On Sept. 4, 2015, Disney officially christened the day Force Friday. Just three months ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, an entire global event kicked off, with a huge onslaught of new merchandise being released.
Star Wars toys have always been among the most sought after products during the holiday season, but this year is shaping up to be insane. An entirely new movie means new characters, and new characters means new opportunities for toys, posters, and everything in between.
We braved the early morning crowd to pick up some of the new figures, which you can see above. These are the smaller 3.75-inch toys, so they’re not incredibly accurate and life-like. Rey looks weird, and Poe Dameron looks nothing like Oscar Isaac. That said, they’re still awesome, and make for some great desk attire.
For all your collectible purists out there, you might want to turn away. We opened the boxes, ripped out the figures, and soiled them with our greasy fingers.
Did anyone else get a chance to pick up some new Force Friday gear? While waiting in line at Target this morning, I heard some appalling horror stories; one guy told me he waited for 8 hours in a Toys “R” Us line and wound up not buying anything. After waiting in line at Target for 15 minutes this morning I got exactly what I wanted.
Hopefully everyone has better luck as we near the film’s release on Dec. 18. Perhaps the best toy of all will be Sphero’s BB-8, which we got a chance to unbox on Friday. You can check that out right here. Below are our pictures of the figures we picked up, along with the description straight from the box.
A dark warrior strong with the Force. Kylo Ren commands First Order missions with a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber.
Clad in distinctive metallic armor, Captain Phasma commands the First Order’s legions of troopers.
A trained warrior desperate to escape his past, Finn is plunged into adventure as his conscience drives him down a heroic, but dangerous, path.
Rey is a resilient survivor, a scavenger toughened by a lifetime of dealing with the cutthroats of the harsh desert world of Jakku.
An ace pilot, Poe Dameron is a leader in the Resistance’s fight against the evil First Order. He soars into battle behind the controls of a modern X-Wing fighter.
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
The skilled pilots of the First Order launch into combat aboard advanced fighter craft, hunting down enemy vessels and protecting space around installations and warships.
First Order Stormtrooper
Equipped with sleek armor and powerful weapons, the Stormtroopers enforce the will of the First Order.
First Order Flametrooper
Specialized Stormtroopers of the First Order, Flametroopers carry incendiary weapons that can transform any battlefield into an infernal blaze.
Soldiers of the Resistance are well trained and well equipped, but must rely on hit-and-run tactics when faced with the overwhelming might of the First Order.
BB-8 is the spherical, loyal Astromech Droid of the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron.