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Christmas in July: 2014’s Hallmark Star Wars ornaments in stores now

Hallmark 2014: SandcrawlerOkay, all (well, most of) the new Hallmark Keepsake Christmas ornaments, not just the Star Wars ones are available for purchase today, but whatever. Quibbles. Brave the rush to pick up the ‘The Rise of Lord Vader’ (FrankenVader from the end of Revenge of the Sith,) a scout trooper, the cantina band and/or a LEGO Boba Fett.

A Santa Yoda Peekbuster won’t be available until October, because Hallmark, just like Santa Maul, wants you to hone your rage. (Where is my Santa Maul ornament, Hallmark? Even the LEGO version would be acceptable.)

We first saw the 2014 ornaments nearly a year ago, at SDCC, which means our first look at the next crop is right around the corner.

Star Wars makes an appearance at Yuletide

KarrdeputerYuletide, the annual rare-fandoms fanfic gift exchange, had a rule change this year that suddenly made it relevant to our interests – they allowed requests from lesser-ficed parts of large fandoms like Star Wars. So, for the first time, we’re seeing Star Wars fanfics among the offerings. 32 of them, in fact, including a whooping 13 X-Wing fics. Other requests included the Thrawn trilogy and The Old Republic.

EU-based fanfic has never been exactly rare, but it does tend to focus on the big ‘ships (ahem) so if you’ve been looking for something a little different, check out the listings. The authors are all currently anonymous, but will be revealed on January 1st, per Yuletide tradition.

Darth Vader despoils Disney holiday parade, not in the good way

It has come to Santa Maul’s attention that Darth Vader, that pan-fried brute, is now being used in place of Santa Claus at Disney World. Santa Maul supposes this is to be expected, as nothing says plebeian like Disney, but he finds the use of a wishy-washy Sith like Vader to be an afront to the very nature of Sithmas. And there probably wasn’t even any violence to liven things up!

Santa Maul has reported the incident to his master, Darth Sinterklaas. He expects vengeance will be swift.

Santa Maul has awoken to advise you on bloodshed, gift-buying and other forms of holiday violence

Santa Maul hopes your enemies were sluggish and your feasting was plentiful this Thanksgiving. Santa Maul himself is, of course, gearing up for his (contractually-obligated) favorite day of the year, Black Friday.

Santa Maul's Holiday Gift Guide“But Santa Maul,” you say. “The shopping has started earlier this year, on Thanksgiving itself!” To that, Santa Maul says poppycock. Thanksgiving is a day for feasting and destroying your enemies: Shopping is for every day after that, until the final facedowns of the season and the blood offerings at Sithmas itself. On this, Santa Maul remains firm.

That said, if you wish to begin your shopping now, well, upon your own neck be it. Consumerism waits for no Sith.

Star Wars is, as always, at the forefront of the trend, with StarWars.com posting their own roundup of deals yesterday. Dunc already revealed the new offerings from Her Universe. And if you are not quite sure what your ‘fangirl’ should want, they now offer gift cards.

ThinkGeek is as ever a staple for geek-themed gifts. This year, Santa Maul is much taken with the Star Wars tie clips, cuff links money clips, lightsaber earrings and business card holder, though of course he can not help but be a little tickled by the R2-D2 car charger and Darth Vader stress toy.

Santa Maul would not be so neglectful as to forget the year’s books. Though you may have procured it for yourself, do not forget The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Art: Concept and the many other oversized offerings that magically appear during the fall.

For one wishing for to bring a custom level to their lair, Santa Maul is much taken with these Death Star-inspired wall tiles from Tom Spina Design.

Get a closer look at Hallmark’s 2013 Star Wars ornaments

Ignore the page numbers! This is page 70 of the online Dream Book

We got a look at them earlier, but now that the 2013 Keepsake Ornament Dream Book is live so you can zoom to your heart’s content. The Star Wars stuff lives on page 70.

And don’t forget about the NYCC/SDCC-exclusive rancor!

UPDATE: And here’s a limited edition Boushh that you only have to travel as far as your local Hallmark store to get! (Granted, the limited editions still sell out quickly.)

Reminder: Friday is Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day

Tomorrow is the third annual Wear Star Wars Share Star Wars Day. To observe, either wear something Star Wars or donate a new, unwrapped toy to one of the many organizations out there that take donations for children in need – but make sure to specify that the toy can go to either a girl or a boy with a post-it.

Up close with Hallmark’s 2012 Star Wars ornaments

This year’s Dreambook is up and running for us mere mortals, and with it your best look at this years selections – at least until Hallmark upgrades their website with a zoom feature or (more likely) they make their debut in stores this summer.

The Star Wars offerings: TIE Interceptor, Darth Maul, General Grievous, Han Solo on a tauntaun and two with a LEGO-theme, Stormtrooper and Vader.

And we wouldn’t dare forget the Darth Vader peekbuster, though we’ll try our darndest to keep him away from Santa Maul… I mean, seriously:

Surprise your gift sleuth with one of nine alert messages from Darth Vader on this motion-sensing ornament.

Whoever came up with that has no pets, clearly.

You can browse the whole catalog either as a PDF or via category. And hey, there’s a certain time-traveling 80’s supercar