'Star Wars' Toys in Force at 2016 New York Toy Fair

'Star Wars' Hot Wheels
All the classic "Star Wars" characters have been turned into cars, including Rey and Kylo Ren from "The Force Awakens." (Image credit: Calla Cofield/Space.com)

It's a good time to be a "Star Wars" fan.

This year at the 2016 New York Toy Fair, there were "Star Wars" toys galore, thanks to the explosion of new movies and shows related to the franchise. Characters and plot points from "The Force Awakens" — Episode 8 in the central "Star Wars" saga — has had an especially heavy impact on toys this year.

Keep an eye out for more "Star Wars" coverage from the New York Toy Fair, including a look at the new "Star Wars" Lego sets. We saw so many BB-8 toys, we thought the little droid deserved a roundup of its own, and this BB-8 voice-controlled robot has us drooling. Below are a few more "Star Wars" items we're excited about, and be sure to check out the complete photo gallery. [Awesome New 'Star Wars' Toys at Toy Fair: Photos]

Hot Wheels "Star Wars" character cars

Some of the Hot Wheels "Star Wars" character cars. (Image credit: Calla Cofield/Space.com)

Aw, look, it's Chewie as a car! All the major "Star Wars" characters get transformed into vehicles in this fun toy line — new additions include a First Order Stormtrooper, Rey and Kylo Ren from "The Force Awakens."

Mattel also has new entries into the Hot Wheels Star Wars Starship line, consisting of various ships from the franchise.

TIE Fighter drone from Spin Master

The Star Wars Remote Control Zero Gravity TIE Advance X1 from Air Hogs. (Image credit: Tariq Malik/Space.com)

Behold, the Star Wars Remote Control Zero Gravity TIE Advance X1 from Air Hogs! The little drone's propellers are hidden inside the body of the ship, so it actually looks as though it is flying through space, rather than through air. Total awesomeness.

Spin Master released another awesome drone modeled after the starship Enterprise NCC-1701A from the "Star Trek" universe.

Egg Attack action figures by Beat Kingdom

The "Star Wars" Egg Attack action figures by Beast Kingdom now include First Order Clone Troopers. (Image credit: Calla Cofield/Space.com)

Oh, my goodness these are so cuuuuute! The "Star Wars" Egg Attack action figures by Beast Kingdom are some of our favorite action figures. The new additions to the series include clone troopers, Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, all from "The Force Awakens." However, these tiny statues are for display, not play, as they retail for about $90 to $180. There are other super cute (more affordable) "Star Wars" figures in the Space.com store.

Star Wars science from Uncle Milton

Uncle Milton's Build Your Own Lightsaber Room Light, now with a Kylo Ren lighsaber from "The Force Awakens." (Image credit: Tariq Malik/Space.com)

We're big fans of Uncle Milton toys. They manage to merge science and playtime in a truly seamless way. We've already written about various awesome toys from this company, including their Jedi Force Trainer, in which players use brainwaves to accomplish tasks and defeat enemies in a holographic video display. In 2015, the company introduced a build-your-own lightsaber room light (mini or full size). There's a new Kylo Ren addition, so kids can build the three-pronged red lightsaber.

Other classic Milton toys, like the lightsaber crystal growing lab and the ant farm, are also getting updated to include characters and elements from "The Force Awakens." Keep your eyes peeled this year for the Spacecraft Flight Lab, which will use various "Star Wars" ships to teach kids about aerodynamics and flight; or the Force Spinners, which let kids control BB-8 and R2-D2 with "the Force" — the magnetic force, that is.  

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Calla Cofield
Senior Writer

Calla Cofield joined Space.com's crew in October 2014. She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos. Prior to joining Space.com Calla worked as a freelance writer, with her work appearing in APS News, Symmetry magazine, Scientific American, Nature News, Physics World, and others. From 2010 to 2014 she was a producer for The Physics Central Podcast. Previously, Calla worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (hands down the best office building ever) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. Calla studied physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is originally from Sandy, Utah. In 2018, Calla left Space.com to join NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory media team where she oversees astronomy, physics, exoplanets and the Cold Atom Lab mission. She has been underground at three of the largest particle accelerators in the world and would really like to know what the heck dark matter is. Contact Calla via: E-Mail – Twitter