Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t hit cinema screens until the 18th of December, but fans who can no longer contain their excitement can already enjoy the release of tons of new Star Wars toys this Friday!
Rather than opting for a simple, modest release, Disney and Lucasfilm have decided to host an 18-hour live unboxing event across 15 cities and 12 countries to announce the release of these epic new Star Wars toys. Hey, it’s Disney and it concerns one of the biggest and most popular franchises ever made, so why not?
From Wednesday the 2nd of September at 22.45 (UK time) until Thursday the 3rd at 16.00, internet celebrities from Maker Studios such as Chris Pirillo and AlexBy11 will unveil some of the highlights of Disney’s amazing new range of Star Wars merchandise. Apart from the revealing of toys, books, gadgets, apparel and action figures, fans can also expect some surprising guest appearances, commentary about the new characters and their clothing and special product trailers at the livestream, which will reveal more about the upcoming film. Subsequently, all the major internet and toy stores (including Zavvi!) will open their doors on Friday the 4th at 0.01 AM so you won’t have to wait very long to get your hands on all of the newly revealed toys!
So what kind of products can we expect?
At the time of writing, it’s been revealed that toy company Hasbro will release a new series of Black Series action figures based on some of the major characters from the franchise. They stand about 6 inches tall and are a great collector’s item! Expect Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and Chewbacca in figure format with life-like accuracy!
Moreover, Hasbro is releasing the “Battle Action Millennium Falcon” as well as some other famous action-packed vehicles from the Star Wars franchise that open up as playsets. Collect Han Solo and Chewbacca as action figures and let them take control over the high-speed spacecraft.
For all you 90s kids out there, you might find joy in the fact that Hasbro has also revived the Furby by releasing the “Furbacca”, based on, you can guess, our dear friend Chewbacca! It hums the Star Wars theme song and even speaks the Wookiee language! Unlike the Furby, Furbacca has adjusted to the 21st century and is able to respond to instructions you give him via a phone app. He can be virtually fed, bathed and be played with, so you can even nurture him when you’re not home!
Rumour has it that our friends at Funko will also release some brand new Pop! Vinyl figures to celebrate the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’re hoping for a Pop! Vinyl figure of newcomer Kylo Ren (we’ve got very high expectations of Adam Driver’s performance as the main antagonist in the new film!) and we would love to see some old favourites transformed into funny vinyl figures, like C-3PO and the Stormtroopers.
Finally, we can reveal that gifting brand Paladone will be releasing a whole new range of Star Wars related gifts to pimp up your home. We’re expecting mugs, key covers and magnets based on the returning cast, as well as the new Star Wars heroes.
Moreover, we’ll be launching a whole range of new Star Wars T-shirts, including two Zavvi exclusive designs!
Did we spark your interest? Fans all over the world are invited to post and Tweet about the event by including hashtags such as #ForceFriday and #MidnightMadness.
The Star Wars products will go on sale at midnight on September 4.
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