If you are a Star Wars fan, chances are you would already have watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens by now. If you managed to get tickets for the first few days’ screenings, that is.
If you haven’t watched it yet, then you could always sate your inner fanboy or fangirl with the countless Star Wars merchandise, toys, clothing lines, and other tie-in products out there.
But what are we talking about. If you were a Star Wars fan, you would probably own some of those products already anyway. If you haven’t indulged yourself yet, here are four Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys and collectibles that we love the most.
Lego Star Wars: Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Fighter
Did you know that Malaysia is one of the largest markets for Lego’s Star Wars products in the world? That would probably explain why this gorgeous Lego X-Wing has been flying off the shelves so quickly.
Costing RM399, it’s not cheap, of course, but trust us when we say that this is one of the best new Lego products released for The Force Awakens.
Everything about this particular model – from the striking black and orange colours, to the quite ingenious rubber-band method of opening and closing the fighter’s S-foils – is just insanely cool, and after you’ve finished bricking this, you’ll be longing for more Star Wars Lego products to play with.
Oh, and keep a lookout for a whole new wave of The Force Awakens Lego sets coming out in the next week or so. We have no doubt that those are going to fly off the shelves faster than light speed.
For the fan: who used to build their own X-Wing fighters from Lego as a kid.
Bandai Star Wars model kits
Lego too simple for you? Prefer to have more realistic, detailed scale models of your favourite starships and fighters? Well, check out Bandai’s new range of Star Wars model kits then.
Produced by the company that also makes the hugely popular, high-quality Gundam “Gunpla” model kits, Bandai’s Star Wars range includes highly-detailed models of the X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters, Snowspeeder, TIE Fighter, and best of all, the Millennium Falcon. Bandai also has a range of products based on popular characters like Darth Vader and the Stormtrooper.
Each model kit is rich in detail, and comes with a minimal paint job, so you can also add your own details and customisation if you want.
Though we have a soft spot for the Millennium Falcon, we have to admit that the coolest item in the range is definitely the 1/48 scale X-Wing fighter that comes with lights and movable parts that allow the S-foils to open and close at the push of a button.
For the fan: with steady fingers and an eye for detail.
The roly-poly droid BB-8 is, without doubt, one of THE best new characters in the new movie. Trust us, after you watch the movie, you would want a BB-8 of your own as well.
Well, good news for you then, for US robotics company Sphero actually came out with a working, app-driven BB-8 toy that many have said is one of the best Star Wars toys ever made.
There is just so much to love about this toy. You can drive it using an app on your smartphone, make it patrol a certain area, transmit holographic messages on your phone, and even give it voice commands through your phone. That’s hours of fun crammed into a tiny little ball droid.
For the fan: who loves robots and cool tech gadgets.
Royal Selangor Captain Phasma figurine
Earlier this year, Royal Selangor released a range of Star Wars products based on the original trilogy, which consists of statues of Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Yoda, and other iconic characters from the movies.
In conjunction with the release of The Force Awakens, Royal Selangor has also released a second wave of products, this one based on the new movie.
First up is a set of keychains featuring four different eras of Stormtroopers – from the first Clone Troopers to the First Order version in The Force Awakens. But the centrepiece of the new collection is without doubt, the statue of the imposing Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie in the movie.
Basically a hulking, chrome version of a Stormtrooper, the pewter statue captures every detail of the character, from the pockets on her grainy cloak to the sleek compartments on the utility belt-cum-holster, and the blaster.
For the fan: who fancies a work of art in the living room.