15 Years of AOTC: My 10 Favorite Collectibles & Tie-Ins

What’s a Star Wars film without brand new merchandise? Not nearly as much was made for AOTC as was for TPM, something I found frustrating when I went to look for new t-shirts at the time. While they were light on the tees and there was no fast food tie-in, there were still plenty of goodies hoping to drain my bank account.

10. Frito-Lay Buckets Target Exclusive

I wasn’t able to find a photo and mine is in storage, but Target had these colorful lidded buckets that had photos from all of the existing films including AOTC. Inside the buckets were snack-sized bags of chips, Cheetos, and Fritos. Even in my pre-weight loss state I was not about to eat all of those snacks myself, so I brought the bags to work, waited until about 10-11 a.m., dumped them in the break room, and sent out an e-mail. Problem solved.

9. AOTC Mini Puzzles

These little suckers were around 99 cents at Wal-Mart and each had poster art of various characters. They were so cheap and so small, I bought the whole set.

8. Star Wars Attack of the Clones Visual Dictionary

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Your quick and dirty guide to everything in the movie with colorful photographs, helpful descriptions, and details that may or may not be canon anymore.

7. Star Wars Celebration II T-Shirt

It took over two hours to buy this shirt and the exclusive Jorg Sacul action figure from the Celebration store. Some things never change! Again, no picture but it was blue with the Celebration II logo on the front and on the back a split image of Darth Vader and Anakin, with the convention dates and location (Indianapolis). A few months later I was walking through a Marshalls when a kid saw my shirt and went nuts. Heh heh.

6. SH Figuarts Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padmé

I don’t have all of these yet but I love what I’ve seen so far! The Japanese make the best Star Wars stuff.

5. Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber (Master Replicas)

Not the kiddie plastic version, but the cool light up collectible version that went for a pretty penny. But I got a good deal on mine from FAO Schwarz when it was closing at Tysons Galleria.

4. Padmé Amidala Paper Doll Book

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I loved the TPM Queen Amidala Paper Doll book, so I snapped this one up in a hurry. Sadly they didn’t do one for ROTS.

3. Gentle Giant Mini Busts

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Gentle Giant was a new licensee and its first gig was making mini busts of the film’s Big Three, using a new 3D modeling technology that required parking the actors in a booth and having their features scanned.

2. Senator Theater Exclusive T-Shirt and Ticket

The Senator Theater in Baltimore, MD used to make special posters, tickets, and t-shirts to celebrate a new movie release. I went up to Baltimore for a showing of AOTC that summer and of course bought the shirt, featuring Anakin/Vader looming over the theater with “Episode II” on the marquee and Yoda working the ticket booth.

1. Anakin and Padmé Wedding Action Figures

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Officially known as Secret Wedding Anakin and Secret Wedding Padmé and sold separately (you’re cruel, Hasbro), they seemed ready more for love than anything else. Basically a wedding cake topper for fangirls, it doesn’t have the most awesome sculpting and it can be tricky to get Anakin to stand, but I love an action figure set devoted to a ‘ship. Plus if you look up Padmé’s skirt, you can see her underwear and a garter belt. It’s canon.

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8 Responses to “15 Years of AOTC: My 10 Favorite Collectibles & Tie-Ins”

  1. lovelucas Says:

    Had to respond to this and since we can’t post pix at SWPAS here’s to you, directly LP:

    Taken (and posed) at the site of the wedding – Villa Balbianello on Lake Como – #1 taken from my hotel balcony – that’s the Punta Balbianello behind the figures and #2 that’s the real deal – right beneath that same branch – that same tree. I know this is a RotS Anakin figure but…he looked so hot with that hair and body!

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  2. Kim Says:

    I love that Celebration II shirt, still have my merch bag with the same picture on it! It’s a shame they didn’t do another paper doll book for ROTS. Really loved the “Mythmaking” making of book, too.

  3. joe Says:

    have two of the buckets the visual dictionary and the wedding figures

  4. LadyJediScientist (@LJediScientist) Says:

    Great list! Here are my favorite 10 collectibles:

  5. jarjarbacktattooguy Says:

    Anakin Skywalker – Collectible Figure and Cup by Hasbro (2004). Series of Prequel and OT clear plastic cups with art done in the style of the original Burger King promotional glasses from the OT era. This one is based on AOTC. Each cup came packaged with corresponding figure. Part of the “Saga” Collection, but not released until 2004.

    AOTC Big Little Book by John Whitman and Brandon McKinney – Chronicle Books (2002).
    Big Little books were 3×4 inch books with prose on one page and art (black and white) on the facing page. They were most popular in the 1930s- 40s and were usually over 400 pgs. AOTC is 340 pgs.

    Star Wars Unleashed – Padme Amidala by Hasbro (2002). Lifelike toy statue of our girl from Theed in her skintight Geonosis costume, with broken arena pillar base and chain. Nuff said!

    • lazypadawan Says:

      Oh yeah, those big little books are awesome. The Padmé Unleashed piece is quite notorious for its er, detail.

  6. jarjarbacktattooguy Says:

    Love Paper Doll books, Colorforms, etc. Such a simple, novel concept. These were always very popular back in the day.

    Big geek media is run by men, who look down their nose at “girly” items like these, so thanks for mentioning them. I bought the Episode I version, but not this one. The concept works perfectly for Padme.

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