Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16 (80 days from now), but you won't have to wait long to get to know the characters, as retailers can begin selling Rogue One toys and merchandise on September 30, a.k.a. Force Friday. Most retailers are still flush with Force Awakens collectibles, but you'll now find Rogue One toys sitting next to Rey and BB-8 on store shelves.
If you are hunting for specific toys – such as Hasbro's popular Black series – you may want to see if your retailer is opening at midnight for collectors. If history repeats itself, the Rogue One merchandise will sell out fast, but should be replenished in the months ahead. With that in mind, I would urge caution in paying extra for any figure. Holding out and waiting for them to return to retail is your best bet.
Happy hunting to all collectors! We have a feeling Jyn Erso and K-2SO are going to be the popular characters this time around.