Merry Sithmas, everybody! As we near ever-closer to the big day (well, the second big day, as we all know Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes priority over turkey and tinsel…), now is the time to start frantically fretting about how to stretch your limited finances and find the perfect gift for that very special someone, or annoying obligatory presence in your life who you could really do without spending money on.
Wherever you go, and whatever you do, you are bound to come into contact with an array of Star Wars memorabilia and items this holiday season, and rightly so; the biggest movie of the year is just a handful of days away, didn’t you know? To celebrate the UK release of Rogue One (in UK cinemas in IMAX 3D from Thursday, 15th December), we thought it would be apt to provide you with The Ultimate Star Wars Christmas Gift Guide: a source that offers you the very best present ideas for the Jedi Knight or Sith Lord in your galaxy. We have included items at an array of prices (because, you know, Brexit…) – from stocking fillers, to wrapping paper destroyers – which are all bound to overjoy every single Rebel. So without further ado and additional puns, let’s get gifting…
Rogue One LEGO Sets
When you think Star Wars, you think LEGO, and this year the master brick-builders have provided a number of fantastic sets to coincide with the release of Rogue One. We’ve selected our three favourite sets from the bunch – all different prices, piece quantity, and build difficulty. These constructions toys will provide the ultimate Boxing Day bonding session…
AT-ST Walker (75153)
With 449 pieces – including an AWESOME Baze Malbus minifigure – and an intermediate to easy build rating, this LEGO offering is the cheapest on our list at £33 via Amazon. The hyper-detailed Walker – fresh from that Jedha invasion – is fully posable, with a full rotational centre-hinge, and can fire pew-pew laser beams thanks to the inclusion of a dart blaster. It also comes with a full cockpit, so the more sinister of your figurines can hop in and take control.
Rebel U-Wing Fighter (75155)
The king of the minifigures is here. This fantastic Rebel U-Wing Fighter set comes with an epic gaggle of characters ready for battle including Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor, and even Bistan. Priced at just over £63 via Amazon, and packed with 659 pieces, this intermediate build is excellently valued and detailed. The U-Wing comes with four large thrusters, and can expand inwards and outwards thanks to subtly hidden gliders, plus there is space for Bistan to actually hang out the side and fire. That in itself is enough to warrant scooping this one…
Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle (75156)
At £76 via Amazon – probably the most competitive price online – LEGO’s biggest and baddest set is the most expensive on our list, but with 863 pieces and a difficult build rating, it is still a steal as bold as snatching those Death Star plans. With an wicked assortment of minifigures including former Empire operatives K-2SO and Bodhi Rook, Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle arrives with the big man himself, plus Bistan’s buddy Pao comes along for the Dark Side ride. Laden with hidden hinges and fully motioned wingspan, there is far more to this complex set than a large triangle. Inside the ship lies room for the figures to climb onboard, operate, and attack, making this one seriously interactive fun.
Star Wars – The Power of Coffee Mug
Know someone who likes their brew darker that Lord Vader himself? Well then, this is their perfect drinking dispenser. At a humble £5.99 via Pyramid Shop, this fantastic 11oz mug ensures that nobody will ever have the audacity to underestimate the power of coffee. Before 9am, a Force Choke is just a few breaths away for so many…
Star Wars: Battlefront
Yeah, we know the game is a bit of a con, but right now you can scoop the standard copy for either PS4 and Xbox One at less than £20 either via Amazon, or from the Playstation Network and Xbox Live stores respectively. Now is the best time to invest in EA’s huge online-multiplaying shooter as from today (Tuesday,6th December), the final DLC pack arrives, and it includes Rogue One content. The Rogue One: Scarif pack will let gamers experience battles on the film’s war-torn tropical planet as well as take control of both Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso, and Ben Mendelsohn’s Director Orson Krennic. Plus if they ask for PlayStation VR this Christmas, they’ll be able to play the free X-Wing VR Mission, too…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Rey Resistance 1:6 Figure
Now just how much do you love the person you are buying for? If your valuation comes in at around £220, then we are golden. Legendary Hong Kong-based manufacture Hot Toys are responsible for the most realistic and impeccably designed figures in the world. They are more than toys, that are statued art pieces. Their latest addition in The Force Awakens range is this stunning Rey figurine draped in her Resistance attire. Available for purchase via Forbidden Planet, this luxury item stands at 28cm tall, and comes equipped with multiple hands, clothing and accessories – including Luke’s lightsaber, plus her blaster and staff – as well as a gorgeous base stand complete with embossed nameplate. As grown-up toys go, this is the best of the bunch. You might wanna put it on the credit card, however…
Star Wars Concept Art 2017 Wall Calendar
With wall calendars for Rogue One, The Force Awakens, and LEGO Star Wars, there is plenty of choice for getting the new year in gear, but nothing can rival this exquisite collection of concept artwork. Priced at just under £7 via Amazon, this twelve-month offering is laden with beautiful imagery from Lucasfilm’s legendary concept creative Ralph McQuarrie. All the images come from the original trilogy, and are paired with large-scale squares for each day so there is plenty of room to jot bits down as you stare in awe at the pictures.
