Whether you are a fan of the Empire or the Resistance, there are a number of cool things to buy and do this year including Star Wars-themed coding classes at Apple, an augmented reality game to earn special Star Wars badges from visiting certain stores, and the usual piles of Star Wars Lego, drones, robots and toys from the likes of Hasbro and more.
- Star Wars collection on Amazon UK
- Star Wars collection on Amazon US
- Star Wars Force Friday II on John Lewis
- Star Wars deals on Lego
We've rounded up the best, so you can either put them on your gift list or treat a young Jedi or two.
Star Wars: Furreal Chewbacca Animatronic Plush
Surreal has been making impressive tech pets for years, but combining its character creation skills with the Star Wars licence is a step change in these quarters. The Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie, to give him his official title, may stray from the gruff comedic presence on the silver screen but who cares - he’s adorable.
He has sensors all over to respond to touch interactions. He also knows when you pick him up or move him around. Lie him down and rock him gently and he will close his eyes, fall asleep and gently let out a Wookie snore.
Propel Star Wars Laser Battle Drones
We first saw the Battle Drones from Propel around the release of Rogue One, but this year the company has launched a Collector's Edition for Star Wars fans getting ready for The Last Jedi.
The new range, which will come with a companion app, features the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter, Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1 and a 74-Z speeder bike. All three quadrocopters boast flying speeds of more than 50 km/h and the ability to do corkscrew rolls as you try and recreate the epic space battles from the eight films. Thankfully there is a training mode for first-time flyers.
The limited edition Star Wars Laser Battle Drones are available exclusively from John Lewis at a retail price of £199.
Think of this as an evil BB-8. BB-9E is a menacing astromech droid of the First Order and, like BB-8, gets its own Sphero version.
You can control it with your phone or tablet and the rolling robot will be able to interact with other Star Wars App-enabled Droids by Sphero. You can watch films from the Star Wars saga by your side.
We last saw R2-D2 at the end of Force Awakens, booting back into life. Now you can control him via your phone or tablet thanks to Sphero.
Artoo’s signature front and rear LED lights are fully functional, and an integrated speaker means the beeps and boops come right from the little droid itself.
Sadly, there is no hologram mode yet, but like BB-9E and BB-8, Artoo will be able to talk to other droids and watch the movies with you, beeping at the exciting points. There's also an AR mode that will allow you to drive around the Millennium Falcon.
Hasbro Force Link Starter Set and characters
When the first Star Wars came out we had many of the original action figures. Now, for The Last Jedi, we get the same style figurines, but with the added bonus of being able to wave them over a Force Link bracelet to play a range of different noises and sounds.
The Force Link set comes with Kylo Ren and can be seen very much as an add-on to the classic toys you probably know and love.
Star Wars C1412EU4 Blade Builders Path of the Force Lightsaber Game
Hasbro is launching a new lightsaber to coincide with the forthcoming film. But rather than try and sell you two, or make you choose in the shop, this set allows you to customise your own to either represent the light (Jedi) or dark (Sith) side of the force.
Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges
Described as an app-enabled augmented reality experience, Lenovo's Star Wars product comprises a headset that you slip your phone into and a connected lightsaber accessory. Using them, you can have lightsaber battles against the likes of Kylo Ren.
It costs £250, but there are a number of games available, including Holochess and a strategic combat game too.
Our main advice, after having had a quick go at the Disney Force Friday event earlier this year, is to make sure you don't get too involved and chop down your mates. We almost hacked down a small child, Anakin Skywalker style.
Radio Flyer Land Speeder
Radio Flyer, the company famous for the the pull-along red wagon, has teamed up with Disney to create an electric Land Cruiser from the Star Wars universe. And your little ones can travel along in it.
Designed to look as if it's hovering, it costs £449.99. Sadly you'll either need to be small or nimble to get it in. We tried and failed.
Jedi Training Remote
This is a flying Jedi Training Remote that looks more like the "Golden Snitch" from Harry Potter, but nonetheless will let you control a hovering ball with a simple remote rather than having to rely on an iPhone.
It incorporates details and realistic design with clever auto flight technology to keep the droid airborne. LED lights replicate random firing sting beams and repulsors. Users can choose from two flying modes, via a remote control or the more exciting "Force Control" with your hands, feet or any solid object waved below. It costs £29.99.
Hasbro Forces of Destiny Leia and Rey
Why should girls' dolls just be about cutesy princesses in pink gowns or girls that like to shop?
Hasbro certainly thinks there's more to girls' dolls with its Forces of Destiny range. Here you get to give the girls of your life (and many boys too) a Princess Leia from Return of the Jedi or Rey from Force Awakens.
LittleBits Droid inventor Kit
Using LittleBits electronic blocks technology and the free Droid Inventor app, kids big and small will be able to teach their R2 Unite robot new tricks and take it on more than 16 missions across the Star Wars universe.
