Lightsaber Academy, one of Hasbro’s offerings for Star Wars Triple Force Friday in October, allows kids to train as Jedi with their choice of master. A switch hidden in the hilt selects between several iconic characters, such as Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, with matching changes to the toy’s color and audio instructions.

The lightsaber’s audio and motion-sensor technology guides a user through a variety of training exercises and when connected by Bluetooth to a local mobile device can track and display performance. Progress also advances in a head-to-head game available when two lightsabers are connected.

Information, though, is stored in the toy, so that a player’s ranking carries with them when they visit a friend’s house and connect to a different device.

At release, a single lightsaber will retail for $50.

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Toy Fair 2018—Star Wars Toys

Here are a few pictures of Star Wars toys from New York Toy Fair. Not games but I thought you might enjoy them nonetheless, including the Lego Kessel Run Millenium Falcon ($170, April), Hasbro’s Furreal Friends Chewbacca, and the 4 foot long Jabba’s Sail Barge available via HasLab crowdfunding. [Click for even larger images.]

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Star Wars Game Construction Kit

New from Mattel is Star Wars Bloxels, a video game construction kit. As with the original Bloxels, the kit enables anyone to build a video game by assembling physical blocks that represent terrain, power-ups, enemies, coins, hazards, and more. After that, all they have to do to capture the layout is take a picture with their mobile device.

With Star Wars Bloxels, games can be designed for any of four environments: Tatooine, Hoth, Endor, and Death Star.


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Operation BB-8

Imagine yourself repairing the BB-8 droid in this new Star Wars version of the Operation game ($20).


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The idiosyncrasies of international toy licensing means that some of the latest Star Wars games are not available (at least not officially) to us here in the North American market. Though new and packaged for The Force Awakens, some of these are also actually based on events and characters of the earlier movies.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ubongo is a fast-play puzzle game where the players race to fill in mission cards with a set of polyominoes. There are 50 different mission cards and each turn the players roll a die to determine whether to use First Order or Resistance pieces filling them in.

Star Wars Ubongo

Star Wars Galaxy Rebellion is a push-your-luck dice game representing a competition between Han, Luke, Leia, and Chewbacca to see who will blow up the Death Star.

Star Wars Galaxy Rebellion

In Star Wars Labyrinth the goal is to find the various Star Wars characters at the center of a shifting maze.

Star Wars Labyrinth

A variant of the classic tile-laying game, Star Wars Carcassonne incorporates new rules for taking over other players’ planets and for dice-based combat over other features.

Star Wars: Secret Invasion is a Star Wars-themed version of Love Letter. Exclusive to the Russian market, the game is about rescuing Princess Leia with each round seeing one player closer to success.

Star Wars Carcassonne     Star Wars Love Letter

Just released by Ravensburger, Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rebel Forces is a Reiner Knizia design that requires “concentration and a quick response”, so fast-play memory?

Star Wars The Force Awakens Rebel Forces

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wheresreyThe hashtag #WheresRey has been used on Twitter ever since the Target exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens 6 Action Figure Pack went on sale in early September with a generic TIE Fighter pilot and Stormtrooper in place of the protagonist of the movie.

This morning, Hasbro responded on Twitter to an eight-year-old girl’s inquiry about why Rey was not included in the new version of Star Wars: Monopoly. The Star Wars-themed Monopoly game, released last September, includes Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Finn, and Kylo Ren — all male characters — as player pieces. Hasbro’s response, in part:

“…Rey was not included to avoid revealing a key plot line that she takes on Kylo Ren and joins the Rebel Alliance.”

age8Which, of course, is exactly what Finn did in the movie, too. An inquiry to Hasbro’s twitter account asking why Finn was included and Rey wasn’t, considering they both took on the main villain and joined the Resistance (and not the “Rebel Alliance”, which doesn’t exist in The Force Awakens), has gone unanswered.

