I'll be honest. I loved Star Wars toys when I was a boy. I'm sure like so many of you, it inspired an appetite for collectibles that I still enjoy to this day. Sadly, my love of Star Wars toys did not survive into the 21st Century — granted, I did get the Black Series IG-88 recently.
But that may have more to do with a certain fan video than IG-88's presence in Darth Vader's cadre of bounty hunters.
Since the Star Wars toys are so tied to the experience of the films, retailers are taking full advantage of our nostalgia with the Force Friday promotion for the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens line of merchandise. People camped out to buy things, like that slick Sphero remote controlled BB-8 and Black Series Force Awakens characters. Granted, some people encountered empty shelves when let into stores at midnight.
I wish I could share the enthusiasm, but I've been burned in the past by buying Star Wars characters before I saw them in a film, so, yeah … I'll sit back for now.
Luckily, some movie news (of a sort) can be sifted out of the mountain of merchandise. For instance, IGN interviewed a Kylo Ren action figure with a soundchip. Take a listen to Adam Driver do his best at reading discontented lines in an audio both. Of course, feel free to avoid as there's a very slight potential spoiler at the end:
Meanwhile, Anthony Daniels — long laboring under that C-3PO costume — tells The Guardian that secrecy around the film has been "beyond ludicrous." He continues, "When I got the script, it was typed in black on paper of the deepest red so you couldn't photocopy it. I got a hangover just reading it." The actor was also scolded after he teased meeting an unnamed actor on the set of The Force Awakens. "Look, I know perfectly well not to tell you now what I'm giving you for a Christmas present because it would spoil the surprise," he quipped. "And these films are all about opening the box on Christmas Day."
At the same time, he praised the collaborative nature of director J.J. Abrams, which he says was a sharp contrast from creator and prequel director George Lucas. "[George] made decisions that I believe might have been better discussed with other people. J.J. is more collaborative. He likes to listen."