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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Luke Skywalker (STAR WARS Turns 38!) - 102 Days to Go...

5-25-77: It was 38 years ago today that audiences first got to experience George Lucas' STAR WARS on the big screen. But it wasn't quite "in theaters everywhere," and in fact, was quite the opposite. Opening on fewer than 40 screens, STAR WARS (not yet known as "Episode IV" or "A NEW HOPE") was expected by many (Lucas included) to be a non-event. Soon, after audiences began lining up around the block for screenings, the phenomenon began, with some theaters showing the film continuously for over a year. As they say, "the rest is history," and what a rich history it's been, along with the infamous "Early Bird" release (an empty box) of the very first Kenner Action Figures for the 1977 holiday season. For today's special entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, three versions of the Kenner STAR WARS Luke Skywalker figure are presented - the 1978 Luke, the 1980 "Bespin Fatigues" version, and finally, the 1983 Luke Skywalker "Jedi Knight Outfit" edition. Two of those I actually have here at Rock Father HQ...

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Asajj Ventress Force FX Lightsaber - 103 Days to Go...

Now this is a toy that I never actually saw - a 2008 Force FX Lightsaber based on those wielded by ASAJJ VENTRESS - Sith apprentice to Count Dooku... who never really became a sith. Like her Master, Ventress' saber rocked a curved hilt, and she had two of them. Pair them up, and two could become one crazy weapon. Her Force FX Lightsaber is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Calendar. Could we see her return down the road... perhaps in STAR WARS REBELS?

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Force Friday Countdown: 2008/09 STAR WARS Titanium Series Anakin & Sebulba Podracers - 104 Days to Go...

When it comes to STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE, the Boonta Eve Classic Podracing scene was undoubtedly one of the most action-packed highlights. While I never had any of the Titanium Series Podracers (pretty recent releases from 2008/2009), I did have the 1999 Podracers for the 3¾" figures, though I sold them when I decided to focus on the Original Trilogy. Today's entry in Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar focuses on two of the Podracers - those owned by Anakin Skywalker and his rival, Sebulba. So how about a Pod Race?

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Olaf & Sven Become FROZEN itty bittys - Coming to Hallmark Gold Crown Stores...

If you're a fan of Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN, you're no doubt awaiting more information about the development of FROZEN 2. While that's a little hard to come by, more cool collectibles based in the world of Arendelle continue to be released, and perhaps none are cuter than the Hallmark itty bittys. While Anna and Elsa have been available for a little bit now, they'll soon have company, as their friends Sven and Olaf are making their way into Hallmark Gold Crown Stores later this month. The duo joins an exciting 2015 itty bittys lineup that features characters from Disney, along with STAR WARS, PEANUTS, MUPPETS, DC Comics and more (get a full checklist here). The Rock Daughters recently received a pair in advance, and their appeal is undeniable...

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Giveaway: Celebrate the Release of TOMORROWLAND, Win a $25 Fandango Gift Card!

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From Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, TOMORROWLAND is the latest fantasy to be inspired by and rooted in Disney lore - the tale of a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen, who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space. To celebrate its release, THE ROCK FATHER is presenting a Fandango Family Giveaway in which one (1) lucky reader will receive a $25 Fandango Gift Card, good toward the purchase of tickets for TOMORROWLAND, or any other film at participating theaters. Welcome to TOMORROWLAND...

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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Slave I and BOBA FETT - 106 Days to Go...

It was 35 years ago today, May 21, 1980, that STAR WARS EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK hit theaters. Like many fans of the STAR WARS Saga, I hold EMPIRE (or, TESB) in high regard as my favorite - possibly because it's the first STAR WARS movie that I can remember seeing in the theater. That film also spawned some of my favorite toys not just from STAR WARS - but favorites, period - particularly those relating to Hoth and Bespin. From the latter, it was there that audiences first got a big-screen look at Bounty Hunter BOBA FETT, who had already made an appearance in the infamous STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL, and a parade of some sort. He, along with his ship, the SLAVE I, became instant favorites for kids like me, and over the years I've owned five incarnations of his famous ship. 

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Force Friday Countdown: 1978+ Kenner STAR WARS Chewbacca - 108 Days to Go...

It was 1977 when audiences were first introduced to the mighty Wookiee, Chewbacca, who along with smuggler Han Solo, served as co-pilot of the legendary Millennium Falcon. It was on this day back in 1944 that actor Peter Mayhew entered the world, and in celebration of the 71st birthday of the man behind the furry mask, Hasbro is featuring the first-ever Chewbacca figure from the 1978 Kenner STAR WARS line as today's entry into their Force Friday Countdown Calendar. While Chewie and Han have had many adventures over the years, I, too have had my fair share with the Wookiee at my side. From backyard battles and trips to my Grandparents' farm (where I once thought my Chewbacca figure had fallen down a vent and into their massive fire-burning furnace) to a recent trip to Los Angeles, where I took my Kenner counterpart to a meeting at ABC, and to the famous Walt Disney Studios Lot and Disney Legends Plaza. While my original Chewie is long-gone, I currently own two vintage figures - the loose 1978 version, and a carded RETURN OF THE JEDI version that my wife purchased from Brian's Toys for me as a birthday gift back in the late 90s.

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This is THE MUPPET SHOW Cuckoo Clock You've Been Waiting For...

With THE MUPPETS heading back to television on ABC this Fall, it's no surprise that there's some pretty cool Muppets goodies in the pipeline for the months ahead. From The Bradford Exchange comes this lighted LED Cuckoo Clock representing the classic, 1970s version of THE MUPPET SHOW. Produced under license from Disney, it runs just shy of $200 and definitely taps into the interest of longtime Muppets fans like myself...

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Force Friday Countdown: 2007 STAR WARS Titanium Series IG-88 - 109 Days to Go...

When much of the general public thinks of the badass bounty hunters summoned by Darth Vader to track down Han Solo in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, it's Boba Fett that generally comes immediately to mind. But among those featured in that brief, yet iconic scene (Dengar, IG-88, Fett, Bossk, 4-LOM, Zuckuss), the assassin droid IG-88 has long-been viewed as one of the more interesting (and creepy) by hardcore fans. In fact, the official STAR WARS website describes assassin droids as "independently programmed mechanical killers that had no masters." For the May 18th entry into the Force Friday Countdown Calendar, Hasbro is featuring their 2007 Titanium Series IG-88 figure (find it on eBay). 

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Force Friday Countdown: 1982 Kenner STAR WARS Bespin World Micro Collection Playset - 110 Days to Go...

Growing up with STAR WARS the first time around, my toy collection was completely based in the world of the 3 ¾" scale action figures, vehicles and playsets that Kenner pioneered. While my interest was in that segment, there was also a smaller option in the Kenner STAR WARS Micro Collection, and I played with those a few times with friends and cousins who had them. At the centerpiece of that line was the Bespin World series of playsets - three in all - that also featured sixteen diecast figures that pre-dated later small-scale brands like Galoob's Micro-Machines. For today's installment of the Force Friday Countdown Calendar, Hasbro is featuring the Bespin World Playset, which I'm sharing with all of you presented by a pair of ugnaughts from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Dig that vintage commercial!

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