Star Wars toys and games have been almost omnipresent in our lives since 1978. We’re all familiar with numerous Star Wars toys, but what about the toys and games that were known and used by kids in the Star Wars universe? Let’s find out!
Little information is known about the everyday life of children in the Star Wars galaxy. Their lives will probably have depended heavily on where they were born and who their parents were. Luke Skywalker was raised by a loving but hard-working family on Tatooine, so it was very probable that he had to help on the moisture farm when he was just a child. Children from rich senators on Coruscant had their own nanny droid, a lot of toys and a beautiful apartment at the higher levels of the galaxy’s capital.
Anakin’s friend Seek was very keen on simply playing ball with Wald, Ameé, and Melee when Anakin showed them his finished podracer. While Anakin’s friends didn’t believe in his skills as a racer, his best friend Kitster remained loyally at his side. Anakin’s favorite toys were most likely the many mechanical parts he used to tinker with, but he also had some homemade toys. A popular toy with children of Mos Espa was The Eyes of Mesra. This object, shaped like a ball, was used to predict the future and came from a long tradition in the desert.
Models and action figures
Also on Tatooine, Luke Skywalker used to have a detailed model of a T-16 Skyhopper in the garage of the Lars Homestead. As a kid, Boba Fett had a model of an airspeeder when he resided on Kamino with his father, Jango. This airspeeder model was painted in the same color scheme as a Darien lava-skimmer. Chewbacca’s father, Attichitcut, once carved a wooden model of an X-wing fighter for his grandson Lumpawaroo and Ewoks carved wooden toys in the shape of creatures. Wicket used to have a model of a pulga (horse on Endor).
Action figures were popular during the Clone Wars when kids recreated the famous battles that were fought on many planets. Boba Fett had an action figure shaped like his father as a kid, along with starships. It’s unknown whether his model airspeeder was able to fit any of his action figures. People and even droids also took their toys into their bath. R2-D2 used to take his favorite toy into his bath after an encounter with pirates in the Tammuz-an System. This was a purple toy shaped like a bordok (a creature native to Endor). C-3PO complained that R2-D2 needed to share his toys which he actually did, since he had brought a brown bordok bath toy for his best friend.
A cute plush doll is every kid’s favorite. The tooka doll was a squeaky doll modeled after the tooka creature that resided on many planets, including Coruscant. The doll had large eyes and one of these toys was pictured as an emblem on the Halo, the SS-54 Assault Ship owned by the Zabrak bounty hunter Sugi during the Clone Wars. On the Halo, the tooka doll was swinging a knife and an Aurebesh text mentioned the text “Nice Playing With Ya”.
Lumpawaroo had a beautiful plush bantha doll on Kashyyyk (which was decapitated by Imperials). Plush bantha dolls were sold throughout the galaxy and in the gift shop of Bantha Traxx, a large restaurant and entertainment complex on Lianna, they were sold for 15 credits. Apparently there were also plush dolls of tauntauns, wampas, and even AT-AT walkers (released by Imperial propagandists after the Battle of Hoth?).
Ballgames and other toys
On Naboo, Gungan parents hung a nursery mobile above their baby’s bed or cradle. This mobile existed of holographic images of creatures from the Naboo Abyss, such as the Sando Aqua Monster, Colo Claw Fish, Opee Sea Killer, Mee, and See.
When Captain Rex got injured on Saleucami during the Clone Wars, he was brought to the farm of Cut Lawquane and his wife Suu. Rex also met Suu’s children, Shaeeah and Jek. They used to make drawings for their father and played with a hoverball, a ball equipped with repulsorlifts. Other ball games included gyroball, which was also popular during the Clone Wars, and the harmless laserball that gave off a strange light and bounced rather high.
Jedi TradeChips were chips produced by the Spotts TradeChip Company right before the start of the Clone Wars. These chips portrayed famous members of the Jedi Order, much like popular sports tradechips. The Jedi were shown in a small holographic format that included a short biography, and statistics. The Jedi Order wasn’t keen on seeing these things out on the market and refused to give information about their members to Spotts. That’s why Master Yoda was mislabeled as a Lannik on his tradechip.
Some other toys included the gyrothopter that flew by spinning blades and the laser lasso, a toy version of a lightwhip that could wrap itself around objects.
Selected reading: The Clone Wars (“Children of the Force”, “The Deserter”), Attack of the Clones Visual Dictionary (2002), Episode I Visual Dictionary (1999), The Clone Wars: Incredible Vehicles (2011) and HoloNet News (2002).
Tim Veekhoven (Sompeetalay) from Belgium is president and co founder of TeeKay-421, the Belgian Star Wars fanclub. He has contributed to Star Wars Insider, to Build the Millennium Falcon magazine, and has created character names and back stories for What’s the Story? and Rogues Gallery.