Fun Gadgets for Star Wars Fans
As fans of Star Wars anxiously await the opening of the newest film in the franchise, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” product tie-ins for the film are shifting into hyperdrive. And that means lots of great gift items for the Star Wars lovers in your family.
Check out our picks for the best intergalactic gadgets. They're sure to awaken the force within any Star Wars fan.
Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid
What Star Wars fan wouldn’t want to own a personal droid? Give a hot robotic gift that kids and adults alike will want to play with, Sphero’s app-enabled BB-8 Droid. This little cutey drives around with some big droid personality.
Use your smartphone or tablet to guide BB-8 through its paces. It can recognize your voice and respond to commands — and yes, you can record and watch your own holographic displays, just like Princess Leia. The BB-8’s adaptive personality adjusts its interactions with you the more you use it. Use your droid to record and watch virtual holographic videos on your phone or tablet. Make sure to shop early; this little guy is sure to be in big demand.
Price: $149.95 at Amazon
Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker
There’s nothing like getting your fill of Star Wars, so why not start your day on the dark side at breakfast? With the Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker, you can do exactly that.
A Death Star in the form of a waffle lets you destroy the Empire’s superweapon again and again. Signal lights let you know when your waffle is ready. Stainless steel construction with a non-stick coating helps you make perfect waffles every time. With a dial that allows you to set how long you’d like your waffle toasted, you can choose exactly how you’d like your waffle cooked, on the dark side or the light side.
Price: $39.99 at Amazon
Star Wars Darth Vader Earbuds with microphone
You haven’t heard the last of Darth Vader, especially if you’re wearing the Star Wars Darth Vader earbuds with microphone. These simple in-ear earbuds for ages 5 and up are an easy way to listen to your favorite Star Wars soundtrack or podcast. The Dark Lord appears on the microphone unit, which also functions as a play/pause button. The buds themselves are marked with the Star Wars emblem. For plugged-in kids and tuned-in grownups, these earbuds are sure to please your Star Wars fan.
Not ready for the Sith Lord himself? Choose the Stormtrooper style for a lighter, brighter touch of the dark side.
Kotobukiya Star Wars: Luke Skywalker Light Up Chopsticks
Sushi will never be the same. These lightsaber chopsticks imported by Japanese company Kotobukiya let you play the hero as you battle through your meal. At approximately 10 inches long, they each light up in a bright blue color with the press of a button on the handle.
Made of a sturdy plastic, the rounded plastic stick portion separates from the hilt, so you can clean it separately. While these battery-operated “chopsabers” are a novelty for Star Wars fans, they’ll likely also get you plenty of attention from your waiter. Just don’t buy multiple sets for the whole family unless you’re ready for a truly epic meal.
Price: $19.99 at Amazon
Star Wars R2-D2 USB Car Charger
Are you ready to take a bit of Star Wars on the road? While this R2-D2 USB Car Charger can’t actually do repairs on your car, it can charge two tablets, smartphones or other USB-chargable devices while sitting comfortably in your vehicle’s cup holder. Plug the R2 into your vehicle’s 12-volt power adapter (cigarette lighter) to get 2.1 amps through each charging port.
As for special effects, R2-D2’s head rotates and lights up when you begin charging your devices. An LED light (red/blue) in his front “eye” lens lets you know your port power status, and you can rev him up further by pushing a button in his center to activate power to the ports. This officially licensed Star Wars item measures 5 ½ inches tall and comes with a 36-inch cable.
Star Wars Death Star Mood Light
What better way to get in the mood for Star Wars than a Star Wars Death Star Mood Light? This calming light (no battles here) weighs slightly less than a pound, measuring in 8.9 inches by 7.3 inches by 7.3 inches. It’s a perfect gift for Star Wars fans of all ages.
The battery-powered Death Star is lit by LED lights that shine with a soft white glow on your bedside table or desk. Details of the Death Star are enhanced when it’s turned on. When it’s off, it looks like a model of the battle station. A USB cable is included.
Price: $44.95 at Amazon
Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs with Sounds
If you want to become the Sith of your grill, these officially licensed Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs will give you the power. The 22-inch tongs come with a heat-proof plastic handle and a red storage case. They’re perfect for turning your burgers to the dark side.
The real fun starts once you’re at the grill. Hold up your tongs with the ends together, and a lightsaber appears in hand as you watch your burgers and steaks cook up to the dark side. Open the tongs to hear the familiar hum of the lightsaber, which turns off automatically.
Price: $39.54 at Amazon
It’s easy to please a Star Wars fan when you choose these gifts that bring a little bit of the dark side to the light side of your life. In the oft-repeated words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, may the force be with you.