It's Star Wars season, with The Last Jedi fast approaching, making it the third year in a row that we've been given a new Star Wars film for Christmas - how lucky we are. 

With it comes the usual barrage of new Star Wars toys and gadgets, which make the perfect fodder for Christmas gifts this year - to friends, family, or maybe just yourself. Be sure to check out our general Christmas tech gift guide for more inspiration.

There's an almost overwhelming amount of Star Wars merch out though, so it's hard to know where to begin. Luckily for you, we've taken on the arduous task of spending long office hours playing around with Star Wars toys to let you know which are the droids you're looking for.

Sphero R2-D2

Sphero R2-D2

Two years after bringing BB-8 to life with a remote-control droid, Sphero has done it again, releasing what is undoubtedly the best R2-D2 toy we've ever seen.

Like BB-8 before it, this R2 is controlled entirely by an accompanying mobile app, which you can use to drive him about, flash his lights, and trigger animations and sound effects. The head dome can rotate independently of the body, and there's even a functioning retractable tripod leg.

There are even some simple AR mini-games, and R2 can watch the Star Wars movies with you and react along the way - or react to the presence of other Sphero droids.

Put simply, this is the R2 toy you've been waiting for since you were a kid.

Lego Millennium Falcon

Lego Millennium Falcon

There are hundreds of incredible Star Wars Lego sets, including the amazing Slave I, Boba Fett's famous craft, but our favourite Lego set from a galaxy far, far away has got to be the Millennium Falcon.

It's a set with over 1300 pieces, so if you're buying for a child then they might need some help, and if you're buying for yourself, then don't worry - we won't tell anyone. We want one too!

Oh, and if that's not enough for you, there's always the 7,500-piece collector's edition, the biggest and best Star Wars set ever made - though unsurprisingly, that one isn't exactly cheap.

littleBits Droid Inventor Kit

littleBits Droid Inventor Kit

littleBits has made a name for itself with its range of build-your-own programmable gadgets for kids, and its latest set is its best yet, allowing you to make your very own R2 unit.

You assemble the magnetic circuitry yourself, which can be arranged in a few different configurations to unlock different functionality - one setup might let you drive R2 around, while another can be used to rotate his head, and yet another might let him detect obstacles in front of him.

The accompanying app teaches you how to build each arrangement in a series of 'missions', with helpful videos and advice for the trickier bits of construction. There's even a mission on how to safely disassemble the droid, to avoid kids pulling pieces apart recklessly.

The set includes stickers in a few colours to let you configure your R2 design, and even instructions on how to build a custom bot out of household objects - like a flowerpot head, or a juice carton body.

Sphero BB-9E

Sphero BB-9E

R2 gets a lot of love, but he's not the only droid in town. The Force Awakens' BB-8 is still hugely popular, and Sphero has followed him up with a sinister First Order counterpart: BB-9E (we assume the 'E' stands for 'Evil').

This little guy may look like a black-and-grey version of his predecessor, but there's actually some more advanced tech at work. His head includes LEDs, powered inductively from the main body, and he comes with a new Droid Trainer base to use with a few AR mini-games.

As before, you can drive him around using the mobile app, set him on a patrol, and sit down to watch the movies with him. And if you're not comfortably with buying a baddie, you can still grab a BB-8 too.

BB-8 Light

BB-8 Light

Carrying on the BB love, here we have a cool little BB-8 light. The design is laser etched onto acryclic panel, which when lit gives off a 3D effect.

It won't fill a whole room, but it's a cool little mood light or display piece for the avid Force Awakens fan. 

Star Wars C-3PO Bluetooth Speaker

Star Wars C-3PO Bluetooth Speaker

This is a fully licensed C-3PO Bluetooth speaker from ACW. It has excellent build quality (but isn't fluent in 6 million forms of communication, sorry). It will, however, allow you to communicate, as it can act as a hands-free speaker for calls, as well as playing your music in high quality.

The head's eyes light up when turned on and it's easily charged via USB. A tad expensive, but worth it for the audio quality - and also available in Vader or Stormtrooper variants, if you lean towards the dark side.

Disney Force Awakens Lightsaber

Disney Force Awakens Lightsaber

There are many expensive, film-accurate lightsaber replicas out there, but nothing really beats messing about with the Disney toy version, whether you're 9 or 59. 

This particular one is sold as Rey's saber from The Force Awakens, but as most of you will know, this is a blade with history - it's Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, which was later used by Luke Skywalker up until he had his hand rudely removed in the Empire Strikes back. It's a fun, affordable way to have a few lightsaber fights without breaking the bank.

Death Star Mood Light

Death Star Mood Light

If you want to bring a little light into the darkness, then this Death Star desk light - based on the hologram of the space station's plans in Rogue One - will do the job admirably.

Just make sure to keep those pesky rebel fighters away from the thermal exhaust port.

Lightsaber Chopsticks

Lightsaber Chopsticks

Show your support for the Force, while eating your noodles, by using these illuminated light saber chopsticks. Choose from three of your favourite Jedi with these light up cutlery classics.

They could also come in handy deterring any diminutive troublemakers in seedy Cantinas.

Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars: Battlefront

It’s all well and good owning Star Wars gear, but what if you want to take part in the fight itself? All too easy. Just pick up a copy of Star Wars Battlefront on the PC, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4, and soon you’ll have a good blaster at your side.

Check out our preview of the upcoming sequel too, which will add in a single-player campaign mode spanning the gap between the original and sequel trilogies.

C-3PO Rollerball Pen

C-3PO Rollerball Pen

This one is a bit of a luxury, but we love it nonetheless. A C-3PO themed (yet attractively subtle) rollerball pen from reknowned brand Cross. The exquisite casing is modelled after the his famous gold body and is even engraved to match the droid's detailing.

It comes in a beautiful presentation box and is the perfect writing gift for a Star Wars fan of any age.