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Head-shaped Star Wars speakers take your tunes to Tatooine

Made by AC Worldwide and available in the UK this week, these Darth Vader, Stormtrooper and C-3PO wireless speakers can take your calls and play everything from ABBA to AC/DC.

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I'd bet a slightly used Corellian freighter that you've never seen a Star Wars product quite like these wireless speakers from AC Worldwide.

Shaped like character heads -- though slightly smaller than I imagine they'd really be -- you can connect them to your music device via Bluetooth, NFC or an Old Republic-style auxiliary cable. When connected to your phone through Bluetooth, they double as a speakerphone for making calls.

For now at least, they're sold only in the UK at Selfridges, Harrods, London Disney Stores and on AC's website (AC will ship internationally).

Vader sells for £169 or $249 (about AU$293) and the others for £149 or $239 (about AU$250).

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All of the speakers play unique carrier sounds each time you connect a device over Bluetooth. From Vader, for example, you'll hear his characteristic, and terrifying, mechanical breathing. And when you disconnect him, you'll hear sounds of a lightsaber battle.

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The speaker definitely captures Vader's blood-curdling profile. When you turn him on and make a Bluetooth pairing, his eyes will glow.

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The unnamed Stormtrooper (you don't even get his number designation) will play blaster sounds and the phrase "Move along" when you connect a device wirelessly. His eyes glow, as well.

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Though you can't see them in this photo, touch controls on the base of each speaker adjust the volume and bass, control music playback options, initiate a Bluetooth pairing, and accept (and hang up) calls.

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On the rear side of each speaker's base are the power switch, a USB port (for charging a phone), a microphone (for making calls), and ports for the 3.5mm auxiliary cable and the wall charger. A selection of international plug adapters come in the box, as does a felt carrying bag.

Each speaker has an integrated battery for truly wireless operation.

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C-3PO says, "I do believe they think I'm some sort of god," when he gets going. As you might expect, he's even shinier than Vader.

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His eyes also glow, but he doesn't speak Bocce.

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We played ABBA's "Dancing Queen" through Vader. It just seemed like a song he'd like...when he's alone in that meditation chamber.

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