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What's a Jedi's favorite day of the year? May 4th, because, "May the 4th be with you."
Despite this eye-rolling dad joke, Star Wars Day is a real thing. On this day, true fans of the popular sci-fi series celebrate their love of lightsabers, landspeeders, and Lando Calrissian. Similarly, younger, misguided fans celebrate their preference for Padmé, padawans, and podracing—but that's a topic for another day.
With the much-anticipated seventh movie releasing at the end of this year, there's no question that Star Wars hype is at an all-time high. To celebrate in our own way, we've come up with a list of the top seven kitchen accessories every die-hard Star Wars fan with more dollars than sense should have.
Man In Carbonite Ice Tray
We'll start with something affordable. When you're serving up drinks at that Star Wars Day party you are undoubtedly hosting, what better way to wow your guests than with a scruffy smuggler encased in carbonite? While it's technically an ice tray, the mold is also perfect for chocolate and gelatin, if desserts featuring Harrison Ford's immortalized look of shock and despair is what you're into.
Geek fact: Bounty hunter Boba Fett sold Han Solo frozen in carbonite as an art piece to crime lord Jabba the Hutt for 250,000 credits, a separate fee from the 100,000-credit bounty on Solo himself. In other words, Solo was worth more while frozen in carbonite than either dead or alive.
Speaking of freezing things, why make regular, boring popsicles with a generic mold when you can make awesome lightsaber popsicles instead? The hilts have a built-in LED to light up the entire length of whatever colorful beverage you decide to freeze, allowing you to have lightsaber duels with minimal consequences.
Geek fact: Mace Windu's amethyst-colored lightsaber was specially requested by actor Samuel L. Jackson, whose favorite color is purple.
Death Star Cookie Jar
Price: About $120
This fully-armed and operational cookie station, like the first Death Star portrayed in A New Hope, has one major flaw: that price tag. It will likely cause a disturbance in your wallet, as if hundreds of dollars cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. Of course, you could also buy this cheaper one, but like the second Death Star, you'll probably never even get to use it before it breaks.
Geek fact: There was a third Death Star that was never shown in any of the films. This battle station also suffered from the same design flaw as the first Death Star: a vulnerable thermal exhaust port in one of its trenches.
Light and Dark Side Coffee Machines
Price: Was $120
Three years ago, Nestle released 5,000 units of limited edition Star Wars-themed coffee machines in Japan. At the time, they were priced at $120, but good luck trying to find them now. Additionally, a true fan will likely want both the light and dark versions of this rare kitchen gadget. Some mornings call for serene, meditative contemplation, and others call for the raw power of the Dark Roast.
Geek fact: When you take away the dramatic tension of characters switching between Light and Dark sides, the entire Star Wars series is really just about a galaxy-wide civil war stemming from an ill-advised and poorly-implemented trade blockade.
R2-D2 Trash Can
Price: About $275
The R2-series Astromech droid is capable of projecting holographic recordings, extinguishing fires, and performing mid-flight starship repairs. This product is a $275 trash can, in which you must dump your garbage before gunning it to light-speed. Still, if this isn't the droid you're looking for, and you're technically inclined, you could try making one yourself.
Geek fact: R2-D2 has more of a "personality" than other R2 units because it has never gone through a memory wipe in any of the films. Because clearly, the consequence of not routinely formatting your hard drive is the creation of a quirky AI that can't speak Galactic Basic Standard.
Carbonite Vinyl Fridge Wrap
Price: $445 for the whole fridge
RM Wraps makes a high-quality vinyl refrigerator wrap that captures everyone's favorite smuggler in one of his most embarrassing moments. For a sizable monetary investment, you can adorn your wretched hive of scum and villainy with the frozen body of the Millennium Falcon's captain.
Geek fact: Han shot first.
Darth Vader Beer Fridge
There's a popular meme persuading people to join the Dark Side because it has cookies, but some people need something stronger. Perhaps they need new ways to motivate them. Perhaps they need this Darth Vader vodka fridge and fountain, built by artist Tom Sachs. Sadly, that means it's a one-of-a-kind piece, so you're likely out of luck if you want it in your kitchen.
Geek fact: Darth Vader is No. 3 on the American Film Institute's list of greatest movie villains, after Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) and Norman Bates (Psycho).
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