December 7, 2011

Attack of the Holiday Gift Guide, Part II: Ten Star Wars Presents to Love

After more than thirty years of merchandising, it's almost hard to imagine there are still any new Star Wars gifts to buy. However, fans are rabid and the demand hasn't let up in decades. There's a constant flood of fresh toys, clothing, books, and novelties. It's almost impossible to keep up with the latest offerings.* I've done some of the hard work for you. Here's my list of ten Star Wars items to give this holiday season.

Star Wars: The Old Republic - TOR is probably the hottest game of the season. It has beautiful graphics and extensive options, and it seems like it has a great story. This game will ship on December 20, just in time for the holiday.

Star Wars Omnibus: Episodes I-VI The Complete Saga - All the comic adaptations of the films are collected in this beautiful, giant omnibus.

AT-AT Necklace - Who doesn't want to wear an Imperial Walker around her neck? The seller also has a plethora of other Star Wars and geek symbols.

Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Cube Trays - This silicone tray is good for Han Solo-shaped ice, chocolate, jelly, and more. If you want to go for the complete set, pick up the R2-D2 mold as well. They are ideal for the baker on your list.

Star Wars: The Blueprints - Let's discuss the obvious first. Yes, it's $450. But. This is a collection of original blueprints created for the filming of the Star Wars saga. I flipped through some of it at Comic-Con, and it was indeed stunning.

AT-AT Walker - Is it sad that I could probably make an entire list comprised entirely of AT-ATs? This toy made a splash last year because it's over 2' tall! It's like having a pet without the annoying clean-up.

Droids & Aliens Cookie Cutters - Williams-Sonoma keeps adding things to their Star Wars line, and these droids and aliens cookie cutters are the newest. If you buy these for someone, chances of you getting Star Wars cookies increase.

Minimalist Poster Set - The Star Wars movie posters are awesome; particularly those from the original trilogy.  These are subtle and sexy though. They'd look great in a house or even an office.

Heir to the Empire: The 20th Anniversary Edition - This is the novel that kickstarted the modern Expanded Universe. It's a big deal. The recently released 20th Anniversary edition has annotations, commentary from Lucasfilm, and new novella starring Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Lightsaber Candlestick - Star Wars home decor can be classy. This candlestick comes with three no-drip taper candles and will make a romantic dinner at least ten times more special.

May the Force be with you this holiday season!

* has recently launched a section that lists licensed Star Wars merchandise and where you can buy it. Browse the catalog here.


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  2. LOVE the cookie cutters and minimalist posters!

  3. I'd suggest the Making of The Empire Strikes Back book by J.W. Rinzler, it's the best thing ever.

  4. Ah! I hadn't seen those new cookie cutters yet. I already have the "heads" set with Yoda and Darth Vader. This one is so cute, though...I just might have to pick it up.

    I pre-ordered SWTOR back in the summer. I can't wait for launch!

  5. Right? I have the heads and the vehicles (which I only sort of love), so at this point, I have a compulsion to own the complete line.

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