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Actor Mark Hamill once joked that while making the first *Star Wars *movie in 1977, he signed up to receive promotional tie-in products expecting them to be at most a hat and T-shirt. Then truckloads of action figures, bedding, and breakfast cereals started showing up at his house.
In the years since that first trilogy, Star Wars has become much more than just a film franchise. Its logos and characters define trends, inspire events and for some people, constitute an entire lifestyle.
Whether you’re a hardcore devotee who can speak passable Shyriiwook or just a casual fan, there’s a collectible out there for you. Here are some of the best products available from a galaxy much, much closer to home.
One thing you can always anticipate from a Star Wars movie is a new look for Stormtroopers, who remain among the most iconic villains in history. The next release, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, introduces the “Sith Trooper” in striking head-to-toe red armor. As part of the highly detailed “Black Series,” this figure comes in display-worthy packaging: The sides of the box slide out to reveal an array of awesome weapons from blasters to something that looks like a giant claw. The figure itself is also extremely articulated for optimum posing. It’s the ideal collectible for people who’d never consider opening the packaging, and those who don’t mind bring the toy out to play.
The “Black Series” extends beyond just action figures, including prop replicas that recreate the look and feel of iconic weapons down to the most minute features. Every scar and dent in this recreation of galactic bounty hunter Boba Fett’s iconic helmet is present and accounted for, making this more than just something you slap on your head and run around making pew pew sounds in. The interior is padded, and the viewfinder on the right side drops down and illuminates with LED lights at the press of a button. The helmet is basically an artifact.
One of the best, low-key aspects of Star Wars is the instantly recognizable production design. The simple holographic data displays look cool, especially when projected in dark spaces. This UBIKORT lamp recreates the hulking presence of the Death Star and more with simple “3D Illusion” lamps that switch from green, blue, yellow, red, and violet (the LED bulbs are said to last 50,000 hours). It’s a practical way to signal your fandom without having to line your shelves with dusty action figures.