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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