It’s not that Star Wars fans aren’t taken care of – we could frankly fill every page of this list with Star Wars merch, with plenty to spare. But these are the two must-haves, depending on your budget. If you’ve got a few bucks to spend, you can’t go wrong with Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, a back-breaking hardbound two-volume set collecting all (seriously, all) of the sketches, drawings, and illustrations the concept artist drafted for the original trilogy (plus interviews and testimonials), spotlighting the full force of his considerable contributions to the films’ look and style. All are fascinating, but the early stuff is particularly good; perusing his early sketches for C3PO, R2D2, Darth Vader (excuse me, Deak Starkiller) and the rest, watching him fumble his way towards iconography, is a thrilling snapshot into the creative process (and, through it, movie history).
If you’re not dropping that many ducats this holiday season, the recent Blu-ray re-release of The Force Awakens – the long-awaited seventh episode that gave the series a jump-start – should do the trick. It preserves the better-than-average 3D presentation of the original release, includes the goodies from the earlier spring Blu release, and throws in an unsurprisingly chatty and informative J.J. Abrams audio commentary. And the movie holds up, its gee-whiz enthusiasm and swashbuckling spirit reminding us of what made the first one sing.