Star Wars Chess Sets Overview
From the 1980s on, novelty chess sets became more and more popular. Before long, just about any major fictional property found itself branded all over all manner of chess boards. Never one to let any kind of marketing crossover potential left unexplored, the fine folks at Lucasfilm made sure to capitalize on the fad with various Star Wars chess sets. There have been many over the years, and the tradition continues on to this day. You can easily find Star Wars chess sets and games at every major retailer, as well as various hobby shops and online stores.
Of course, any Star Wars chess set is made with an effort to integrate its characters into the game as effectively as possible. After all, if the purchase only gave you a regular board and pieces with only a simple Star Wars logo slapped on, it hardly feels worth it. Instead, the pieces are usually changed to characters from the movies.
The Empire generally takes over for the black pieces, and the Rebellion takes over for the white. It's common to see characters such as Leia, Han, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan, the Stormtroopers, and sometimes even the likes of TIE fighters and X-Wings filling up the board in these sets.
While the original trilogy characters are always a safe bet as far as popular goes - they've been used on plenty of chess sets over the years - even the new "sequel trilogy" can be found in chess form thanks to the continuing merchandising push.
Available right now, Hasbro Games is publishing a chess set for The Force Awakens, complete with all of the new favorite characters from the gigantic mega hit film. Now, if only someone would make a playable version of Holochess from A New Hope, chess-loving Star Wars fans will have everything they could've ever wanted.
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