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Lightsabers have been featured several times already during Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, but this time it's skewing a little bit newer. From Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS collection comes two unique takes on the classic design - Ezra Bridger's blaster/lightsaber combo, and The Inquisitor's spinning double-bladed version. Light side and Dark side, both have their benefits, and each has no defined standard for the creation of their weapons Whatever works!

When STAR WARS came back into theaters as the SPECIAL EDITIONS back in 1997, it also hit the toy aisles in a big way as well. Among the new toys offered, the Micro Machines Double Takes Death Star Playset by Galoob (which became a part of Hasbro) provided kids a way to have an outer space Death Star on the outside, but also a full Tattooine playset on the inside - complete with a Cantina, Luke's house and more. Featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, it's weird to think that this set is as old now as the true "vintage" STAR WARS toys were when this hit the streets back in '97.

 When it comes to STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE, Ray Park's physical portrayal (and lightsaber badassness) of Darth Maul will forever remain a highlight. His voice, however, was provided by actor Peter Serafinowicz - a British actor who would later tackle memorable roles in SPACED and SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and appear in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. This summer, he's even got a scene-stealing turn as "Aldo" in the Melissa McCarthy/Jason Statham comedy, SPY... and today is his birthday.  As for Darth Maul, his 2013 "Black Series" edition is today's feature in Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, presented here alongside another version that I have here at Rock Father HQ...

When Jimmy Smits was first announced as being cast as Bail Organa in the STAR WARS Cinematic Prequels, I was one of the people that viewed him as "the guy from L.A. LAW." Now, Bail Organa holds a solid place as a founding member of the Rebel Alliance, and today his 2008 "Legacy Collection" action figure is the featured entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar. Smits was born on this day back in 1955, but Organa is back again on Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS, though voiced by actor Phil LaMarr.

Back to the beginning, Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia Organa first became a Kenner action figure as part of the STAR WARS Early Bird set that was offered as a certificate for Christmas of 1977. The actual figures hit the streets in 1978, and Leia was there, eventually reissued numerous times throughout the STAR WARS, EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RETURN OF THE JEDI and POWER OF THE FORCE collections. I remember having the original, which was probably one of the best - especially given the treatment that the "first appearance" style Leia received in the late 90s and early 00s. She wasn't exactly the dainty or beautiful Princess that we'd remembered... but that 1978 original is today's featured entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar!

We're officially less than sixty days from #ForceFriday, and that means we're less than two months from families beginning to have new adventures with toys from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.  With 59 days to go, Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar continues, and today it's Jedi Luminara Unduli. This character (featured here in her 2013 "Black Series" edition) is interesting in that she first appeared during THE CLONE WARS (as part of the cinematic prequels), and eventually made her way into Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS as part of an Imperial ruse in "Rise of the Old Masters." Morbid as it may be, Unduli's remains were used to lure Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger into a trap...

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