I’ve already given Star Wars plenty of my money. What’s a little more?
Tomorrow is Force Friday, the day when a lot of The Force Awakens merchandise will hit the shelves. There are all sorts of events taking place around the world with live unboxing events streaming online. I’ve never watched someone take a toy out of its box on the Internet and I don’t think I’m going to start now.
Even though I won’t watch an unboxing video, that doesn’t mean I don’t love Star Wars merchandise. When the prequels came out I bought stacks of action figures and hung them in my room. I ate a lot of Taco Bell in order to get all of the Episode I cup toppers. And I have purchased numerous versions of all the movies both on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray.
I’m even a big fan of some of Star Wars’ more recent merchandise. I’ve loved all of the new Star Wars comics and have been reading each series. Darth Vader is probably my favorite, but Princess Leia was also very good. And while I probably won’t buy any action figures, I am very interested in the book Aftermath, which tells the story of what happened after the destruction of the second Death Star.
There have actually been a lot of books recently released, which I would like to read. This infographic has a bunch of books that sound really interesting, especially Tarkin. Unfortunately I’m still embroiled in The Dark Tower and I don’t have time to read anything else. I’m coming to the end of Roland’s journey, though, so maybe I’ll have time to get into Aftermath before December 18.
I don’t really need a boatload of merchandise to get me more excited for The Force Awakens. I’m going to watch it no matter what; I may even go to a midnight showing. George Lucas was a genius with merchandising and sold his creation to the only entity better at it than him. I read a report that Disney might make $5 billion on merchandising for The Force Awakens; I am definitely going to contribute to that total, at least a little bit.
To what The Force Awakens merchandise are you most looking forward?