A Galaxy Full of Gift Ideas for Star Wars Fans
Since the release of the first Star Wars movie in 1977 ("Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope"), the events taking place in a galaxy far, far away have enthralled young and old alike. There are many types of items available to let fans of the movies relive the excitement again and again. These include DVD and Blu-ray discs, video games, toys, clothing and costumes. Consider the following when you are thinking of buying something Star Wars-related for someone you know who loves the films.
Movies and Video
Every one of the movies and related videos that make up the Star Wars universe are available in DVD and Blu-ray format, making them accessible for everyone. The main movies are broken down into trilogies that can get confusing to someone who is not familiar with the series. The "original trilogy" contains the first three movies made in the series between 1977 and 1983:
- "Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope"
- "Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back"
- "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi"
The "prequel trilogy" contains the movies made between 1999 and 2005, and depicts events that occurred prior to and leading up to the events that take place in the "original trilogy":
- "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace"
- "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones"
- "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith"
The "sequel trilogy" contains and will contain the movies made beginning in 2015 that depict events that occur after the events that take place in the "original trilogy." As of 2017, that only includes "Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens," although production of the second film in this trilogy, "Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi" is underway, with a planned release later in the year. The third film in the series and ninth overall is scheduled for release in 2019. The movies are available as individual discs or in sets of three representing each trilogy. The first six movies in the series also make a terrific gift for someone just getting into the movies.
In addition, there are many films and videos that take place in the same universe as the three trilogies, which are related stories to Star Wars. These include "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," released in 2016, as well as planned movies related to character Han Solo in 2018 and an anthology film in 2020. An animated film, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" was released in 2008, and it takes place between the period represented by "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith." There are also several animated TV series that are available for purchase, and a related "LEGO Star Wars" movie. There are also some parodies of Star Wars available, including ones from the makers of "Family Guy" and "Robot Chicken."
There have been many video games released related to Star Wars, and they are available on Xbox One and Xbox 360 from Microsoft; PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 from Sony; DS, DSi, Wii, Wii U and 3DS from Nintendo; and PC. Many of these games have been released across several platforms and either depict actions that are related to the movies or completely new events inspired by the movies. If buying for a fan of the movies, it is a good idea to know what they already have before purchasing so there is no chance of duplication.
With this many films, it's not surprising to find out that there are a plethora of toys that tie in with the movies. Some of the most popular are action figures. Many of these range between 6 and 12 inches tall, but there are some that are 19 inches to 31 inches tall or more. The characters available are from all the movies, including the human beings and the creatures from other planets and galaxies, and even the droids that star in the films. There are also many related toys, such as vehicles that fit the action figures perfectly. Although there are toys available for children age 24 months or younger, the majority are better suited for children age 2 years and older so there is no risk of injury.
Clothing and Costumes
Some of the most readily available Star Wars-related clothing items available are T-shirts and graphic tees, which can range from sleeveless to long sleeve. Many feature characters from the films and key scenes. However, T-shirts are only the beginning of the apparel items you can choose as gifts. Consider items like swim trunks, pajamas, sweatshirts and hoodies, underwear, socks and robes. For kids (and adults) who want to dress as their favorite Star Wars characters for Halloween or a costume party, the choices are virtually limitless. The styles are available for babies up to 12 months of age to kids age 12 and older, as well as teenagers and adults. Some costumes include clothing and masks only, while others also include accessories like guns and lightsabers.