When Disney purchased Lucasfilm and with that, the Star Wars franchise, for $4 billion in 2012 it wasn’t because Disney CEO Bob Iger had a huge Princess Leia crush. Iger wouldn’t have made the deal if he didn’t think he could make his money back many times over.
The obvious ways that will happen are with more movies and TV shows, starting with the seventh film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens on December 18. But Disney isn’t just about selling entertainment, it’s about selling all the stuff that comes along with that entertainment, from Cinderella costumes to Buzz Lightyear backpacks to Mickey Mouse sweatshirts.
With Star Wars, though, Disney is taking things to a galaxy far, far away. On September 4, the hype even got its own unofficial holiday dubbed Force Friday, when new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, collectibles, and gadgets were released.
The upside is that there is some truly cool stuff coming out as a result of Star Wars collaborating with a number of unique partners. This isn’t just throwing a picture of Chewbacca on a T-shirt. Many of the items have a considered design that integrates Star Wars into the products in a creative and unique way.
We found the 8 best Star Wars collabs out right now. These will definitely help you get your Star Wars fix until the new movie comes out.
1. NIXON RANGER STORMTROOPER WATCH
The white bracelet, bezel, and dial on this Nixon Ranger watch contrast nicely with the black hour and minute hands which are designed to mirror the ventilation units on a Stormtrooper’s helmet. The shape of the bezel reflects a Stormtrooper’s utility belt and the back of the case is etched with the famous quote, “Move Along.”
2. ADIDAS SUPERSTAR 80S
From $110, adidas.com
If C3PO was a sneakerhead, he would definitely rock these kicks. Adidas is letting users customize the design on these Superstar 80s by adding features like a metallic gold look to the shelltoe and a Darth Vader print on the upper.
3. AC WORLDWIDE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
From $149, acworldwide.cool
Rock out with your Stormtrooper out. These Bluetooth speakers in the shape of a Stormtrooper and C3PO’s heads originally launched on Kickstarter and were mounting a successsful fundraising campaign when a tech investor came in and offered to provide all the capital AC Worldwide needed to launch. The speakers have an awesome and lifelike aesthetic as well as clever details. When the speaker pairs with a device via Bluetooth, the C3PO version delivers the line from Return of the Jedi, “I do believe they think I am some sort of god.”
4. CROSS TOWNSEND PENS
Signing your name is so much more badass when you do it with a Darth Vader pen. Cross’s limited edition Darth Vader pen comes in either a fountain or rollerball version and has a red Swarovski crystal at the top to represent Vader’s red lightsaber. Only 1,977 of the pens will be released to commemorate the year the first Star Wars film came out. Stormtrooper and C3PO editions are also available.
5. DAVID EGER “TROOPER V TROOPER” PRINT
From $70, galerie-sakura.com
It’s fair to say that no movie franchise has inspired better fan art than Star Wars. Photographer David Eger used Stormtrooper figures to recreate iconic photographs a few years back. Now you can buy this print that depicts the iconic Neil Leifer photo of Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston.
6. HAIER ASIA R2-D2 REMOTE CONTROL MINI REFRIGERATOR
If robots are going to take all our jobs, the least they could do is bring us a beer in return. This mini fridge is a 1:1 replica of R2-D2 standing more than three feet tall. The droid fridge can move in any direction at the push of the remote. It even has a built-in projector. Unfortunately, it can only be purchase in Japan right now.
7. PENDLETON BLANKET
Just because you’re Darth Vader doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy getting cozy under a blanket for a Netflix and chill sesh. Alright, maybe Luke’s dad doesn’t get down like that, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t. This wool blanket features a famous Pendleton patter overlayed on Darth’s face. When it’s folded up it looks like a sophisticated piece of home decor, allowing you to keep your fanboy status on the DL.
8. NEW ERA MLB VIZA PRINT 59FIFTY CAP
New Era teamed up with Star Wars on an edition of caps that feature graphics from the movie printed right on the visor. It’s a great way to make sure that the Force is strong with your favorite MLB team.