On Dec. 15, the “Star Wars” saga continues with the much-hyped release of “The Last Jedi,” the first new film in the original series since 2015’s “The Force Awakens.” If you’re a fan — or better yet, a fanatic — now is the time to celebrate with some awesome new “Star Wars” merch around the house, in the DVD player or on your body. The newest film in the “Star Wars” franchise is coming to a theater near you — click through to learn how to celebrate with the best Star Wars gear in the galaxy.
One of the best ways to unleash your inner Jedi is to wear it on the outside. UltimateStarWarsCostumes is listing steep discounts on costumes that can turn you into anything from a Jawa to Jar Jar to Jabba. There’s something for everyone, depending on how many Galactic credits you’re willing to spend — including a Supreme Edition Darth Vader costume that is marked down from $1,027.99 to just under $630.
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Rock a T-Shirt
OK, dressing up in full costume isn’t for everyone, but absolutely anyone can wear a nice, soft “Star Wars” T-shirt for a day. Looking for throwback clothing? Get in the spirit with the “A Long Time Ago” T-shirt, which is an homage to the original movie, for $16.94, marked down from $35 at Walmart.
Watch the Originals
Although you have an endless mountain of “Star Wars” merchandise to choose from, there’s simply no better way to prepare yourself for the arrival of a brand new franchise film than by running back the original trilogy. You know Episodes IV, V and VI as “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” and now is the perfect time to brush up on the classics before you head to the theater for “The Last Jedi.” Best Buy is selling the six-disk set for $27.99, down from $44.99.
Do Your Homework
If you’re going to see “The Last Jedi,” don’t go into the theater unprepared. “The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary” is an 80-page hardcover book that is so much more than a collector’s item. Those who read it will head to the theater with the skinny on every new droid, hero, villain and vehicle that will appear in the new movie. It’s on sale now at Walmart for $11.36, down from $22.99.
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Find Out Which Things Sound Like Chewbacca
If you have a spare minute, you can spend it getting intimately familiar with the seemingly endless number of household sounds that channel Wookiee speak. Best of all, you can do it for the low, low price of free. Available on YouTube since 2015, the video “Literally Everything Sounds Like Chewbacca” has changed more than 62,000 lives.
Play a Fantasy and Role Playing Game
If you’re going to play “Star Wars” games, you might as well go all the way. “Star Wars Rebellion: Rise of the Empire” is an expansion of the wildly popular original “Rebellion” game. Two to four players can engage in a struggle between good and evil that has gripped the galaxy. Action cards, objective cards, plastic characters, target markers, tactic cards and dice are all part of the fun. Miniature Market is currently selling the game for $31.99, down from $39.95.
Bake a Star Wars Cake
If you’re an amateur baker and a “Star Wars” junkie at the same time, the question of how to celebrate is best answered with an out-of-this-galaxy cake. Food blog Delishably provides instructions on a variety of themes, from Boba Fett to Yoda, and according to discount and coupon site RetailMeNot, the Cookie Cutter Shop is currently offering discounts of 45 percent on cake coloring and other baking supplies.
Play Trivial Pursuit
If you love “Star Wars,” chances are you’re proud of your encyclopedic knowledge of the franchise’s most minute details. Chances are also good you have some friends who are willing to challenge your skills. The solution? “Trivial Pursuit: Star Wars the Black Series Edition.” You can get the brain-bending trivia game for $20.37 at Walmart, which represents savings of more than $5.
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Make an R2-D2 Pencil Holder
The best “Star Wars” toys are the ones you make yourself. If you look closely, the galaxy’s favorite droid (sorry, C-3PO) is shaped just like a pencil holder — a fact that was not lost on Crafts By Amanda, which outlines a cheap and simple, yet awesome DIY craft project that helps R2 pull his weight. Need some supplies before you get started? According to RetailMeNot, you can save 20 percent sitewide at Factory Direct Craft with coupon code Getshopping.
