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Even if you don't know Jim Cummings, you certainly know his voice. For the past 30 years, he's been the man behind the familiar sound of the most famous resident of The Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh. Taking over for Hal Smith in keeping Sterling Holloway's famous rasp alive, Cummings has become familiar to generations. "I’ve jokingly said, you know, a ‘Winnie the Pooh' generation is every three and a half years because that brings a brand new set of Pooh fans," he says with a smile, taking some time to sit down with a group (including yours truly) during the launch of Disney's Christopher Robin (reviewed here) in Los Angeles. For the Marc Forster-directed take on a grown-up boy who's lost his way, Cummings inhabits the "live-action" (via CGI) Pooh, along with Tigger (who he took over formally in 2005). During the course of our interview, Jim bounced seamlessly between his own voice and that of his characters...

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Are you ready to meet the "diverse range of interesting dudes" that Entertainment Earth and Hasbro teased last night? If you guessed that the strange statement was code for DROIDS, you were correct! Coming this November, the STAR WARS: The Black Series Astromech Droids 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures – Entertainment Earth Exclusive is up for pre-order now, a celebration of the entire STAR WARS Saga, and the 10th Anniversary of Entertainment Earth's super-popular, sold-out 2006 Astromech Droid Sets. This sextet of Astromech Droids comes to you in a specially designed R2-D2-shaped box with 3 3/4-inch scale action figures. Each droid sports multiple points of articulation, similar to the collector-favorite figures of The Vintage Collection, with featured Droids being sourced from 1977's STAR WARS, 1983's RETURN OF THE JEDI and the recent animated series, THE CLONE WARS. Each figure includes rolling wheels on their feet, plus jointed domes, ankles, shoulders, and maybe even a few other surprises. Check out the details below, and pre-order now (while supplies last)!

If you think you've seen this strange-looking four-eyed chap at a Cantina near Mos Eisley, you're wrong. That was Muftak you're thinking of (friend of Kabe), but he was from the species known as Talz, as is Jedi Master Foul Moudama. Unfortunately, Moudama found himself at the end of a lightsaber blade - getting whacked by General Grievous during The Clone Wars. The late Foul Moudama 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. 

When today's entry in Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar came up, my first reaction was: Who the heck is Voolvif Monn? I didn't recognize this Jed Knight, and most certainly didn't know that he'd received an action figure as part of the STAR WARS 30th Anniversary Collection back in 2007. Turns out, I had seen him before, though - but in a much different form. Voolvif Monn was seen in the STAR WARS : CLONE WARS animated microseries on Cartoon Network - which we actually have here at Rock Father HQ on DVD. The pre-CGI Clone Wars is not considered "canon" in the STAR WARS timeline at this point, but it was still a lot of fun, and a huge event when it first aired back in 2003.

Strange this is... that Christopher Lee, the man behind COUNT DOOKU in ATTACK OF THE CLONES and REVENGE OF THE SITH, would have his birthday just one day after his Hammer Films co-star Peter Cushing, aka GRAND MOFF TARKIN. Well, as if the Sith Lord and former Count Dracula had anything to do with it. For today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, THE CLONE WARS Count Dooku action figure from 2008 is featured. This is one I've not had, though it's funny that his little hologram projector of Asajj Ventress looks like a popsicle or an award statue though, isn't it? And yes, Minnie thinks that Count Dooku is just dreamy...

As we approach the halfway mark of the year, 2015 is looking like a fantastic year for media, with the best titles yet to come. When it comes to games, one of the biggest on my most-anticipated list is the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition... aka the STAR WARS edition. Today comes a fresh look at one of the three STAR WARS Play Sets to be released for the game this year, STAR WARS: TWILIGHT OF THE REPUBLIC. Developed by Ninja Theory, in partnership with Avalanche Software, the game is set to deliver "an authentic family-friendly STAR WARS game experience with an enhanced combat system."

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