Now that the Star Wars galaxy is closer to home – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the latest addition at Disney parks in California and Florida – fans of all ages are embracing the toys and gadgets of the Star Wars universe.
For those of us who collected Luke and Leia action figures in the late 1970s to new fans who are just now discovering the world of BB-8, Kylo Ren, Finn and Rey, new toy options just seem endless today. But here are four toys we’re definitely adding to our collections next.
LEGO Darth Vader’s Castle
Darth Vader’s castle on the planet Mustafar – the lava planet from 2005’s “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” where Anakin Skywalker was left for dead – is recreated in LEGO form with this amazing set. It includes the feature-packed castle, a Vader figure, two Royal Guard figures and an Imperial Transport pilot. It’s recommended for children 9 years and up (and really kids of all ages).
Remember that cool Landspeeder toy you had as a kid? The little wheels popped up under the vehicle to give it that futuristic “floating” effect. This new R2-D2 droid really ups the ante on those innocent days. An integrated speaker and LED lights make R2 completely lifelike.
Star Wars Beach Ball Set
It’s probably not a good idea to bring a droid to a beach or swimming pool, but rest easy with this set of Star Wars-themed inflatables. BB-8, R2-D2 and the Death Star – each as a 14-inch ball – await your commands.
Boba Fett Funko Pop
If you thought collecting Star Wars LEGO sets was addictive, wait until you make that first step in the Funko Pop world. Truth be told, not many original fans of Star Wars probably knew what a “bounty hunter” – Boba Fett’s profession – was when “The Empire Strikes Back” premiered in 1980. Ah, youth.