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It was roughly 4 minutes and 33 seconds into 1977’s STAR WARS (before we knew it as “A NEW HOPE” or “EPISODE IV”) that audiences first witnessed the cinematic debut of Darth Vader… Dark Lord of the Sith. He didn’t even need to say a word, and audiences knew he was the biggest badass in the galaxy. By the next time we see him again just over a minute later, he’s choking some guy, and then he just tosses him aside. Evil? Sure, but within a year or so, millions of kids (myself included) were running around dressed as Darth, and his original Kenner action figure from 1978 quickly became a sought-after item for backyard battles. In celebration of actor David Prowse’s birthday, Darth Vader is today’s entry into Hasbro’s Force Friday Countdown Calendar!

In 2015, I have two variants of the vintage STAR WARS Darth Vader figure. One is a MOC (that’s “mint-on-card”) RETURN OF THE JEDI edition that my wife bought me as a birthday gift from Brian’s Toys back in the late 1990s, and the other is a loose figure that I picked up at a convention somewhere down the line. While Vader is back on the scene in a big way thanks to Disney XD’s STAR WARS REBELS, I occasionally invite Lord Vader to join me in my travels, most recently on a trip to Michigan…

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https://instagram.com/p/39jcZ_x-jc/” style=” color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;” target=”_top”>Lord Vader has his #lightsaber back, and after being at this airport over six hours, he's not pleased. Bonus: The girl dressed like #FreddyKrueger is looking back asking "is that The Rock Father?" Indeed, it sure was… #vintagestarwars #StarWars #DarthVader #Toyography #toyphotography #HungryJack #RockFatherTour #olloclip

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Keep your browser pointed toward THE ROCK FATHER as we continue the #ForceFridayCountdown en route to #ForceFriday, the day that new Hasbro toys for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrive at retail! 65 Days to Go!

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