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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Power of the Jedi Jek Porkins - 61 Days to Go...

Is it a coincidence that the one overweight member of the Red Squadron in STAR WARS was named Porkins? Red Six flew alongside Luke Skywalker, but Jek Porkins didn't last long, his X-Wing Fighter being shot down by an Imperial TIE Fighter while making an attack on the Death Star during the Battle of Yavin 4. Portrayed by actor William Hootkins, the 2000 Hasbro Power of the Jedi action figure of Porkins is today's featured entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar. Hootkins, who died in 2005, was born on this day back in 1948. He also played another memorable role for many, that of Lt. Eckhardt in Tim Burton's 1989 BATMAN film.

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Force Friday Countdown: RETURN OF THE JEDI Nien Nunb - 62 Days to Go...

I guess it's appropriate that Hasbro decided to feature Nien Nunb for Independence Day - after all, he did help destroy the second Death Star, co-piloting the Millennium Falcon with Lando Calrissian and busting out some interesting verbiage along the way. While it's the 2012 "Vintage Collection" version of the pilot that's featured in the Force Friday Countdown Calendar today, it's the 1997 Power of the Force edition that we have here at Rock Father HQ. But, since we're spinning things back a bit, lets take a look at the mail-away commercial for the vintage Kenner edition circa 1983...

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Force Friday Countdown: REVENGE OF THE SITH Mustafar Final Duel Playset - 63 Days to Go...

Well, this is a bit of foreshadowing. The final duel at Mustafar between Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in REVENGE OF THE SITH would signal the true turn to the Dark Side for the latter, his transformation into Darth Vader complete. We'd eventually see the two face-off once more in A NEW HOPE, but the outcome would be significantly different. For today's entry into the Hasbro Force Friday Countdown, the Mustafar Final Duel Playset is featured, and this is one I've actually not seen before. Things are getting pretty hot for Ani...

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Force Friday Countdown: EWOK Assault Catapult - 64 Days to Go...

The EWOKS have made an appearance in the Hasbro Force Friday Countdown already, previously checking-in back in May with 107 days to go. But here they are again, and I don't mind - because I will proudly admit that I love the Ewoks. Here we find them featured with the 2013 Ewok Assault Catapult that was released as part of The Vintage Collection, I believe as a Kmart exclusive. While I don't have this one in the collection, I do have some Ewoks. Speaking of which, did you see when I made an "Endor Garden" using cactus and succulents from Costa Farms

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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Darth Vader - 65 Days to Go...

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!

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STAR WARS REBELS Officially Announced for Blu-ray and DVD...

On Friday, it was sheer coincidence that I happened to have received an announcement regarding Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS... while standing in a hallway at Disney XD. While I was there to check out a screening of Disney's DESCENDANTS (more on that later), I was excited to learn that STAR WARS REBELS: COMPLETE SEASON ONE had officially been announced for a home video release on Blu-ray and DVD for September 1st. No doubt our favorite show to enjoy as a family right now, SEASON ONE packs all 15 episodes ("Spark of Rebellion" is counted as a two-parter) alongside bonus material and interviews with the cast and crew.

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Force Friday Countdown: Bib Fortuna - 66 Days to Go...

Every proper gangster has a solid right-hand man, and for Jabba the Hutt, it was Bib Fortuna that answered the call. This cloaked Twi'lek served as a gatekeeper for those seeking an audience with Jabba, speaking mostly in Huttese, and falling victim to a Jedi mind trick performed by Luke Skywalker himself in RETURN OF THE JEDI. While Fortuna's allegiance to Jabba is said to have lasted decades, it came to an explosive end on a sail barge high above the Pit of Carkoon. Bib Fortuna is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar!

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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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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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