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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS REBELS Agent Kallus - 67 Days to Go...

One of the most beautiful things throughout the STAR WARS Saga is the dynamic between villains... and the different levels within their ranks. For every smooth gangster like Darth Vader, there's a governmental jerk nearby, like Grand Moff Tarkin, for example. And in Tarkin's shadow in the era of STAR WARS REBELS is Agent Kallus, a member of the Imperial Security Bureau, which creator Dave Filoni refers to as being "sorta like the F.B.I." Kallus also has some of the finest facial hair in the galaxy, and his helmet is designed specifically to protect said beardness. Agent Kallus was one of the first figures to be released from the STAR WARS REBELS collection, and is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar!

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THE PEANUTS MOVIE Giveaway: A Chance to Win HAPPY DANCE SNOOPY Before You Can Even Buy One!

Peanuts Brand AmbassadorThis November, Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox will release one of this Fall's most-anticipated films, when THE PEANUTS MOVIE arrives in theaters. With the movie just a few months off, that means that some cool tie-in merch will be headed for stores, and from the folks at Just Play Toys comes one of the coolest - HAPPY DANCE SNOOPY, which will begin hitting Target stores in August.  So how would you like to win one before you can even buy one? As a PEANUTS Brand Ambassador, I've got your shot. You know, it's hard to believe, but I first posted about THE PEANUTS MOVIE back in 2012, which just goes to show that time really does fly when you're having fun! Enter for your shot at a Happy Dance Snoopy below...

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Force Friday Countdown: The Black Series Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) - 68 Days to Go...

Boba Fett is one of the biggest characters in the STAR WARS universe when it comes to fan opinion, despite him having a very small place in the actual films. The original test footage for Fett was shot back in 1978, and last year Hasbro unleashed a 6" Black Series figure based upon the all-white armor used in that screen test. While I don't personally have that figure, since it's featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, I thought it was a fine time to showcase two other figures based on early Boba Fett appearances - the Ralph McQuarrie concept edition, and the STAR WARS Holiday Special First Appearance. Check out a video feature on the early days of Boba Fett below...

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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Millennium Falcon Spaceship - 69 Days to Go...

As a kid, one of my finest moments was the Christmas on which I received both the MILLENNIUM FALCON and the AT-AT walker. It was a glorious occasion, and when those vehicles were reproduced in the late 1990s, I received them for Xmas once more. Today, they're both here in my office, and I let my girls play with them whenever they'd like. Originally released as a toy back in 1978/79 as the Kenner STAR WARS Millennium Falcon Spaceship with Battle Alert Sound, this sought-after vehicle was also a solid playset, with a ton of action features. Now, the Falcon is back for J.J. Abrams' THE FORCE AWAKENS, and I can't wait to see what Hasbro is gonna do for the toy version this time around. The original Falcon is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar...

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Force Friday Countdown:The Vintage Collection Anakin Skywalker - 70 Days to Go...

June 26th is a significant day for the STAR WARS prequels, as filming for THE PHANTOM MENACE began on this day back in 1997, while ATTACK OF THE CLONES started lensing on the same date in 2000. Commemorating those anniversaries, today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar features The Vintage Collection Anakin Skywalker (Jedi Padawan) from 2012, and the Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) from 2011. In thinking about the path of Anakin, check out this StarWars.com feature on "The Rise, Fall, and Redemption" of the man who became Vader...

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Force Friday Countdown:The Vintage Collection B-Wing Fighter - 71 Days to Go...

I've owned two B-Wing Fighters over the years. The first was the original, 1983 Kenner version based on its appearance in RETURN OF THE JEDI. The second, a late 90s POWER OF THE FORCE reproduction of that vehicle - one I would've never parted ways with had I known that I would eventually have a pair of STAR WARS-loving daughters. One version that I never saw in-person was a 2011 Hasbro edition from THE VINTAGE COLLECTION, which featured additional details, and the iconic, gyroscopic cockpit. In honor of its inclusion in the Hasbro Force Friday Countdown Calendar, lets take things back 32 years for the original Kenner commercial...

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