Who among us hasn't dreamed of being one of the galaxy's greatest smugglers? Characters like Han Solo and Lando Calrissian make that career path seem exciting and cool. It's obviously a path that comes with its own perils and anxieties, but the movies and novels make those elements palatable compared to the riches and fame that come with the territory.
Plus, if your credit checks out, you can partake in some high-stakes Sabacc gambling, and maybe even win yourself a Corellian light freighter... like the Millennium Falcon.
The good news is we no longer have to aspire to live in a fictional world to play a rousing game of Sabacc. The bad news is, someone beat Disney to the punch at the trademark office, and the Star Wars universe's most notorious game of chance is now known as the Han Solo Card Game.
Developed by Hasbro and Lucasfilm to allow fans the first official chance to play a "real" round of the game formerly known as Sabacc, the Han Solo Card Game is relatively easy to play and understand. If you never dove deep into the expanded universe and Legends books like Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, Sabacc was always just a cool game you never got to see played. The rules were about as ambiguous as True American, but we knew high profile players like Han and Lando gambled for big pots and huge stakes in their downtime. And judging by all the pre-release footage of Solo, there's definitely at least one Sabacc scene in the film, too.
Now you can play the home version with your family and friends, complete with included credits and fake pink slips for more prestigious items like the Millennium Falcon itself. That said, there's nothing stopping you from putting some real money on the line. Just don't get too far into debt with any galactic mobsters. At only $25, it's not a bad investment on an official version of Star Wars gambling, but it's a real shame Ren Ventures beat Disney and Lucasfilm to the punch trademarking the name "Sabacc" and had to settle for the Han Solo Card Game.
Curiously, though Lucasfilm never locked down the Sabacc name and brand, the company ensured it had the rights to all kinds of other random collectibles. We've seen Star Wars notebooks, action figures, bath towels, and all manner of other kitsch items, but the older fans of the franchise likely have a special place in their hearts for the fast food tie-ins. There was a time when the likes of McDonald's and Burger King were destinations for movie collectibles, with items like glasses and watches at the forefront of crossover technology. Those days seem to have passed us by, but that doesn't mean we can't relive the good old days of cheap cheeseburger merchandise.
Well, at least it was cheap way back when. Today, those nostalgia-filled items aren't as easy to find for a friendly price. Items you used to pay $1.99 for (with the purchase of any value meal) are worth significantly more, particularly when sold as a complete collection. It's not just that some of these cheaply made items are rare, it's that getting them in good condition a decade or more later is night impossible. That's why it's not so unreasonable someone might be asking for $250 for a complete collection of digital watches and mini-figures of your favorite Star Wars characters.
Released in 2005, this Burger King Star Wars Saga collection is a fascinating look at movie tie-ins from the end of the prequel era. While plenty of chain restaurants do theme menus for big movie releases these days, the practice of having cheap merchandise with kids' meals and as add-on items at the register is almost unheard of today. But back in 2005, we'll admit we were still very much into rushing to Burger King in a given week to see if the next watch was available yet. You won't believe how many Whoppers we ate, you guys.
Whether or not those memories are worth $250 is something to be debated, but this little time capsule of Star Wars tie-in history is definitely one we'll never forget.