Jedi Knight Kit Fisto was perhaps the smiliest Jedi General to serve The Republic during The Clone Wars. He also had one of the worst names, but in a strange turn, I sold actor Zachariah Jensen (who played the Jedi in STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES) a trucker hat at Wizard World Chicago many years ago (along with some of his prequel-era castmates). In 2008, Hasbro released a series of Unleashed Battle Packs, and this Jedi vs. Sith edition of Kit Fisto is featured as today's entry into the Force Friday Countdown Calendar.
The artwork of Ralph McQuarrie is legendary - the visuals that helped shape the look of the STAR WARS universe, and continue to do so today. Audiences need look no further than Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS, or the forthcoming release of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS to see McQuarrie's design cues being used on a regular basis. Back in 2007, Hasbro released a series of 30th Anniversary Collection McQuarrie Signature Series figures, one of which was the Concept Stormtrooper featured as today's entry into the Force Friday Countdown Calendar. Ralph McQuarrie was born on this day back in 1929. He became one with The Force in 2012.
Despite all the thousands of different STAR WARS toys and products that I've owned over the years, somehow only one toy from my own childhood is still in my possession. The KENNER STAR WARS Laser Pistol was one of the first STAR WARS toys to be released for the first film in 1977, and it's today's featured item in Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar. Based on Han Solo's weapon of choice - the BlasTech Industries DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol, this laser pistol was a popular item for kids of the era, and I received mine in 1983 when it was reissued as part of the RETURN OF THE JEDI line. The best part? It still works in 2015, with it's classic "saw-like" noise, and the body is a relic from a different time - long before orange tips were required - and it's stamped with "C.P.G. PRODUCTS CORP, 1978 BY ITS DIV. KENNER PRODUCTS, CINCINNATI OHIO."
As we've seen in recent days, Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar has really started hitting on some of the more recent characters from a galaxy far, far away... particularly those from STAR WARS REBELS. In many ways, REBELS will likely be viewed by The Rock Daughters as their true entry into the STAR WARS fandom, even more so than the original trilogy. Today comes a look at one of the most hard-to-find figures in recent memory, C1-10P aka CHOPPER from the STAR WARS REBELS Saga Legends collection. This little Astromech Droid is pretty sought-after, but word on the street is that he's been making his way into stores with a little more frequency of late (Disney Store and Toys "R" Us) are good places to check. So what's the backstory on this cantankerous little Droid? Check out the video below, and be sure to tune into the Season Two Premiere of STAR WARS REBELS on Disney XD, June 20th.
Now, if you're wondering why there's a Wampa clinging to the top of Hasbro's Force Friday Calendar today, gently peering around to see The Black Series Padme Amidala figure from 2013, your concerns are totally valid. What do the two have to do with one another? Absolutely nothing at all. To celebrate the birthday of actress Natalie Portman (born in 1981 - youngster), Padme is today's featured entry as we look back at four decades of Hasbro STAR WARS toys in the ramp-up to THE FORCE AWAKENS. The mother of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, the former Queen Amidala is most certainly an important figure in a galaxy far, far away...
Many Bothans died to bring you today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, and thus, the same feature here on THE ROCK FATHER. Who were Bothans? No one really cared or questioned that when Mon Mothma informed us of their death in 1983's STAR WARS EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI. We just figured that they were important, and that Mon Mothma - a figure of authority for the Rebellion - was also important. So let's just assume for a moment that many of them sacrificed themselves in order for me to bring you these words today - an ode to the 1998 action figure from Hasbro's THE POWER OF THE FORCE collection.
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