What distinguishes a fad from something that is truly iconic or cult-like is the time for which it lives and endures in public memory after it first went public. Using this yardstick, it is safe to assert- as if any more assertion was needed- that Star Wars is iconic.
Almost 35 years after George Lucas released the first film in the Star Wars saga, characters from the movie are still popular for use in various types of merchandise.
The huge range of Star Wars merchandise available includes helmets, aprons, bath-robes, apparel, toys, miniature vehicles, umbrellas, gaming headsets, gaming mouse and mouse mats. You can even get Yoda, Skywalker or Darth Vader chopsticks.
Among the more innovative merchandise is an aquarium that sits inside a model of R2-D2 the robot. There’s even a toaster that imprints your bread with a Darth Vader impression. But remember what you buy and where you buy it from, as not all of it is licenced.
Hamburg-based Miami Ad School design student Mandy Brencys has created a line of Star wars-themed glass Evian water bottles that look like various characters from Star Wars, such as C-3P0, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper.
Not only do these bottles look like Star Wars characters, they’re also intended to be used as “light sabres”, similar to the weapons used by Luke Skywalker in his fights with the Darth Vader.
These are not commercially available now. But as and when they do, expect to pay more for each of these bottles…. er.., sabres.