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On May 21, 2010 geeks and sci-fi fans will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back. Arguably the best of the six Star Wars movies, and likely the best movie sequel ever.
What better way to celebrate this sci-fi masterpiece than with a really cool item of Empire-related merchandise, like a tauntaun sleeping bag, Boba Fett costume, or wampa rug. Here’s a few gifts from the official Star Wars Site shop. At the time of this gallery’s publication, many of the items were pre-order.
If you’re having trouble making that Wampa hunting expedition on Hoth happen, this rug might be the next best thing. You can buy this 62″ long by 30″ wide bit of furry goodness for $99.99 US.
Note: Slave Leia not included. Rats!
Tauntaun Sleeping Bag
For $99.99 US, you can sleep inside a tauntaun without have to find out if they smell worse on the side than on the out. This indoor-only, 33-inch x 67-inch sleeping bag comes with a tauntaun head pillow and plush lightsaber zipper.
The Empire Strikes Back Large Tin Tote
For only $14.99 US, you can carry your lunch in this nifty The Empire Strikes Back metal lunch box.
Noriyoshi Ohrai ESB Poster
Measuring 27″ by 40″, this limited edition (500) poster from Japanese artist Noriyoshi Ohrai would look great hanging on a fan’s office wall.
Luke on Hoth McQuarrie Giclee
Star Wars art enthusiasts with deep pockets, should consider this limited edition (25) reproduction of Ralph McQuarrie’s concept painting for the Hoth battle sequence. The “Luke on Hoth” McQuarrie Giclee measures 19″ by 40″, retails for $895.00 US, and would look great on my office wall. I wonder if I can pay with galactic credits?
Space Slug Oven Mitt
Made of fire-retardant Nomex and costing $19.99 US, this foot-long oven mitt will protect your lightsaber hand in the kitchen, at the grill, or during your next Empire-themed puppet show. Come on! I know you have them.
Yoda Back Buddy
Crash landing in a swamp on Dagobah isn’t the only way to train with a Jedi Master. For $39.99 US, you can take this Yoda Back Buddy on your next trip to the park, the gym, or your nearest Dark Side Cave.
C-3PO Bespin Back Buddy
C-3PO had a habit of going to pieces in tense situations, but in Empire he did it literally. For $59.99 US, you can carry the venerable protocol droid around just as Chewbacca did in Bespin’s Cloud City.
Fett and Solo Carbonite Statue
Measuring 7 inches tall and sitting on a 11-inch base, this statue shows Boba Fett transporting a Carbonite-encased Han Solo. The polystone creation from Gently Giant costs $214.99 US.
Making of The Empire Strikes Back book
Every Star Wars fan wants to know how Carrie Fisher kept warm during those cold Norwegian nights filming Empire’s Hoth scenes. Perhaps not EVERY fan. But, I do!
For $84.99 US, you can learn the secrets behind the movie. This 372-page book contains actor interviews, storyboards, drawings, production photos, and more. It also includes an autographed bookplate label hand-signed by author J. W. Rinzler.
Early Empire Strikes Back Poster Concept T-shirt
Darth Vader in a gray?! This t-shirt from Junk Food reproduces an early Empire poster concept. Available in sizes S through XXL, this shirt will set you back $19.99 US.
Yoda Pet Costume
Don’t want to leave you furry friend at home during the next Star Wars Celebration event? Bring them along dressed as Yoda.
For $14.99 US, your pooch can look like the diminutive Jedi Master. Now if you could only train them to constantly pester your friends by saying, “Do or do not. There is no try.”
Supreme Edition Boba Fett Costume
The Dog may be keeping sunny Hawaii safe, but Boba Fett is the OBH–Original Bounty Hunter. And now, you can look like Boba without all that messy cloning.The Supreme Edition Boba Fett Costume comes with a collector edition helmet and jumpsuit with molded armor pieces. You’ll have to provide your own shoes and blaster.
For $999.99 US, you be Boba Fett next Halloween. Who am I kidding? I’d wear this thing to the grocery store. The next person who gets in the 10-item lane with a cart full of stuff gets frozen in Carbonite.