The best Stars Wars toys, gifts and gadgets to mark The Last Jedi release date
One minute past midnight on 14 December marks the opening of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest instalment of George Lucas’s iconic franchise. Odds are you know somebody who’s braving subzero temperatures to get their Star Wars fix on the big screen. Perhaps you are that person yourself. Whatever your story, Star Wars is everywhere right now and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
It’s frankly inconceivable that you’d make it through the festive season without the need for a Star Wars gift – for your little sister, for Secret Santa at the office (I work at a tech and science publication so this one’s a no-brainer), hell, maybe even just to mark (read: honour) the eagerly awaited arrival of The Last Jedi.
Read on to see our personal selection of the best Star Wars gifts out there.
Best Star Wars Gifts 2017
If any one object embodies the aura of Star Wars, it’s the trusty lightsaber. Kids and, let’s face it, adults will marvel alike at these pleasingly detailed replicas, which feature red and blue lights for Jedi and Sith battling. Users can even pull an Anakin, swapping sides at the touch of a button.
Novelty door mats are rarely a bad idea. I’ve got one that says “Remember to turn your straighteners off” that might even have saved lives. This one’s quirky and inexpensive – perfect for millennials spending the bulk of their income on rent. Welcome to the Dark Side indeed.
With a more confined age range (8- to 14-year-olds) this LEGO kit comprises 179 pieces, with an end product that’s “highly posable” – players can move Chewbacca into any battle position. Speaking of battle, the figure comes equipped with a spring-loaded shooter and extra ammo, great for fending off enemies. A great, durable gift for the particularly boisterous action player.
Star Wars isn’t just for science buffs. Fans can embrace their creative side with this art case designed to resemble the Millennium Falcon, which comes complete with metallic markers, “Twistables Crayons”, topical colouring pages and more.
It wouldn’t be a true sci-fi gift guide without a smattering of gimmicks, which is where this levitating speaker comes in. Designed to look like the Death Star, the 5-watt speaker can play 360-degree sound for up to five hours. Just don’t use it as a seduction tool.
In keeping with our anticipation for The Last Jedi’s release, this Hyperdrive, which namechecks the film, rolls around in whichever direction you so please, emitting droid sound effects. You control the device via a remote-controlled accelerometer, for no-holds-barred rolling. *Cue Chamillionaire’s Ridin’*
More merch from The Last Jedi, this beautifully detailed 12-inch scale figure makes for a very of-the-moment gift. Perfect for the Star Wars fan who’s already amassed a stash of collectibles, and is looking to branch out accordingly. The collector’s item du jour.
What might first appear as the kind of receptacle your mum stores her cotton wool in is in fact a decanter in the shape of a Stormtrooper – the best thing you never knew existed. It’s oddly stylish, in a sort of ironic way, and can be used to decant up to 750ml of wine or spirits. The perfect accompaniment to an otherwise bland gift of premium liquor.
If there’s one thing we know about sci-fi fans, it’s that they love a bit of cosplay. This official Star Wars costume comprises a printed graphic padded jumpsuit, with matching shoe covers and mask. Escapism has never been so fun…nor realistic.
This is a perfect gift for any serious fan who wants to pay homage to everyone’s favourite celestial franchise, plus, it comes complete with commentary from J.J. Abrams, deleted scenes, an interview with costume designer Michael Kaplan, and a cast table read of the script.
Why not bulk out your figure collection (see above) with this 11-inch Rey of Jakku doll. Her formidable glare is a testament to strong women everywhere, whilst also being eminently customisable, with removable top, shirt, belt, shoes and arm wraps.
A super smart and entertaining gadget, this holocron claims to be able to guess what you’re thinking in under 20 questions. It uses an algorithm to evaluate the answers it’s given, and reports its finding back via the LCD interface. A time-waster, for sure, but like they say, is time you enjoy wasting really wasted time?