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Nute Gunray... what can I say about this guy? I do know his name is about as cheesy as they come (Raygun=Gunray), but this awkward fool had an annoying voice and never knew what to do with his hands... and aside from all of that, he was a jerk! This Trade Federation Viceroy helped invade Naboo while serving as a mindless pawn Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine aka Darth Sidious, and thus he finds no love from me. 1999's Nute Gunray figure from THE PHANTOM MENACE is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

I won't apologize for it, but if you're not a STAR WARS fan, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of coverage coming at you from a galaxy far, far away. As we head toward #ForceFriday, (there's a good chance you've seen my daily Force Friday Countdown posts) the SW news keeps coming in faster, and in bigger numbers. Just-into Rock Father HQ is word from Disney Consumer Products that there will be a "Global Unboxing Event" that will be presented "New Year's Eve style" and will feature some of the most popular YouTubers in the World. Get ready, because THE FORCE AWAKENS Globally next week. Here's a preview...

Some of the best moments between Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) occurred in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK - particularly those moments on Hoth. It was our first glimpse of Leia as a true leader, and likely a fitting preview for her role in THE FORCE AWAKENS. The Vintage Collection Princess Leia in Hoth Outfit (from 2010) is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

There have been a lot of different radio controlled, and remote controlled versions of R2-D2 over the years. Heck, we even have an inflatable R2 that's R/C powered - but one of the more recent came from THE CLONE WARS. A long time ago, it was Kenny Baker who sat inside the Astromech droid - bringing it to life with human qualities despite his beep-boop "voice." To celebrate the birthday of Baker (born back in 1934),  the 2014 THE CLONE WARS Remote Control R2-D2 is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! I couldn't find video of this version, so here's the OG 1978 one...

Ray Park's performance as Darth Maul in STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE was one of the major highlights of the Prequel Trilogy. While he met a swift demise, it's no wonder that others who have picked up the STAR WARS torch have found ways to bring the Sith Lord back into the mix. It was Park's martial arts skill that brought Maul to life in ways that no one ever expected, and today he celebrates his 41st birthday - born back in 1974. The 2012 Ultimate FX Darth Maul Lightsaber is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

Why is Lobot so appealing? No one knows for sure, but Lando Calrissian's right hand man was rockin' some kind of wraparound headphones-looking thing long before those ever became real. He then popped up in "Disco" fashion in internet short films like Even Mather's classic GODZILLA VERSUS DISCO LANDO - a bit that sorta wound up emulated by ROBOT CHICKEN a decade later. The 1981 Kenner STAR WARS Lobot Action Figure is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

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