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    Looking For A Unique Star Wars Birthday Gift For A 9 Year Old Boy!

    Hey Guys,
    I'm new here and this is my first post. I live in Petaluma, CA and my Daughter has a best friend who is a boy turning 9 next month! He is a Star Wars fanatic and so is his Dad! He is getting ready to remodel his room with a Star Wars theme and wall paintings. He is like the son I never had and we are best pals. I would love to give him a special Star Wars related gift this year for his birthday! I'm not that knowledgeable about memorabilia and could use some help! I'm hoping to surprise him with something none of his friends have and he will Cherish forever! Thanks in advance for your help!
    Best Wishes,

    Phil

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    Looking For A Unique Star Wars Birthday Gift For A 9 Year Old Boy!

    Hey Guys,
    I'm new here and this is my first post. I live in Petaluma, CA and my Daughter has a best friend who is a boy turning 9 next month! He is a Star Wars fanatic and so is his Dad! He is getting ready to remodel his room with a Star Wars theme and wall paintings. He is like the son I never had and we are best pals. I would love to give him a special Star Wars related gift this year for his birthday! I'm not that knowledgeable about memorabilia and could use some help! I'm hoping to surprise him with something none of his friends have and he will Cherish forever! Thanks in advance for your help!
    Best Wishes,

    Phil

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    9 is a tough age. He's probably not old enough for some of the nicer collectibles like the Force FX lightsabers (They're really neat and have great sound/light, but I can imagine a 9 year old breaking it on something.)

    The new millenium falcon that came out last year is probably one of the best toys ever made. Tons of play value in the interior. Lots of lights and sounds. It's a little pricey at between $100 and $150 (if you can still find it in stores) but it's well worth the money. The price would insure that only a few of his friends, if any, also have it. The only other drawback is it's huge.

    Along the same lines is the AT-TE that came out last year. Again lots of play value. If he's more into the prequels than the originals, I would go with that.

    Hope that helps. I'm sure someone will chime in with more ideas soon.

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    An interesting concept. On the one hand, you could give him something that accents the decor, like one of the Star Wars Fatheads wall applications: http://www.fathead.com/entertainment/star-wars/
    They are removable and replaceable, but they're only decor, they aren't a "thing".

    There are a ton of high-end collectibles out there, so it's important to know where his fandom comes from as there are many aspects to Star Wars. Most likely, he's a fan of the movies, but there are 6 of them in 2 trilogies, the prequels (Episodes 1 through 3) or the original classic trilogy (Episodes 4 through 6), so knowing which can help greatly.

    He may be a fan of a specific character or a specific group, some folks are fans of the Jedi, others fans of the Stormtroopers, some are fans of the prequel aliens, others fans of the Clone Troopers. Knowing which character or characters are his favorite is crucial.

    It wouldn't hurt to know what aspects of the Star Wars saga he's into. Some folks like the space battles, others like the technology like the droids, while others still are into the lightsaber battles.

    If you had unlimited funds, easily one of the most unique and rare collectibles on the market today is Sideshow Collectibles' life-sized C-3PO and R2-D2: [C-3PO Life-Size Droid] [R2-D2 Life-Size Droid]
    This one covers everything in Star Wars, as these characters in this look are found in 4 out of the 6 movies and are universally known. Of the 2, R2-D2 is the more desirable figure and appears exactly that way in all 6 movies, the droid is super popular with kids and even one of the main heroes.

    But most of us don't have $5500 to drop on an R2-D2, so an idea of a budget would also help, as there is a HUGE range of items from all over the board generally starting around $50.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

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    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    mtriv, I think Force FX Lightsabers are the greatest, and I think that's a good age to learn about treating your items responsibly without spending too much, they're only $100 so if he breaks it, it's not a tremendous loss. The only reason I didn't recommend one is because they aren't entirely unique, you can buy 'em at Toys R Us all across the country. Still, most kids don't have one, and they are super impressive. The Darth Vader saber is an easy one to recommend.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    [FONT=Courier New]I agree, I have 4 F/X sabers and they still amaze me and my friends when they see them for the first time, but try this[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] other unique option: [/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New][/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New]Master Replica Lightsaver Construction Kit. $69.99 at EE ([/FONT][FONT=Courier New]http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MRSW616[/FONT][FONT=Courier New]).[/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New][/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New]The LEDs don't light up along the entire blade, but it can change from red to blue to green and you have lots of options for handle configuration so it won't get boring or old for him right away. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New][/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New]My wife bought me one in 2007 and we got one for her 22 year old brother last Christmas and *he* loves it, so I imagine a 9 year old would love it, too.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New][/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New]I think the regular Force F/X sabers are great, but I would recommend the construction kit. A little less money with a lot of play value and it puts the Hasbro versions to shame when it comes to custom lightsaber configurations.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New][/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New](the only drawback is unlike the regular sabers, it doesn't include a stand.)[/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New]"First of all, never bad mouth synergy..."[/FONT]

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    [FONT=Courier New]Oh bother. I just saw that EE is sold out. Sorry.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New][/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New]I still think they're pretty cool and worth the money if you can find one on the secondary market for $100 or less (it was a Radio Shack exclusive winter 2007 and that's what they sold for).[/FONT]

    [FONT=Courier New]Good luck in whatever you decide![/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New]"First of all, never bad mouth synergy..."[/FONT]

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    Honestly, the Force FX sabers are cooler because of the laddering LED blades, that's what makes them special, that and their authentic replica hilts. The kit failed at market because it had neither, it was just an expensive version of the Hasbro build-a-saber concept, and didn't deliver enough of the "cool!" factor needed. It's an ok piece, but I don't think it has that "over-the-top" reaction that a regular Force FX does. When I got my first regular Force FX for Christmas, my family was in instantly awe of it, it's an incredible piece and when turned on it receives gasps because of how truly nifty it is.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    [FONT=Courier New]I'll agree that the regular sabers are better because of the high quality hilts and full LED blades, but I think just as big a part of the failure at market was it was a Radio Shack (Radio Shack?!) exclusive. RS (in my area) did d*** to promote them and it was hit or miss on which stores had them. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New][/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New]I thought it was a pretty neat set for what it was and perfect for roleplay/hands on activity for kids in between the age for a Hasbro kit and a regular MR or Hasbro FX saber.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Courier New]I'd love to see a 2nd generation kit with an upgraded blade and an added 4th color (purple) added along with new handle pieces (backwards compatible with the 1st gen kit) included.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New][/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New]I'm sure Hasbro won't go any where with it though because they'd be competing against themselves with the toy kit.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New]"First of all, never bad mouth synergy..."[/FONT]

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    If they are redoing hios roomand stuff, try a fathead of Darth Vader or one of the other characters. www.fathead.com


    They are quite costly(around 100 dollars).
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