Star Wars Toys Guide - An Introduction
“A long time ago in a galaxy far way…” a science fiction saga, like no other, and known as Star Wars, was taking shape in the far corners of a very fertile and creative mind, the mind of a man named George Lucas.
The saga was destined from the start to become more than just the single ultra successful, award winning first film, which was released in 1977. It was fated to become a pop culture phenomenon, fuelled by a series of award winning films, turned novels, and eventually a television series. In fact, the Star Wars movies hold the title of the third highest grossing film series of all time.
Hard-core fans like to dress in Star Wars Clothes to attend events and movie sequel premieres. They speak the jargon from the movies, and they continue to collect all the Star Wars merchandise that they possible can.
A single, Star Wars Figure in mint condition, and still in its original packaging, has sold for thousands of US dollars according to the Krause Publication price list of Toys and Prices 2005. The Luke w/Telescoping Lightsaber, SW 3 ¾” figure produced by Kenner in 1977, sold for $3,450.00. Later figures such as the 1985 Anakin Skywalker, POTF, 3 ¾”, also produced by Kenner, sold for $1,625.00.
The quantity of Star Wars merchandise on the market continues to evolve and mount along with the Star Wars Saga and in response to ongoing public demand for such merchandise, especially toys.
Types of merchandise available include popular toys such as a Lightsaber, or an Action Figure such as Anakin, Darth Vader, Droid, Jedi, Sith, and Yoda.
The Clone Wars action figures are among the most popular with kids as are the Lego star wars toys. In fact, it is likely that every child will have a Star Wars Toy or Star Wars Game on his or her Christmas list at once during his or her formative years.
Popular merchandise favourites enjoyed by kids of all ages include games in formats such as Nintendo DS as well as Xbox, Psp, Ps3, and Wii. The complete Star Wars Set of movies continues to be a top seller.
Star Wars merchandise could actually encompass nearly every avenue of your life if you should so choose it. For example, you could dip your hand into your Yoda shaped cookie jar and employ a Ringtone to alert to you to your cell phone calls. You could drink your tea or coffee from a Mug after waking from a good night’s sleep on your Star Wars Bedding and dressing yourself in your favourite Star Wars Tshirt everyday if you wished.
The amount and variety of star wars merchandise could likely fill up an entire galaxy. This guide will provide you with a breakdown of the types of toys available as well as helpful Star Wars Toy buying tips based on a child’s age.
Types of Star Wars Toys
Kids love role-playing or recreating scenes they’ve seen in the Star Wars movies with the action figures. Multiple star wars actions figures are available and made by well-known companies such as Kenner, Hasbro, Lego, and Funco. Action figures come in a variety of sizes and types. Sizes include matchstick 3.75 cm, 9.5 cm, 14 cm, and in 20.3 cm tall size.
Arts & Crafts
There is quite an array of star wars arts and crafts products. Hasbro produces a Star Wars Playdoh
version for ages 3 and up, while Flair produces Clone Wars
Comic Maker for ages 7 and up. Finally, Clone Wars
Plaster Creations, also by Flair, is for ages 5 and up, and Clone Wars
Drawing Projector by IMC Toys is a popular pick for slightly older children.
Star Wars brand offers a 35.6 cm Bike
with trainers for ages 4 to 6, and Argos offers a 40.6 cm Bike
for ages 5 to 8. There are also scooters and skidders by both Star Wars brand and Universal Cycles.
There is no better way to help a child learn to tell time than to give him a watch or a wall clock for his room. Wesco makes a fabulous printed Star Wars Wall Clock
as well as a R2 D2
whizz watch that is intended for ages 3 and up. Lego has produced a Obiwan
watch or a C3PO
or Hans Solo
When it comes to construction toys, few would disagree that the Lego Company produces the most durable and high quality construction toys around. There is a wide range of styles, sets, and characters on offer that are geared for every age group from 3 to 16.
Revell has a great selection of model vehicles such as Starfighters and Gunships. They range in their degree of challenge and difficulty. There is a variety available for children as young as 5 years old such as the Star Wars AT-AT
kit as well as a selection for ages 10 years and up such as the Star Wars Jedi
Is there anything better than a toy a child loves to play with and that provides him the opportunity to practise his reading and maths? LeapFrog has long been recognised as a leader in educational aids. LeapFrog offers the Jedi
maths game, the Jedi
reading game, the Star Wars Book
Leapster, another well-known name in educational games offers a Star Wars Game
that teaches a variety of learning fundamentals.
The Lego Company offers a popular kid tested and approved Light Saber
set while Hasbro has produced a very popular remote controlled R2 D2
. The Luke
Skywalker force FX Lightsaber made by Master Replicas is a great choice for older children.
