This month, it’s a Star Wars special!
1 Strap Hasbro’s Chewbacca electronic mask ( FPI price £ 35.99; product code D3607) to your head, open your gob, and the mask lets out an authentic Chewie growl/ howl/ yawn. Open your mouth wider and the noise gets louder and angrier! Fantastic! It’ll work best if you have a child- sized face – or are, indeed, a child. Gah, why didn’t these exist back in 1977? Also available: two Kylo Ren masks ( one’s a voice- changer) and a First Order Stormtrooper one.
2 The glimpse of Kylo Ren’s funky, triple- bladed lightsaber became one of the most talkworthy points in the first Force Awakens trailer. Now Hasbro have made this Electronic Lightsaber ( FPI price £ 39.99; product code D3601), allowing you to skulk mysteriously in snowy wastes to your twisted heart’s content. It lights up, makes authentic sounds – satisfyingly, it growls like a bastard – and as it’s part of the Blade Builder range you can bolt it together with bits of other lightsabers to create your own custom- built weaponry. 3 Kylo Ren’s lightsaber may be deadly up close, but if you want to put some distance between you and your prey there’s nothing’s better than this NERF Chewbacca Bowcaster ( FPI price £ 29.99; product code D3602). It’s a sturdy piece of weaponry, simple to construct and uses an elasticated string to propel foam projectiles up to 20m away. The neon orange is a little garish, though. Also available: two NERF Stormtrooper blasters, for epic First Order vs Resistance battles.
4 BB- 8 is arguably the most photo- real figure in Funko’s range of Pop! Vinyl Figures ( FPI price £ 9.99 each;
product codes D3408, D3409, D3411, D3416, D3417, D3411), but it is kind of hard to caricature a ball. Rey, Finn, Captain Phasma and the Stormtrooper are just as you’d expect, but Kylo Ren is apparently channelling Dark Helmet from Spaceballs. Rick Moranis, are you in there? There are five other figures: Poe Dameron, Chewbacca, red- armed C- 3PO and a couple more breeds of Stormtrooper.
5 You don’t need power harpoons to bring down this Remote- Control AT- AT ( FPI price £ 94.99; product code D3949); lay some thin carpet in its path and it’s stumbling about like a new- born fawn. It looks much more impressive on a smooth, hard surface, though, and the ability to programme different “action combos” is a neat touch. It’s just one of 11 remote- control craft from Thinkway Toys, including a very cool Millennium Falcon drone.
6 If Lego was the only material the First Order had available to build a fleet of spaceships, they’d have decided the whole galactic domination thing was too much hard work and stayed home. They’d have had fun trying, however, as this 1,004- piece Command Shuttle ( FPI price £ 99.99; product code C5255) is an incredibly satisfying build, taking several hours. It comes with retractable wings and projectile weapons. There are six other sets, ranging from Rey with a Speeder Bike ( 193 pieces) to a massive Millennium Falcon ( 1,332 pieces).
7 The “interactive” element of this Kylo Ren Animatronic Interactive Figure ( FPI price £ 119.99; product code D3932) – one of a range of six – isn’t that exciting. Press his chest to enter “training mode”, then waggle his little lightsaber around. Depending on how quickly/ smoothly you do so, he responds with dialogue which may make you feel uncomfortably like he’s trying to get in your pants: “You know what I’ve come for… I feel it too… Don’t fight it. You know you can’t.” Sorry Kylo, we’re just not that into you.