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Thursday, March 17 2016 10:39

Hasbro's STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Takodana Encounter Set is almost here...

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When Hasbro relaunched STAR WARS action figures in the 1990s under the POWER OF THE FORCE banner, themed sets and "Cinema Scenes" were commonplace, often becoming sought-after for quite some time. In recent years there's been less of that, but that might be changing with the release of the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Takodana Encounter Action Figure Set, a four-figure collection that made a huge splash as Toy Fair back in February. While it does seem a tad odd that John Boyega's Finn, Daisy Ridley's Rey, and the lovable Astromech Droid BB-8 would be paired-up since many people probably already have them in some form or another, the big draw here is that this set marks the action figure debut of Maz Kanata, the scene-stealing alien played by Lupita Nyong'o via motion capture. This set captures our heroes as they were in the film when Rey felt drawn to a curious trunk containing the lightsaber formerly owned by both Anakin Skywalker and his son, Luke. One of the coolest elements of the set is that the trunk itself is included, and it's now up for pre-order through my allies at Entertainment Earth!

Takodana Encounter - STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

The Official Description: Enter the world of Star Wars and launch into action and adventure and discover a galaxy of starships and vehicles, while you become immersed in exciting stories of good versus evil against a backdrop of a universe populated by heroes and villains, droids and space creatures. This set includes the spherical BB-, loyal Astromech droid of the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, rolling alongside resilient scavenger Rey, a survivor toughened by a lifetime of dealing with the cutthroats of the harsh desert world of Jakku. Together they join Finn (Jakku), a trained warrior desperate to escape his past but plunged into adventure as his confidence drives him down a heroic but dangerous path to an ancient castle on the planet Takodana, where they encounter the colorful Maz Kanata. Maz reigns as the most knowledgeable smuggler around with centuries of experience and she has an uncanny knack for sensing the shifting tides of fortune in the galaxy. The stronghold of Takodana must be protected and the power is in your hands. Collect and battle with these and other figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! 

Pre-order now!

For the latest on THE FORCE AWAKENS, Gareth Edwards' ROGUE ONE, Rian Johnson's EPISODE VIII and everything STAR WARS, keep your browser pointed at TheRockFather.com/StarWars

If you missed it, check out THE ROCK FATHER's Coverage of THE FORCE AWAKENS Launch:
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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