There is a decent selection of games that include traditional style board and card games as well as the very popular, Nintendo, Nintendo DS, Xbox, Xbox 360, PSP, PS2, and PS3 games.
Winning Moves has produced the Star Wars Clone Wars
CGI version of its popular Top Trumps game. Milton Bradley has created the Star Wars version of its Guess Who game, as well as Star Wars Stratego, and Parker has the Star Wars Monopoly
game which the whole family will love.
Action figures are but one way to inspire kids to engage in imaginative role-play or to recreate their favourite Star Wars movie scenes. There are costumes available for each of the most popular movie characters as well as blasters. A Lightsaber
just like the one their favourite character used is available and even a Star Wars Helmet
with a voice changer.
Star wars vehicles like the Hasbro’s Star Wars Transformer Crossover – Tie Pilot to Tie Bomber, Kenner’s Star Wars Imperial Speeder Bike, and the Star Wars Obiwan
Jedi Starfighter are top kids picks. Lego’s star wars mini Jedi Starfighter is another favourite.
Tips to consider before buying Star Wars Toys
This section will aim to provide you with some ideas and tips for Star Wars toys based on the age of the child for which you are making the purchase. However, if you are selecting a Star Wars Toy for a die-hard fan that is over the age of 18 years, you may ignore any age recommendations because it’s quite likely they will.
- Toddlers: 2+
Toddlers love Playskool Mr. Potato Head Star Wars figures. There are varieties of figures to choose from and some of them can be fun for the whole family such as the Darth Tater figure includes a number of accessories with which you can dress up the Tater. Some of the accessories can be attached anywhere making for some humorous possibilities.
Other popular Playskool Mr. Potato Head Star Wars figures include Artoo Potatoo and Spudtrooper.
- Preschool: 3-5
Preschoolers enjoy toys that span a slightly wider range and include creative and pretend play toys such as action figures as well as arts and crafts, games and puzzles, and vehicles.
A favourite of preschool age boys is the Clone Star Wars Trooper Blaster made by Hasbro, which includes three foam darts and requires two AA batteries.
Preschoolers also enjoy the Hasbro Star Wars Set Galactic Heroes –R2-D2 and Jawas. These chunky figures include blaster accessories. Preschoolers from age 5 and up can also have hours of fun with a Lego Star Wars Toy such as the Clone Walker Battle Pack, the Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter, or the Lego Gungan Patrol.
One of two final suggestions for preschool age kids is the Star Wars Unleashed Battle Packs – including the Battle of Mon Calamari version and the Clone Pilot and AT-TE Gunners version.
Star wars mighty muggs by Hasbro, which are soft toys, are always an excellent choice for this age group. Additional star wars soft toys include, a talking Chewbacca Star Wars by Gear 4 Games, and R2 D2 soft toy by Play by Play.
- Children: 6-9
Children ages 6 to 9 are ready for some of the more complicated Battlefront toys such as the Millennium Falcon, which is capable of 20 sounds and phrases from the movie’s most popular characters. The millennium falcon is a great parent and child toy as it comes requiring assembly and plenty of instructions, which will lead to hours of enjoyable quality time together. It includes seven projectiles, a mini-fighter Vehicle, and two action figures, Han Solo and Chewbacca.
Another top pick for this age group is the Play-Doh Clone Wars modelling packs.
An Action Figure, which inspires role-play and pretend games, are a favourite for this age group.
Finally, the Star Wars Duel Action Jedi Lightsaber is a “must have” favourite of both boys and girls in this age group.
- Preteens: 8-12
Children who are between ages 8 and 11 years old hold the Transformers crossovers in high regard as well as Clone Wars Turbo Tank and the Clone Wars Arc-170 Fighter.
Children of this age group also love the Clone Wars Captain Rex Electronic Command Helmet. It has lights, a rotating antenna, and a button to activate clone commander phrases, as well as a Jedi button to receive instructions from Obi Wan Kenobi. This toy requires 3 AA batteries and 2 button cell batteries.
Another favourite of preteens is the Obi Wan Kenobi or Darth Vader Electronic Lightsaber and the Clone Wars R2-D2 Remote Control. Each of these final toys requires batteries for operation.
- Teens and Adults: 13+
Teenaged and adult age Star Wars fans appreciate the collectibles such as the Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Force FX Lightsaber and the Asajj Ventress Force FX Lightsaber. They also still love all the other toys, at least when no one is looking.
The Clone Star Wars 100 Piece Puzzle 4 Pack is suitable for family members age 5 and up.
The Star Wars Monopoly edition by Parker is great for family members ages 8 and up.
Nintendo DS games such as Lego DS as well as PSP, PS3, or Wii games are enjoyable for the whole family. Family nights that include a pizza and a Star Wars DVD can make for some very special family memories.