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Holiday gift ideas keep coming from 'a galaxy far, far away'

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 23rd 2009 1:03PM
The Remote Control R2-D2 should help your kids scare the cat this holiday.Black Friday is less than a week away, and if you're stumped for gift ideas for a boy anywhere in the family, you could do worse than going with Star Wars: The Clone Wars merchandise.

The show remains one of the highest rated programs for males aged 12-25. That's no surprise since boys have always been the cash cow of George Lucas' $3 billion empire (no pun intended).

Hasbro is the emperor of Star Wars toys (at least those for kids), and the company has a couple of new, higher end items for the 2009 holidays.

The Clone Wars Remote Control R2-D2 is pretty much as advertised. For about $30, you get a replica of a Death Star comm-link that controls the droid's movements, sounds and lights. A kid will have fun driving him around the house. But, the toy is more fun for adults if you imagine that every beep he makes is really a rude, digitized curse word.

While one kid scares the cat with R2-D2, another can threaten your Hummel collection with The Clone Wars Remote Control Obi Wan Jedi Starfighter. Essentially, a small, motorized helicopter, it comes with a dual joystick controller to handle its altitude and course.

The good news is that it works. Once you open and charge it, you have control of a little Star Wars chopper. The bad news is that you need to keep it in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing unless you want Timmy sending Obi-Wan full speed into the parakeet's cage. The box says "Adult Supervision Required" for a reason.

Keep an eye on TV Squad for more frivolous holiday gift ideas -- because clothes and educational toys for the holidays suck.

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