So let’s get to the point. What sort of Star Wars merchandise makes for being a better fan? Essentially, it comes down to two categories:
- Can you show off your sweet piece of Star Wars?
- How useful is your Star Wars gear?
For the first point, I think it goes without saying that being able to show off your Star Wars merchandise is important. As a fan myself, I love it when strangers ask me questions about my Star Wars collectibles and I think that any fan wanting to up their game would do well to grab some Star Wars gear that’s easy to show off (just don’t be in-your-face about it).
For example, I own three or four different pairs of Star Wars socks. Unfortunately, most people can’t see through my shoes and I’ve never had someone comment on them before. My pair of Star Wars shoes, however? That’s started many awesome conversations.
While not everything you can wear makes for great Star Wars merchandise, shirts, shoes and even hats are a great place to start. If it isn’t something wearable, another great choice is something you can display. You can get 11×17 Star Wars posters for relatively cheap online and they come in almost any design. Are you a big Boba Fett fan? There are posters for that. Really like Obi Wan? There have something for that. Or maybe you’re a big fan of Pod Racing. They even have posters of that.
For the second category, I think it’s important to prioritize stuff that’s going to be both cool and useful. Let me explain. As a collector myself, I own hundreds of dolls and action figures from the Star Wars universe. While I cherish each of my collectible possessions, 99% of these action figures and dolls sit on my shelf and that’s it. Considering how much I paid for some of them, that isn’t a very good value proposition. If you’re trying to improve your fan game by buying some merchandise, you might be better served by finding something that shows your fandom and also fulfills a purpose. Buying things just to look at them can get expensive fast, but if you need an alarm clock already, why not spend a few extra bucks and get a Star Wars alarm clock? Need a new lunch box? There are some sweet ones available online right now. Even if you need a new mouse pad, a few extra dollars can net you something that will support your bolster your nerd cred and fulfill some desired function.
Again, I want to reiterate that even if you don’t have a single piece of Star Wars swag that doesn’t make you any less of a Star Wars fan. But if you want to be a better fan, getting some sweet merchandise can’t hurt. Just remember, look for something that you can show-off and that may serve a purpose beyond being some eye candy.