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We are officially just one month away from what will be known as #ForceFriday, and readers of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine know that this has been a destination for a daily look back at nearly four full decades of STAR WARS toys and collectibles through Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, with features that have been posted right here for the past few months. As the September 4th Global Launch of new products based on J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS looms, retailers are announcing their plans, and Toys "R" Us is going BIG with events at stores in 38 countries - including an event in NYC that's so big I'll be featuring it in another post - DESTINATION: STAR WARS - THE EXPERIENCE. From the official announcement...

When it comes to toys, the Kenner STAR WARS Luke Skywalker "Large Size" Action Figure from 1979 pretty much epitomizes the seventies. While Kenner pioneered the popular 3¾ action figures that became the standard - they were coming off an era where G.I. JOE, MEGO, and BARBIE's Ken reigned supreme in more of a "doll" kind of form. While this one was based on Mark Hamill's appearance as the young space farmer in 1977's STAR WARS, by 1983's RETURN OF THE JEDI, Luke was decked-out in all black and ready to rock. Fast-forward a few decades and even Mickey Mouse was busting out a Luke Skywalker cosplay, and that's what I've chosen to feature alongside today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. I'm keeping it interesting...

Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi. I have absolutely no emotional attachment to this character whatsoever, and that makes it difficult to share anything of meaning pertaining to him. His Playskool Galactic Heroes figure from 2008 is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. I would've rather seen Dan Aykroyd as Beldar Conehead wielding a lightsaber. Remulak could be a part of The Old Republic, right? 

There isn't a lot you can say about C-3PO and R2-D2 that hasn't already been said before. The loveable Astromech Droid and his Protocol-spewing friend have been made into toys countless times, and one of the first versions that was purchased new for The Rock Daughters was the Jedi Force Playskool Heroes set. These are featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Did you know that Donnie and Marie Osmond once played Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia... with Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, SANFORD & SON's Redd Foxx as Obi-Ben Kenobi, and CONVOY's Kris Kristofferson as Han Solo? It happened... 

Wedge Antilles was a a True Badass of The Rebel Alliance™. Playing a role in the destruction of both of The Empire's poorly-designed Death Star Space Stations, what happened to Wedge post-ROTJ (that's RETURN OF THE JEDI for most normal folk) is told in the forthcoming novel, STAR WARS: AFTERMATH. 2014's Black Series Wedge Antilles action figure is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. You know what Wedge is? A SURVIVOR!

Aayla Secura was a Twi'lek Jedi Knight that fought in The Clone Wars. In a cinematic form, it was Amy Allen who donned the blue paint and headgear for ATTACK OF THE CLONES and REVENGE OF THE SITH, and while we don't have one of her action figures here at Rock Father HQ, I do have a personal anecdote.  A long time ago (probably 2003, maybe '04) I ran a small multimedia production company that also had some apparel items. Trucker Hats were all the rage back then, and we had some that said things like "Celebrity" and "Director" on them - a sorta very "L.A." thing, despite me being based in Illinois. Amy Allen, along with fellow Prequel Trilogy actors including Zac Jensen and Michonne Bourriague stopped by our booth at a Wizard World show and bought some. Then we took a picture, but I have no idea who has a copy. The 2012 "Vintage Collection" Aayla Secura figure is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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