bb8 toy

If you’ve already exhausted your Sphero BB-8 toy, Spin Master has got you covered. Their new BB-8 toy stands over 16 inches tall and responds to voice commands, so yeah, start saving your loose change right now. Here are some details courtesy of Gizmodo:

When you talk to BB-8 it will automatically turn its head to follow your voice, which is a fun interactive element. It will also respond when you say its name, and is smart enough to track your position and roll over to you when you call it, which is just one of several voice commands this BB-8 understands. It even has a Follow Me mode which makes BB-8 automatically roll beside you like a loyal puppy.

The Spin Master BB-8 will be available later this year and will retail for $180.

pop figures

Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is getting ready to exit theaters to prepare for its upcoming home video release, all of the formerly secretive characters are finally getting toys. New images have emerged from the 2016 New York Toy Fair giving us our first look at the next series of Star Wars Pop vinyl figures. As you can see, this next line includes an unmasked Kylo Ren, Rey with her spoilery lightsaber, Maz Kanata, Luke Skywalker with his spoilery beard, and General Leia. You know, character and elements that were deliberate left out of the marketing. A few other characters also get their due, like General Hux, Snap Wexley, Admiral Ackbar, and even FN-2199.

maz kanata visual effects

And while we’re on the subject of formerly top secret characters getting toys, remember when Lucasfilm bent over backwards to keep Maz Kanata’s physical appearance a total secret? Those days are long gone, as Lupita Nyong’o‘s wizened cantina owner is finally getting her own action figure. Entertainment Weekly has the details:

Here is Maz Kanata in all her glory as a Hasbro action figure, complete with blaster to help fend off The First Order’s invasion of her flag-draped castle. The toy includes her headgear with goggles (all the better to see your eyes), but she also comes with much more. For now, Maz cannot be purchased individually, but will be available at an unspecified date this spring as part of the Takodana Encounter 3-75-inch playset, which features three other characters.

The downside here is that the die hard fans will have to buy Finn, Rey, and BB-8 again if they want to complete their The Force Awakens collection. But there are worse problems to have, right?

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