Hasbro also writes that a Rey 12-inch action figure will be “hitting store shelves this month”, a little over four months after the first wave of exclusively-male 12-inch action figures were released. “We are thrilled with the popularity of this compelling character and will continue to look for ways to showcase Rey across all of our product lines.”

The only other female 12-inch action figure, Captain Phasma, was released as a Toys R Us exclusive in late November of last year.


Star Wars The Force Awakens Force Attax Card Game

Star Wars The Force Awakens Force AttaxForce Attax for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a collectible card game from Topps (UK). The series features 200 cards, with more coming in March.

Gameplay is simple. Players line up their cards, choose one with which to attack, and then choose either the offense or defense value. The one who wins the majority of battles wins the game.

The Force Awakens Force Attax is available in eight-card packets (£1) and a Starter Pack (£4.99) with a game mat, binder, and limited edition Kylo Ren and BB-8 cards.

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Star Wars RebellionApparently no longer limited by its license to roleplaying and miniatures, Fantasy Flight Games has revealed plans for its first straight-up Star Wars board game. Star Wars: Rebellion, set during the period of the original movie trilogy, incorporates both military and political conflict. It also embraces asymmetrical gameplay. The Imperial player benefits from a stronger military with a goal of locating and rooting out rebel forces. The Rebel player needs to focus on more strategic military targets while building public support for full-scale revolt.

Star Wars: Rebellion is scheduled for release in the first quarter of next year at a retail price of $100. The game is supposed to accommodate 2-4 players and take 3-4 hours.

Star Wars Rebellion Setup

X-Wing Wreckers

Space Rocks sells debris for the Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game. In other words, the company produces models, hand-painted, of the same Star Wars space ships found in X-Wing but wrecked and in pieces. The idea is to use them as terrain, or background setting, like the asteroid tokens that come with the game, only much better looking.

On the subject of asteroids, Space Rocks also makes three-dimensional versions of them, as well as a space station, debris, and asteroid set for Star Wars Armada. And the company is currently taking preorders for a non-wrecked Escort Frigate, scaled for use in X-Wing.

Prices range from $35-55 for the asteroid or wreck sets. The Escort Frigate is $210 as a preorder ($260 at full price).

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I already wrote about Star Wars The Force Awakens games from Hasbro, Spin Master, and Topps but, as you’ll see below, there are still more.

Some of these may be exclusive to certain retailers. Also, some saw publication under a Star Wars theme previously but all have now at least been updated with the latest characters, graphic design, and images.

The Star Wars Death Star Perplexus 3-D maze has lights and sounds and… well, let’s be fair, was already shaped like a Death Star. Spin Master is distributing it to major retail outlets, Patch Products to specialty stores.

Star Wars Death Star Perplexus

Spin Master is also doing a Star Wars Death Star Boom Boom Balloon. It seems like such an obvious fit, yet don’t the good guys want the Death Star to explode?

Star Wars Death Star Boom Boom Balloon

Uncle Milton’s selling a Star Wars Jedi Holocron. It’s an electronic thingamabob that can guess what you’re thinking (providing it’s related to Star Wars) within 20 questions.

Star Wars Jedi Holocron

From Wonder Forge, there’s a Star Wars The Force Awakens Battle Matching Game, which supposedly adds a twist to basic matching games but what that is I don’t know.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Battle Matching Game

Also from Wonder Forge is Star Wars The Force Awakens 6-in-1, which includes the Battle Matching Game, as well as Star Wars versions of Dominoes, Bingo, and other standards.

Star Wars The Force Awakens 6-in-1

Exclusive for Target, Wonder Forge has made the Star Wars Star Destroyer Strike Game. This one has the Finalizer at the center shooting actual lasers.

Star Wars Star Destroyer Strike Game

Toys “R” Us has two more Star Wars games from Hasbro: Star Wars Guess Who? and Star Wars Sorry. The latter imagines droids darting around the Millennium Falcon attempting to effect repairs without getting in each other’s way.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Sorry Star Wars The Force Awakens Guess Who

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