Holiday Gift Guide: Star Wars

Holiday Gift Guide: Star Wars (Photo: Hasbro, Little Bits)

(KUTV) Not so long ago in a galaxy not so distant I was a child growing up in an age colored by the imagination of George Lucas (with a bit of Steven Spielberg thrown in for good measure). I'm not nearly as compulsive as I once was, but I still enjoy Star Wars toys and collectables. Here's a look at some of the new items available this holiday season.

One of the coolest developments in the Star Wars franchise this year was the introduction of "Star Wars: Forces of Destiny," a YouTube series of short animated stories that focus on the female characters. From Padme to Rey Star Wars has always featured strong women. To tie in with those animated shorts Hasbro has released a line of figures that come in three different flavors. The Leia and R2-D2 shown above is taken from the Star Wars Forces of Destiny Adventure Figure & Friend Assortment; Rey is from Star Wars Forces of Destiny Adventure Figure Assortment and Chewbacca, who talks, represents Star Wars Forces of Destiny Deluxe Adventure Figure line.

The hottest item of this guide however is likely to be the Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit. Growing up I always wanted a R2 unit of my own, but building my own robotic friend wasn't within the realm of possibility. Now littleBits have changed all that with this easy-to-assemble droid that can be controlled with a free app . You can build your own R2, or get creative and create your own, completely unique droid using household items.

Another cool item released this fall is the Star Wars: The Black Series Poe Dameron Electronic Helmet. This movie-accurate reproduction of Poe's helmet features an internal michrophone that triggers a variety of surround-sound battle FX.

From the moment they appeared in a teaser trailer, Porgs, a new creature that is best described as a fuzzy penguin without a beak, have been all the rage. There are numerous porg items that you can pick from, I've included the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Electronic Porg Plush in my list because he dances, sings and guarantees to draw a crowd whenever he does so.

Following the conclusion of the original trilogy, Star Wars and its lore continued to expand in various novels, comics and games. A lot of those old stories have now been pushed out of the canon, but the relationship between Star Wars and fiction has never been stronger. "Battlefront II: Inferno Squad" is fairly unique in that it ties into EA's video game "Star Wars Battlefront II." Christie Golden's novel serves as a prequel to the game's campaign. While this might suggest that the book is something of a throwaway tale, that couldn't be further from the truth.

One of the complaints levied at "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is that it didn't give the character Captain Phasma enough to do. Certainly she looked fantastic in her shinny chrome armor, but who was she? "Phasma," Delilah S. Dawson's new novel, reveakls Phasma's history.

Two years ago the world went crazy for BB-8, the white and orange droid from "The Force Awakens," and Sphero's BB-8 app-enabled droid was a massive hit. Sphero have added R2-D2 and BB-9E (the sinister-looking version of BB-8) models to their collection.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the original Star Wars, Hasbro is releasing the Star Wars: The Black Series 6-Inch Vintage Figure Assortment. This collection features the artwork from the original figure releases. The figures, however, are larger and far more detailed than the originals. Still, the throwback artwork makes this series particularly appealing to those of us who spent out childhood (and maybe parts of our adulthood) tracking down each and every figure available.

Leia and Wicket are featured in this "Endor Adventure" set as part of aforementioned Star Wars Forces of Destiny Adventure Figure & Friend Assortment and Sabine Wren, from the animated series "Star Wars Rebels" from the Star Wars Forces of Destiny Adventure Figure Figure Assortment. Other characters featured in the set include Jyn Erso, Rey with BB-8 and Ahsoka Tano.

Over the years we've seen our share of lightsabers and blasters, but nothing quite like Rey's Star Wars Forces of Destiny Bladebuilders Extendable Staff.

In this world it can be difficult to motive children into exercising, but the Garmin vívofit jr. 2, an activity tracker with an interactive app designed specifically for kids, might do the trick. The vívofit jr. 2 comes in a three different Star Wars styles as well as having Disney and Marvel designs.

For younger fans the Star Wars Galactic Heroes line has always been a fantastic choice. There are a variety of figures and vehicles available and now we have the Star Wars Galactic Heroes BB-8 Adventure Base complete with Rey and BB-8 figures.

On the video game front there is Star Wars: Battlefront II which, despite a fair amount of bad press regarding a pay-to-win system that never went live, is a massive improvement over its predecessor as it offers a standalone campaign to go along with its addictive multiplayer battles.

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