We have never celebrated May the Fourth as heartily as this year’s arrival of our favorite nerdy holiday, thanks to 12 months leading into it with more brand-new Star Wars content than we’ve ever had laid before us in a single year in franchise history.
Think about it. “The Force Awakens” was every bit the return to franchise form we all prayed it would be. The early trailers for “Rogue Squadron” offer immense promise for the saga’s first live-action spin off feature to tell a story beyond the main timeline. The novel “Star Wars: Bloodlines” is now in stores and expanding upon the new trilogy envisioned by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. We even played a few rounds of “Star Wars: Battlefront” without cringing at just how much we actually expected and how little we actually got.
You are damn right, we raised a few of these 14 oz. ceramic Star Wars Geeki Tiki Mugs.
You would also be correct if you guessed that at least one of us is confirmed to have woken up on Cinco de Mayo with a tattoo of Boba Fett desperately clawing his way out of his, um, “Great Pit of Carkoon”.
There’s no question why we dig these kitschy collectibles so enthusiastically: there’s just something about a tiki motif that speaks to the charm of the boogie-down, more carefree time in 1977 when “Star Wars: A New Hope” arrived in theaters greeted by an unsuspecting world. Whether you choose to toast with Chewbacca, Boba Fett, R2-D2, Yoda, an Imperial Stormtrooper or Darth Vader, you’re honoring almost 40 years of formative geekdom that George Lucas brought into this world, only to have Disney, Abrams and Kasdan save it from Darth Beardious himself then seemingly trying to take it out of it.