The Force is with these gadgets
So you can see why Force Friday, a shopping holiday that marks the debut of a bunch of new Star Wars toys, captures the imagination of devoted fans. With Force Friday II taking place this Friday, Sept. 1, expect to see a lot of new Star Wars gear suddenly materializing like Obi-Wan Kenobi. From new Sphero droids to an augmented reality playset that lets you have real-life lightsaber battles, here are some of the best Star Wars gadgets you can grab for Force Friday.
Star Wars Jedi Challenges
While Jedi Challenges features both AR lightsaber battles and a recreation of the Holochess game from Episode IV, we were particularly impressed with Battle Mode, which lays out notable Star Wars battles across your floor, letting you make tactical decisions on deploying troops and weapons.
Droid by Sphero
It's that R2 unit that steals the show, though. Sphero built its R2 toy with a 2-3-2 setup, meaning that R2 can waddle and rock using his two outside legs, but when it's time to roll, that third wheel drops down to propel him forward, just like in the movie. A connected app lets you add R2's trademark chirps and whistles, and you can even recreate R2's pained scream from when he's stunned by the Jawas in Episode IV, which R2 will punctuate by collapsing to the ground.
LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit
Propel Star Wars Drones
Even with the new app, these are the same detailed drones as before, with a sophisticated sound track of Star Wars sound effects to complement your flight. (The box containing the drone even blares Star Wars music as you open it.) Normally $199, Propel is offering a $20 rebate for Force Friday orders.
Hasbro Force Link
More than just the characters themselves are getting into the act. Hasbro is also embedding Force Link technology into creatures, vehicles and playsets like the new $199.99 First Order headquarters playset that includes a Leader Snoke figure and folds up into a BB-8-sized carrying case. Grab a Force Link-equipped fighter, for example, and the accelerometer inside the wristband will trigger swooping noises and laser blasts as you move the ship through the air.
Originally published on Tom's Guide.