Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of toys before — including the best toys for kids, the best board games, and toys projected to sell out before the holidays — here, we’ve rounded up the best Star Wars toys, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated Star Wars toy
“I’m sure you’ve all seen the YouTube video of the woman in this mask, just loving life,” one reviewer says, referencing the 2016 viral video of “Chewbacca Mom.” “As soon as you put this mask on, it makes SO MUCH SENSE why she was so thrilled. The eye holes match up to my face just right, and the sound effects are amazing.” Not only does this mask look like the hairiest Star Wars character, but it sounds like him too. “When you open your mouth, it triggers sounds from the speakers located in the forehead of the mask,” one user explains. “What’s fantastic is that the sound byte doesn’t cut off if your mouth remains open — it continues to emit noise just as long as you have your jaw pressed into the sensor. It’s fantastic.” And while many note that that this is a kid-sized mask, it’s proven to be fun for all ages. “Our 2-year-old loves wearing it while she has tea parties,” says one reviewer, while another writes, “My 58-year-old mother wearing it and dancing around as Chewbacca was one of the most hilarious things I have seen in a while.”
Best-rated (less expensive) Star Wars toy
One bold reviewer called this R2D2 Bop It, “So much fun, even better than the original Bop It if that is even possible.” But gameplay is basically like regular Bop It. “Just like the original, you have to pull and twist and bop,” one reviewer explains. “Only it’s pulling and twisting and hopping on R2D2.” Reviewers with kids four and up mention how much of a hit this is. One parent who says their kid plays for hours loves that “it has 2 volume levels as the lower sound level is what saved me from ‘losing’ the batteries.” But adults love it, too. “I bought it for my 5 year old and the grownups have been playing it every night after the kiddo is in bed.” Once your kids grow out of it, one user reports this toy can have a second and third life: “He [can] also use it as an action figure. When he is done, it’s a cute little desktop decoration for his room.”
And now for some micro-picks for every type of Star Wars toy you might be looking for.
“The Black Series Kylo Ren lightsaber is a true-to-the-movie replica,” one reviewer writes, and about 15 percent of reviewers are impressed with how detailed it is. “It subtly emulates the instability of Kylo’s lightsaber in the movies, and when you ‘ignite’ it the main blade is first and the crossguard blades on a slight delay,” writes one, adding, “It’s heavy in a way that makes it feel believable also.” Lots of reviewers comment on the sound effects, as well. A few note that it’s quieter than other sabers, but one user notes, “Kylo Ren’s lightsaber does not make the same sound as the other lightsabers.” It’s all of these details that lead 15 percent of reviewers to refer to this lightsaber as a collectible. Like this user, many “wish I could duel with it, but I like it too much as a collector’s piece to risk damaging the blade!”
Best Star Wars LEGO toys
“The Y-Wing Starfighter has the light gray color scheme that makes Star Wars what it is (was): the gray ships fighting on a background of stars,” writes one “‘original trilogy’ hardliner.” But he’s just one of many fans who’s pleased with how this Y-wing Lego toy came out. “I’ve had a fondness for the Y-wings ever since they made their inauspicious debut in Star Wars; not as glamorous as the X-wings, they still played their part in the Rebellion’s early victories – and this kit captures it in all its stripped-down glory,” another reviewer writes. “The kit accurately captures the rough body behind the faired-over forward cockpit, and the engines are a great representation of the screen version. The bomb-dropping feature is amusing and the figures and loading crane are a great plus.” And while all these intricate details mean this 700-piece set is a “little more complicated than your average LEGO Star Wars set to assemble,” one user, who got this for his son says, “This set was super fun to build, super fun to play with, and the best part of all is that it looks cool on my desk when he’s not playing with it.”
One reviewer warns that you “NEED TO BE A ‘LEGO NUT’ TO UNDERTAKE THIS ONE … OVER 1,300 PIECES, BUT A JOY TO HAVE COMPLETED.” Another says, “this set is large enough to turn the most patient person to the dark side,” but really, it’s easy-to-build, albeit time-consuming. Some reviewers think the difficulty level is part of the fun. ”This is by far one of the coolest designs Lego has created,” one reviewer writes. “My son is an AVID Legos fan and usually whips right through a build. This took him 1.5 weeks and he was building most of every day. Lego has really outdone themselves with this model. We couldn’t be happier. It was definitely worth the extra money we spent on it.” Another parent of a 6-year-old avid Lego builder says, “He put this one together within 3 days and has used it to wage many battles against his other sets.”
Best Star Wars action figures
“Have you ever seen a chocolate frosting-coated stormtrooper with only its head sticking out of a child’s mouth? I have,” writes one of the handful of reviewers who used these action figures as cake toppers. But whether they are withstanding birthday cake or regular play, these toys are described by dozens of reviewer as durable, particularly for toddlers. “Just the right size for little hands, but still great detail on the cartoon-styled characters,” one reviewer writes. “These are perfect preschooler /toddler sized. No small parts for choking on. They are colorful and detailed. The characters look more friendly in their expressions than the typical Star Wars figures you see.” Another says their six-year-old “really likes that each action figure has its own light saber or gun and that their arms move so they can fight with the other figures.”