Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally here. To celebrate, we’ve collected the best merchandise from the Episode VII and paired each with a classic product from the original trilogy, so every generation is covered.
The Star Wars franchise knows how to merchandise better than anyone.
With all the toys from the new episode already out, we’ve listed the the seven products you’re going to want.
And we paired them with their counterpart from the original trilogy.
There’s no Dark Side here: just 38 years of awesome merchandise. Happy shopping.
The Droids You’re Looking For
R2D2 won the hearts of Star Wars fans everywhere with his can-do spirit and willful determination in the face of adversity. At least…we think that’s what he was like, all he really did was beep a lot. The new BB8 droid seems like a worthy successor, a little more adorable and much more mobile than R2D2’s awkward tripod-trashcan design. Whichever you prefer, with these remote control toys you can bring your favorite droid to life.
The Classic: Inflatable Remote Control R2D2
The New: Sphero App-Enabled BB8
The Faces (and Voices) of the Dark Side
Darth Vader’s iconic helmet is the symbol of the Dark Side – sleek and imposing, respirators don’t get more villainous than this. But if the perpetual raspy breathing isn’t really your thing, you can go with the new and improved Kylo Ren mask.
The Classic: Darth Vader Voice Changing Mask
The New: Kylo Ren Voice Changing Mask
The Unlikely Jedis
Luke Skywalker was a simple farm-boy who had who dreamed a life beyond his crops. After years of yearning, he was finally able to chase that dream after his Aunt and Uncle were fortuitously torched by Stormtroopers. Finn’s path seems a little different – he was a Stormtrooper himself before he got tired of all the torching – but like Luke, he seems to have made his way to the Jedi camp where he belongs. He was a little short for a Stormtrooper anyway.
The Classic: Luke Skywalker Forest Mission Action Figure
The Hand-Made Lightsabers
It’s well-known that you aren’t a true Jedi until you hand-make your own lightsaber. Luke decided to go green with his weapon, but he seems to have been one-upped by Kylo Ren’s intimidating crossbar addition.
The Classic: Luke Skywalker Electronic Lightsaber
The New: Kylo Ren Extendable Lightsaber
The Hot-Shot Pilots
Han Solo. He’s dashing, roguish, charming. He shoots first (I repeat: Han shoots first) and asks questions later. Han Solo certainly set a high bar for the franchise’s sex appeal – hopefully X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron is up to the task.
The Classic: Han Solo Action Figure
The New: Poe Dameron Action Figure
Women with a Need for Speeder Bikes
At first glance, Leia and Rey seem pretty different. Leia is a princess, Rey is a scavenger. Leia puts her hair up in buns, Rey lets it hang loose. If anything, it looks like Rey is more akin to Luke: a desert-dweller who gets roped into a bigger conflict. However, there is one thing the women of Star Wars share: a love of speeder bikes. While Leia prefers stealing her’s from Stormtroopers and Rey’s is a bit bulkier and popsicle-y, there is no doubt that when it comes to speeder bike piloting, these women are second-to-none.
The Classic: Princess Leia on Speeder Bike Figure
The New: Rey’s Speeder Bike Action Figure
The Bounty Hunters You Don’t Want to Mess With
Finally, we have the Bounty Hunters. Boba Fett has always been a fan favorite, with his jet-pack and wrist-mounted grappling hook (we all choose to forget his embarrassingly clumsy death at the hands of blind Han Solo). As for Captain Phasma, she’s a bit of a mystery right now – all we know is that under that helmet lies Game of Throne’s Brienne of Tarth, Gwendoline Christie, and that’s enough to let us assume that Captain Phasma will be just as bad-ass as Boba Fett.
The Classic: Boba Fett Desert Mission Action Figure