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Let's just say this outright: Watto was a slave-owning jerk. There's absolutely nothing endearing about the Tatooine-based junk dealer that once owned young Anakin Skywalker and his mother, and that's not even accounting for the fact that he doesn't even take Republic Credits at his retail emporium. The guy was a little flying dirtbag, and it's no wonder that his little piece of human "property" grew up to be Darth Vader. Watto and R2-TO 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! Additionally, it should be noted that The Jawa Organization was not pleased with Watto moving in on their turf. The last thing you want is The Jawa Mafia showing up at your shop with a thermal detonator in the middle of the night. "Utini!"

I've owned more than a few Speeder Bikes in my day - from the Kenner version that was released in 1983, to the big 12" POWER OF THE FORCE edition that was sold as a Target Exclusive about 15 years ago. Right now, The Rock Daughters and I have at least three Speeder Bikes from the 3¾" STAR WARS Power of The Force series, and they get into some solid adventures straight from the story of RETURN OF THE JEDI. While we don't have it here, the 2014 "Black Series" Speeder Bike with Biker Scout 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!

Back in 1999, it was at a cinema in Metropolis where Superman had just settled-in for a screening of STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE only to discover something unsettlingly familiar about one of the secondary characters. Could it be? How is it possible that a Kryptonian war criminal could've possibly become Supreme Chancellor of The Republic in a galaxy far, far away? Then Clark realized that STAR WARS was not a documentary film, and that Chancellor Valorum was simply being played by Terence Stamp - an actor with a striking resemblance to General Zod. Valorum 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!

Card player. Gambler. Scoundrel. No matter what you call Lando Calrissian, chances are you'd like him! From his first appearance in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK in 1980, Calrissian has become Billy Dee Williams' signature character, returning to pilot the Millennium Falcon and help destroy the second Death Star in RETURN OF THE JEDI, and most recently he's been making appearances on Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS. For today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, it's the classic Kenner STAR WARS Lando Calrissian from 1980 that's featured as we continue our look back at nearly 40 years of STAR WARS toys en route to the September 4 debut of the new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Today is a little bit different, though, as it's a "Special Edition" entry that features a brand-new single from GRAMMY-nominated Seattle Kindie Rockers RECESS MONKEY - and a few words about STAR WARS between myself and the band's own Jack Forman, whom you might know from Kids Place Live on SiriusXM. Stream "Oh, Lando" below... punch it, Chewie!

Spoiler Alert: On STAR WARS REBELS, The Inquisitor didn't really last very long, did he? But like a Hydra, if you cut off one head, two more will rise in its place, and that's just what's about to happen when the second season of STAR WARS REBELS comes to Disney XD this Fall. Strong in the Dark Side of The Force, but not truly a Sith Lord like Darth Vader, The Inquisitors are feared Jedi hunters in the service of The Empire in the years between REVENGE OF THE SITH and A NEW HOPE. Featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar is the "Hero Series" edition figure - one we don't have in our collection, but we've got plenty of action with his 3 ¾"  counterpart!

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Released in 1980, the Kenner STAR WARS Hoth Ice Planet Adventure Set was a retooled version of the earlier Land of the Jawas set (featured here), made to fit with THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. This was one of four Hoth sets released for the movie, and while I didn't have this one, I had the Imperial Attack Base, which was one of my all-time favorites. The icy planet of Hoth provided one of the most iconic backdrops in the STAR WARS Saga, and some of the most memorable vehicles (see yesterday's AT-AT entry), so it's only fitting that it also had some of the greatest play value. The Hoth Ice Planet Adventure is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, as we look back at four decades of STAR WARS toys leading up to the September 4th release of the first wave of goodies from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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