Rogue One Funko Pop! Limited Edition 8 Pack
Capped at just 3000 units throughout the entirety of Europe, this fantastic limited edition Funko set compiles eight of Rogue One‘s core characters – including four members of the Rebellion, and four from the Galactic Empire – and can only be purchased at the Disney Store. Right now this exclusive collection is on sale at £80 which is a total bargain. Each set comes with a numbered sticker, and is the only way to attain the special edition Jyn Erso TIE Fighter Pop! in the country. This Funko figure is available separately in the United States, but expect to pay a hefty fee for it; probably not much less than for all of these beauties combined. If like this author, you know someone who loves the highly-collective, wide-eyed toys, then this is a must-buy at the discounted rate.
Star Wars Rebels Complete Season 2 Blu-ray
Disney XD’s explosively entertaining animated show Star Wars Rebels is the very epitome of awesome. As Grand Admiral Thrawn continues to wreak havoc for the crew onboard The Ghost in Season 3, now is the perfect time to relive the action of Season 2 which sees Ahsoka Tano face-off against her former master – Darth Vader. At just £9.99 on Blu-ray via Amazon, the 20-episode season clocks in at a whopping 465 minutes, and comes complete with a whole host of bonus features such as “Making Of” documentaries, and commentary with showrunner Dave Filoni and the voice artists. Talk about a lot of bang for your buck…
Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
Learn your Jakku from your Endor with this beautifully crafted and frequently funny visual guide. The oversized and heavy-duty “Star Wars: Galactic Atlas” features planets and landscapes from all eight Star Wars movies – including Rogue One – and is mapped out in a traditional, almost Christopher Columbus-inspired manner. Dotted throughout the 80 pages are plentiful characters from both the Light and Dark Sides, as well as droids, ships, weaponry, and everything else that makes Star Wars, well, Star Wars. Priced at £6.99 via Amazon, this is one fabulous hardcover which would make the perfect stocking filler. Not that it’ll actually fit in a stocking. Unless you’ve got one that’s AT-AT sized…
Star Wars Limited Edition Steelbook Collection
Including all six Episode films prior to The Force Awakens, these luxurious limited edition Steelbooks are the perfect gift for the avid Blu-ray collector in your life. Each Steelbook features a striking image of a core character from each film, as well as an embossed title logo, and each disc is simply loaded with amazing bonus content. All six discs can be bought together for £100 via Zavvi, or purchased individually between £17 – £20. We personally love the General Grievous cover. The Force Awakens is also available on Steelbook from the company for £18, but somewhat annoyingly it doesn’t match the remainder of this collection.
The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Film fans love art books – that is a bonafide fact – and any coffee table this side of Jedha would look infinitely more handsome with this gorgeous read upon it. “The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” offers an extremely detailed look at the characterisation, environments, vehicles, and equipment from Gareth Edwards’ forthcoming anthology, and includes a foreword from the director himself and chief Lucasfilm digital designer Doug Chiang. Amazon have this hardcover priced at a silly £17 – some £13 less than the recommended retail price – which is quite remarkable. Across 256 lavishly-animated pages, the reader will see the worlds of Rogue One truly come to live, and that’s one heck of a festive gift.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Fridge Magnets
Help someone stick to their New Year’s Resolution with these brilliantly chilly 3D fridge magnets. The First Order’s Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma, plus a Stormtrooper, and a Flametrooper will keep midnight-snack raiders at bay and keep them on the right path to less calories, more exercise. These fantastic stocking fillers are priced at a slight £10 via Debenhams, and would make a powerful impact in the kitchen…
Star Wars: Armada
The best gifts are the ones which keep on giving. Star Wars Armada – the hugely expansive tactical board game – is such an item. At a rich £69.99 via Amazon, it is hardly what you’d consider a “cheap” two-player table-top, but it does provide hours of endless entertainment, and more than five additional waves of vehicles and other booster packs can be purchased separately. Of the many Star Wars boardgames on offer, Armada is the biggest and the best; a large-scale strategic warfare between the Imperial Navy and Rebel Alliance. This huge box includes a gorgeous Star Destroyer model, as well a ton of TIE Fighters, B-Wings, Shuttle Freighters, multiple game cards, dice, tokens, and pretty much everything else you could ever imagine. Let the battle commence…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Big Sleeve Edition
Loaded with extras across three discs, and presented in this glorious 12″ collectors packaging, the new line of Disney Big Sleeve Editions make for the perfect gift, and the Star Wars: The Force Awakens release is the king of them all. Moderately priced at £20 via Amazon, the Big Sleeve comes complete with a selection of beautiful art cards offering high-resolution stills from J.J. Abrams’ movie, as well as all the additional bonus content from the recent Collector’s Edition 3D Blu-ray. This oversized and brightly coloured set is something a fan could proudly display in their home, as well as enjoy revisiting time and time again.
Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 Tickets
Now this one will require you to most likely book flights, accommodation, and various other stuff which goes into planning a holiday, but trust us, there is no experience quite like Star Wars Celebration. Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 event staged at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center – ranging from $65 to $150 for the full four-day pass – and special Gift Certificates can be claimed in time for Christmas, too. This author attended the 2016 Celebration which was one of the best weekends ever, and it was brimming with Rogue One goodness, so 2017’s event will be loaded with everything Star Wars: Episode VIII. Expect to see the cast, crew, and plenty more on-stage, as well as endless hours of fantastic fan opportunities, presentations, merchandise, cosplay, and everything in-between. Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 takes place between April 13th – 16th.
We very much hope our Star Wars Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide has been useful, and do comment below with your suggestions of great Star Wars gift ideas! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens nationwide in the UK on Thursday, 15th December.