Okay, so I’m a big fan of pop culture. I love how movies, books, fanfare of any kind captures a piece of American history. That’s the reason when something totally made up like #ForceFriday comes around, I jump aboard!
My Star Wars knowledge unfortunately, is limited to light sabers (and that’s only because one of my college roommates had quite the collection. A collection she wanted me to use with her in some kind of battle every night. Yeah, I know…).
Because of that, I’m handing over the reigns of this post to my son, J.C.
Armed with an iPhone and a love for toys he went far, far away – well, actually through Target’s aisles.
Forget a kid in a candy shop, it was like a 40-year-old man in a Star Wars aisle!
Here’s my 3-year-old’s must have list:
1. SpudTrooper – “The SpudTrooper is funny. You use him just like Mr. Potato Head. You take off his arms and put them back together again!”
This is one of my personal favorites because the young fans can get into the action. If you notice in the side of this picture, you’ll notice a play-doh set, that is also fun for the little guys (eh-hem, little stormtroopers).
2. R2D2 Popcorn Tub – In the store J.C. said, “I gotta get a picture of this.” At the time he didn’t realize it held popcorn, but he says “R2D2 is so cute and I like him.”
Love the perspective… so that’s what it feels like to be 3 feet tall.
3. BB-8 Drone – I hear the version of this that you can buy, is actually one of the hottest toys. For J.C., the display was enough for him. He stopped in the middle of the aisle and said, “Whoa! I can’t believe this.”
“It’s supposed to roll. It actually flies. It’s even kind of like a robot.”
4. Loopin’ Chewie This looks like a really fun game so I linked a demo on the name.
Here’s J.C. summary, “It’s so cool. It spins around like a crazy person. The way to win is to protect all your stuff!” He also adds about the picture, “There’s my finger, we got a lot of those.”
5. BladeBuilders – Well I couldn’t do a post without mentioning light sabers for my good old college buddy. J.C. took about 45 pictures of this video display, his explanation of what BladeBuilders is all about, “You can build with the light sticks!”
Don’t worry – I just informed him it’s a “light saber.” Baby steps.
6. Star Wars-Themed Food
There was just about everything, from my son’s apparent favorites the graham crackers with “the green guy” on them (deep breath, I just told him it’s Yoda – everything will be fine)… and fruit snacks – to chicken noodle soup.
7. Darth Vader – J.C. loved this guy. He stepped in front of him for a picture to look like they were “buddies.”
He also checked out some of the interactive features. “When you press the buttons he talks. He said, ‘We need to fight the good guys.’ It’s when you press the red button.”
I’m guessing that’s not an accurate quote, but hey – at least he knows Darth Vader is a bad guy.
J.C. was amazed, it was another “You’ve gotta be kidding me!” moment, followed by, “Look at how big these tires are!”
9. Micromachines Millennium Falcon – This was the toy J.C. ran toward first. He said, “I’ve gotta put this on my Christmas List!”
He says, “That’s a big spaceship that takes over planets!”
… and one for the younger kids.
10. #SharetheForce Social Media Picture Opportunities
J.C. LOVED the chance to take pictures next to all the things Target had set up. He and everyone there – it was my 3-year-old grabbing this somewhat terrifying shot (umm, he’s looking right at me), followed by a 35-year-old woman and then a 40-year-old man – and don’t forget the three brothers getting in for a picture.
There’s J.C.’s gotta-see list from #ForceFriday at Target! And now he’s progressed from calling Yoda “the green guy” to “Yodo”… so we’re getting there.
… I’m MOM, Live from the Playroom…