Star Wars is such a huge and money-making franchise that making merchandise out of its iconic characters and settings is a no-brainer. But while there have been awesome stuff made like Force FX lightsabers and Hot Toys, a few strange and quirky ones slip through the cracks.
So in this special Star Wars-themed edition of Top 5 Thursdays, we look at 5 of the weirdest, off-the-wall merchandise ever made out of arguably the most iconic sci-fi franchise ever and ranked them so you won't have to!
5. QUICK'S DARK VADOR BURGER
I've written about this one before, and till now the strangeness of its jet-black buns continues to haunt me. Available only in France during the 3D re-release of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the so-called "Dark Vador" burger looked both freakin' delicious and crap-your-pants scary, just like the Dark Side of the Force.
4. GEORGE LUCAS IN CARBONITE
One of the weirder things to come out of Japan is this life-sized sculpture of George Lucas himself trapped in carbonite, a piece made for a Star Wars convention in Japan. One wonders what sort of dastardly deed Lucas did to be imprisoned in this iconic manner, but we're sure the haters of the prequel trilogy probably have an idea as to what that is.
3. CHEWBACCA "2nd SKIN" COSTUME
Apparently (and scarily), this is is a very real thing: a full-body, skin-tight stretch jumpsuit of Chewbacca for when you want to look like everyone's favorite Wookiee if he was vacuum-sealed. I don't know if this is the case of someone who didn't want to commit to cosplaying full Chewie...or someone who went too far.
2. JAR-JAR BINKS CANDY
If the thought of French-kissing a swamp-dwelling Gungan sickens you, what more the kids who asked for a Star Wars-themed lollipop only to realize their parents unwittingly told them to suck on Jar-Jar Binks' sticky, cherry-flavored candy tongue? I still ask, what in the name of all things holy were they thinking?!
1. WHATEVER THE HELL THIS IS
Seriously, what the hell is it? Oh god, I don't even want to know. Is it from a Star Wars/Hellraiser crossover I wasn't privy to? What is poor Han actually transforming into? And why can't I scrub the thought of seeing this skitter on the floor towards me from my brain?
And that's the top 5 strangest Star Wars-themed merchandise as rated by yours truly. Know of any more strange and downright insane merchandise from the galaxy far, far away? Leave me a comment below and let's talk about it. Thanks for reading!