A galaxy of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ toys for Force Friday – CNET

Use the Force Friday

May the Force be with your wallet. The global Disney/Lucasfilm marketing juggernaut known as “Force Friday” is back Sept. 1 with more new Star Wars toys than you can lift with your well-practiced Jedi mind tricks. Force Friday II will bring a galaxy of new toys inspired by the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which opens in theaters worldwide in December. 

Click through our gallery to see some of the Force Friday II Star Wars merchandise we’ve already gotten our hands on. Here, you’re looking at the Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR headset. 

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Grab your lightsaber

The smartphone-powered Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR headset comes with a lightsaber hilt with haptic feedback and a separate light-up tracker (not pictured).

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Seeing is believing

The Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR headset retails for $199 (roughly £155, AU$250). Preorders start Sept. 1, with the product shipping the first week of November.

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Get your game on

Users can play one of three games with the Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR headset: lightsaber dueling, HoloChess, and strategy (think Battle of Hoth meets simple StarCraft). 

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The best kind of mind game

Lenovo’s Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR headset pairs with a companion Star Wars mobile app, but it could theoretically work with other apps too. Lenovo says there’s nothing locking it down.

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Force Friday fun

Lenovo’s Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR headset isn’t the only augmented reality coming for Force Friday II.  

Disney and Lucasfilm are holding a massive augmented reality treasure hunt inside the official Star Wars app that lets fans unlock and interact with 15 Star Wars characters, including a new one from”The Last Jedi.” To “meet” one of these AR characters, fans can go to 20,000 toy stores across 30 countries from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3 and look for hidden AR markers on cardboard stand-ups.  

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Sphero R2-D2

Sphero’s remote-controlled R2-D2 can turn his head (just use the touchscreen slider on your phone), and perform a variety of preset actions including tapping his foot or screaming and falling over (as if he’d been shocked by a Jawa stun gun).

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Best foot forward

The Sphero R2-D2 also has a motorized pop-out leg, which is just about the best thing ever.

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Take home your own astromech

Sphero’s R2-D2 retails for $179 (roughly £140, AU$225). Sphero’s founder believes it’ll be hard to find at launch, but plans to keep producing them as long as you want to buy them. So no pressure.

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Meet BB9-E

Another droid from Sphero, the evil BB9-E, will get excited for the bad guys when you’re watching Star Wars films. BB9-E, from “The Last Jedi,” was first revealed when packaging for Lego’s “Jedi” line leaked in May. 

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BB9-E’s fancy station

You can put Sphero’s BB9-E droid on the included slippery station so it rolls in place and can play AR games. 

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Don’t lose your head!

Sphero’s BB9-E droid toy has a floating head like BB-8, but lights up with inductive charging. BB9-E retails for $149 (about £115, AU$188). 

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The three droid amigos

All three Sphero droids — R2-D2, BB9-E and BB-8 — are available as of Friday. 

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Fly your own Star Wars vehicles

Propel’s Star Wars Propel drones fly via remote control. They’re already available, but are relaunching in the US for Force Friday II with a flight simulator app for $179 each (roughly £140, AU$225).  

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No Rebel pilot needed

Here’s a closer look at Propel’s X-Wing drone. 

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Fly like a Sith Lord

Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter looks extra ominous as a Propel drone.

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Watch out Ewoks!

A tiny Imperial biker scout may sit on top of this Propel speeder bike drone, but you’re the one flying it. 

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Propel the Star Wars drones

This elaborate remote control lets you fly the Propel Star Wars drones with ease.

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An astromech worth building

This Littlebit basic remote control R2-D2 bot has a clear plastic shell with snap-together electronic blocks for building the little guy. 

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Snap together Littlebit R2-D2

The R2-D2 can fit a pen in back to draw a line as he drives around, and you can add your own parts a la this picture. It’ll retail for $99 (roughly £75, AU$125).  at Walmart, Amazon, Disney and Apple stores.

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Littlebit R2-D2 piece together

The Littlebit R2-D2 includes a Bluetooth control block and motors to wheel it around. Here are some of the other snap-together parts that Littlebit sets are generally made of.

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Fellow Star Wars fans, can you hear me?

The new Hasbro Force Link Bracelet has an accelerometer that lets Star Wars action figures talk to each other. When holding an action figure, shake the bracelet to get sound effects. The bracelet goes for $24.99 (about £20 or AU$32) including one action figure.

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Oh hai, Chewbacca!

Good to see everyone’s favorite Wookiee is part of Hasbro’s Force Link series. The 3.75-inch (9.5-centimeter) creature sells for $7.99 (about £6 or AU$10). 

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Teeny tiny Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren looks far less intimidating as a Hasbro action figure with light and sound effects. The new 12-inch (30-centimeter) figure from the Hero Series costs $30, which roughly converts to £25 or AU$30.

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The ultimate Star Wars playset

This playset from Hasbro folds down into a BB-8 droid. The set costs $199, or around £155 and AU$250. It’s got hidden sound effects to activate with the Force Link, and buttons that trigger trap doors and an “explosion.”

Happy Force Friday. May the Force be with you — and your bank account.

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