Top 10 Star Wars Products In a Galaxy Not So Far, Far Away
The latest spate of Star Wars merchandise, as was reported yesterday, was 50 Cent's Star Wars-inspired SMS Audio headphones. But, of course, this isn't the first time Star Wars has been merchandised out (in fact, some reports indicate that George Lucas makes -- or, rather, made -- more money on licensing the Star Wars franchise than anything else). With that in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the best Star Wars products in the galaxy -- and beyond -- that have come out over the past 35 years.
General Mills' C3PO's cereal, unfortunately, didn't make the list (the cereal tasted like sugar-coated cardboard!).
Here, in no particular order, are the top 10 Star Wars products:
10. The Tauntaun Sleeping Bag: Thought they only smelled bad on the outside? This sleeping bag is inspired by the infamous scene in Empire Strikes Back where Han cut open Luke's deceased Tauntaun and covered him in the entrails to relieve him of the frostbite of Norway Hoth. For $149.99 (it better come with a real-live Tauntaun for that price...), you too can relive the adventure. As per ThinkGeek.com's website, "this high-quality sleeping bag looks just like a Tauntaun, complete with saddle, printed internal intestines, and a plush lightsaber zipper pull. Now when your kids tell you their favorite Star Wars movie is "Attack of the Clones" you can nestle the wee-ones snug in simulated Tauntaun fur while regaling them with the amazing tale of 'Empire Strikes Back.'"
9. Ecko's Reversible Wookiee Jacket: When Mark Ecko partnered up with Lucasfilm to create a whole line of Star Wars-inspired clothing, he made sure to tip his hat to the biggest walking carpet in the galaxy: Chewbacca. While this coat serves you no purpose if you live in Florida or any of the other gulf states, the reversible jacket definitely could keep you warm (and had a more subtle side, as well: the reverse of the Wookiee fur featured an embroidered Rebel Alliance patch). True fans of Star Wars will note that this is a hat-tip to Boba Fett, who wore pelts made out of Wookiee fur. Thanks to its overwhelming popularity, it's now really difficult to find, but sometimes eBay has a few of them up for sale. Better save your Republic credits up, though.
8. Star Wars Transformers: Darth Vader: This bit of co-branding seemed to make the most sense, and made Darth Vader look like quite the bad-ass (like I said before, I can't get the image of him as a whiny teenager out of my head -- thanks, Hayden Christiansen...). Because it's now been discontinued by the manufacturer, it retails for $149.99... but in 25 steps, you can transform the Death Star into a Darth-Vader-on-steroids. Per the product description: "When opened up, this amazing 2-in-1 toy instantly becomes Darth Vader--wielding weapons, warriors and the force to do battle against the Rebel Alliance. With some crafty reconstruction, however, this fearsome figure becomes the equally evil, planet-destroying Death Star. As the battle station, the toy features compartments from which TIE fighter aircrafts can fly, and in which miniature figures and Vader's detachable cape can be stored. For fighting on a smaller scale, the toy comes with three fighter planes seven "mini-figs" include and 1-inch tall versions of Darth Vader and three Storm Troopers. A translucent green missile launches from an opening in the Death Star as well as from Darth Vader's gun. Of course, Vader wouldn't be complete without his signature red Lightsaber, which generates realistic Lightsaber sound when placed in his right hand. Another button on the figure's stomach prompts famous Vader lines from the Star Wars movies." Boss!
7. Wookiee Cookies: The Official Star Wars Cookbook: Unfortunately, there's no recipe for Aunt Beru's blue milk & boiled fennel, nor is there a recipe for Yoda's gruel. However, this clever cookbook has some pretty delicious recipes for Boba Fett-ucini, Jedi Juice Bars (which are THE total yum!), and Crazy Cantina Chili. The vast majority of the recipes are as healthy as they are delicious!
6. Ninja Star Wars: Given that George Lucas has admitted to being inspired, in part, by Japanese culture when creating Star Wars, this bit of minimalist interpretation of the saga makes perfect sense. It's also REALLY cool, and your house guests will definitely do a double-take once they realize what they're looking at. (It will take a minute, though...)
5. Han Solo in Carbonite Throw Blanket: It's about the closest you're going to get to sitting on Harrison Ford's face, but this woven bit of Star Wars cool -- unlike the carbonite that Han Solo was encased in -- is super-warm. You can get it at the official Star Wars store.
4. The Star Wars TomTom: I can't really put this one into words. But if you have a TomTom and an extra $7, you can get Darth Vader to narrate your directions. Here's a behind the scenes video about it.
3. The C3PO Tape Dispenser: This one goes back to the 1980s, and was infamous for where, exactly, the tape was being held (between Threepio's legs, as he wears an OMG! expression on his face). If you want it today, it will set you back a cool $350.
2. The Lego Death Star: Star Wars and Lego have teamed up for many different types of merchandising opportunities, but none quite beat the Death Star, both in terms of features and additions. (And for $400, it better be awesome...) Per the product description: "Recreate the action and adventure of the Star Wars movies with the ultimate Death Star playset. This amazingly detailed battle station features an incredible array of minifigure-scale scenes, moving parts, characters and accessories from Episodes IV and VI on its multiple decks, including the Death Star control room, rotating turbolaser turrets, hangar bay with TIE Advanced starfighter, tractor beam controls, Emperor's throne room, detention block, firing laser cannon, Imperial conference chamber, droid maintenance facility, and the powerful Death Star superlaser...plus much more! Swing across the chasm with Luke and Leia, face danger in the crushing trash compactor, and duel with Darth Vader for the fate of the galaxy. Includes 24 minifigures and droids, plus all-new Dianoga trash compactor monster. Also includes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight), Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, Emperor Palpatine, 2 Stormtroopers, 2 Emperor's Royal Guards, R2-Q5, and mouse droid."
1. The Darth Vader Gargoyle: Yes, Star Wars is so much of a part of American culture that it's on the Washington National Cathedral. In the 1980s, a competition was held for children to determine what the next gargoyle would be on the Cathedral, and Darth Vader was one of the winners. (Remember, this was pre-Internet, so ballots were cast by hand...) Christopher Rader drew the famous helmet, Jay Hall Carpenter sculpted the gargoyle (though, technically, the Darth Vader head is considered a "grotesque"), and Patrick J. Plunkett carved the final product. You can see it on the northwest tower of the Cathedral, and no, it's not for sale.