder and the iconic Millennium Falcon.
The sets are priced from $79.99 to $149.99.
• Life-size stormtroopers. Ditch the security system, these huge figures can protect your home with the power of the Force, and look mighty intimidating while they’re doing it.
Toy maker Jakk’s Pacific has launched 48-inch-tall interactive figures of Kylo Ren and a stormtrooper that can sense motion and will spout sound effects and lines from the “Star Wars” films when approached.
For those who prefer something a little subtler, 31-inch-tall Kylo Ren and stormtrooper figures also available through Jakk’s Pacific.
The figures are priced from $34.99 to $99.99.
• Your very own BB-8 droid. Perhaps the most-hyped toy, this spherical little bot seems aimed for an older set of Star Wars fans, although it is rated highly by puppies as well.
BB-8 is the droid of Oscar Isaac’s character Poe in the film.The rolling robot toy version, made by Sphero, can be operated through a smart phone app and a series of voice commands.
The only downsides to this fun little droid side-kick are the small battery – the toy requires three hours of charge time for one hour of play – and the price tag – $149.99.
You can watch the tiny droid in action below:
Luckily, Friday is just around the corner. Until then, you can tide yourself over by re-playing the 15-second teaser clip of “The Force Awakens” that was released on the “Star Wars” Instagram account last week, or start making plans for you and your trust BB-8 bot to visit Disney’s upcoming “Star Wars” themed lands.