It’s been 35 years since A New Hope landed in cinemas, giving us a perfect excuse to round up some of the best related gadgets. As Yoda might say, “Some of the best Star Wars tech we have located for you.”
The world’s favourite droid is now available as a 1,200-piece Lego set. Standing over 12 inches high, Artoo features a retractable third leg and opening front with circular saw and computer interface arm inside. Some might call it an overpriced toy, but they deserve to be fed to a Rancor.
Scalextric Death Star Attack
Forget cars. This Micro Scalextric set features a 1:64 scale X-Wing racing against Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter. The track even glows in the dark for that immersive “we’re in space” vibe. Now this one is definitely a toy, so perhaps we suggest buying it for your own or someone else’s child and then “forgetting” to give it to them.
Hasbro FX Lightsaber
We’ve all dreamed of owning one – and now you can. Sure, this lightsaber won’t cleave a man’s arm off with one stroke (it may give him a small bruise though), but you can display it on your mantlepiece like a trophy. A trophy that says, “I value sci-fi collectibles more than genuine interior decor.”
Star Wars Xbox 360
R2-D2 is back, this time in the guise of Microsoft’s console, complete with special bleeping sounds – while the controller bears a striking resemblance to his gold protocol droid buddy C3PO. This 320GB Xbox 360 is a limited edition issue that comes with Kinect and a copy of the Kinect Star Wars game.
Star Wars Mimobot flash drive
From US$17.95, Mimoco
Mimoco has been selling flash drives resembling Star Wars characters for years, and its collection now includes Lando Calrissian, Wicket and even the Hoth Wampa monster. 2GB to 64GB capacities are available.