Disney Debuts New Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Merchandise for the Movie’s 40th Anniversary


Star Wars Day is the biggest day of the year for new merchandise, trailer debuts, and events for everything related to the iconic sci-fi franchise. And this year’s festivities are doubly exciting, since Disney and Lucasfilm are also celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back this month. So, of course, that means plenty of new merchandise and collectibles just landed on shopDisney.com centered around arguably the most popular installment in the Star Wars saga. Check out some of the highlights below.

1. Retro-Inspired Action Figures; $20-$30


Action figures are the backbone of Star Wars merchandise, and this year, it’s all about the retro toys from Empire Strikes Back. This is highlighted by a 40th anniversary playset, featuring the main cast of the movie, including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo (in carbonite), Chewbacca (with C-3PO on his back), Lando Calrissian, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett. Each figure is up to 4 inches tall, and the pack comes in a celebratory display box.

If you’re in the market for a single figure, you can find hyper-detailed 40th anniversary figures of Han, Leia, Luke, and Yoda for $20 a pop. These figures all sport their trademark Empire Strikes Back accessories—a lightsaber for Luke, blasters for Han and Leia, and a cane (and for some reason, a snake) for Yoda—and come packed in retro-style Kenner boxes.

2. Coffee Mugs; $20


If you need your Star Wars fix right from the time you wake up, there’s also a new line of Empire Strikes Back coffee mugs from Disney and Starbucks. Each mug has art focused on the most iconic moments and quotes from a particular location in the film—including Hoth, Bespin, and Dagobah. You’ve got Yoda lifting Luke’s X-wing, the Imperial Walkers bearing down on the Rebel Base on Hoth, and Boba Fett’s Slave I taking off from Cloud City, just to name a few.

3. Limited-Edition Die-cast probe droid; $27


The action in The Empire Strikes Back kicks off when the ominous Imperial Probe Droid spots the Rebel base on the ice planet of Hoth. Now, the droid has been given the die-cast treatment in this limited-edition figure for $27 that has a posable head and legs, and a display stand to make it look like it's hovering.

4. Yoda plush; $40


Baby Yoda may get all the press now, but let’s not forget about the original pint-sized green Jedi that originally captured the hearts of fans 40 years ago. This 17-inch plush ($40) shows off the lighter side of the 900-year-old philosopher, and it’s a great gift for a child getting into Star Wars for the first time. Or you can just buy it for yourself to squeeze after a rough day. We’re not judging here.

5. Remote-control R2-D2 and BB-8 bots; $100


They won’t be able to store sensitive Death Star plans or intergalactic maps, but these remote-control droids are as close as you’ll get to having your own robot sidekick. Both R2-D2 and BB-8 (it's not from Empire, but BB-8's still a fan favorite) go for $100, and there are authentic lights and sounds for each. Through the Droid Depot app, you can control your bot, play games, and communicate with other droid units through a Bluetooth hookup. These are pre-built models that were previously only available at Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge park.

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Amazon’s Big Fall Sale Features Deals on Electronics, Kitchen Appliances, and Home Décor


If you're looking for deals on items like Keurigs, BISSELL vacuums, and essential oil diffusers, it's usually pretty slim pickings until the holiday sales roll around. Thankfully, Amazon is starting these deals a little earlier with their Big Fall Sale, where customers can get up to 20 percent off everything from home decor to WFH essentials and kitchen gadgets. Now you won’t have to wait until Black Friday for the deal you need. Make sure to see all the deals that the sale has to offer here and check out our favorites below.



- BISSELL Lightweight Upright Vacuum Cleaner $170 (save $60)

- Dash Deluxe Air Fryer $80 (save $20)

- Dash Rapid 6-Egg Cooker $17 (save $3)

- Keurig K-Café Single Coffee Maker $169 (save $30)

- COMFEE Toaster Oven $29 (save $9)

- AmazonBasics 1500W Oscillating Ceramic Heater $31 (save $4)

Home office Essentials


- HP Neverstop Laser Printer $250 (save $30)

- HP ScanJet Pro 2500 f1 Flatbed OCR Scanner $274 (save $25)

- HP Printer Paper (500 Sheets) $5 (save $2)

- Mead Composition Books Pack of 5 Ruled Notebooks $11 (save $2)

- Swingline Desktop Hole Punch $7 (save $17)

- Officemate OIC Achieva Side Load Letter Tray $15 (save $7)

- PILOT G2 Premium Rolling Ball Gel Pens 12-Pack $10 (save $3)

Toys and games


- Selieve Toys Old Children's Walkie Talkies $17 (save $7)

- Yard Games Giant Tumbling Timbers $59 (save $21)

- Duckura Jump Rocket Launchers $11 (save $17)

- EXERCISE N PLAY Automatic Launcher Baseball Bat $14 (save $29)

- Holy Stone HS165 GPS Drones with 2K HD Camera $95 (save $40)

Home Improvement


- DEWALT 20V MAX LED Hand Held Work Light $54 (save $65)

- Duck EZ Packing Tape with Dispenser, 6 Rolls $11 (save $6)

- Bissell MultiClean Wet/Dry Garage Auto Vacuum $111 (save $39)

- Full Circle Sinksational Sink Strainer with Stopper $5 (save $2)

Home Décor


- A Christmas Story 20-Inch Leg Lamp Prop Replica by NECA $41 save $5

- SYLVANIA 100 LED Warm White Mini Lights $8 (save 2)

- Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle Vanilla Cupcake $17 (save $12)

- Malden 8-Opening Matted Collage Picture Frame $20 (save $8)

- Lush Decor Blue and Gray Flower Curtains Pair $57 (save $55)

- LEVOIT Essential Oil Diffuser $25 (save $5)

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Win a Luxury Montana Getaway While Supporting a Charity Dedicated to Black Voter Rights


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The sweepstakes is open until November 24, and the winner will be announced on December 9. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, safety is paramount, so you’ll have until December 31, 2022, to schedule the trip. Explore the natural beauty of Montana and help people along the way by entering the contest here.

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