Among the more unexpectedly-cool items to arrive in the world of STAR WARS collectibles this past year are the Nesting Dolls that PPW Toys has been putting out. After successful "Old Trilogy" collections including themed sets for The EmpireThe RebellionJabba's Palace and a Jedi & Droids batch, J.J. Abrams' record-breaking STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has now received the nesting doll treatment. Available now from Entertainment Earth, PPW's first collection from the new trilogy includes BB-8, Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren. Having previously-reviewed The Rebellion set here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, I was excited when PPW had these sent over... but truth be told, it's really our own little Finn who has really become enamored with the nesting dolls, incorporating them into her regular STAR WARS play with big sister Addie.

Since the late 1800's, Nesting Dolls have been a staple of childhood play - dating back to early examples in Russia (Matryoshka Dolls). In recent years, these dolls that tuck one inside another from large to small, have been seeing renewed popularity not only as toys, but as collectibles. Produced in plastic in lieu of wood, they're affordable, space-saving, and with the right artwork - can capture pop culture icons in new and fun ways. From PPW Toys comes a new collection of STAR WARS Nesting Dolls - sets of five that are available in different themes. The Empire, The Rebellion, Jabba's Palace and a Jedi & Droids set are all out now (or coming soon), while other sets might be revealed in the months ahead. We went hands-on with The Rebellion (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia and an Ewok) here at Rock Father HQ, and I'm recommending them as an official pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide!

They've done it to MARVEL's SPIDER-MAN, THE AVENGERS and the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - Now the folks at PPW Toys are bringing forth a series of nesting dolls that are rooted firmly in a galaxy far, far away. Available later this month and already pre-selling like crazy through Entertainment Earth & the PPW Toys website, STAR WARS Nesting Dolls will be unleashed in three collections, each featuring five characters from the classic, original trilogy. Check out a preview below