In the spirit of the well-known song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, our writers will be counting up from 1 to 12 as we bring you a numbered, Disney-themed subject on each day leading up to Christmas.
I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but there was a small, mostly unknown movie that opened this weekend. Maybe you’ve heard of it: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
That’s a joke. Even if you don’t care to see the movie, you can’t get away from it. Everyone from Cover Girl to Kay Jewelers has jumped on the bandwagon. With so much Star Wars merchandise out there, let’s talk about seven items that you should have on your Christmas list.
1) Millennium Falcon Drone
Back in September, Disney held a huge, weekend long event unveiling a ton of new Star Wars merchandise and probably the coolest toy they released was the Millennium Falcon Drone. You can fly the famous ship via remote control, and you don’t even need a wookie co-pilot.
Toy lightsabers aren’t new, but now you can build your own, including the new Sith lightsaber from the movie and the Inquisiters sabers from the Star Wars Rebels TV show.
3) POP Funko
‘m not sure when these collectible figures became popular, but in certain stores there are walls full of them with characters from all over pop culture. For Disney fans they have characters from Disney Animation, Pixar, MARVEL and Once Upon A Time. Star Wars is no stranger to the POP Funko collection, and they even have a line of characters from the new movie.
4) Disney Infinity 3.0
This game has been around for a few years now but the latest version puts an emphasis on the galaxy far, far away. Zack Kaplan wrote a great beginner’s guide to the game earlier this year, but I wanted to highlight two things:
The first is that there is now a playset based on The Force Awakens, and the second is that they have released special versions of six Jedi whose lightsabers light up when placed on the Disney Infinity base.
5) MARVEL Comics
If you want to know what else has been happening in the world of Star Wars, check out your local comic book shop. MARVEL has been cranking out books. Most of the stories, right now, are set in between the movies of the original trilogy, but if you want to know what happened after Return of the Jedi, check out Shattered Empire.
Along with the comics, Disney has released more than a dozen books in the past two years. Aftermath takes place after Return of the Jedi and is the beginning of its own trilogy, but I would also recommend Heir to the Jedi and Lords of the Sith.
7) Disney Parks merchandise
This is a Walt Disney World blog after all, so I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to check out the new Shop Disney Parks app and the disneystore.com. They have an entire section of Star Wars merchandise; everything from t-shirts, to pins, to plush, to Legos are there. There’s even a Christmas ornament of the new villain, Kylo Ren.
(All photos from the author’s personal collection.)
Those are my picks for the Seven Star Wars Items To Put On Your Christmas List. What’s on your list? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to join us tomorrow for Day 8 of the 12-Day WDW Radio Christmas Extravaganza!
Day 1 – Behind Walt Disney’s First Television Program, “One Hour in Wonderland”
Day 2 – Two New Ways to Experience Walt Disney World
Day 3 – Top Three Places to Buy Disney Décor in Your Hometown
Day 4 – Four Fantastic Walt Disney World Parades
Day 5 – The Five Best Golden (Onion) Rings in Walt Disney World
Day 6 – Six Favorite Local Stores to Purchase Disney Gifts
Chris grew up during the Disney renaissance of animation and took his first trip to Disney World when he was ten. Even though he has loved Disney his whole life, his obsession didn’t start until he began planning a trip for his honeymoon. Right now, his primary job (at least the one that doesn’t pay the bills) is to indoctrinate his daughter with his love of Disney while at the same time convincing his wife to move to Orlando so he can become a tour guide in the parks.