A short time ago in the same galaxy as today Star Wars fans looked upon the news of the force awakening on December 18, 2015. Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens has brought many new products to the Star Wars Franchise.
Some new products include Sphero’s remote controlled BB-8 droid, Star Wars Episode 7 posters, action figures, Funko’s collectibles, Legos, Uniqlo’s branded T-shirts, Dice’s Star Wars Battlefront, $135,000 gold and diamond BB-8 droid for charity, and many more. “All aboard the Star Wars Franchise!” said Joshua Cruz. Since the newest installment to the episodes has approached closer, many stores have sold Star Wars themed items such as Fiat’s cars to Lucky Charms cereals.
Sphero released the droid that they been looking for on September 4, 2015, a.k.a Force Friday. This droid was called BB-8. Sphero’s BB-8 droid is a 4.5 inch miniature version of the droid from Episode 7. It is iOS and Android compatible, with bluetooth connection, and a polycarbonate shell. “How did they make it move and rotate?” said Alecc Banda. Despise its small body BB-8 can roll 7ft/s from its built-in wheels, hold its head with magnets, project holographic communication, listen to the controller, speak, and even dance. Sphero’s BB-8 is priced at $150, but Hasbro has released their own droid for only $80. Hasbro’s BB-8 is made out of plastic, double Sphero’s droid size, needs 6 batteries, and assembly is required. Some fans were amazed by another droid coming in with R2-D2 and C3-PO, who are droids from the previous Star Wars episodes. “I was amazed since I saw R2-D2 droid before,” said Anthony Morales.
Dice (Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment), has also entered the galaxy of the force by remaking Star Wars fan’s favorite video game Star Wars Battlefront. “First I freaked out about the remake and decided to get it,” said Joshua Cruz. Many fans, including Mr.Quiroz, saw the first gameplay of Star War Battlefront behind closed panel doors at the Star Wars Celebration convention. “I was frightened when an AT-AT stomped right behind the character. The sound was extremely loud and really close that everyone turned around and looked up.” Dice has imputed audio clips, such as the AT-AT stomping, from the actual movies. They have also paid attention to the detail of the game. As an owner of the game, Battlefront captures the detail of the franchise into one game and is immersive to players.
Many fans purchase limited edition Star Wars products to show their love for the franchise. But they do also buy the little things such as clothes to cups. “I own a light saber, a Star Wars Snackeez cup, and a Darth Vader wind up toy,” said Joshua Cruz. “I have a Star Wars T-Shirt, hat, and I play the MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game, Star Wars the Old Republic,” said Alecc Banda. “I own the millennium falcon figure. Also I am a collector so I collect items and some I take out of the box,” said Anthony Morales. Some fans have also been decorating their Christmas Trees to Star Wars themed, “I bought some Star War ornaments and the tree topper for our tree was a millennium falcon,” said Mr.Quiroz, “This part might make some Star Wars fans cringe. I opened these 15-year-old Star Wars Episode 1 action figures that I have from Michigan and I put them all over my tree.”
If you have wondered about why the Star Wars franchise has “awaken” again, there is an answer. It never died. The Star Wars franchise never died down because there were always fans spreading their love for the episodes to anyone they knew. Such as the Star Wars Club at Samueli Academy. Many have shaped their lives around this franchise such as some fans becoming engineers from loving droids like R2-D2. Some have followed the words of Yoda throughout their lives to never give up, “Do or do not. There is no try.”
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