Indulge in Some Art Therapy
It’s not coloring a coloring book, it’s art therapy — and it’s 100 percent “Star Wars.” No matter what your skill level, you can create masterpieces as you are enjoying the meditative benefits of art therapy with the adult coloring book of the same name. You can pick up the book, which normally costs $15.99, for $11.24 at BookSellerUSA.
Send a Bunch of ‘Star Wars’ Cards
You can get in the holiday spirit and the “Star Wars” spirit at the same time with a well-selected card. Surprise the fellow fanatics in your life with a holiday card even Tusken Raiders could love. Right now, Hallmark is selling a Merry Sithmas card that comes with an ornament for $5.99. A BB-8 Christmas card with a stuffed droid included is $9.99.
Make Some ‘Star Wars’ Thumbprint Doodles
If you’ve got thumbs, head to Target and scoop up a copy of Star Wars Thumb Doodles for $14.29, which is 16 percent off the $16.99 cover price. It comes with everything you need, including ink pads, instructions and supplies — all you bring is the thumb power. You’ll quickly realize that you can create incredible “Star Wars” art scenes using only your shortest digits. Don’t worry, Luke — you can play with one hand.
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Put Together a ‘Star Wars’ Model
Looking to come away from your “Star Wars” celebration with something to show for your troubles? How about building a model? Megahobby is currently offering enticing discounts on a nice menu of model kit options, including the Millennium Falcon, an A-wing fighter and a First Order Heavy Assault AT-M6 from the new movie.
Do a ‘Star Wars’ Puzzle
If you’re looking for something just as challenging but not as permanent as a model, a big, giant, difficult puzzle might be the greatest rainy-day activity in the galaxy. You can pick up a beautiful, 2,000-piece puzzle from Buffalo Games called Star Wars: Rebellions are Built on Hope for $17.80 on Amazon.
Make a ‘Star Wars’ Lego Creation
If you’re looking to do something fun, challenging and creative that falls somewhere between a model and puzzle, build a Lego set. You can score a First Order Heavy Scout Walker Lego kit from Target for $39.99, which represents a discount of 20 percent.
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Build Your Own Lightsaber
“I see you have constructed a new lightsaber.” Follow the simple instructions to craft your own elegant Jedi weapon and your friends will be reciting Darth Vader’s immortal words to you. All you need is a flashlight — if you don’t have one, you can get an Eveready two-pack with batteries included for less than $6 at Target — some electrical tape, super glue and a large bubble wand.
First, empty the bubble soap out of the wand and take apart the flashlight so the glass circle no longer covers the light. Insert the top of the flashlight into the bubble wand and glue it securely. Remove the light fixture from the flashlight, but keep the wires intact, then glue the light circuit board to the bottom and wrap some electrical tape around the flashlight handle to mimic a hilt. Then, go slay a Sith.
Challenge a Friend With ‘Star Wars’ Games
If you and a fellow “Star Wars” buff have some time to kill — and you have the courage to face off in a duel — why don’t you put out a challenge? “Star Wars Destiny” is a two-player game based on dice and cards that allows any pair find out who the real Jedi knight is. The game is on sale at Miniature Market right now for $23.99, down from $29.95.
Your wall is boring. Turn it into a three-dimensional “Star Wars” shrine by slapping on some ensemble stickers. This pack of wall decals from AllPosters is on sale for half price — $8.37, down from $13.95. You’ll bring “The Force Awakens” to life when Rey, the Millennium Falcon and more are busting out from your formerly drab wall directly into your room.
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World’s greatest board game, meet world’s greatest science fiction franchise. The classic and familiar game Monopoly has merged with “Star Wars” — and competitors can travel the board picking up tokens and property as they are having their destinies steered by Force and Smuggler’s Cargo Cards. Normally $29.99, it’s currently on sale at Walmart for less than $25.
Throw a ‘Star Wars’ Pajama Party
Few things in the galaxy are more fun than a pajama party — except, that is, a “Star Wars” pajama party … and, yes, adults can play, too. This pair of super-soft long sleeve fleece PJs at Walmart is on sale for $28.96, down from $50. Not only are they warm and cozy, but they’re a throwback to the original trilogy.
Disclaimer: Prices accurate as of Dec. 7, 2017.