Force Friday II, the massive toy reveal event releasing all the latest Star Wars goodies to the world ahead of the next film, is upon us. That means we'll be talking about the latest toys tied to Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the rest of the week (for starters).
The event itself doesn't officially happen until midnight, but first looks at the new releases are already making their way online. Here are all the enticing previews ahead of Force Friday 2017, from a new droid to Hasbro Black Series figures and more. Check back throughout the day as we keep updating this post with everything we find.
"Build Your Own Droid" Kit
littleBit has put together a "Build Your Own Droid" kit for aspiring techies. The kit looks like a lot of fun, and who hasn't dreamed of building their own R2-D2?
Sphero's BB-9E and R2-D2 Interactive Droids
After BB-8, the lovable ball droid with the innovative design and the electronic heart of gold, debuted in the first Force Awakens teaser, he was an instant star. His look, personality, and unique movements made him a breakout hit among kids and adults alike. That led to some very cool toys, including an interactive miniature BB-8 created by Sphero. Now the company's rolling out two new droid companions.
First up, there's BB-9E. Since "BB" is a designation of a type of droid (like "R2") and not just an individual name, we always knew there had to be more units out there. Well, The Last Jedi's about to introduce a new one, and it doesn't look like it's as friendly as its Last Jedi counterpart.
Though we don't know its part in the film (or its gender), BB-9E will work exactly like Sphero's BB-8 model does. You'll be able to pilot it from your phone, watch it interact with Star Wars films, and even set it to patrol your house. Sphero's also launching a new app featuring a new joystick and new ways for different droid models to interact. And it's a good thing, too, because they're also launching an R2-D2 toy. Both new droids will be available on Force Friday.
(via The Verge)
Lenovo Star War Jedi's Challenges AR Experience
Lenovo is putting together a new augmented reality game featuring the company's Mirage AR headset, which lets you do battle with Kylo Ren while rocking your own lightsaber controller. If there's anything that shows the potential for virtual reality, it's letting us become Jedi knights, right?
LEGO's New Star Wars Sets
It wouldn't be a Star Wars toy launch without LEGO showing up in full force, and the legendary brickmakers aren't disappointing for Force Friday II. In fact, if you want a detailed look at some of the newest vehicles from The Last Jedi, they might actually be your best bet. If you're looking for a major build to play around with, here are your new options: Kylo Ren's new TIE Silencer fighter (630 pieces), the spider-like First Order Heavy Scout Walker (554 pieces), BB-8 (1,106 pieces), the Resistance Bomber (780 pieces), the First Order Heavy Assault Walker (1,376 pieces), and the First Order Star Destroyer (1,416 pieces), complete with a minifig of Supreme Leader Snoke. If you're looking for a more moderate experience, you can try the Resistance Transport Pod (294 pieces), or build figures of Rey (85 pieces), Chewbacca (179 pieces), the Elite Praetorian Guard (92 pieces), and Elite TIE Fighter Pilot (94 pieces).
Oh, and while it's not technically part of Force Friday II (it won't be on sale until Oct. 1), LEGO also just unveiled a new, updated Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon set. It's 7,541 pieces, making it the biggest LEGO set ever. So brace for impact, because it'll set you back 800 bucks.
A Whole Lot of New Star Wars Books
It might've gotten lost in all the new toys, but Disney is also releasing several new Star Wars books. We have Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray, Phasma by Delilah S. Dawson, The Power of the Force by Michael Siglain (author) and Brian Rood (artist), BB-8 on the Run by Drew Daywalt (author) and Matt Myers (artist), and a whole lot more.
Hasbro Star Wars: The Last Jedi Black Series Action Figures
Hasbro will be dropping several new offerings this Force Friday II, including 6-inch and 3.75-inch figures and new entries in the acclaimed Black Series line. So, what's on the menu? Well, there's the First Order Stormtrooper Executioner, who we'll probably be hearing a lot more about in the lead-up to the film's release, as well as a standard Stormtrooper figure with a ton of accessories. Plus, a Praetorian Guard figure, an all-white Luke Skywalker, an Admiral Ackbar/First Order Officer two-pack, and a figure celebrating new character Rose Tico, played by Kelly Marie Tran.
The figures will be available in several store-exclusive releases and assortments.
Her Universe's Star Wars: The Last Jedi Tour T-Shirt
The Last Jedi tour art in the front, legendary classic hits, including dates, in the back. This cold-shoulder "raglan style tee" (apparently that means it has cutouts) is for all you diehard fans, no matter what year you boarded the Star Wars inter-galactic tour.
Force Friday Funko! Pops
BoxLunch has a Funko-good Force Friday planned, including this exclusive new BB-9E Vinyl Bobblehead. And we've seen a whole lot of Porgs forcing their way onto shelves today, but it's almost like they were specifically made for Funko!
Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen Star Wars Bedroom Sets
If you're looking to class up your Star Wars collection a bit, Pottery Barn could be your one-stop Force Friday shop. Or if you just don't have enough pillows. And yeah it may look like kids get all the cool stuff, but the entire bedding collection is offered in King size too!