Fact: One of my favorite toys as a child was my Kenner STAR WARS THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Imperial All Terrain Armored Transport, better known as AT-AT. I loved that thing so much, that when they reissued it in the late 90s, I received that and the Millennium Falcon for Christmas - both of which proudly live here in my office at Rock Father HQ, where they are played with regularly by The Rock Daughters. For today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, both AT-AT and it's "Chicken Walker" sidekick, the AT-ST Scout Walker are featured - but in their 2012 "Vintage Collection" versions - one done to better scale with the action figures, which means they're HUGE. Sadly, we don't have these in our Imperial Fleet, but they're certainly cool to think about. Want to see the exact moment when I first received my original AT-AT? Check out the 40-second mark of the video below...

Fact: I cannot read anything that is supposedly said by Admiral Ackbar without hearing it in his voice... specifically, the LEGO STAR WARS version. That happened yesterday when EW posted an excerpt of the forthcoming book, STAR WARS: AFTERMATH. The Mon Calamari trap-spotting Admiral is legendary, and today is the celebration of the birth of the actor inside the squid - Tim Rose, who was born on this day back in 1956. While it's the 2010 Vintage Collection version of Admiral Ackbar featured in today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar - we don't have it at Rock Father HQ, so my calendar is flanked by some others. Let's get things rockin' with the vintage Kenner mail-away commercial for the "Revenge of the Jedi" version...

I'd imagine that on this day, 39 years ago, George Lucas didn't say "This will be a day long remembered," when filming wrapped on STAR WARS in 1976. No one could've known that the little "space opera" would eventually change the world, become a Global cultural phenomenon and be retitled Episode IV: A NEW HOPE for subsequent releases. At the end of the film was the Yavin 4 Medal Ceremony in which our heroes (except for poor Chewbacca) were awarded with medals for their role in the destruction of the Imperial Death Star. Fun Fact: At our wedding reception, my wife and I were introduced (along with the wedding party) to John Williams' "Throne Room" score from that very scene. Featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown is their Playskool Galactic Heroes depiction of the ceremony, and while we don't have that in our collection, I do have some appropriate figures to accompany it!

Jango Fett has had me conflicted since he was first revealed in ATTACK OF THE CLONES to not only be the father of legendary Bounty Hunter Boba Fett, but also the genetic basis for the titular clones themselves. Knowing that it was Jeremy Bulloch who portrayed Boba Fett in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, I'd grown up thinking of Boba as a sorta blonde hair/blue eyed kind guy - something backed-up by an old issue of the 1980s MARVEL Comics STAR WARS series. Now he's a clone of a guy from New Zealand, and it just made things weird... yet all Fetts are quite alright by me. Jango is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar.

While it's The Black Series Luke Skywalker and Wampa that's officially featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, I figured it was worth looking a bit further back than a set of figures from 2015 - back to a time when kids were just discovering THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Actually, I'd bet that when Kenner had the commercials for their "Hoth Wampa" produced, the film probably wasn't even out yet - as the kid in the commercial says "Wampa, Wampa, Wampa!" everytime the Wampa opens his mouth. It would be like saying "Chewie, Chewie, Chewie!" every time you played with your Chewbacca action figure. Amusing, yes - but still not right. 

This past weekend, the cast of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS wowed attendees at Comic-Con International in San Diego, debuting some new making-of footage that soon set the 'net on fire. Among the surprises was an appearance by Harrison Ford, who was born on this day back in 1942. Indeed, we're wishing a Happy Birthday to man behind Han Solo today, with his 1978 Kenner STAR WARS figure featured in today's installment of the Hasbro Force Friday Countdown Calendar. While I don't have that figure, I do have a few other vintage variations, including the Han "in trenchcoat" version from RETURN OF THE JEDI. My wife bought me an unpunched, carded original as a gift a long time ago from a place called Brian's Toys.

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