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Load up the landspeeder with 'Star Wars' merchandise

Back in the late '70s and early '80s, one of the unique phenomenons surrounding Star Wars was the line of toys — nay, "action figures" and "accessories" — that pint-sized fans could buy at every local retailer. And wouldn't you know it, as we've grown up, so has the available merchandise. Here are five geektastic Star Wars mementos you can buy today on the Internet:

Steve Spears, Times staff writer

THE STAR WARS COOKBOOK ($16.99, thinkgeek.com): Want to nosh on some food from a galaxy far, far away? Check out recipes for Greedo's Burritos, Tuscan Raider Taters and Boba Fett-uchini.

PRINCESS LEIA BIKINI KITCHEN APRON ($24.99, starwarsshop.com): Works great even if you don't have Carrie Fisher's circa 1980 physique. Republic credits no longer accepted at the Star Wars shop.

R2-D2 BACKPACK ($45, 80stees.com): Okay, there's a 50-50 chance your child will be mocked at the bus stop if he totes this to school. And we don't imagine your boss would find it humorous if you wore one to the next big staff meeting. But admit it: You want a plush droid strapped to your back anyway.

FAMILY GUY'S BLUE HARVEST ($27.99, amazon.com): The animated Fox series honored Luke, Han and his pals by airing a 48-minute parody in 2007. The episode, now on DVD, retells the original film by recasting the show's characters into Star Wars roles. Even if you're never seen Family Guy, you'll appreciate Stewie as Darth Vader. ("My diaper's gone over to the dark side.")

TAUNTAUN SLEEPING BAG ($99.99, thinkgeek.com): Modeled after the furry two-legged animals of Hoth, the Tauntaun sleeping bag was originally an April Fools' Day joke by the gang at thinkgeek.com. Turns out people didn't care; they wanted one! Lesson to be learned: Never underestimate the nerdiness of a Star Wars fan.

Load up the landspeeder with 'Star Wars' merchandise 08/10/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 7:54pm]

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