Merchandising! Merchandising! Merchandising!
Force Friday will return Sept. 1, as toys and other collectibles related to Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi go on sale just after midnight. Between now and then, expect plenty of unboxing events and other yet-to-be-revealed secrets and damnable but delightful retailer exclusives.
While 2015’s packaging for products tied to Episode VII — The Force Awakens prominently featured the dark side with the masked visage of Kylo Ren, this time around the saga’s new heroes get the spotlight: Oscar Isaac’s Resistance ace Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley’s lightsaber-wielding Jakku scavenger Rey and John Boyega’s runaway stormtrooper Finn are front and center.
Rey’s hair looks a bit longer, and she seems pretty confident brandishing the blue-bladed laser-sword legacy of the Skywalker lineage …