A long time ago, in what feels like a galaxy far, far away, I was a kid obsessed with "Star Wars." The first two films in the original trilogy escaped my grasp, but as a five-year-old, I was lucky enough to catch "Return of the Jedi" in the theater (I don't care what you say — the Ewoks were awesome). And the toys, oh those awesome toys. From the Ewok Village (which was eventually eaten by my pet gerbils) to the action figures (still got 'em!), I have fond memories of playing for hours alone or with friends and reenacting various scenes from the films.
Back in the late 90s when the prequels crash-landed, everyone who grew up with "Star Wars" got to enjoy the rush of some fresh toys once again. Unfortunately, those movies were terrible — and the merchandise suffered as a result. But I digress...
Despite "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" not hitting theaters for another several months, Disney is getting a head start on releasing its accompanying toys. Prepare yourself: if you have kids who love these movies or you just love these movies, your bank account is about to take a Death Star-sized direct hit.
Below are five insane and cool "Star Wars" toys to consider picking up for a "Star Wars" obsessed fan. Or, you know, for yourself. I won't tell.
1. Pottery Barn Millennium Falcon Bed
What kid wouldn't want to sleep in the Millennium Falcon? Pottery Barn is making those dreams come true — but only if you have a bank account the size of Jabba the Hutt. This hardwood, hand-painted beauty will set you back a whopping $4,000. For those moms and dads who are a bit more handy, it doesn't seem like this kind of bed would be too difficult to throw together. If you need some inspiration, check out the Millennium Falcon fortress this dad put together for his son's bedroom.
2. A full-functional BB-8 Droid
For those who have yet to see the trailers for "The Force Awakens" (what?!), the film features a new droid called BB-8 that's an adorable complement to the older R2-D2. Sphero, a company behind some really cool remote-controlled robotic balls, actually managed to bring this little droid to life. Their little replica can roll around and balance upright all by itself, with manual controls via a tablet or smartphone. It's bound to be the hit toy of the holiday season — but with this particular droid coming in at $150, it may not be the droid you're looking for. Thankfully, cheaper versions of this little robot ball could exist...
3. Millennium Falcon Aerial Quadcopter
For those that have always wanted to fly the Millennium Falcon comes this fantastic quadcopter from radio-controlled toy maker Air Hogs. It features some cool LEDs, sound effects, and fairly stable flight for those gearing up for their first Kessel Run. As you can hear in the video above, one advantage in the vacuum of space is the lack of sound. For those looking to fly this indoors, bring the ear plugs. The Millennium Falcon quadcopter retails for $109.00, while its X-wing counterpart goes for $69.99.
Naturally, LEGO has released their own tie-ins for "The Force Awakens" with some truly beautiful new sets, including the revamped TIE Fighter, Millennium Falcon and Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle. Despite not having the bells and whistles of some of the toys above, LEGOs are timeless — and a wonderful hours-long distraction if the kids are looking for something to do. But prepare your wallet: each large set costs between $70-$150.
5. Legendary Yoda
While Yoda (as far as we know) doesn't make an appearance in the new "Star Wars" film, he's nonetheless getting a new high-tech toy courtesy of Spin Masters. Standing an impressive 16-inches tall, this robotic Jedi Master can spin a full 360 degrees, wave a lightsaber about with his arms, and speak 115 difference phrases. He can also recognize spoken requests such as "I want to be a Jedi," which will then initiate a personal training session in lightsaber attacks. He's not cheap at $180, but it's a downright bargain compared to spending a lifetime at a Jedi Academy.