With Christmas less than a month away, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to buy for friends and family. If you’re struggling to find something for the sci-fi geek in your life, you’re in luck, because there’s a new Star Wars film coming out in a couple of weeks and that means there’s plenty of stuff out there you can spend your money on.
So without further adieu, here are the best Star Wars-themed gifts for you to buy this Christmas.
Sphero BB-8, £78
The ultimate Star Wars toy is, by far, Sphero’s rolling BB-8. It’s nowhere near as big as the real thing, but it you can roll it around using your smartphone as a controller. It can also roll around of its own accord, react to certain scenes in the film, and more.
Sphero also has a wearable band (£60) that can control the droid with wireless gesture controls, and will soon be able to control certain smart home devices in the same way. [Buy BB-8 here | Buy the Force Band here | Buy them together here]
Star Wars – The Complete Saga, £40
Naturally any Star Wars fan is going to need the original sextology as created by George Lucas. And unnecessarily altered by George Lucas, unfortunately. The only chance you’ll be able to get the original versions (or the 2003 special editions, which aren’t so bad in comparison) is on eBay or the torrent sites. Until then, the Blu-ray editions will do. [Buy it here]
The Force Awakens, £9.79
It was the biggest film of last year, and a far cry from whatever the hell the Star Wars prequels were. But more Star Wars inevitably means more problems for a galaxy far far away, and plenty of space battles in the process. [Buy it here]
The Clone Wars Box Set, £43
For something that was developed [by George Lucas in recent years, The Clone Wars was surprisingly good. Better than the prequels and better than Rebels, which should make it a must-see for anyone who has even a slight interest in the franchise. Unfortunately it doesn’t include the initial Clone Wars film, or the final uncompleted episodes that were only shown on Netflix, but you can still watch all five proper seasons in one go. [Buy it here]
Lego Star Wars Games
There have been a great many Lego Star Wars games, and you can probably thank them for all the excellent Lego games we’ve had in the past few years. So you should definitely check all of them out. There’s The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI), The Clone Wars, and The Force Awakens.
Lego Death Star, £400
This one is very pricey, pricier than the old discontinued Death Star is going for on eBay, but it’s the ultimate Lego Star Wars set. There are scenes played out from Episodes IV and VI, with multiple versions of each character, movable turrets, and a miniature version of Darth Vader’s TIE fighter. [Buy it here]
Lego Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle, £54
Rogue One doesn’t really have any stand-out must-have Lego sets like The Force Awakens did, but Director Krennic’s alternate take on the Imperial Shuttle is certainly one of the best. It’s got the fold-up triangular-fronted ship, plus minifigures of Krennic, two deathtroopers, K-2SO, Rebel Pilot Bodie Rook, and another member of the rebellion. [Buy it here]
Battle Quad Drones
Drones are all the rage these days, and it seems natural that more Star Wars drones are going to be hitting shop shelves in the coming weeks. These particular drones are miniature drones designed for fighting, using lasers to shoot at their opponents. They’re not available quite yet, but they are supposed to be heading out before Christmas. You’ll be able to get drones shaped like the X-Wing, the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader’s TIE fighter, and the speeder bikes from Endor. [Reserve here]
Rogue One: Catalyst, £13
Rogue One hits cinemas on 15th December, and if you’re big on the Star Wars canon you will want to read the official prequel novel before you go and see it. It chronicles the life of the Erso family at the tail-end of the Clone Wars, many years before Jyn joins the rebellion in an attempt to steal the plans for the super-weapon her father helped create. [Buy it here]
Darth Vader’s Force FX Lightsaber
The Force FX lightsabers are the best replicas you can buy (unless you cough up for a custom job), and with Rogue One coming you might want to get hold of one modelled after Darth Vader’s iconic red laser sword. Perfect to put on display on a shelf, or on the wall. [Buy it here]
Marvel has really bet big on Star Wars comics in the past couple of years, and the collected editions would be perfect gifts for any fan. There are ongoing series in the form of Star Wars, the recently finished Darth Vader, Kanan, and Poe Dameron. There are also miniseries in the form of Chewbacca, Han Solo, Lando, Obi Wan and Anakin, Shattered Empire, and Princess Leia.
Star Wars: The Blueprints, £42
This book features content straight from the Lucasfilm archives, featuring plans and drawing of all the many ships and locations featured in the Star Wars franchise. It has 250 blueprints, plus over 500 photographs and illustrations. A must for any serious Star Wars nerd.
There’s also a special edition version of the book, which costs more and comes in a fancier, more stylish design. [Buy it here]
Star Wars Collection (PC), £17.47
If you need to get your game on, you better take advantage of Steam and the currently on-going Steam Sale. You can save 77% on a collection of classic Star Wars games, including Dark Forces I & II, KotOR I & II, the Jedi Knight series, Republic Commando and more. It’s not every classic game, but it’s most of the good ones. [Buy it here]