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June 26th is a significant day for the STAR WARS prequels, as filming for THE PHANTOM MENACE began on this day back in 1997, while ATTACK OF THE CLONES started lensing on the same date in 2000. Commemorating those anniversaries, today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar features The Vintage Collection Anakin Skywalker (Jedi Padawan) from 2012, and the Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) from 2011. In thinking about the path of Anakin, check out this StarWars.com feature on "The Rise, Fall, and Redemption" of the man who became Vader...

I've owned two B-Wing Fighters over the years. The first was the original, 1983 Kenner version based on its appearance in RETURN OF THE JEDI. The second, a late 90s POWER OF THE FORCE reproduction of that vehicle - one I would've never parted ways with had I known that I would eventually have a pair of STAR WARS-loving daughters. One version that I never saw in-person was a 2011 Hasbro edition from THE VINTAGE COLLECTION, which featured additional details, and the iconic, gyroscopic cockpit. In honor of its inclusion in the Hasbro Force Friday Countdown Calendar, lets take things back 32 years for the original Kenner commercial...

Lightsabers are such an essential part of STAR WARS lore, it's no surprise that this is actually the third time that a saber has been featured as part of Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar. Following entries on the 1977 Kenner Lightsaber and the 2008 Asajj Ventress Force FX Lightsaber, today we put the focus on the Ultimate FX Lightsaber assortment from 2012. I've never had the honor of wielding one of these personally, but they say that Hasbro's Ultimate FX Lightsabers gave fans a truly "authentic Jedi experience." No love for the Sith?

That Rodian bum bounty hunter Greedo has been the subject of "who shot first?" since 1997, when George Lucas decided to tweak the original 1977 film so that it appeared that Han Solo was shooting second, but in self-defense. Forget that, Han is pro-active, and certainly isn't giving some green guy in a bar the upper hand. One of the most recent versions of Greedo is a 2013 action figure from The Black Series, featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar....

Did you watch the Season Two premiere of STAR WARS REBELS on Disney XD this weekend? In THE SIEGE OF LOTHAL, we watched as Darth Vader came to realize that "the apprentice lives," and that Ahsoka Tano (voiced by Her Universe creator Ashley Eckstein) had returned to aid the Rebels. A fan favorite from THE CLONE WARS, Ahsoka first emerged on REBELS at the end of Season One after being revealed as the informant known as Fulcrum. What will her future hold? We'll find out more when new Season Two episodes debut this Fall, but we also know that she'll be getting an all-new action figure as a Mission Series two-pack with Darth Vader. Stay tuned...

With anticipation for J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS beginning to gain steam last year, Hasbro's Mission Series Two-packs brought some classics back to retail with sets like this one - a Bespin pair with Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader - Father and Son. Featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, it just seems appropriate seeing that the Skywalker family is such an interesting dynamic when it comes to parenting and all. Happy Father's Day!

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