Looking to celebrate the ‘official’ release of Star Wars merchandise all around the world? Of course you are. Here now is your guide to Force Friday; a day to be long remembered by every Star Wars fan, new and old alike.
We have to thank the Master Jedi over at StarWars.com for compiling a thorough and exciting list of events that include portals to the latest online releases as well as stores around your neighborhood selling toys, video games and other official merchandise.
September 4, a.k.a. Force Friday — the highly-anticipated midnight release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, collectibles, gadgets, and more — is almost here. It will be the world’s first chance to own official product celebrating the next installment of the Star Wars saga, and several retailers have, to quote Admiral Piett, “something special planned.”
Special indeed. Follow along below for the complete list with links all ready to help with your spending spree.
Amazon.com will allow customers to buy tons of Star Wars products – with an official Star Wars Store featuring a wide selection of toys and games with a host of Amazon exclusives and deals.
To enter a new Star Wars giveaway head to the Amazon Facebook Page and enter to win a ‘Legendary Jedi Master Yoda, Collector’s Box Edition.
At the Disney Store locations (New York City in Times Square, Chicago on Michigan Avenue, and San Francisco on Stockton Street) Force Friday midnight madness starts with doors opening at 12:01 a.m. local time, September 4. Toys, collectibles, books, apparel, and more from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be featured. In addition, the first 1,000 guests will receive a free Star Wars: The Force Awakens D23 commemorative fan poster.
Extra exclusives, toys and merchandise can also be purchased via the Disney Store and DisneyStore.com.
ALL Disney Store locations will open for business on Force Friday with a Star Wars-themed opening ceremony. Other activities taking place at Disney Store locations (excluding Disney Store Outlets) on Force Friday include:
- A free commemorative Star Wars: The Force Awakens pin for the first 100 guests who make a purchase on Force Friday
- Numerous Star Wars events taking place, including:
- R2-D2 craft activity
- Ways of the Force
- Star Wars Story Time
- Art of Drawing: R2-D2
- Free Topps vintage trading card giveaway upon completion of an in-store event and while supplies last
- Epic Star Wars theming that pays homage to both the dark side and the light
On DisneyStore.com, fans can enjoy special Limited Edition product, as well as free shipping on all Star Wars items from September 4 – 6.
Those looking to enter the Disney world and experience Force Friday in the middle of Disney Parks, here’s the rundown:
World of Disney store in Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney District
Once Upon a Toy in Walt Disney World Resort’s Downtown Disney Marketplace
Attendees will have first access to Star Wars: The Force Awakens products and parks-exclusive merchandise, including a Force Friday logo messenger bag.
Target Retailers will open at midnight on September 4 and feature all new Star Wars: The Force Awakens items.
Along with the usual bunch of merchandise Target has launched Share the Force! Details below:
In honor of Force Friday, Target has also launched Share the Force: an interactive experience that allows you to join fans around the world and share your Star Wars memories. Visit sharetheforce.target.com to add your memories today, and stop by select Target shops for Share the Force Saturday on September 5. There will be photo ops, giveaways, and much more!
Toys”R”Us stores and ToysRUs.com launched “Destination: Star Wars“ . Details below:
All Toys”R”Us stores will open at midnight, with special giveaways including a limited edition LEGO Star Wars Commemorative Brick and an exclusive Star Wars poster, while supplies last.
And over at the Toys”R”Us in Times Square in New York City:
At Toys”R”Us Times Square in New York City, fans can join a Star Wars party that will rival any Ewok bash. Festivities begin on Thursday, September 3, when the store hosts Star Wars activities throughout the day, beginning at 9 a.m., including:
A book signing and meet and greet with Steve Sansweet, chief executive officer and president of Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc., storied Star Wars author and former head of Fan Relations and director of content management at Lucasfilm Ltd.
An art class and meet and greet with fan-favorite Star Wars and science fiction artist, Jeff Carlisle
Star Wars product demonstrations and activations throughout the store, including Star Wars-themed 3D action figure creation with 3D Plus Me, video gaming on Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars kiosks and experiencing intergalactic sound on Star Wars-themed headphones powered by SMS Audio
A LEGO Star Wars make and take for rebels looking to build their toy empire brick by brick
A Lightsaber Academy with members of New York Jedi, a community of cosplayers, martial artists, and teachers who share practical stage combat techniques oriented toward lightsabers
Photo opportunities with costumed characters, including Furbacca, a character versioned after the Hasbro toy that makes Wookiee sounds like Chewbacca
Ice cream flavors inspired by the Star Wars saga from Scoops“R”Us, the flagship store’s in-house ice cream shop located on the Lower Level
Star Wars-themed cookie decorating at a “Wookiee” Cookie Party on Level 1
Special giveaways for the first fans in line, including a Collector’s Edition LEGOStar Wars Commemorative Brick, an exclusive, limited edition Star Wars poster, and a Star Wars Character Flashlight from JAKKS Pacific
Star Wars trivia, a costume contest, and a galaxy of excitement and prizes, while supplies last
A panel discussion with Steve Sansweet and Jeff Carlisle for select lucky fans, which will also be livestreamed via Periscope @Toysrus on Twitter
The ultimate unveiling of the official Toys“R”Us Times Square Star Wars feature shop at 12:01 a.m. on Force Friday, September 4
Participating Walmart stores will open their doors at midnight on September 4. Along with the usual amount of merchandise, they will also be having a special giveaways. Details below:
Walmart will be the only place to find Topps’ Galactic Connexions, a trading disc game featuring the Star Wars characters
Customers that visit Walmart stores on September 4 will receive a free two-pack of Galactic Connexions discs, including a rare blue star field disc that will only be available in packs given away on Force Friday
Available exclusively at Walmart: Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Kanan Jarrus Figure
Customers that preorder Star Wars Battlefront in Walmart stores will receive a $5 credit to use on Vudu
And for up the minute details and exclusive Force Friday deals, be sure and visit Walmart!
That’s your look at all the special deals for Star Wars: Force Friday! What are your favorites? What are you hoping to get on the big day? Make sure you share your adventure with us here at GeekNation!
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