Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially opens tomorrow, December 18, with thousands of movie theaters across the nation showing an advance sold-out screening tonight to the millions of fans who, combined, have spent more than $100 million on movie tickets alone.
That figure doesn't even include merchandise and endorsement tie-ins. By now, you've seen Star Wars themes pop up in everything from Jeep commercials to CoverGirl makeup (you too can look like an alien CoverGirl). Step into any toy or novelty aisle and you'll quickly figure out that the most-wanted gift this year for anyone — of any age — has something to do with this blockbuster.
If a person in your life is obsessed with Star Wars and food, here's the ideal wish list of the absolutely coolest items for your bar and kitchen. These were curated with the help of Steve Zimmermann, undersecretary for the Ministry of Misinformation (that's really his title) at ThinkGeek.
According to Zimmermann, all of these items are still in stock, and there's still time for Santa to deliver them in time for Christmas. If you order by noon Friday, December 18, they'll arrive by December 24 via standard shipping. There's also an expedited shipping option for you procrastinators.
6. Star Wars Planetary Glasses
Why give your favorite fan the world when you can give several worlds, the moon, and the Death Star? These glasses are made of actual glass (not plastic), with life-like images of the planets Alderaan, Dagobah, Hoth, and Tatooine; the forest moon of Endor; and the Death Star. You get one of each in this set of six — perfect for reenacting the famed cantina scene. Just add your own Corellian rum or Shesharilian vodka and you've got yourself an interplanetary party of epic proportions ($49.99).
5. Han Solo Carbonite Ice Molds
In Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader orders Han Solo frozen in carbonite before he is turned over to the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Solo was encased in a sort of metallic block of ice. Now you can chill your own drinks with ice made from these silicone molds. Each tray makes one 3.5-inch frozen Solo and six smaller versions. One large cube is also the preferred method of chilling a good Scotch or bourbon, so these ice molds are practical too. At $9.99 each, they make great stocking stuffers or secret Santa gifts.
4. Lightsaber Barbecue Tongs
These tongs do double duty. First, they're essential when you need to turn over a piece of meat grilling on an open flame. Second, they're modeled after Darth Vader's lightsaber, with realistic sound effects built in so you'll be able to pretend you're channeling the Dark Side while you're cooking a few bantha burgers ($34.99).
3. R2-D2 Bento Box: In what could be the neatest invention, this little droid comes apart to store your various lunch components — a little fruit, maybe a salad, or even a traditional Japanese meal of rice, protein, and vegetables. R2 is even airtight and dishwasher safe. Not only is this little guy adorable, but he also holds a nifty little secret. His top seal can be used as a round sandwich cutter. Simply press it onto a piece of bread, and you'll have a perfect circle — complete with an impression of the Death Star — proving once and for all that you can teach an old droid new tricks. A bologna sandwich has never had more cred ($19.99).
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2. Darth Vader Toaster
In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, we learn how Anakin Skywalker became the dreaded Darth Vader. Much of it has to do with the Dark Side getting to him, but can you blame him? After all, anyone would be a little cranky after being engulfed by molten lava. There's no one in this galaxy or any other that likes being burned — and that sentiment goes for toast. Luckily, there's this Darth Vader toaster. Spend breakfast with the Dark Lord of the Sith, and he'll ensure that your bread comes out golden — with the Star Wars logo on one side. Darth Vader will also toast waffles, hamburger buns, and bagels and comes with a temperature adjustment dial ($49.95).
1. X-Wing Fighter Knife Set
When the Rebel Alliance goes up against the Empire, they're totally outnumbered, but they do have a few things going for them — a band of plucky people willing to fight for the cause, the Force, and the most kick-ass vehicle known to mankind — the X-Wing Fighter. This bad boy is equipped with four laser cannons, two proton torpedo launchers, and a droid copilot. It also makes a great salad. At least this model does. This silver X-Wing Fighter sits on your kitchen counter, holding a cook's knife, a bread knife, a carving knife, a utility knife, and a paring knife. All knives are one-piece construction and make the ultimate gift for your Star Wars fan ($99.99).