By 1985, the Kenner STAR WARS line was slowing down, with RETURN OF THE JEDI having wound the Original Trilogy to a close back in 1983. As the line shifted into THE POWER OF THE FORCE, new variations on the figures started being released, including Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber). Featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, this is a figure that I never had 30 years ago, but I do have a variation or two that's been released for the modern era.
Chewbacca! What a Wookiee! Chewy has been made many, many times over the years, starting with the classic Kenner STAR WARS collection. For 2014, Chewbacca was introduced as a 6" action figure as part of The Black Series line, and that's featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar. Since I don't have any of the 6" Black Series figures here at Rock Father HQ, I've pictured the 'Falcon co-pilot above with a similar figure from not long ago.
Ah yes, THE PHANTOM MENACE. In a past life (a long time ago... in a retail store far, far away), I happened to put together a midnight madness event to celebrate the release of the Hasbro action figures based on STAR WARS: EPISODE I. I also went way overboard and bought one of everything - including this guy, Ric Olie. I sold him (along with all my prequel stuff) in the mid-00's, and really, this guy is sorta boring, right? He was a great pilot, though - I'll give him that. Oh, and why is E.T. in the picture above? Just thought it would make it a little more interesting, especially since it's now official that E.T.'s race is present in the STAR WARS Universe, having even been members of the Imperial Senate.
They said absolutely nothing when they appeared for the first time in STAR WARS: EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI back in 1983, but The Emperor's Royal Guards quickly became mysterious favorites for kids like myself, who needed at least two so that The Emperor could properly be flanked as he was on the second Death Star. The characters have been made a few times over the years, and today's entry in Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar focuses on The Vintage Collection version from 2008, which I do not have. What I do have are a pair of late 90s POWER OF THE FORCE editions, along with the 12" doll that came alongside The Emperor some years ago. Here's hoping that we see some variation of these silent sentries when J.J. Abrams' THE FORCE AWAKENS hits theaters this December!
One of the wonderful things that Hasbro has managed to do so well (and a few times, not) over the years is to crossover and mash-up their brands and licenses. One such area of crossover fun is the Mr. Potato Head line, produced under Playskool. I have some different variations on the classic Potato Head here at Rock Father HQ (like the TRANSFORMERS' Optimash Prime), but back in 2005, The Dark Side reigned supreme with the release of Darth Tater and the Spudtrooper. These Imperial Potatoes are featured as today's entry in the Force Friday Countdown Calendar, looking back at nearly four decades of STAR WARS toys.
STAR WARS REBELS is a part of daily life here at Rock Father HQ, and one of the characters at the forefront is Kanan Jarrus. This Jedi badass has been hiding right under The Empire's nose, sporting a goatee and ponytail that I can certainly appreciate... in a late 90s sorta way. Voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., Kanan is a character that has completely enamored my youngest daughter, Finley (who turns three today!), his appearance with The Phantom being a highlight of last Christmas. In fact, we have a whole army of Kanan's here at HQ, having acquired three figures of him - one with the Phantom, one by itself, and one with the Toys "R" Us Exclusive preview pack (with also included Ezra Bridger and Holographic Obi-Wan Kenobi). Actually, I think I just came up with my next band name: ARMY OF KANAN. You can check out Jarrus' latest adventures when STAR WARS REBELS: THE SIEGE OF LOTHAL premieres on Disney XD, June 20th, or pick-up KANAN: THE LAST PADAWAN - a limited series currently being published by MARVEL Comics.
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