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It was a big Return of the Jedi Christmas for me in 1983 and ’84. My unwrapping extravaganza involved the Ewok Village action playset, the “Rancor Monster Figure,” Jabba’s action playset, Sy Snootles and the Rebo Band figure set, and – amongst my favorites – Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise figure.
Fast forward more than three decades, and Star Wars collectibles remain some of my favorite gifts. Whether it’s a Jedi Robe Snuggie, a Darth Vader Hallmark ornament, or countless pieces of artwork and toys, the Force is definitely strong with the goodies I acquire during the holidays.
The connection between Star Wars and the holiday gift-giving season is a prominent one for many kids going for nearly three generations, and goes back to Kenner’s December 1977 mail-away early bird offer for action figures that would be delivered months later.
Now, 42 years later, whether a person is shopping for kids, or bigger kids, there are countless Star Wars gift ideas for a range of prices – and available now without having to wait a pesky 8-10 weeks for delivery. Only on eBay, can you find five decades of the saga’s history from a wide selection of toys, to rare comics and collectibles, to fan merch and more. The following are just a few of my favorite this season.
It is hard to get the Skywalker family together for a photo, so that might explain the $75,000 price tag on this Marvel Comics Star Wars #1 signed by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and David Prowse. The near-mint find of this comic book – published April 1977, nearly a month before Star Wars debuted — is impressive enough, but the trio of signatures by Skywalkers makes it a gem on eBay. And if you have a spare $75k to spend this holiday, then I’d like to talk about a vacation on Scarif.
Vlix action figure mint on card
Said to be the rarest commercially released Star Wars figure, Vlix was from the 1985 animated show Star Wars: Droids – The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO. The second series of figures was never released in the United States, but the company Glasslite did release Vlix in Brazil. The toy is an odd bit of Star Wars merchandising lore, and this is a gift for the die-hard in-the-know collector. Read more on the history of the Vlix figure here.
Original Star Wars Lobby Banner Movie Poster
I love these incredibly obscure items of fandom from a time before people knew what a behemoth Star Wars was to become. This is such an item. The near-mint to mint genuine 26″ x 104″ U.S. theater banner sold by CineMasterpieces is an original movie poster issued by the studio when the film was released and meant for theatrical display – and not something you’ll often encounter in the wild.
Master Replicas Darth Vader Helmet Signed By James Earl Jones and Hayden Christensen
This limited edition Vader helmet from Revenge of the Sith is a rare find from Master Replicas, made even more so by the fact it has autograph plates from the voice behind Vader, James Earl Jones, and Anakin himself, Hayden Christensen. Released in 2005, the dual signature edition was limited to 500, and this one is in mint shape.
Master Replicas Darth Vader Lightsaber
I mean, if you’re going to get Darth Vader’s helmet for the giftee on your list, you might as well spring for his lightsaber as well, right? Also limited to 500, this is modeled after Vader’s lightsaber from Return of the Jedi, and is a signature series, featuring the autograph of David Prowse. Go ahead, and embrace the power of the Dark Side on your credit card.
Movie Masterpiece Yoda
Before there was Baby Yoda, or even slightly younger prequel Yoda (or Yaddle, for that matter), there was old-school Empire Strikes Back Yoda. The 900-year-old Jedi Master is presented in this exquisite Hot Toys sculpt as he appeared in hiding on Dagobah when young Luke Skywalker first encounters him. The 1/6 scale figure arrives with accessories such as alternate head, and hands, as well as a pedestal, cane, and more. And yes, he’s still pretty darn cute even though he’s not a baby.
Le Crueset Han Solo Roaster
While Han was put on carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back, things are heating up for the smuggler with this new Le Crueset roaster. Emblazoned with Han’s frozen visage, the stone-grey cast iron roaster is nerdy, practical, and durable. Made exclusively for Williams Sonoma, the excellence of this marriage between Star Wars and Le Crueset is punctuated by the brand’s embossed “France” label translated into Aurebesh characters inside the lid.
Marvel Comics Star Wars #1 (2015) Signed by John Cassaday
Star Wars returned to Marvel in a big way in January 2015 with this issue. This John Cassaday teaser variant cover signed by the artist – along with his “Use The Force” message – commemorated the event. The wrap-around cover is a gorgeous one, and a nice collectible for any comics fan.
Boba Fett “Star Wars”, Bandai Meisho Movie Realization
He’s one of the fiercest bounty hunters in the galaxy, and when he assumes the aesthetic of feudal Japan, he is also a lord-less Ronin Samurai. Boba Fett gets the Meisho Movie treatment in this detailed figure sculpted by artists Takeyuki Takeya and Junichi Taniguchi. OK, so technically he is not a Mandalorian, but Boba is still a warrior, and this figure comes with his EE-3 rifle (portrayed as an flint-lock style blaster), and an array of accessories: removable backpack missile, helmet-mounted scope, short ninja-style katana and sheath, and numerous ninja-style blades.
Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order Game
The Jedi are all but extinct in the years following Order 66, but in this new game by Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment, players become a remnant of the fallen order – and can hone their Force powers as they explore the galaxy. The critically acclaimed story-driven game is a new chapter in Star Wars lore, and is an adventure any gaming fan will want to undertake.
3D Lightsaber Pin Set
Small and powerful – not unlike a certain green-skinned Jedi Master – this set of four pins is a most impressive collection with a lot of detail. Armed with a magnetic clasp that won’t puncture clothing, the elegant weapon replicas range from 1.5-2”, and include Yoda, Luke, Darth Vader, and Kylo Ren. That is a lot of balance in one set! And it’s a gift for fans who like a subtle accessory to show off their fandom.
Stoneware Porg Pie Bird
Until The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda usurped its status as the cutest creature in the galaxy, the Porg reigned supreme. And the little bird from Ahch-To is still pretty darn adorbs – and has a habit of popping up in the strangest places, such as from the middle of your pie. The Le Creuset Porg pie bird, made exclusively for Williams Sonoma, is touted as standing guard “over your home-baked pie, preventing boilovers and soggy crusts.” But the practical non-porous Porg also ups the level of any giftee’s baked goods.
Millennium Falcon Cufflinks
She may not look like much, kid, but she’s got it where it counts – and the gift recipient on your list can look like a hotshot with these Millennium Falcon cufflinks. Simple and understated, these accessories are a nice touch for a classy rogue who doesn’t need to show off (unlike a certain smuggler we all know). Go on and punch it with these babies.
IG-11 Funko Pop!
Although Baby Yoda is the lovable break out from The Mandalorian, the assassin droid IG-11 offers stiff competition. The droid’s frequent desire to initiate self-destruct no matter the threat is all of us at some point or other. So what better way to commemorate the drama-prone droid than with this Funko Pop? This is a good gift for a Star Wars fan who work in an office where things have a tendency to blow up on the regular. IG-11 is likewise available as a Black series figure, for double the self-destruction.