Star Wars

ThinkGeek’s first Force Friday exclusives are all household

The Force is strong with ThinkGeek as they launch a number of Star Wars: The Force Awakens exclusives made by GeekLabs. The team at the lab responsible for many Star Wars ThinkGeek exclusive products have brought on a couple of BB-8 products first and foremost - a big ol' pillow and a serving platter. One is made for all your hugs and the other is made for snacks. You're going to need a place to put your dip, after all.

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Uber unleashes Stormtrooper rides for Force Friday

As Force Friday begins, seeing the release of new Star Wars toys in celebration of The Force Awakens, even Uber is getting in on the marketing extravaganza. As Hot Wheels are unveiling a number of new toy cars inspired by Star Wars characters, the company has partnered with the ride-hailing service to unleash a fleet of life-size First Order Stormtrooper vehicles on New York City. The white Dodge Chargers feature special black decals to help with the Stormtrooper look, and are complete with Hot Wheels logos.

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There’s a cheaper BB-8 “drone” too, from Hasbro

Just in case you didn't want to get the real-deal BB-8 by Sphero this Force Friday, there is another. This is supposing you're not wanting to pay one hundred and fifty dollars for the greatest Star Wars toy ever made, that is to say. If that's a bit out of your price range, there's also the Hasbro Target exclusive remote control BB-8, one that's not nearly so fantastic, one that works with AA-batteries instead of rechargeable built-in batteries.

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BB-8 by Sphero Review: the best Star Wars toy ever made

The "BB-8 by Sphero" is a robot toy that combines the high-tech remote-control spherical fun of the original Sphero with the life force of the newest droid hero from Star Wars. This is the "ball droid" you've likely seen in the first, second, and/or third teaser trailer video for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This device incorporates remote control with a smartphone, augmented reality, and the ability to roll around and act entirely autonomously all around your house, recording data and exploring your hallways as he does so.

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R2-D2 car charger puts the droid in your cupholder

Can't get enough of Star Wars' most lovable blue-clad droid? We recently detailed the new R2-D2 Bluetooth speaker, which is a realistic replica of R2-D2's head. Now there's a new companion to add to your R2-D2 fondness, and this one comes in the form of a car charger. The charger hails from ThinkGeek, which designed the product itself. As always, it is officially licensed, and even better -- it's available as of now.

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Chewbacca Crocs unveiled ahead of new Star Wars movie

Items modeled after Star Wars characters are nothing new, and we've seen the number of gadgets grow as the next movie's premiere grows nearer (not that there was ever a shortage of such items). The newest one to surface is a bit of a misstep, though, at least if your fashion sense has reached the adult level: Chewbacca-themed Crocs. Yes, Crocs still exist, and these ones are toeing the line crossed by fuzzy Ugg boots, only with a side order of spongy and hole-filled foam.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens teaser trailer 3: Rey, Finn, blue lightsaber included

Finn ignites his blue lightsaber for the first time in the new teaser trailer (mini clip) from Lucasfilm. While we've seen this bit - sort of - in the first poster for the film revealed earlier this month, this is the first time we're to understand that the character played by John Boyega appears to be on the same planet as Kylo Ren, one of this film's primary villains. That's not all - there's a super tiny clip of Rey as well!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens to show on all IMAX screens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take over all IMAX large-format screens in North America, it is being reported, as well as most of the IMAX screens abroad. Though it is not the first movie to be given such an honor, it is still a big deal, and is disappointing news for those behind other big films set to premiere in December. The newest Star Wars movie will be arriving on December 18; a portion of it was filmed with IMAX cameras to better leverage the related displays.

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Star Wars live global toy unboxing begins September 3

It looks like the first real marketing blitz for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, will begin next week. Disney has announced that starting Thursday, September 3rd, an 18-hour live toy unboxing event will take place across the globe, with 15 different cities around the world revealing the first look at new Star Wars merchandise. The event is described as a "New Year's Eve style celebration," with 12 countries each participating at local times on September 3rd, starting in Australia.

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‘Anakin’ is now one of the top 1,000 US baby names

The U.S. Social Security Administration has revealed that "Anakin" is now one of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States. The administration released its latest list of popular baby names in the United States this summer, and we see more than a handful that are likely inspired by popular culture -- Khaleesi, for example, outranked Anakin last year in the top 1,000 baby name chart. Still, Anakin is gaining ground and joining the likes of "Luke" and "Leia" among the top charts.

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Japan ANA airline begins featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Japan All Nippon Airways begin rolling out Star Wars: The Force Awakens airliners complete with BB-8 droid action. This is the first major-scale branding effort from Lucasfilm and Disney, hitting the largest of all the busses in the most Japan-centric way possible. This is the same airliner that rolls with Pokemon-themed coverings as well as R2-D2-themed jets. Have a peek below to see a collection of flight-ready planes run by this airline over the past couple of years. First you're going to see the ball-droid, BB-8, our new hero.

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Disney to build two 14-acre Star Wars themed lands

If you're anything of a Star Wars fan, that has probably already gotten you jumping up and down. But the good news doesn't end there. At D23, Disney unloaded a bunch of exciting news about the franchise. At the center of it all, to appeal to both old and new fans, will be the largest single theme land expansion that Disneyland will ever undertake to date, giving visitors an authentic Star Wars experience. Plus, Disney also teased details on both the upcoming The Force Awakens theme as well as the next installment.

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