From here in the U.S. to galaxies far far away, May the 4th is now known universally as “Star Wars Day,” thanks to a pun on that famous Star Wars quote, “May the force be with you.”
According to StarWars.com, the first notable occurrence with the May 4th pun took place on that date in 1979, when Margaret Thatcher took office as the new British Prime Minister. Thatcher’s Conservative party took out an ad in The London Evening News to congratulate her, saying “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.”
Since then, “Star Wars Day” has been celebrated around the world, with fans gathering to re-watch the movies (stream them all here), participate in cosplay, and to show off their Star Wars toys and collectibles at makeshift conventions. Brands are also getting in on the action, offering limited-edition collaborations inspired by everything from Sith Lords to lightsabers.
Whether you’re part of the Rebel Legion, a serious collector, or just a casual fan, here are eight pieces of Star Wars merch to pick up this weekend. Shop quickly: the demand — and force — is strong with many of the items on our list, and you’ll want to sang them before they’re sold-out.
1. ThinkGeek Star Wars Sale
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ThinkGeek is offering up some amazing Star Wars merchandise this weekend, with everything from Star Wars apparel and accessories, to tech gadgets, toys and home goods. Among the deals: take $10 off all lightsabers with promo code SABERSALE. These are authentic replica lightsabers, officially-licensed by LucasFilm.
We also like this kettle, which takes your coffee or tea to the dark side, with a glossy black finish and design inspired by Darth Vader’s helmet. The handle, meantime, is reminiscent of his iconic lightsaber.
This piece of officially-licensed Star Wars merchandise is made from a contemporary mix of aluminum and stainless steel and works on all cooktops. It holds 1.7 liters of water and the handles stay cool to the touch for safe, easy pouring. Purchase: $39.99 on ThinkGeek.com.
2. MeUndies Star Wars Collection
Unisex loungewear and sleepwear brand, MeUndies is known for its fun, irreverent releases and this week, they launched their official Star Wars collection, which includes briefs, boxers and lounge pants for men and women in three Star Wars-inspired prints. There’s even a unisex onesie. Choose from neon lightsabers, “Death Star Disco,” or “Yub Nub” (named after the Ewok celebration song playing at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi).
Prices range from $45 (for a three-pack of briefs) to $78 (for the onesie), and products are available in women’s sizes XS-2XL and men’s sizes S-3XL. Purchase: $45.00+ on MeUndies.com.
3. Star Wars x APL Sneakers
Sneaker brand Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) has joined forces with Lucasfilm to launch two special edition Star Wars-inspired sneakers. The Star Wars x APL collaboration features the brand’s TechLoom Bliss running shoes in two styles: “The Rebellion” and “The Empire.” Each pair features a kyber crystal-inspired Swarovski crystal midfoot strap, Star Wars-themed details, and a custom Star Wars-branded insole. “The Empire” is a take on the dark side, with a matte black upper. “The Rebellion,” meantime, is a light-colored shoe inspired by the sands of Tatooine.
The APL TechLoom Bliss is a lightweight, slip-on silhouette, weighing in at just 6.8 oz. Designed for running, but great off the track as well, it’s got a ton of innovative features that enhance traction, support and comfort. The limited-edition collection is available in both men’s and women’s sizes. Purchase (beginning May 4): $350.00 at AthleticPropulsionLabs.com.
4. LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder – 20th Anniversary Edition
LEGO released their first Star Wars-themed set in 1999. Two decades later, LEGO has released hundreds of Star Wars sets, with many of them — especially first editions — now fetching thousands of dollars on eBay.
This special-edition set is an updated version of the original 7130 snowspeeder vehicle model, which made its first appearance in The Empire Strikes Back (stream here).
The set includes the white snowspeeder ship, a working gun turret, spring-loaded shooters, and four LEGO Star Wars figures: Luke Skywalker, Dak Ralter, a Rebel trooper and Lando Calrissian. There are 309 pieces in total, including two blasters and a lightsaber. Purchase: $31.99 on Amazon.com.
5. Han Solo Collectible Figure
Serious collectors will want to check out the Disney Store’s new selection of Star Wars merch, which ranges from T-shirts to toys. We like this limited-edition Han Solo figure, inspired by Harrison Ford’s appearance in The Empire Strikes Back and featuring an authentic costume and a Millennium Falcon-inspired base. Limited to just 600 units, this figure was entirely sculpted, molded and painted by hand, and includes incredibly intricate details, like a real cloth fabric costume and leather belt. The figure measures 20” H x 14” W x 15” L and is a true keepsake and collector’s item for fans of Ford — and the film. Purchase: $554.00 on ShopDisney.com.
6. Star Wars PopSockets
The popular PopSockets cell phone holders are now available in Star Wars-themed designs, including this Millennium Falcon print made from etched aluminum. PopSockets let you hold your phone between your fingers, for a more secure grip while you text, talk or FaceTime. Set it on a table and it becomes a convenient phone stand.
7. Hasbro Star Wars Sale
Toymaker Hasbro is offering 40% off more than 150 Star Wars items on eBay this week. The sale includes action figures, building sets and yes, even lightsabers. Many of these items are brand new. See full selection here.
Over on Amazon, Hasbo is taking 20% off select Star Wars toys on Amazon this Saturday. It’s a great opportunity to stock up on popular items like this Darth Vader Voice Changer Mask. Based on the Dark Lord’s iconic black helmet, it features discreet buttons that let you change your voice to sound like Darth Vader. You can also select special sound effects, like Vader’s deep, heavy breathing. The helmet measures just over 12 inches and runs on three AA batteries. Purchase: $29.95 on Amazon.com.
Take advantage of Star Wars Day on Amazon and be among the first to pre-order Hasbro’s recently unveiled Star Wars Vintage Collection action figures too. We like this classic R2-D2 figure, which measures 3.75 inches tall and features many of the original details from when the toy was first launched by American toy company, Kenner Products, in the 80s.
What we like: the retro-inspired packaging and the incredible attention to detail on each figure, which features six different points of articulation. Purchase: $12.99 on Amazon.com.
8. Star Wars Stormtrooper Robot
Just in time for Star Wars Day, UBTECH Robotics has launched the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot, a real, working robot with augmented reality (AR) capabilities, voice command, facial recognition, and sentry patrolling.
The interactive robot lets you control and interact with your Stormtrooper by building and completing missions (via a companion app), using voice commands to issue orders, and sending it to patrol your room and issuing an alert when an “intruder” is near.
What we like: UBTECH’s facial recognition technology lets you program up to three faces using the facial biometrics feature for personalized interactions. The robot also has a built-in infrared sensor, which helps it detect obstacles or steep drops (I.e. on the edge of a table), so it stays on-path and intact. Purchase: $129.57 on Amazon.com.
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