May the 4th Be With You: Star Wars Items You Need Now
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Good news, Resistance fans. May the 4th is Star Wars Day throughout the galaxy. Why, yes we’re sure. Why do you–? Oh. Right. We’ll admit that timelines can be a bit messy. After all, the first Star Wars film somehow turned out to be the fourth installment. And the fourth one was Star Wars: Episode One — The Phantom Menace, or some such, released 22 years after Star Wars, which isn’t Star Wars anymore, but Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.

We see your point. But yes, we’re sure that this May 4th is Star War Day. In commemoration, we offer several appealing Star Wars merchandise options for your consideration, for it must certainly be a gift-giving occasion in your universe.

Original Stormtrooper Decanter

We’re not sure this will seriously impress your date, but the Original Stormtrooper Decanter does hold 750ml of Bantha-blood fizz or your favorite space hooch. And it looks intimidating as hell. In case that’s ever a priority.

Death Star Ice Cube Tray

There's nothing like a stiff drink to help you wind down from a long day at work. Or to get you riled up to watch The Empire Strikes Back for the 43rd time. With these Death Star shaped ice cubes, you can subtly pay tribute to the series while enjoying your favorite beverage.

Lego Death Star

Who doesn’t love Legos? Visit the Lego Shop to peruse their wide array of Star Wars collectibles - you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy. Our favorite is the Death Star, which comes with over 4,000 pieces (so you'll keep busy until next May 4th). This fantastic model has a galaxy of intricate and authentic environments, including a superlaser control room, Imperial conference chamber, hangar bay with moving launch rack, and Lord Vader’s TIE Advanced with space for Vader inside.

Star Wars Jedi Master Fleece Robe

We must say, the Star Wars Jedi Master Fleece Robe actually looks like something you might get some use out of. But we must tactfully suggest it not be your breakfast attire on the morning you wake up next to a new friend you met the night before at your brother’s bachelor party.

Star Wars AT-AT Bookcase

We don’t know if it will actually get your kids to read more, but c’mon. Can you really refuse their request to have a Star Wars AT-AT Bookcase? How heartless are you? Plunk down your $1,300 plus shipping and consider it an investment in providing the little darlings with the perfect childhood. Or just buy it for yourself. We won't tell, promise.

Heir to the Empire: Star Wars Legends

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“No one reads anymore.” Those were the inspirational words of an ad agency creative director in encouraging us, his copywriters, to use fewer words and more pictures in our marketing communications. For the six or seven readers still out there, we’re adding a book for your May Fourth shopping list. Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire is what’s known as a standalone novelization -- licensed fiction that takes place in the Star Wars universe, but is independent of any movie plot. The book is just one of hundreds of its kind, but it’s special in at least one way. The author “invented” the planet Coruscant some nine years before it was used in The Phantom Menace. That’s right, folks. A book bitch-slapped a Star Wars movie. So suck it, non-readers and word-averse creative directors.

Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie

Speaking of words and pictures, you get both in abundance with Star Wars Art, by Ralph McQuarrie. The author worked with George Lucas to design the look of the Star Wars universe, and his gorgeous book includes concept art, costume design, storyboards, matte painting and more. You’ll also find unpublished interviews with the professionals he worked with. If you saw it on-screen, Ralph McQuarrie saw it in his imagination first.

Star Wars: Battlefront

Remember those excruciatingly boring Galactic Senate debates in the prequel series? We don’t either. They all run together and our eyes glazed over while we awaited just one space battle, light saber duel or toppling AT-AT walker. Star Wars: Battlefront is a galactic shooter game for Xbox and other platforms that gets you past the boring, peacemaking diplomacy parts and puts you right in the, well, battlefront. It’s really quite self-explanatory.

Star Wars Family Car Decal

Come on. How cool is this? Your neighbors might have a bigger, badder SUV, but do they have a Star Wars Family Car Decal? We didn’t think so. Slap it on your Subaru and you’ll be part of the only galactic family that really matters.

Have we inspired you to visit galaxies far, far away? Or at least to Google your way deeply into cyberspace to buy stuff you know you and your family can’t live without. Happy Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you!