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3dp_ten3dpthings_sw_posterAfter nearly 40 years you would think that Star Wars stuff would get a bit stale. But as theaters ready themselves for the seventh film in the iconic science fiction series and stores all over the world fill themselves up with Star Wars themed everything it is clear that even after all this time people still want Star Wars things. Without question Star Wars has impacted popular culture more than any other film franchise in history, and honestly that is unlikely to change any time soon. Just like most of you, I grew up with Star Wars and it has influenced and inspired me in ways that are almost impossible to count. While I have a lot of nerdy collectables and knickknacks on my shelves from many different fandoms, Star Wars is very well represented among my things.

So as we all in unison count down the days until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, I decided take advantage of the impending holiday season. It turns out that Christmas is an excellent excuse to look for cool 3D printable Star Wars stuff that I can tell myself, and other people, that I’m 3D printing to give to friends and family as presents. In reality I’ll probably keep it all for myself, but it’s the thought that counts right?

So take a look at the Ten Coolest 3D Printable Star Wars Things that are perfect Christmas gifts for yourself or any nerd in your life.


STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS MELTED VADER MASK

Melter Darth Vader Mask by Francesco Orrù

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

One of the coolest moments from the trailer for the new movie was the image of Darth Vader’s original helmet, melted after his death when Luke burned his body on Endor, in the hands of a new villain named Kylo Ren. It seems the leader of the evil First Order is both obsessed and inspired by Darth Vader and finds solace in having conversations with his old head gear.

I’ll be honest, it is kind of a creepy keepsake to hold on to, I don’t care how much you liked the guy. I mean, presumably Vader’s skull in still in there, right? Or at least skull dust? That’s a little weird, Kylo. Let’s just hope that this 3D printable version of Vader’s melty-faced helmet and mask doesn’t have a hidden skull inside of it.


HAN SOLO FROZEN IN CARBONITE RASPBERRY PI CASE

3dp_ten3dpthings_hansoloHan Solo in Carbonite – Raspberry Pi 2/B+ Case by rigelbot

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Pop culture is so obsessed with Star Wars that one of its most memorable scenes, Han Solo being frozen in carbonite, has been payed homage to in thousands of ways. There has been a frozen Han Solo refrigerator frozen Han Solo rug (Editor’s Note: I have this in my hallway…), frozen Han Solo cell phone cases, computer towers with a frozen Han Solo on the side of it and even a Tickle Me Elmo frozen in carbonite. And if that doesn’t give your younglings nightmares good luck with the serial killer that they’re probably going to grow up into.

This 3D printed cover for a Raspberry Pi mini computer is a lot less scary and a lot more awesome. It doesn’t matter what you program the Raspberry Pi inside of it to do, be it play video games, run an entertainment server, work your Christmas tree lights or act as a classic videogame emulator, all that matters is that it looks really cool while it does it. And if you give it to a special someone as a gift, remember that when they inevitably say that love it, the correct response is “I know.”


STAR WARS SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENTS

Star Wars Snowflakes by perchik

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

‘Tis the season for Star Wars themed Christmas decorations, and these fantastic 3D printable versions of snowflakes made from iconic Star Wars characters and spaceships are perfect for any nerd household. You can turn them into decorations for your tree or home, use them as Christmas gift tags or just wear them all around your neck like really nerdy bling.

Just a warning, the 3D models are pretty thin, so if you expect them to be handled or do anything other than just hang around your house like your freeloading cats, it might be a good idea to thicken them up a little bit.


STAR WARS LUKE v VADER LIGHT SWITCH PLATE

3dp_ten3dpthings_switchplateStar Wars Switch Plate by ICEPICKTONY

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

In the world of Star Wars you are either a Sith or a Jedi. You either follow the path of the Dark Side of the Light Side of the Force. You either have midichlorians in your blood or you pretend the prequels don’t exist. There is only Luke or Vader, good or bad, do or do not, on or off, just like the real world where there is no in-between. So if you give someone this Luke/Vader light switch plate then make sure that you tell them to be prepared to either have a really high electric bill or be forced to sit in darkness all night, because they can’t just switch the Force on or off. It doesn’t work that way.


STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS BB-8 DROID

3dp_ten3dpthings_bb8Star Wars – BB-8 with Stand & Support by SumboDesign

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

For many a nerd the idea of loving a droid other than R2D2 was almost unthinkable before BB-8 rolled into our lives. The adorable orange and white soccer ball with a half-domed head took every nerd’s heart and spun off with it at first sight. So a 3D printed BB-8 statue is pretty much a must have at this point, and this was the highest-quality 3D printable version that I could find.

Just a warning however, you will have to paint the final model, but if you don’t have any artistic skills then maybe give it as a gift with a paintbrush and a few bottles of paint. That way you’re not being lazy, you’re just giving someone a “kit” that they need to assemble. Hey, it’s at least more personal than a gift card.


STAR WARS STORMTROOPER FIAT 500 E ELECTRIC CAR

3dp_ten3dpthings_stormtrooper_carStormtrooper Car by Mao

Found on: Pinshape
Cost: $4.98

This Fiat 500 E styled like a Stormtrooper is one of those things that you look at and just can’t fathom why they exist. But it is pretty hard to deny that it is a ridiculously cool 3D printable model. This may be a litte more advanced than some of the other 3D models that I included on this list, however, because it prints out in ten individual pieces. The parts include a detailed car interior, and of course the whole thing will need to be assembled and painted. So this is probably another one of those gift “kits.”

This is actually a really well-designed replica of a Fiat, so not only is it an ideal gift for the Star Wars nerds in your life, but also a pretty cool gift for the Star Wars nerds who also likes cars in your life.


STAR WARS X-WING & TIE FIGHTER MAGNETS

3dp_ten3dpthings_magnetsStar Wars Type Magnets by sgrover

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

These cool 3D printable magnets are the perfect way to hang up your padawans artwork on the fridge, or even keep your pre-ordered Star Wars movie tickets in a safe place. They don’t need to be assembled and only need a 8mm x 3mm rare earth magnet glued to the back. This is probably the easiest 3D printable gift on this list, but they’re so cool that you can pretend that you worked really hard on them.


REMOTE CONTROLLED STAR WARS MSE-6 DROID

3dp_ten3dpthings_rc_mouse_droidSTAR WARS MSE-6 mouse droid body for 1:24 RC Car chassis by Treespirit

Found on: Pinshape
Cost: Free

I know this is an obscure one, but as a kid I always dreamed of having one of the tiny little droids that would zip around on the original Death Star and the Empire’s massive Star Destroyers. I can’t explain why, but as a kid they just always looked like they would be a neat toy, and I was obsessed with them.

This is a true story, but I even drew little stick figure Star Wars comics about them and gave the little guys names and jobs. Yes, I was a weird kid, but you would probably think I’m even weirder if you found out that I actually drew those comics last week.*

This 3D printable remote controlled version of the little mouse droid is equal parts awesome and adorable, and I would have been far more excited about having one as a kid than is probably reasonable. I would have named him Alfonso, and his job would have been to push my socks under my bed so I didn’t have to pick them up. He would have been my best friend in the whole world. Yes, this is my way of telling you all that this is what you should get me for Christmas.


DEATH STAR LED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

3dp_ten3dpthings_deathstarChristmas Tree Ornament by plainolddave

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Honestly if you live in a nerd household and don’t have a least one Star Wars Christmas tree ornament then you’re doing something wrong. So if you want to be one of the cool nerds, 3D print yourself one right away. And as a bonus you can even include a strip of LED lights to give the Death Star a Christmasy glow. And this mini version of the Death Star won’t explode as easily as the last one did.


MINI WORKING LIGHTSABERS

3dp_ten3dpthings_minilightsabersLight Saber Mini by muzz64

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

Until I saw that miniature lightsabers existed I had no idea how much I needed one in my life. I have no idea what I would use them for or why I want them so badly, but I just do. And so do you, and so do your Star Wars loving friends. Don’t even pretend that you don’t.


That’s all folks. it is time to get 3D printing if you’re going to get me that mouse droid your 3D printed presents done in time for Christmas. And as you get ready for Star Wars the Force Awakens to hit theaters, if you’re worried that the new movie won’t be any good, just remember that we all survived the Prequels with our love of the first three films intact, and we will survive this one as well.

Happy holidays for everyone here at 3DPrint.com, and as always may the Force be with you.

*I’m only joking, I actually drew those stick figure comics last month.

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