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Our favorite Star Wars: The Last Jedi toys from Force Friday II

Our favorite Star Wars: The Last Jedi toys from Force Friday II

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Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is arriving in theaters this December, which means it’s time for the inevitable deluge of new Star Wars toys. That’s all starting today, with what Disney is calling Force Friday II. It’s actually a three-day promotion, with retailers around the globe now selling new action figures, toys, and other tie-ins connected with the franchise. (There’s also a nifty augmented reality scavenger hunt that retailers are taking part in.)

But as with all things Star Wars, there’s a lot of information to sift through. That’s where we come in. We sat down to comb through all of the new products and releases, and highlighted the ones that have us most excited. It may be a clever augmented reality headset, an insane new Lego set, or some incredibly accurate helmets, but if they’re on this list, it means we think they’re worth checking out.

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Sphero’s BB-9E and R2-D2

One of the coolest toys to come out of The Force Awakens was the Sphero BB-8, a smartphone-controlled version of the adorable, quirky droid. Now, the company has returned with two new additions to the family. The $149 BB-9E is a new First Order droid featured in The Last Jedi, and bears a resemblance to its nice-guy cousin — only this model comes with actual lighting in the top of the droid. Completing the trio is a Sphero R2-D2, which will sell for $179, and can change from two-legged operation to three-legged rolling mode. It can even replicate many of the droid’s most famous scenes, including falling over after being shot by a team of Jawas. —Bryan Bishop

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges

I have a soft spot for lightsabers, so when I heard that Lenovo and Disney were teaming up for an augmented reality headset that would let owners participate in a duel, I was intrigued. When I found out that the bundle actually included a strikingly accurate lightsaber controller, I was sold. Jedi Challenges is by no means perfect — the headset suffers from limited field of view, and the gameplay is fairly on-rails — but for a gaming toy that runs off a smartphone, it’s nonetheless quite impressive (particularly at $199.99). This one won’t be released until November, but it’s available for preorder at Best Buy and on Lenovo’s website now. —Bryan Bishop

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LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit

LittleBits aims to make learning about electronics easier for students, with Lego-like kits that help them build everything from motorized gizmos to synthesizers. The company is now selling a $99.95 Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit. At first blush, it’s a kit to build a motorized R2-D2 unit, but that’s just the beginning. The whole point of the LittleBits modular system is to encourage experimentation. What starts as a smartphone-controlled R2-D2 could end up being a roving battle bot, or anything else a creative mind can hack together. —Bryan Bishop

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Hasbro Force Link action figures

Hasbro’s standard 3 3/4-inch action figures have more or less remained the same in recent years. Moving forward, however, the company’s figures will be incorporating what it calls Force Link technology. Force Link consists of a plastic band that is worn around the hand, and when players interact with an enabled action figure, vehicle, or playset, the band plays dialogue quips or sound effects from the films. It’s similar to the CommTech feature Hasbro introduced in the late 1990s, where standalone “chips” would activate dialogue cues from a special reader. The twist here is that the RFID chips are located inside the figures themselves, so it’s a bonus feature included with every figure whether fans take advantage of it or not. The Force Link starter kit comes with the band and a Kylo Ren figure for $24.99, while the elaborate BB-8 playset also bundles the band along with a Supreme Leader Snoke and Elite Praetorian Guard figure for $199.99. —Bryan Bishop

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Lego Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon

Lego sets are generally the best thing ever, and Star Wars Lego sets are even more so. But nothing quite tops the upcoming Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon. It won’t be available until October 1st, so I’m technically cheating by including it here, but some rules are made to be broken. At 33 inches long and 22 inches wide, this thing is huge. With 7,541 pieces, it is the largest set that Lego has ever sold. At $799.99, it has the price to match. And it also comes with Mynocks, BB-8, a Dejarik holochess table, and figures to re-create either The Empire Strikes Back or The Force Awakens crew. And did I mention porgs? Oh yeah. They’re there, too. —Bryan Bishop

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ANOVOS The Last Jedi Helmets

For years, high-quality costume replicas were something that you’d have to construct yourself, or have a fan-builder make for you. ANOVOS is one of a handful of companies that have moved into the high-end costuming space, providing accurate, wearable costumes and helmets. The company has announced a pair of new helmets from The Last Jedi: an Elite Praetorian Guard helmet, and a Stormtrooper Executioner helmet. These are expected to ship sometime this fall, but you can preorder them with a 15 percent discount through the Force Friday weekend. These are no mere Halloween masks. The Praetorian Guard is made of fiberglass, with a list price of $600, while the Executioner helmet is constructed from injection-molded ABS plastic, and goes for $275. —Andrew Liptak

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Hasbro Black Series Poe Dameron X-Wing Helmet

Last year, Hasbro produced a really fantastic Black Series Stormtrooper helmet, and it’s following it up this year with one for Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron. Originally unveiled at New York City’s Toy Fair, the $79.99 helmet looks beautiful, and has a surround sound speaker system to play vehicle and BB-8 sound effects. —Andrew Liptak

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Hasbro Black Series Figures

I’m not much of a figure collector, but I am a sucker for troopers — especially Hasbro’s Black Series line. One figure that particularly stands out for me is an Amazon exclusive: a six-inch, First Order Stormtrooper that comes with a bunch of accessories, including a heavy blaster and equipment vest. It’ll make a nice accessory for my desk, but sadly, Amazon is saying that it’ll begin shipping in December.

Another figure that I’m coveting actually made its debut earlier this year as a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive: Grand Admiral Thrawn. He’s a character from the old Expanded Universe, but was recently reintroduced through Star Wars Rebels, and got his own novel and a comic book miniseries. This new figure is the same as the Comic-Con exclusive, minus some of the accessories and special packaging. —Andrew Liptak

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Radio Flyer X-34 Landspeeder

Radio Flyer’s X-34 Landspeeder was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and it’s now on sale at Toys R Us. This 12-volt toy car can carry two passengers (with a maximum weight of 130 pounds), plays a bunch of sounds from the films, and costs a hefty $500. But that’s a small price to pay if you want to give your child the opportunity to live out their dreams of being a farmboy on Tatooine, waiting to rescue the galaxy, right? —Andrew Liptak

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Phasma, by Deliliah S. Dawson

Force Friday isn’t just toys: there’s a handful of books and tie-ins hitting stores as well. One standout is Deliliah S. Dawson’s origin story for Captain Phasma. It’s a fun read that reveals Phasma’s Mad Max: Fury Road-like origins, and adds some much-needed depth to the character that’s made me look at her in some new ways. You can read my full review here. —Andrew Liptak

Picture: Comic Images

Porg plush toy

Sigh. Let’s get this out of the way: I think Ahch-To’s diminutive, puffin-like inhabitants are really adorable. There’s going to be fanboy arguments for years pointing to them as evidence that Star Wars is only about merchandise, but you know what? I don’t care. They’re cute little bird-things, and I have a four-year-old that found one in his room when he woke up, and spent the entire morning hugging it. —Andrew Liptak