Force Friday is here, and so are the toy announcements

Force Friday officially begins in only a few hours, and today was a sheer flurry of announcements about the toys and other products that are coming out as we head towards the release of The Last Jedi.

Reveals today included the biggest Lego set ever, the Sphero version BB-8’s First Order counterpart BB-9E* (and Artoo,) the obligatory number of new action figures, including Bathrobe Snoke and Disco Obi-wan, and Funkos. So many Funkos. And… A lot more. I feel very grateful not to be a collector today.

*Who was, yes, referred to on set as BB-H8

Thankfully there is the porg roundup. Because porgs are the best.

There’s also this Target commercial, which I’m pretty sure is genetically engineered to make grown women cry:


I highlighted Phasma and Leia: Princess of Alderaan in our release post on Monday, but they’re not the only books you’ll be able to find on the shelves.

And finally, in the midst of all this crass consumerism, consider also giving to a charity that’s helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. These pages from Charity Navigator, Consumer Reports and Vox are a good place to start.

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