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From here in the U.S. to galaxies far far away, May the 4 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 4 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 ten pieces of Star Wars merch to pick up for May the Fourth 2022. 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. Herschel Supply Co. Star Wars Backpack
These backpacks and bags from Herschel Supply Co. will show your allegiance to the Jedi Order no matter where you go, with a textured ripstop fabric inspired by Ahsoka Tano’s tunic. The diamond webbing detail and liner print are reminiscent of the Morai.
This official Star Wars collaboration includes functional elements, like the magnet fastened straps and air mesh back padding on the “Ahsoka Tano” Settlement Backpack. The set ranges from XL backpacks, Heritage backpacks, and hip packs, to lunch boxes. Herschel also offers Boba Fett and Stormtrooper-inspired bags in this collection, as well, so there’s something for everyone who loves these great galactic villains.
2. Stance Star Wars Socks
Unisex socks brand, Stance is known for their comfortable and stretchy “Infiknit” material (“softer than a sleeping Ewok”), and we like their official Star Wars collaboration collection, which includes socks for men and women in several Star Wars-inspired prints. Choose from Darth Vader designs, to Grogu and other beloved characters from The Mandalorian. They also offer Star Wars Rebel-style fabric face masks.
These lightweight socks offer a breathable cotton blend, and offer arch support where you need it the most for whenever you head out on your next spaghetti Western-style adventure.
3. The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Book
The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge gives an inside look at the creation of the Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. The book features hundreds of full-color concept artworks, sketches, blueprints, photographs, and more, including the creative process that Disney’s Imagineer’s took in developing the immersive park.
Spanning 256 pages, the hardcover artbook also includes exclusive interviews with the lands’ designers on how they brought the universe of Star Wars to life. Die-hard theme park fans and Star Wars aficionados alike will appreciate this behind-the-scenes look at Galaxy’s Edge.
4. LEGO Star Wars: Luke Skywalker’s X-34 Landspeeder (Ultimate Collector Series)
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 new exclusive set in the Ultimate Collectors Series features a model of Luke Skywalker’s X-34 Landspeeder, which made its first appearance in Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, streaming now on Disney+.
The set includes the X-34 Landspeeder with a dual minifigure cockpit, a raised display so you can show off the Landspeede in ‘hover’ mode with information plaque inside, as well as two LEGO Star Wars figures: Luke Skywalker himself, and a newly-designed C-3PO minifigure. There are 1,890 pieces in total, great for display or as a playable toy.
This year for May the Fourth, LEGO will also be offering the Lars Family Homestead Kitchen set free with LEGO: Star Wars purchases over $160, and an 30495 AT-ST as a gift with LEGO: Star Wars purchases over $40.
5. Dr. Squatch Star Wars Soap Collection
Dr. Squatch loves their fun, irreverent soap releases, and they’ve got the finest soap in the galaxy for May the Fourth. You can open up this Star Wars limited edition collectors box and choose your side, as the set features four uniquely- crafted bar soaps inspired by legends from the Star Wars universe. “In a galaxy full of synthetic detergents,” Dr. Squatch’s soap is made from natural oils, with no hash chemical inside. The four distinguishable bars come in scents such as Only Hope Soap, Wisdom Wash, Dark Side Scrub, and Ruthless Rinse.
In honor of the special day, Dr. Squatch is also offering 10% off their Star Wars collection with promo code MAYFOURTH.
6. Star Wars Otterbox Case
The popular Otterbox cell phone cases are now available in Star Wars-themed designs, including this Boba Fett graphic made from durable materials. Otterbox cases have an ultra-slim, one-piece design, and offer significant drop protection for whatever the galaxy throws at it. The screen bumper also has a raised edge that helps protect your touchscreen. You’ll also get 15% off on Star Wars cases from the OtterBox Custom Shop for one day only, May 4 of course.
Their Galactic Collection features prints from all across the Star Wars franchise, with different options for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones. In collaboration with Alexa accessories, you can also bring the Star Wars saga home with their Mandalorian Echo Dot Stand featuring Grogu’s adorable design.
7. Star Wars Corkcicle Chewy and Han Solo Drinkware
The year celebration of May the Fourth usually coincides with the weather warming up and the return of not just the Jedi, but of icy-cold beverages. Last year, Corkcicle’s Star Wars collection nearly sold out, and this year they’re expanding their fan-favorite drinkware collection.
Their best-selling styles Sport Canteen, Classic Tumbler, and Coffee Mug will now be offered with the infamous Wookiee coloring. But you can’t have Chewbacca without his co-pilot, and Captain of the Millennium Falcon, so the same styles will be offered with a new Han Solo design. As with all Corkcicle cups, these new offerings will keep your beverages are frosty for 20+ hours, or warm for 10. The two colorways will be available starting May the 4.
8. Star Wars The Vintage Collection Action Figures
Pet parents everywhere will be able to turn their favorite companion into a galactic warrior with the Star Wars Collection at Chewy. Chewy offers everything from toys and apparel to bowls and beds, will exclusives that are only available on their site. What we like: There’s something for every pet, whether it’s a fluffy Chewbacca dog toy, flying Millennium Falcon cat toy, or ultra-cute The Mandalorian Grogu bed. Through May 5, superfans will also receive $10 off when they spend $25 on any Star Wars items.
9. Star Wars Sobel Westex Home Goods Collection
From a galaxy far far away and into your own home, Sobel Westex has teamed up with LucasFilms to create a Star Wars design collection for home goods.
The officially-licensed collaboration features a “fleet” of Star Wars elevated home goods from bedding, to towels, decorative throw pillows and chunky hand-knit blankets. Beloved characters from the Skywalker Saga come to life with several subtle colorways inspired by Tatooine, the Jedi Order, and members of the Dark Side alike. Sobel Westex will also be offering a 25% off sale in honor of Star Wars Day from 5/4 through 5/31.
10. Star Wars The Mandalorian Alexa Voice Remote Covers
Add some galactic fun to your streaming experience while you catch up on both seasons of The Mandalorian with these themed covers for the Alexa Voice Remote.
The new remote covers feature two designs, including “Bounty Blue” for Din Djarin and “Grogu Green” for the “cutest bounty in the galaxy.” The sturdy silicone cases will protect against accidental drops, and the vibrant colors will help you find your remote, even if you’ve turned off all the lights in your living room for the full movie theater effect.
The new Grogu and The Mandalorian remote covers are only compatible with the Alexa Voice Remote (2nd and 3rd Gen), but there’s an abundance of of officially-licensed Baby Yoda and Mandalorian merch available online if you just can’t get enough.