Nothing says “May the force be with you” quite like a waffle maker. Here are some real tie-ins to a galaxy far, far away. This article was first published in Uncle John’s Uncanny Bathroom Reader.
The plastic sandals are available in a The Force Awakens edition: the bad guys (Kylo Ren, stormtroopers) printed on one foot, and the good guys (Finn and Rey) on the other.
You can buy a 16-foot-tall inflatable Darth Vader to put on your lawn during the holidays. Instead of a lightsaber, he’s holding a big candy cane.
To promote Revenge of the Sith in 2005, Virgin Airlines carried Star Wars–branded air sickness bags on its flights. They were printed with jokey tips about lightsaber safety.
It makes waffles in the shape and image of the Death Star. (Brought to you by Pangea Brands, which also makes a Darth Vader toaster.)
Remember in The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke Skywalker and Han Solo are stuck on the ice planet Hoth, and to survive, Solo kills his mount—a tauntaun—and puts Luke inside? As a 2009 April Fools’ joke, the online catalog company ThinkGeek offered a ridiculous product that they didn’t have—a tauntaun-shaped sleeping bag (that kids could crawl inside). They were inundated with orders and had to scramble to get permission from Lucasfilm to produce it. Today it’s available in their catalog (and from Amazon).
It’s a yoga mat, but it’s got a picture of Yoda on it. Get it? It also has an inspiring quote on it: “Do, or do not. There is no try.”
If your cat loves Star Wars (and of course she does), she’ll love these stuffed animals that are mouse versions of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and Yoda.
A hollow R2-D2 that is home to a bunch of fish.
It may not keep your drinks hyper-cold, but this mini-fridge looks exactly like Han Solo frozen in carbonite.
George Lucas Action Figure
Star Wars creator George Lucas has a cameo in Revenge of the Sith as a blue creature standing outside of an opera house. His three real-life children stand next to him, also made up like aliens. Like almost every other Star Wars character, action figures of the Lucas family are available.
It’s duct tape…with scenes from Star Wars on it.
Mirroring a famous exchange from the movies, these his-and-hers towels from ThinkGeek depict Princess Leia saying “I love you” and Han Solo saying “I know.”
For the release of Revenge of the Sith in 2005, fans in Germany could buy special Star Wars–branded packs of toilet paper manufactured by the paper company Zewa. (Each pack came with a Yoda action figure.)
Fishing gear manufacturer Shakespeare sells Star Wars stuff that you can fish with. The kids’ fishing starter packs include tackle boxes and fishing rods made to look like lightsabers.
Why use regular barbecue tongs when you could use tongs that look like a lightsaber and make lightsaber sound effects? (Frequently bought with Darth Vader apron and Darth Vader heat-resistant silicone oven gloves.)
In 2014, the fashion house Rodarte introduced Star Wars dresses for women. Similar to the garments worn by Princess Leia, the dresses are billowy, flowing, and off-white…but screen-printed with scenes from the Star Wars movies. Cost: about $6,000.
The fruit distribution company Sage paid a hefty fee to brand Red Delicious apples with Star Wars imagery. Here’s what they came up with in late 2015: apples (regular apples) in a plastic bag with Darth Vader’s picture on it.