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Types of Star Wars Watches?
By Michael Dance
Source: The Star Wars Collector's Bible
Star Wars invented the science-fiction summer blockbuster and spawned five follow-up movies, countless re-releases, a handful of TV shows, and an amazing amount of merchandise. There have been dozens of different series of Star Wars books, thousands of Star Wars toys, more than one card game and role-playing game, and more clothing than anyone could wear in their lifetime. That includes accessories: a rudimentary search for Star Wars watches turns up more than 30 different products, and with a little digging you'll come up with twice that.
Original Trilogy WatchesReleased in 1995 in anticipation of the Star Wars Special Editions, six "Collector Timepieces" were released. They came either alone or with Millennium Falcon or Death Star cases, and could be sold either individually or grouped together. The "Imperial Forces set" featured Darth Vader, Boba Fett and a storm trooper, while the "Rebel Alliances" set featured Yoda, C-3PO, and R2D2.
Prequel WatchesDozens of watches were released as a tie-in to 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. There were "Flip-Top LCD Watches" featuring Obi-Wan, C-3PO, Amidala, Darth Maul, Anakin and Jar Jar; "Die-Cast" watches featuring R2D2, a battle droid, Darth Maul and a pit droid; "Collector Watches" featuring Anakin, Darth Maul, Jar Jar Binks and C-3PO that came with a storage case in the shape of Qui-Gon Jinn's light-saber handle; a series of digital watches with photos on the face of Anakin, Obi-Wan, Jar Jar, a battle droid, and Amidala; "novelty watches" and "laser dial" watches, both featuring Qui-Gon and Darth Maul, the latter also featuring Amidala; and various Jar Jar watches that talked, were filled with water or featured his tongue as the rotating minute hand.
Burger King Star Wars WatchesIn 2005, Burger King came out with a line of Star Wars watches that were offered for $1.99 with the purchase of a Value Meal. There were six models, each based off a different movie: the Episode I version featured Obi-Wan and Darth Maul; Episode II featured Yoda and Count Dooku; Episode III featured Anakin and Darth Vader; Episode IV featured Luke and a storm trooper; Episode V featured Han Solo and Boba Fett; and Episode VI featured Princess Leia and Jabba the Hutt.
Lego Star Wars WatchesIn October 2007, Lego came out with four different Star Wars watches for kids, modeled after Luke, Darth Vader, R2D2 and a Clone Trooper. Each came with a respective Lego figure included. They quickly followed that up with Han Solo, C3PO, Darth Maul and Obi-Wan editions. Four different adult-size watches also were introduced: one featuring both Han and Luke, and the other three featuring Darth Vader, Obi-Wan, and a storm trooper. The kids' versions have a retail price of $19.99, while the adult versions (which don't include the Lego figures) go for $29.99.
Clone Wars WatchesA handful of different watches have come out in the wake of Cartoon Network's "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" computer-animated TV show. At Cartoon Network's website, you can get a Clone Wars Interchangeable Digital Watch for $12.95. It's "interchangeable" because, according to the site's description, it "comes with two bands and three flip top covers featuring R2D2, Anakin and a clone trooper."
Clone Wars-themed watches also can be found at the shop on Star Wars' official website. One is a simple Clone Wars Digital Kids Watch, which features Anakin and a clone trooper and goes for $10.99. There's also the Kids R2D2 Remote Control Watch ($24.99), which comes with an R2D2 action figure that can move with a press of a button on the watch. And finally, there's a set of two Clone Trooper Walkie Talkie Watches, which you can get together for $29.99. One is blue and one is yellow, and they can communicate with each other up to 100 feet away.
Finally, Amazon also offers a Clone Trooper Projection Digital Watch for $39.95. The high price might be due to its "Special Projection Feature" in which you can press a button and project an image of a clone trooper, laser pointer-style.