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Star Wars merchandise reviews: 'The Force Awakens' books, toys, cereal, more

The “Star Wars” movie, “The Force Awakens,” has also awakened your wallet with tons of new products, and we've reviewed everything that has come through the office. (Product ratings are on a 5-star scale.) You can find these items at major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Wal-Mart.

‘Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure’

Review: We're starting off with one of three
Photo Credit: Disney Press

Review: We're starting off with one of three young adult novels centered on characters from the original trilogy. "Smuggler's Run," set after "A New Hope," features Han Solo and Chewbacca as they take on a mission for the Rebellion to help retrieve a key rebel before the Empire finds him. Novelist and comic book writer Greg Rucka well-captures the voices and personas of Solo and Chewie in this nonstop thriller. It's a quick read that will make you feel like you're sitting with them on the Millennium Falcon. ($12.99) Rating: 3.5 stars. --By Greg Rucka

‘Star Wars’ cereal

Review: Here's a sugary way to get your
Photo Credit: General Mills

Review: Here's a sugary way to get your "Star Wars" morning started. This breakfast cereal is basically like Lucky Charms with "Star Wars" inspired marshmallows in shapes such as amorphous blobs intended to look like Yoda, R2-D2, a Stormstrooper and more. It's a pretty standard cereal, overly sweet, tastes good in milk (and it's doesn't seem likely that it's healthy). There are two box options -- Yoda and Darth Vader, each with their own game on the back -- but the interior product is identical. ($3.49) Rating: 2.5 stars

‘Star Wars’ tumblers

Review: You all like to drink stuff, right?
Photo Credit: Tervis

Review: You all like to drink stuff, right? And if you're a "Star Wars" fan, then these tumblers from Tervis are a great way to merge your interest in two things. There are tons of options available for the Force fan in your life, but for our money, the Stormtrooper design is our favorite. As tumblers, these drink vessels are very sturdy, keep cold things cold and hot things hot. Plus they're dishwasher safe and BPA free. ($18.99-$23.99) Rating: 3 stars

Remote Control BB-8

Review: There's no doubt that
Photo Credit: Hasbro

Review: There's no doubt that "Star Wars" has countless memorable characters, from well known icons such as Han Solo or Boba Fett to cult favorites like Dengar or Wedge Antilles. With "The Force Awakens," there are lots of new characters, but few have latched on to the zeitgeist like the little round Astromech droid BB-8. And this remote-controlled toy brings the rolling robot to life, complete with lots of whistling, beeping and other sounds. You have to put him together -- a drive unit goes inside a plastic sphere and the head is connected via magnets and moves around as the ball rolls. There is a tiny learning curve to get coordinated with controlling BB-8, but once you figure it out, he's a lot of fun to drive around. The drawbacks are that the controller has to be aimed at the unit, and it takes a ton of batteries: 4 AA and 2 AAA. ($79.99) Rating: 3 stars.

‘Star Wars: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure’

Review: This is the second of three young
Photo Credit: Disney Press

Review: This is the second of three young adult novels centered on characters from the original trilogy. "Moving Target," set between "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," does two things very, very well: It takes Princess Leia and turns her into a full-on action hero, and it gives a spotlight to the floppy-faced alien Nien Nunb who was seen co-piloting the Millennium Falcon in "Return of the Jedi." The adventure here is a light spy mission with a colorful crew, but it's the characterization that really shines here. ($12.99) Rating: 3 stars. --By Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry

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