Today is a great day for Star Wars fans. Not because something is being released, but because today is May 4th aka Star Wars Day. To help you celebrate the day, here are the best bits of Star Wars gear that you should get your hands on.
The Force Awakens Blu-ray, £15
This the obvious mention, now that the blockbuster return to the Star Wars universe is available to purchase and watch at home. Mega fans out there will want to get the Blu-ray (or should I say Blu-Rey?) to enjoy Episode 7 in glorious high definition, and that'll set you back £15. Those of you who still haven't bothered upgrading your physical media devices or bonus material can also get it on DVD for £10. Those who have ditched physical media altogether can nab it digitally for £14. [Buy it here]
Sphero BB-8, £95
BB-8 was a real prop, and you can get a miniature version that rolls around your own home exploring. It's been out for a while, but Sphero has been updating the companion app to make the mini droid do more, and now it can 'watch' Episode 7 with you and react to key scenes. As ever you can control it with your phone and roll it around your house, or let it explore by itself. There's also a motion controlling watch coming this autumn. [Buy it here]
Lego The Force Awakens, from £23
There was never any doubt that Episode 7 would be turned into a Lego, and here it is. Rather than just being a straight adaptation of the film, the game also includes bonus material set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Canon bonus material, too. If you're tired of watching the film, this is a great way for you to enjoy the film in a different way. It's available on pretty much every platform, too. [Buy it here]
Lego Star Wars Sets
It wouldn't be Star Wars if there wasn't Lego to go with it, and I mean proper build-it-yourself Lego not the virtual kind. There are plenty of sets out there to choose from, but a good selection to check out includes the new Millennium Falcon (£120), Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle (£74), The Ewok village (£255), Rey's Speeder (£15), Poe Dameron's X-Wing (£50), Boba Fett's Slave I, The Jawas' sandcrawler (£289), Darth Maul's Sith Infiltrator (£100), the Imperial Star Destroyer (£215), and the attack on Hoth's Echo Base (£220). If you've got real money to burn there's also the Death Star, but since that's been discontinued by Lego expect to pay outrageous amounts of money.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray, £50
If you haven't already, it's probably worth purchasing the original six Star Wars films on Blu-ray. This has all six films in high definition, plus a whole bunch of extras. Sadly the original trilogy is full of ridiculous changes from George Lucas. Changes like the nightmare-inducing blinking ewok and trying to play Han Solo as doing something other than murdering Greedo without provocation.
If you want the originals, before George Lucas lost his mind and started changing everything, you're out of luck. Try the torrent sites, but only if you already own the films you're illegally downloading. [Buy it here]
Star Wars: Battlefront, from £29
People had been clamouring for a third Battlefront game for many-a-year, and at the end of last year it arrived. The third-person shooter sends you to all sorts of different locations in the Star Wars universe to defeat the other team of Rebels/Imperials. It's been getting a steady stream of DLC as well, with a lot more to come. So far those packs have taken players to Jakku, Tatooine, and in future they'll head to Bespin, the Death Star, and beyond. Existing players should also make sure to log in and enjoy today's many Star Wars Day bonuses. [Buy it here]
Disney Infinity 3.0
The Disney acquisition of Lucas film has brought with it a great many things, including Star Wars content in its toys-to-life video game Disney Infinity. There are three levels to play, including one set during the prequels, one set during the sequels, and an adaptation of The Force Awakens. There are also plenty of characters to buy, including Vader, Boba Fett, Obi Wan, Rebels' Kanan, Yoda, and more.
You will need the main Disney Infinity 3.0 game to play, and if you've never bought an Infinity game before it's worth getting a starter kit. The standard one comes with the prequel trilogy level pack, plus Anakin and Ahsoka. The Playstation-only special edition also comes with the original trilogy level with Luke and Leia, plus the Boba Fett figure. You can also buy the software on its own if you already have the figure portal from Disney Infinity 1 or 2.
Steam's got a massive Star Wars-theme sale today, so if you want a great deal on all the classic Star Wars games like The Force Unleashed, Knights of the Old Republic, Battlefront II, Republic Commando, and more, you might want to make sure your Steam wallet has some cash in it. Or have your PayPal or credit card ready.
Star Wars Vol 1: Skywalker Strikes (Marvel)
Marvel's on-going Star Wars series has been incredibly well received, and if you missed it until now then this is a great place to start. The series kicks off following Han, Leia, and Luke following the destruction of the Death Star and how the rebellion continues to fight the Empire in the years leading up to The Empire Strikes Back.
There are also a great many Star Wars Legends comics out there from the past few decades, and if you want to read them all the most cost effective way is to sign up for Marvel Unlimited. It doesn't have all the formerly-Dark Horse comics, but it does have quite a lot. Plus, it has all the new Marvel series coming in six months after initial release. [Buy it here]
Chewbacca Messenger Bag, £77
wrrhwrwwhw huuguughghg huurh huurh uuh aarrragghuuhw aarrragghuuhw aaahnruh uughghhhgh. For those of you who don't speak wookiee, apparently I just said "This is clearly the coolest bag in the entire galaxy," and it clearly is. Styled after everyone's walking carpet and his iconic belt/sash/thing, this is one bag Star Wars fans should not be without. [Buy it here]
Force FX Lightsabers
Sadly, and perhaps rather fortunately, lightsabers are not real. But that doesn't mean we can't all covet the shiny laser swords that we see on screen. Until science finds a way to freeze light into a blade, the Force FX lightsabers will have to do instead. They're pricey, but they look damn good on display on a shelf or wall. You can get them styled after the lightsabers of Kylo Ren (£174), Luke Skywalker (Green, £845), Darth Vader (£196), Yoda (£159), Mace Windu (£656), and Anakin Skywalker (£683)
Air Hogs Millennium Falcon Quadcopter, £77
This is, quite simply, a drone modelled after the hunk of junk that is the Millennium Falcon. There's not much to it than that, but if you're tired of all the boring drone-shaped drones out there then this might be the purchase for you. [Buy it here]
Death Star LED Light, £26
The Death Star may not be a small moon, but like the actual moon it can provide you with light on dark nights. This sticks to your fall without needing any special fixtures put up, and provides wire-free light to the room of your choice. Just keep it away from any rebel lights that might want to blow it up. [Buy it here]
BB-8 Backpack, £34
Chewbacca messenger bag not doing it for you? How about this then, a backpack styled after The Force Awakens' breakout character. The adorable football droid BB-8. It's 15-inches tall, soft, cuddly, and has a large pouch for storing all your stuff. [Buy it here]