The indefatigable Star Wars: The Force Awakens marketing juggernaut is surging toward its Dec. 18 release date, and to join in the frantic festivities, we've dedicated this month's Blastr's Collector's Corner to an eye-catching assortment of cool collectibles from that galaxy far, far away.
If bling is your thing, we've got a dazzling diamond-encrusted BB-8 and some sparkly Darth Vader 14K gold cufflinks, the chromed commander Captain Phasma deluxe action figure, a steely gray Death Star lantern, metallic Star Wars pens, a collection of hip Star Wars hats, ugly Christmas sweaters, a leather laptop bag emblazoned with Star Wars comic-book covers and much more.
So fill your Chewbacca eggnog mug, gather the whole family 'round the blazing yule log and check out December's joyous jumble of Star Wars winter wonders.
SPOTLIGHT: 18-CARAT GOLD AND DIAMOND BB-8
The perfect nerdy Star Wars gift for prized collectible for trust funders, mega-rich tech titans and recent lottery winners, this sensational piece of collectible jewelry is being auctioned off to the highest, most geekiest bidder later this month. Worth nearly $135,000 when all the gold and gems are tallied up, the breathtaking 4-inch BB-8 is the brainchild of a partnership between Disney and Kay Jewelers, with the final proceeds going to help support the commendable cause of St. Jude's Childrens Hospital.
This sparkling, 18-carat gold droid replica required 600 hours to create and is studded with approximately 860 miniature diamonds. It weighs in at a solid pound and a half and would make for the ultimate paperweight to hold down important real estate deeds or stock certificates. The auction event will take place in December after being displayed at the Force 4 Fashion exhibit in New York City. Have a look at the video detailing its fabrication below and tell us if your bank account might offer up a generous bid for this rare BB-8 bauble.
Still blinded by the gem-bristling brilliance of that incredible bejeweled BB-8? Carry on and see what else you may be craving in the holiday gallery below ...
STAR WARS LEATHER MESSENGER BAG (NINA MADE)
Check out this amazing messenger bag sporting the vibrant colors of vintage Star Wars comic book covers. It's 100% handmade in the USA from upcycled leather and measures 12" x 11" x 6", versatile enough to fit up to a 15" laptop with loads of room for power cords, books and a pudding cup lunch. Beneath the flap, the interior features a full length divided zippered pocket Straps made from black webbing are reinforced and attached with D-rings. Carrying strap is 48" long and can easily be worn over the shoulder or across the body. ($225)
CAPTAIN PHASMA PREMIUM FIGURE (HOT TOYS)
Woe to those who stand in the path of this sinister Captain Phasma collectible. Hot Toys' 1/6 scale premium action figure stands 13 inches tall and is clad in the ominous character’s signature chrome-colored armor and helmet. Artisans have applied multiple layers of metallic paint over her battle armor with detailed weathering effects to complement its finely tailored cape, wicked-looking, gold-tinted blaster rifle, and a hexagonal figure marked with the First Order’s grim emblem. Pre-order now for June 2016 delivery. ($249)
STAR WARS CAPS (NEW ERA)
Cap your cranium with these colorful new Star Wars hats in the style of C-3PO, R2-D2, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Rebel Pilot, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, Jango Fett and many more. New Era has also launched a line of Star Wars beanies to round out the awesome apparel line in similar styles and colors. Snag one of these bold brims now to wear for the big Force Awakens premiere! ($20-$56)
STAR WARS TOPPS TRADING CARD BOOK VOLUME 1 (LUCASFILM LTD)
Remember the sheer joy of ripping open a fresh pack of Topp's Star Wars trading cards and hoping to get that rare card your friends would be envious of? This new 548-page book from Lucasfilm LTD contains digital scans of all 330 cards and 55 original stickers Topps published in its five sets of Star Wars trading card series between 1977 and 1978. Perfect for Christmas Day reading with a pile of ginger cookies! ($18)
STAR WARS CHRISTMAS SWEATERS (UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS)
There's no shame in sporting these seasonal Star Wars Christmas sweaters from Ugly Christmas Sweaters in various prints and colors. Whether you choose a Santa-capped Chewie or a Merry Sithmas message, nobody will doubt your sprit is strong with the force. Made of 100% acrylic in unisex styles. Apparently they run small so size up when ordering. ($59.95)
DARTH VADER AND YODA GOLD CUFFLINKS (NEIMAN MARCUS)
Head to the holiday ball like a boss in these most impressive 14K gold cufflinks from the fine folks at Neiman Marcus. Definitely for high roller who like a touch of geek in their attire, they can sit on your sleeve for a staggering $4,200 for the Vader pair, or $4,000 if you dig Yoda better. Cheaper Palladium-plated cufflinks are offered in Darth Vader, the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca and a Stormtrooper for just $125 a set.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS REY AND BB-8 PREMIUM FIGURES (HOT TOYS)
Daisy Ridley's likeness is nicely captured in Hot Toys' 1/6 scale Rey action figure and her BB-8 companion droid from The Force Awakens. The heroic Jakku desert-dweller comes with a tailored cloth outfit, survival staff and small blaster pistol. An alternate head features a protective sand wrap and safety goggles when the wind kicks up. BB-8 is hand-painted and has a poseable head, LED lights inside his dome to illuminate the peering eye and is specially embedded with self-balancing mechanisms. Pre-order now for 2016 delivery. ($289.99)
A-10 BOBA FETT BACKPACK (NIXON)
Strap this badass bounty hunter bag on your back and show your Mandalorian mercenary pride. This heavy canvas Star Wars accessory is all part of Nixon's “Dark Side Collection,” featuring watches, wallets, belts and bags with cool designs inspired by Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers and Imperial Pilots. Made from distressed PU coated canvas, it's crafted with multiple pockets, padded compartments and a custom Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite zipper pull. ($175)
LIMITED EDITION STAR WARS PENS (CROSS PENS)
Toss away that chewed u p pencil and jot down the next blockbuster screenplay with these superb Star Wars writing instruments. Created in commemoration of the upcoming Star Wars spectacle, this new line of well-crafted pens and journals seeks to capture both the mythical and modern elements of the original Star Wars trilogy. Featuring design touches reminiscent of legendary Star Wars characters like C-3PO, Darth Vader, and Imperial Stormtroopers, their Star Wars collection is limited to 1977 units (get it?) per character and is stamped with impeccable details etched into the finish. (Pens: $450-$575, Journals: $40)
DARTH VADER STAR WARS BEDDING SET (SNURK)
Sleep soundly like a Sith with these awesome Star Wars sheets from SNURK and available through J. Crew. Comes in twin-bed sizes only and includes a printed cotton duvet cover and single pillowcase with the glowering image of Darth Vader. Also avalable in Chewbacca style. ($90)
DEATH STAR PAPER LANTERN (THINKGEEK)
That's no battle station, it's a beautiful paper floor lantern! This imposing Death Star lamp is a 24″ sphere that switches on using a handy foot toggle. Ideal for a dark corner of your life or to accessorize your geek den. It's lightweight and can be easily hung from the opening on the top. An officially-licensed Star Wars product that requires some assembly and a 40-watt incandescent bulb or 13-watt CFL bulb. ($39.99)