Kids can even level-up their inventor expertise and reconfigure their droid to give it new skills, allowing it to be controlled by The Force or similar. The Droid inventor Kit comes with everything kids need to create and customise their R2 Unite straight out of the box.
Lego Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon 75192
Coming in at £649.99, this 7,541 piece Lego version of the Millennium Falcon will be enough to excite Lego and Star Wars fans alike.
It is a hybrid version of all the Millennium Falcons that have appeared in the movies.
Characters included in the set include Chewie, Han Solo (old and young), Rey, C3-PO and BB-8. The set also features the strange bat creatures from the meteorite cave in Empire and a couple of the new puffin-like creatures, Porgs.
Lego First Order Heavy Assault Walker 75189
The new Star Wars film will feature a couple of new vehicles, including a redesigned AT-AT Walker dubbed the AT-M6. And you will be able to buy one in Lego form.
The heavily armoured walker comes with Rey, Captain Poe Dameron, a resistance trooper, a First Order Walker Driver and a First Order Stormtrooper. The set costs £129.99.
Lego Kylo Ren's TIE Fighter 75179
In The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren gets his own customised TIE Fighter, and with this Lego set you get to build it.
The set includes Kylo Ren, a TIE Fighter Pilot, First Order Stormtrooper and the new BB-9E.
Lego First Order Star Destroyer
The new "baddie" spaceship will feature for the first time in The Last Jedi and looks to be Supreme Leader Snoke's spaceship of choice.
In the pretty large set you'll get Snoke, BB-9E and a couple of First Order officers.
Seriously cute, Funko has created a number of bobble heads for the new characters of the forthcoming film. Our favourite has to be Chewie with a Porg.
The characters cost £12.99 each in the UK.
Firebox Star Wars Mystery Box
Firebox creates a number of Mystery Boxes already, from Japanese to Unusual. Now you can add Star Wars to that list.
The special Star Wars themed version of Firebox’s Mystery Box contains over £90 of Star Wars merch for £49.99. The contents are, naturally, a mystery. However, Firebox tells Pocket-lint that the products included are a mix of Star Wars-related items sourced exclusively for this special box. There are only 300 available, so you better be quick!
Star Wars Battlefront II
EA improves greatly on last year’s Battlefront with a sequel that adds a large, single-player campaign to the mix. It has an original story set across the gaps between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
In addition, you get the best space battles we’ve seen in game form yet. Massive skirmishes in TIE-Fighters, X-Wings and other ships drawn from the vast Star Wars now take place in the cold depths of space too, with dogfights around Imperial Star Destroyers placing you in the Star Wars experience like never before.
Star Wars Battlefront II is available for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Star Wars Levitating Death Star Speaker
That's no moon, as the quote goes, it's no ordinary speaker either. Created by Plox, this 5-watt speaker delivers 360 degrees of sound for five hours on a single charge just hovering there like it doesn't care. Yours for £129.99.
Philips BB-8 electric shaver
Okay, so not a toy, but worthy of a mention. Lets face it we all know a Star Wars fan older than 18 anyway (ourselves too).
Philips has teamed up with Disney to create a range of electric shavers in the Star Wars colours including BB-8, R2-D2 and more generic "light" and "dark" sides of the Force.
Prices start from £119.99 and go up to £329.99. The company has even gone as far as including specific droid details to the different shavers including BB-8 eye as the power-on button for example.
Scalextric Star Wars Death Star Attack and Scalextric Start Star Wars Battle of Endor
The two biggest toy brands of your childhood; Star Wars and Scalextric are joining forces in 2012 bring us the Micro Scalextric Star Wars Death Star Attack set that will cost £69.99 and the Scalextric Start Star Wars Battle of Endor which costs £99.99.
The first sees you and a mate trying to knock each other off the track in a split time trial race X-Wing versus Tie-Fighter, while the second features a bigger 1/32 scale track system racing as Luke Skywalker and the other as an Imperial Scout on the Speed Racers from Return of the Jedi.
RC Jumbo Inflatable R2-D2
The RC Jumbo Inflatable R2-D2 stands 26-inches (65cm) tall and is controlled in much the same way as a normal remote controlled car giving you an almost life-size, life-like R2-D2 for your home.
Coming out in Q3/Q4 this year (autumn/winter time), the RC Jumbo Inflatable R2-D2 is expected to retail for around £40 and should give you plenty of fun around your house. Blaze, the makers of the remote control droid, also say that other characters will be coming too. Sadly Princess Leia doesn't come in the box for dads.
R2-D2 phone safe
When we were kids our secret storage was an old shoe box that we had coloured in with some felt tip pens, but that's old hat, today's kids want something a little more high-tech.
In steps the R2-D2 safe that is unlocked by your iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphone. Rather than using the latest cutting edge technology like Bluetooth, Wireless or NFC, the app works by sending a receiver a series of lights as if it was Morse code once you've docked the phone.
That also means that you can work it with Android handsets as the company behind the new gadget told Pocket-lint that there is an Android app coming as well. The lack of expensive technology means that the safe will cost just £19.99 when it comes out in the UK in June.
It isn't as big as a shoebox, but it should be big enough to store some of your favourite (small) trinkets.
Darth Vader bedside lamp
We've already seen Lego Yoda and Stormtrooper lamps, but have you seen the Darth Vader one with glowing lightsaber? Thought not.
Due out later this year the Dark Sith will be happy to take a break from doing no good to lighting your kids bedroom come bedtime.
There are two versions available - one with the lights shining out of his feet, the other from the lightsaber. Both should be on sale in the coming months.
Yoda Air Hedz by Bluw
Air Hedz are the heads of your favourite Star Wars characters in giant size filled with air that you can then wear on your head. If that sounds simple and stupid enough that's because that's exactly what it is (as you can see by the picture).
Costing £11.99 all you've got to do is slip them on your bonse and you're ready to look like a dork. Just don't expect to be able to easily walk through doors. Those not impressed by Yoda will be glad to hear you can get Stormtrooper hedz as well.
Han Solo in Carbonite Silicone Tray
For Star Wars fans who feel that their lives aren't quite complete, this could well be the answer. Not only can you recreate the scene from The Empire Strikes Back where everyone's favourite intergalactic smuggler is placed in suspended animation for delivery to Jabba the Hutt, but you can also produce some spectacular ice cubes for keeping yourself tipple cool and impressing your sci-fi savvy mates at the same time.
The tray comprises one large "Han", which is very roughly the same size as an old-school Star Wars figure, along with six miniature versions and costs £6.49. We recommend you try it with chocolate rather than ice though for better results.
Operation Star Wars R2-D2 Edition
Hasbro is releasing an R2-D2 version of the popular game Operation that sees you having to use your steady hand to get out bits of droid rather than the odd funny bone.
"The Rebel Alliance’s favourite astromech droid has developed all sorts of mechanical maladies, and it’s up to your skillful surgical hands to get the little guy feeling right again," reads the official statement. The new game costs around £20.
Multi Troop Transport Droid Carrier
If you really want to go full out on the action toy front though you'll want the Multi Troop Transport Droid Carrier from Hasbro. In keeping with the dozens of other character action toys you can get, this is one mega set.
For those that need a quick refresher, it is the Droid carrier from The Phantom Menace that is used in the attack on Naboo. For £150 you'll get the Star Wars Class III MTT Vehicle and 20 Droids to attack rebel scum with. Three AAA batteries ensure that it makes plenty of noise. It will be coming in Autumn.
Star Wars Darth Maul Double Bladed Lightsaber
We've seen plenty of Lightsabers in our time here at Pocket-lint, but this new offering from Hasbro is the one that Darth Maul uses in the Phantom Menace and can be split in two for full fighting effect allowing you to either fight with two lightsabers or just the one double bladed option. Unlike the one that is currently on the market, this version lights up giving you that extra realistic effect. Scary.
Lego Star Wars Planets
The LEGO Star Wars Planets, priced at £9.99, are a series of planets from the Star Wars Universe that includes a model, display stand and name plaque all in a planet. There are three to collect with a further three designs coming in Autumn 2012.
Nicely each one has the ability to be hung up making them perfect for the Christmas tree later this year.
Lego X-wing Starfighter and TIE Fighter
Costing £99.98 for the pair, the two sets will allow you to recreate the famous sequence at the end of Star Wars after you've built the spaceships of course.
The 9493 X-wing Starfighter features wings that fold into attack position, proton torpedoes, retractable landing gear and opening cockpit and comes with Luke Skywalker, Jek Porkins, R2-D2 and R5-D8 minifigures.
The 9492 TIE Fighter is equipped with dual flick missiles and opening cockpit alongside a TIE fighter pilot, Imperial officer, Death Star trooper and R5-J2 droid minifigures.
Star Wars Fighter Pods
Think the Lego minifigs that you can buy blind in a bag for a couple of quid and you'll get the idea. Here, instead of a Lego character to build, you get a plastic character from the six Star Wars movies that lives in a clear plastic Death Star like pod. There are over 100 Star Wars Fighter Pods to collect suggesting you could be here for some time.
Those that don't like to take a gamble can, of course, cut corners by buying one of the many sets Hasbro is selling where you can see what you are going to get. Star Wars fans will be able to buy a 4-pack, 8-pack, 12-pack and even a mega 16-pack to guarantee a complete set.