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I am a STAR WARS aficionado. Those that are regular readers of The Rock Father know this. I've been known to "teach The Force"; I once worked on a film called "5-25-77"; I recorded a viral song called "Darth Vader is a Real Cool Guy!" that appeared on TheForce.net over a decade ago; I once had such a large STAR WARS toy collection that it required it's own room (since sold); and I was one of 19 Dad Bloggers that took park in "The Definitive White Paper on When to Expose Your Children to STAR WARS." Yes, The Force is strong with this one, so when the folks at Hasbro asked me if I'd like to help distribute some new toys and games from their ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS line in honor of STAR WARS DAY (May the 4th), there was no way to resist.

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As I've noted before, we still have LEGO STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES OUT on our DVR from when it originally aired on Cartoon Network last year. With the DVD release happening this Tuesday (pre-order it here), the folks at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment sent over some self-created marketing "Memes" to help spread the word. While I don't know if there's a copy of the DVD headed to Rock Father HQ or not, we actually picked up the previous release, LEGO STAR WARS: THE PADAWAN MENACE on Blu-ray this past Friday since the little ones younglings hadn't seen it yet. Check out the ad-memes below...

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Was the destruction of the Death Star an inside job? This is the question posed by a new "truther" documentary entitled "LUKE'S CHANGE: AN INSIDE JOB." Directed by filmmaker Graham Putnam in the spirit of the 9/11 doc, "LOOSE CHANGE," this 7-minute film explores "some questionable events and circumstances leading up to the destruction of the Death Star, through the eyes of an amateur investigative journalist," with the primary focus being "the connections between the people who created and operated the Death Star and those responsible for destroying it." Intrigued? Watch below...

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The internet is a bad place. After speculation, rumor, and even flat-out denial by Abrams himself, it's been officially revealed after news leaked earlier this week... J.J. ABRAMS WILL DIRECT STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Walt Disney Studios sent out the official press release a short time ago, complete with quotes from all the involved players. Interestingly enough, the day the Abrams news flared up again this week, I had both of my girls decked out in STAR WARS t-shirts, a picture of which I shared on The Rock Father social nets. Details on this new ripple in The Force below...

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LEGO Brand RetailLEGO and STAR WARS have been a match of legendary proportions. A "peanut butter and chocolate" marriage of pop culture icons, you could say. Now that my oldest daughter is into both LEGO and STAR WARS, she absolutely loved when Cartoon Network premiered LEGO STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES OUT last year. We actually still have it on our DVD all these months later, but this spring we can let it go as Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and LEGO have announced a DVD release for March 26... complete with an exclusive DARTH VADER Minifigure!

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