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I have a couple of diehard lightsaber aficionados in this house right now. While we have a Luke (or Kanan) blue saber and a Darth Vader (though Finn calls it "Inquisitor") red, I'll never forget my first saber, Kenner's "The Force" saber that was initially released back in 1980. My version was the 1983 RETURN OF THE JEDI Luke Skywalker model (which I often used while wearing a 'Vader Halloween costume), but long before that came the 1977 Kenner STAR WARS Lightsaber - a simple, inflatable version that I personally never had. It's featured for May 13 in Hasbro's #ForceFridayCountdown Calendar, and I just found a commercial floating around on YouTube...

It was sixteen years ago today - May 12, 1999 - that tickets for STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE went on-sale. From that film came a number of new characters, one of which was Jedi Master Mace Windu, performed by the always-excellent Samuel L. Jackson. While a number of Windu figures have been produced over the years, the #ForceFridayCountdown highlights the 2013 Saga Legends release today, continuing the road to September 4, 2015 - #ForceFriday - the day on which new Hasbro toys from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be released!

September 4, 2015 is now known as Force Friday - the day that the line of toys for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be unleashed. In preparation for a day that will bring generations together, my friends at Hasbro have provided several sites (including my own) with a countdown calendar that looks back at nearly four decades of Kenner and Hasbro STAR WARS history. Though my calendar just arrived today, it actually started on May 4th - International STAR WARS Day - presenting a featured toy every day, and as such, I'm going to share my thoughts on them through my site, and my social networks (keep an eye on Instagram). Let's take a look at May 4-11 right now...

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