Sunday, May 28, 2017

10 Best Star Wars Toys for Kids - Dad Picks

We're a Star Wars Family. It was one of my stipulations of becoming a family. I said, "Stevie, we can make tiny humans, but I need to be able to buy them lots of Star Wars stuff. She really wanted to make tiny humans, and moderately enjoyed Star Wars so it wasn't much of a debate. So hooray!

One thing we've found with our purchases is that there are a TON of Star Wars toys out there. Here are our ten favorite ones! 

1. The Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

It's the little details that make this one of our top picks. Sure, it may not be a typical "toy" but check out the intestine patterned interior and the TINY LIGHTSABER zipper dongle. This bag is perfect for cold nights on Hoth, or just letting the kids fall asleep in the living room while watching The Empire Strikes back. 

2. Star Wars Microfighters - Lego

Look, Legos are expensive. You know it. I know it. As much as I personally want a full size Lego Millennium Falcon, I'd rather be able to afford daycare. That's why these STAR WARS Microfighters are so great! Each one comes with a STAR WARS minifig, a ship from the series, and usually range from $10-$20 dollars. My kids love mix-and-matching them with their other toys, and I'm pretty sure the Paw Patrol is excited to be hanging out with Han Solo!

3. Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber

You wouldn't believe how many toy light sabers there are out there to buy. You can spend anywhere from $5.00 - $500 on a glowing laser sword for you or your kids. The thing we really liked about the blade builders, besides the affordability, was that it was like 30 lightsabers in one. Just like Luke had to build his own lightsaber after losing his dad's (along with his hand) on Bespin, now your kid can build their own! (They can obviously keep their hands though :) )

4. Playskool Heroes Star Wars Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon and Figures

The thing we liked most about the Playskool Heroes Star Wars Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon and Figures was how sturdy it was. Just like the whole Playskool Heroes series, it is made to be played with by the rough-and-tumble 3-7 age range. Ours spent a week in the back yard and came back just fine. The mini-figures play well with other action figures in your kids' collection. Except Michaelangelo from the Ninja Turtles. He and Han have beef. 

5. Klutz Star Wars Folded Flyers: Make 30 Paper Starfighters Craft Kit

I grew up making really bad paper airplanes. If I ever tried to design a real airplane it would take of from the runway, immediately veer to the left, spin and crash into the ground. That's why I don't design airplanes. That said, these were a blast  to put together. They have easy instructions on where and when to fold the flyers that with a little help, even my youngest could follow. Some of the more complicated ones took Stevie's steady hand, but we had a blast playing with these together!

6. Star Wars Bop It Game

OK, trigger warning for noise sensitive people. This R2-D2 toy is based of the uber popular and uber annoying Bop It! game. Players are told at increasing speed to manipilate the toy by either "bopping, twisting, or pulling" it. For R2, each time you perform one of the required actions he makes one of his signature whistles. If you miss one, the game is over and C-3PO tells you how well you did. The kids love trying to beat their own high-score, and it even has a pretty fun play and pass mode for multiple people to play!

7. Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

OK, full disclosure. I've only played with this one at my buddy's house. But it IS SO COOL. It is also kind of pricey (around $100 depending on the sale) so I am not sure if this would be a good one for young kids that like to kick things that look like soccer balls. THAT SAID, holy cow is this guy cool. You can control him from an app on your iPhone or Android to make him do a series of actions and motions that mirror BB8's actions in The Force Awakens. (No, he won't light your cigarette. Smoking is bad for you anyway.)

The little guy also has great range, so you can bring him to work and amuse your co-workers by having him roll into their cubicle and make beepy hello sounds. Want to see him in action? Check this out!

8. Star Wars: Jedi Academy - Trilogy Box Set

We haven't actually read these yet, but they are on order. Know who has read them? Pretty much every other Star Wars family we know. So I am going to trust them when they say how much their kids love the story of middle-school student Roan learning how to be a Jedi. Now that Duchess is old enough for chapter books, this is quickly moving to the top of her summer reading list.

9. Star Wars The Force Awakens Chewbacca Electronic Mask

Remember the joy this mask brought Chewbacca Lady? The reference may be a little dated now, but the amount of enjoyment the kids get out of the moving mouth and Chewbacca howl has not gotten old. And yeah, I know there was some blow back on how viral Chewbacca Lady's video went, but for a few days we all could love that laugh and the joy a plastic Wookiee mask can make.  Here, remember?

10. Star Wars Dress Up (Any of Them)

We've gone through so many costumes. They all get old and ripped. I don't have a specific brand to recommend, but that being said costumes are SO much fun. The kids like to wear them when we watch the movies, or when their playing, or when their friends come over. Just buy the cheapest ones. It doesn't matter how awesomely detailed or authentic they are. As soon as a kid puts on a costume, they ARE that character.

Well there you go. That's all 10. I hope you found the droid you were looking for. Thanks for stopping by. May the Force be with you!!

1 comment:

  1. Love this! I just wrote a post about good dad lessons we can learn from none other than Darth Vader! Check it out: