The merchandise for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been released, and it’s time to get some serious shopping done. I’ve already done a little bit of it, snatching up a Chewbacca action figure and a T-shirt, but I’m sure to go back for more. Here are some of the items that seem like they’ll be the hottest buys of the new merchandising blitz, along with some things that are downright silly, in my opinion. You be the judge.
Your own astromech droid
In the Apple Store, you can find the $150 BB–8 astromech droid from Sphero, a maker of iOS-connected robot toys. The miniature BB–8 is not much taller than an iPhone 6 is wide, and is an upgraded version of the Sphero 2.0 rolling robot with a magnetically attached head that tilts, wobbles, and beeps. You can also get BB–8 from Best Buy, but apparently not from Amazon yet. Target has its own remote-controlled version of the new astromech droid for $79.99.
Walmart’s special Force Friday event
The retailer’s stores across the country have special displays and events for Star Wars merchandise, and are featuring some cool-looking shirts and toys. You can get a motorized Jedi Master Yoda for $179.97, or a remote-controlled Millennium Falcon for $88.00. There’s a whole “galaxy full of products, content, and more,” from new Lego sets to action figures and cosmetics.
Star Wars: Commander – Worlds in Conflict
Of course, it wouldn’t be AppAdvice if we didn’t talk about an app, and Disney has released an update especially for Force Friday. The latest version of Star Wars: Commander brings you a free selection of elite units, including five Rancors, to command as either part of the Empire or the Rebellion.
I’m probably going to blow my monthly geek budget out of the water
There’s so much to choose from, that I’m probably going to be splurging heavily on geek-related toys and gadgets early on this month. I’m a huge Star Wars fan, and there is just so much I have to have. What’s your favorite new release for Force Friday? Let us know in the comments.