With the arrival of the latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, there is a swath of merchandise to go with it. Back in the day when Stars Wars started with Episode IV, the merchandising included the book version of the movie, figurines, and the Star Wars Early Bird Certificate Package when Kenner Products realized the merchandising hit on their hands and didn't have the goods to follow through until February of 1978.
Now, with seven Star Wars movies on offer and Disney at the helm, just how crazy has the merchandising gotten? Let's have a look at some of the strangest (and most awesome) Star Wars merchandise released this year just in time for Christmas.
- The Millennium Falcon bed. Pottery Barn Kids is selling this for $3,999. While this is a kids product, a twin mattress can fit into the bed, giving grown up Star Wars fans the chance to sleep in it. However, as Detroit Free Press pointed out, it may be a bit of tight squeeze if grown up fans wanted to "make Wookiee" in it.
- Star Wars Socks. While this is certainly not the weirdest Star Wars merchandising idea, it is certainly one of the best stocking filler ideas this Christmas, plus, there are some really cool style options. Stance have 11 styles to chose from including Storm Trooper and Bobba Fett socks. More interesting selections include "Force" (one sock is Luke Skywalker, the other is Darth Vadar) and "Princess" (Jabba the Hutt on one sock, Princess Leia on the other). The Stars Wars socks retail for $20 a pair and can be purchased online here.
- If Star Wars socks are not your thing, why not check out some of the Star Wars shoes on offer? While Etsy has some pretty amazing Stars Wars heels, probably the best pair on offer come from Irregular Heels and include a heel that is a lightsaber. But wait, there's more! When you walk, the lightsabers light up, creating a battle of epic proportions every time you walk down the street.
- The Han Solo Fridge. Remember when the internet had a melt down because people thought the Han Solo in Carbonite pop tarts were a real and edible thing? Well Think Geek now has a fridge version on offer and that is way better than a pop tart. Their product description for this Star Wars merchandise is pretty awesome too:
"When Princess Leia disguised herself as Boushh in order to crack open a frosty one, she wasn't looking for a drink. Her tall, cold one that day happened to be none other than Han Solo himself. However, in your universe it's probably more practical to opt for a standard refrigerator than a carbon freezing chamber (tibanna gas supplies being what they are today)."The Han Solo in Carbonite fridge will hold up to 18 cans and can be plugged into your car for those nights when you want to drink under the stars, searching for a galaxy far, far away. You can purchase this Star Wars product here. If you purchase the Han Solo fridge, you might want to also consider the Han Solo in Carbonite ice cube trays to go with the drinks you will be storing in your Star Wars fridge. Forbidden Planet are stocking them and you can find out more here.
- R2-D2 fridge. If the Han Solo fridge isn't epic enough for you or you want a product that will deliver your drinks to you as you sit on the couch watching Star Wars, why not splurge on the R2-D2 inspired fridge? Haier Asia's AQUA brand has developed this Star Wars fridge that operates via remote control to serve you your beverages. While this fridge is truly amazing, as Digital Trends points out, it retails at $8,000 and will only hold six cans, making it a much smaller option than the Han Solo fridge.
- Chebacca Rugs. Yes, because sometimes you just need a dead Chewie to warm your feet. This Star Wars merchandise is also available via Think Geek and comes in two sizes. Apparently no Wookies were harmed in the making of the rugs but you might want to let the most die hard Star Wars fans know this before letting them enter your abode. You can purchase your Chewbacca rugs here.
- Star Wars Tauntaun Sleeping Bag. Ever wondered what it would be like to sleep in the belly of a Tauntaun? Well, now you can! Not only can you replicate what it would be like to sleep in the freezing temperatures of Hoth, but the sleeping bag comes complete with a lightsaber zipper so you can replicate slicing open the belly of the beast. Originally this item was one of Think Geek's April Fool's day pranks, but, thanks to popular demand, it is a real item now. You can purchase the Tauntaun sleeping bag here.
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