Ahhh, the festive season — the time of year many little girls and boys look forward to as they await Santa's arrival. With the recent box office showing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it's little wonder that adults are considering picking up Star Wars toys for the kids in their lives — or for themselves.
So here's a list of some of the cooler #StarWars toys to inspire you.
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1. Sphero BB-8 App-Controlled Robot
Though this came out in 2015 as a tie-in for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the little droid that captured our hearts is still a popular purchase. Indeed, when the toy first launched last year, 22,000 units were sold in just 12 hours, and it continues to make a huge impression.
This remote control rendering can be launched with an app on your phone and the toy itself fits in the palm of your hand. Users can set #BB8 up to patrol the house or to display holographic videos. How awesome is that?
2. Sphero Force Band For BB-8
The Sphero Force Band, released this year, is compatible with any of Sphero's robotic toys. Designed to allow people to feel as if they are use their "native Force abilities," users can work with the Force Band to do things like push or pull or control BB-8. The Force Band has a uniquely Star Wars look and feel, complete with Rebel insignia, and is designed to fit any wrist.
Retails for around $59.99, or for about $149.99 when sold with the the Special Edition Battle-Worn BB-8.
3. Lego Millennium Falcon
Let's hear it for the Falcon. You can't imagine any other ship completing the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. And now you can build your own, complete with the rectangular radar dish that was featured in #TheForceAwakens. With some 1,300 pieces, estimated build time hovers around the 12-hour mark. You'll have to employ the patience of #Yoda to piece it all together, but when you're done, this will be some impressive spacecraft.
Measuring a little over five inches high, 18 inches long and 12 inches wide, Han Solo and Chewie's spacecraft will be a little heavier than previous iterations, weighing around five pounds when complete.
This Lego version of the Millennium Falcon retails for around $119 on Amazon.
#Hasbro made a genius move when it created Bladebuilders — lightsabers that kids can build and customize on their own with very little parental assistance. Kids can channel their inner #Jedi to go beyond the crossguard lightsaber Kylo Ren used in The Force Awakens and build the lightsaber of their dreams. While Bladebuilders require AAA batteries to make the familiar sounds, a little battery power is worth it to see the kids try to outdo each other's designs.
There are several different types of Bladebuilders kits, ranging in price from $9 to around $49.99. There are Jedi Master and Darth Vader versions, so your children can choose what side of the Force they wish to align themselves with.
6. Star Wars Battlefront
This epic Star Wars video game from EA puts you in the driver's seat in a battle you won't soon forget. Featuring heart-pounding action and breathtaking scenery, you'll soon be soaring above the ice fields of Hoth, the lush forests of Endor, or the deserts of Tatooine. Although this game was released last year, it's likely to enjoy another surge in popularity thanks in no small part to the release of #RogueOne.
All missions bar one are planet based; the one that isn't is based on the Death Star. There are a host of playable characters from across the Star Wars movies, including #HanSolo, Lando Calrissian, Dengar and Boba Fett.
Star Wars Battlefront: Ultimate Edition for PlayStation 4 retails on Amazon for around $33.99.
7. Star Wars The Force Awakens Chewbacca Electronic Mask
Channel your inner #Wookiee with this ultra-cool mask from Hasbro that people of any age are sure to enjoy. With a realistic roar that's triggered every time the mask's mouth opens, kids will probably wish they were on Kashyyyk with their fellow Wookiees as they race around their homeland, and when they're off to school, you could take a turn if you wanted to.
The mask requires two AAA batteries to trigger #Chewbacca's familiar whine. Retailing for around $29.95 at Amazon, this face covering might just be the ideal gift for the Star Wars fan in your life, whether they're aged eight or 80.
8. Lego Star Wars First Order Transporter
There's nothing quite like #Lego to really fire your creativity, and the Lego Star Wars First Order Transporter building kit may just be what the doctor ordered. With both male and female figures included, there is little doubt that the transporter will appeal to children on all sides of the gender divide. Imagine you're a First Order Stormtrooper doing #KyloRen's bidding, or that you're a Rebel spy who has stolen the ship. Anything is possible!
Retailing for around $89.99 on the official Lego website, this building kit will keep your little architects busy, at least for a few hours.
9. Star Wars Big Figs Rogue One 20-Inch K-2SO Action Figure
If there was only one breakout star of Rogue One, it would be Captain Cassian Andor's droid sidekick K-2SO. Wry and sarcastic, K-2SO offers much-needed levity during what could have been an unbearably dark story. Now, #K2SO can become a part of your child's daily fun and playtime.
The 20-inch K-2SO figurine is part of the Jakks' Big Figs range of toys and features eight points of articulation to bring the droid to life. Retails for around $36.99 on Amazon.
10. Star Wars Rogue One Rapid Fire Imperial AT-ACT
This is probably as heavy as the Lego Millennium Falcon. With three 3.75-inch action figures included, this incredible AT-ACT remote control playset from Hasbro can be used to reenact some of the biggest action scenes in Rogue One.
Using 4D batteries, the AT-ACT remote control is sure to keep your young Star Wars fans begging for batteries as soon as they unwrap this gift!
The AT-ACT remote control retails for around $210. For stockist details, visit the Hasbro website.
May The Festive Force Be With Us All!
Whether you're more likely to choose a lightsaber, a video game or a Lego set, there is something for every single Star Wars fan looking forward to the holidays. The toys listed here are just the tip of the iceberg; there are also countless other collectibles and playthings continuing to hit the market, such as the new Star Wars: Battlefront 2, due out in the fall of 2017.
Which of these gifts would you chose for the holiday season?
[Main image: Hasbro]