It’s been a very big week for Star Wars fans, to say the least. In addition to seeing the first wave of new toys from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (did you buy Sphero’s BB-8 yet?!) and hearing what some of the characters will sound like in the film (surprise: Adam Driver sounds like Adam Driver), Disney and Lucasfilm have also announced when we’ll get to hear John Williams’ new score for the film.
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There were a lot of exciting toys announced yesterday during the epic 18-hour Star Wars Force Friday reveals, but none as exciting as the BB-8 toy from Sphero. We’ve been gushing about BB-8 since Star Wars Celebration and counting down the days until we could own one. And now that the day is here, it is perhaps even more fun than we imagined.
I arrive at just before 7:00 p.m. and Paul is already in line. Well, technically he’s not in line. Technically he’s just sorta hanging out in front of Target, minding his own business. He’s not lining up for Force Friday, no sir. He wouldn’t do such a thing, especially since management came out and made it very clear to everyone that there would be no lines until 8:00 p.m., asking the early arrivals to disperse disperse. Paul’s just another customer. Ignore his Ewok shirt. Ignore his fiancee’s Darth Vader-themed outfit. This is not the line you’re looking for.
Kylo Ren is the new big bad in the Star Wars universe, described by director J.J. Abrams as a “Vader obsessive” who is darkly drawn to the original trilogy’s villain. We’ve caught a few glimpses of Kylo Ren in the trailers with his distinctive helmet, black cloak and crossguard lightsaber — but what’s under that hood, exactly? What is Kylo Ren hiding? As it turns out, it’s nothing major, but it will please many Star Wars fans.
They’ve just wrapped up a massive Global Unboxing Event for #ForceFriday, the grand unveiling of the new toys for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And looking through the acton figures that were unveiled, there are some really impressive likenesses. The little Finn, for example, really looks like John Boyega. And then are a few that don’t. The action figure version of Rey could be Daisy Ridley. But if you put it in front of me with no context (and no awesome BB-8 accessory), I’d probably be a little lost. I might guess it’s a Natalie Portman figure from Revenge of the Sith.
With the much-hyped “Force Friday” finally upon us, the steady trickle of Star Wars news has become a genuine deluge. But if you’re able to pull yourself away from live toy unboxing videos and that kind of amazing new BB-8 toy, there’s some new Star Wars: The Force Awakens art for you to look at. You know, just in case there isn’t enough Star Wars in your life at the moment.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t even out yet and we already know that everyone in the world is going to want their own BB-8. And the market will surely respond – expect to see countless toy versions of that adorable rolling droid everywhere you look in the coming months. However, there is only one BB-8 toy that can be controlled by your mobile device and recognizes your voice and develops an ongoing personality as you play with it. Yes, Sphero’s BB-8 looks like the droid to beat.
May the Force be with all of you incredibly loyal fans who endeavor to sit through all 18 hours of Lucasfilm’s special livestream event, during which time all the new toys from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be unboxed and profiled while you anxiously await the commencement of Force Friday — it’s like Black Friday, but instead of waiting in line with your mom at midnight to buy discount kitchen appliances and outerwear, you get to purchase BB-8 and Kylo Ren action figures.
At the time that this sentence is being written, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is only 107 days away from its December 18 opening. As we anxiously wait for the next trailer, we fill our days with speculation. Speculation about box office. Speculation about the unknown surnames of new characters. But there is one thing that doesn’t even need to be speculated about because it is a forgone conclusion – the spherical droid BB-8 is going to take the world by storm and its newly revealed toysareis going to be the must-have item of the year for kids and adults. Damn it, BB-8! Why do you have to be so adorable!