The Force Awakens is finally heeere! Seeing as we're all as pumped as you are, we thought we'd take a break from the Christmas posts today, to bring you one about our awesome Star Wars gifts and gadgets!
This little guy may not be able to project holographic messages, but he can keep your desk nice and tidy. This mini version of everyone's favourite droid has a USB-powered vacuum to suck up all the crumbs and dust from your desk, while also being a cute little companion for your work station.
Forget dull, practical presents, that really isn't our style here at Gadget Inspector. Instead, we like to provide you with useful products that also look awesome, which is certainly true of this Millennium Falcon bottle opener! Depicting all the features of Han's famous ship in a sleek 2D design, this keyring is a unique and subtle way to incorporate your love of the franchise into your everyday life. You'll certainly want to be first on the case at parties when someone asks for a bottle opener when you have this on your keys!
Ever wanted your very own Jedi Master? Well, this is probably the closest thing you'll get! This awesome inflatable RC depicts the iconic, little green, lightsaber wielding Jedi, and comes with 11 original sounds from the films! Sounds just like the real thing, it does, talk just like Yoda it will.
If you're a bit crafty and fancy trying your hand at making your very own models to display in your home, then why not try putting together this incredibly intricate Tie Fighter II kit? With a sleek metallic finish, if you take your time and put it together properly, the end result should be a great addition to your Star Wars memorabilia collection! To see our full selection, click here
We're all ready and willing to love this adorable little droid, even though we haven't even seen the film yet! With the ability to spin 360 degrees and with 14 original sound effects, this little RC companion is almost as good as the real thing! He's super easy to inflate and let down, so you can always put him away neatly once you're done (not that we think you'll want to).
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Now that it's late February and the New Year diet has folded like a house of cards, let's talk treats. We'll eat more or less anything here at Gadget Inspector HQ - when it comes to sugary snacks, we're not at all fussy.
That said, we are particularly partial to a chocolate chip cookie or two, particularly because we've got such a cool place to keep them:
This, friends, is a Darth Vader Cookie Jar, and it's exactly as awesome in the flesh as it looks in that photo. We've actually found ourselves popping to Tesco for another packet of Marylands just so we've got something to put in the Vader jar. It's not healthy, but we don't care - a cookie jar that cool deserves to be used!
Of course, there's more than one perk to keeping your cookies in Darth Vader's helmet. We've found that, since we started using the Vader jar, cases of cookie theft are way down; our precious cookies used to 'go missing' all the time, but who on Earth is brave enough to filch biscuits from the scariest, strangliest Sith Lord of all time? Nobody at the Gadget Inspector office, that's for sure.
We're certain that, by now, you're itching for a Vader jar of your very own. And that's the really
good news: you can buy one right now
! We've got plenty of Star Wars cookie jars to go around, and we've even knocked £10 off the price - Vader is now just £19.99, giving you a bit of extra money to save for sweet, sweet cookies!
It won't surprise you in the slightest to learn that we are all massive Star Wars nerds here at Gadget Inspector. Our site has always been well-stocked with Star Wars stuff
, but our latest addition to this ever-growing pile might just be one of the coolest yet.
Now, we're not the most experienced of model-makers here at GI HQ, but we tried our hand at the TIE Fighter and, actually, it wasn't all that difficult. All you have to do is press out the pieces and connect 'em up - you might need a pair of tweezers for the little bits, but otherwise, it's pretty straightforward stuff!
Click here to read more about our 3D Star Wars model kits, or click here to find out how you could win the R2-D2 kit!
It's been well over a year since we first found out that a seventh Star Wars film was in the pipeline. And yet we still know relatively little about Episode VII - plot details, character info, and even the proper title are still cloaked in mystery.
Still, we're not completely in the dark. Here's what we do know about the new Star Wars:
- The movie will be released on December 18, 2015 (that's only 506 days from now!) This means that Episode VII will be the first proper Star Wars film not to be released in May ("December The Force Be With You" just doesn't have the same ring, does it?)
- JJ Abrams (of Lost and Star Trek fame) will direct the new film. The screenplay was a collaboration between Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, whose previous writing credits include The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Neither writer had anything to do with the prequel trilogy, which can only be a good sign.
- The film will be set roughly 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi (which, as it happens, was released just over 30 years ago). This chronological leap makes allowances for the wrinkles of...
- ...the original cast, most of whom will be reprising their roles from Episodes 4, 5 and 6. Mark Hamill (Luke), Carrie Fisher (Leia), Harrison Ford (Han), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) have all been confirmed as Episode VII cast members.
- It's not all about the veterans - the film will feature a decent number of newcomers, too. Among the confirmed cast members are Gwendoline Christie (Brienne from Game of Thrones), John Boyega (Moses from Attack the Block) and Andy Serkis (Gollum from The Lord of the Rings).
And you thought Gollum was CGI.
- Much of the film will be shot at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Other filming locations: Iceland (that's another leaf this film is taking from the Game of Thrones playbook)and Abu Dhabi.
- Even though Episode VII is still a solid 16 months away, we can already be relatively certain that Episode VIII and Episode IX will follow soon afterwards. Rian Johnson - director of Looper, Brick, and several episodes of Breaking Bad - is reportedly pencilled in to direct the eighth instalment.
- Finally, are you wondering what role (if any) George Lucas will play in the seventh episode of his beloved sci-fi brainchild? He's a creative consultant, which basically makes him a walking, talking series bible. He tells everyone else the rules of the SW universe (e.g. "the cars don't have wheels, they fly with antigravity") and makes sure that they stick to them.
Even with all these exciting details (more or less) set in stone, the actual movie is still a long way off (consider bookmarking howmanydaysuntilstarwars.com if you're keen to keep track of exactly how long). If you're struggling to get your Star Wars fix in the meantime, check out this cool Star Wars stuff: