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Prepare for STAR WARS Day with LEGO Store...

LEGO Shop - May the Fourth Be With You!If you're a STAR WARS fan, then you should already know that our Annual Holiday is fast-approaching, with May 4th officially deemed "International STAR WARS Day." Get ready for the cheers of "May the Fourth Be With You!" as STAR WARS goodness arrives around the globe with special events, merchandising and more. This year, the folks at LEGO are rolling out a few different promotions, including a chance to receive a FREE LEGO version of the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS theatrical poster at LEGO Retail Stores and online at LEGO Shop, the opportunity to score a FREE First Order Stormtrooper minifigure w/purchases over $50, and more. Check out all the deals and exclusives below...

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LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures - Premiere Details Revealed!

New faces, old friends, familiar locations and some brand-new adventures in a galaxy far, far away... LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will premiere MONDAY, JUNE 20 (10:00 a.m. EST) on Disney XD.  Set between the events of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI, the action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family of sibling scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space. Along with the series, two new LEGO Star Wars sets based on the show will hit shelves in June, allowing families the immediate opportunity to add to their own building adventures. Details on the premiere can be found below!

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STAR WARS: Awakening The Force at Home...

When the original STAR WARS Saga (aka "The Old Trilogy") first rolled out between 1977 and 1983, it was a great time to be a kid, though one that seems archaic by modern standards. Back then, viewing STAR WARS was an experience that was reserved as a cinema-only event... unless you were among a very select few that were lucky enough to have an RCA SelectaVision player (video disks that were encased in a square plastic cartridge), or one of the early VHS machines. Even then, you couldn't watch 1977's STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE at home until the latter half of 1982. For our family, it was when HBO scored the rights to STAR WARS in 1983 that we'd get to see it at home on the small, square, screen. In fact, I distinctly remember eating Aurelio's Pizza while watching the film, the brightly-colored wicker paper plate holders still fresh in my mind. For us, the STAR WARS adventures were brought to life and continued daily through Kenner's STAR WARS collection of action figures, playsets and vehicles, with the films essentially recalled from memory. Being there the first time around, it's astounding to think that families in 2016 were able to enjoy J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS at home... a mere four months after its theatrical debut. But like their parents before them, our girls are creating their own STAR WARS adventures daily with Hasbro's extensive collection of STAR WARS toys, and to celebrate the in-home release of THE FORCE AWAKENS earlier this month, our friends at Hasbro sent a box of goodies so we could have a slightly belated premiere party right here at Rock Father HQ. And we did it with pizza... just like back in '83!

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Raising Mowgli: THE JUNGLE BOOK's Lupita Nyong'o & Giancarlo Esposito

Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK is as much a movie about what it means to be a family, as it is a family film. An action-packed re-imagining from director Jon Favreau (IRON MAN, CHEF) and based on both the 1967 animated feature and the original stories from Rudyard Kipling, at the heart of the story is Mowgli, the man-cub found and raised by Panther Bagheera, a protector who placed the child in the care of wolves Raksha (voiced by Lupita Nyong'o) and Akela (voiced by Giancarlo Esposito), who welcome the youngster into their pack, and raise him with the same love and values as their own flesh and blood. At the recent JUNGLE BOOK press junket, I joined a group of fellow writers to spend some time with Nyong'o and Esposito to gain a little insight into their creative process for the film, and how their own familial experiences helped shape what they brought to these famed wolves.

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Check out the Packaging for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Toys...

Are you ready for more STAR WARS? Judging from the response to the first teaser trailer for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, audiences are - even though a few of them need to understand that this is the first big screen STAR WARS film to take place outside of the numeric "Saga" timeline, a story that takes place in the days leading up to the very first STAR WARS film, 1977's A NEW HOPE. There's countless tales yet to be told, and this is exciting - a film that will take audiences back to that familiar time, a time when The Empire was just gearing-up to test the very first Death Star. It's the story of the Rebels who stole the plans for the space station - the very plans that Princess Leia places within R2-D2 at the beginning of the movie that started it all. While the film won't be out until December, the toys will hit this Fall, and this weekend comes the "product packaging reveal" - a look at what all the various licensees will be marketing their products in later this year. Imperial Walkers? TIE Fighters? An imposing new Stormtrooper? I'm in...

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Watch Now! ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY - First Teaser Trailer

I've said it before, but aside from the initial run from 1977-1983, there has been no better time to be a STAR WARS fan than now. With STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, the time has come to focus our lenses on what's next - the December 16, 2016 release of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. What's unique about this film is that it's the first theatrical STAR WARS film to take place outside of the main "Saga" series. For casual viewers, that means it's a spin-off that takes place within the general timeline, but outside of what's being told right now. This is the story of the Rebels who secured the Death Star plans - the ones referenced in the opening crawl of the very first STAR WARS film that audiences ever witnessed - 1977's Episode IV: A New Hope. As that crawl read, "It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet..." ROGUE ONE is the story of those very Rebels, and it's set to be a true war movie - a STAR WARS film unlike any we've ever seen before. Check out the first teaser trailer below...

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Toys: Entertainment Earth Celebrates 20 Years of Bringing Hollywood Home...

Entertainment EarthOn April 1, 1996, Entertainment Earth launched with a small office, a garage, and a website. The idea back then was to give collectors a one-stop shop for what was then a new thing - Hasbro's Kenner STAR WARS Power of The Force action figures. That's exactly when I jumped into STAR WARS collecting hardcore. The weird thing now is that in 1996, RETURN OF THE JEDI was just 13 years old, and the "vintage" STAR WARS figures had only been off the market for about 11. To think that we're now 20 years past that relaunch of STAR WARS, and 33 years past ROTJ... well, it just makes me feel old. But, as times have changed, Entertainment Earth has grown to a massive operation, and while they're still a great source for toys from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, they're now keyed-into just about any kind of toys and collectibles that any entertainment or pop culture lover could want. Check out the cool history video they've put together...

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Rides: ANA's STAR WARS BB-8 Boeing 777-300 arrives in the U.S.

With the in-home release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS fast-approaching, the inaugural flights of ANA's BB-8 Boeing 777-300 took place this week. After unveiling the aircraft in a ceremony on March 27 at Osaka Japan's Itami Airport, the aircraft made a one-off domestic flight as ANA22 from Itami to Haneda before departing the airport as flight ANA106 to Los Angeles, marking the start of the aircraft's international service.

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Preview - Deleted Scenes from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

The wait is almost over, and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1, four days before it comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5 (pre-order now). Today comes a brief look at some of the deleted scenes, including Kylo Ren boarding The Millennium Falcon flanked by First Order Snowtroopers, and the rumored escape from Maz Kanata's palace in which Maz shows more of her own mastery of The Force. Take a look...

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Hasbro's STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Takodana Encounter Set is almost here...

When Hasbro relaunched STAR WARS action figures in the 1990s under the POWER OF THE FORCE banner, themed sets and "Cinema Scenes" were commonplace, often becoming sought-after for quite some time. In recent years there's been less of that, but that might be changing with the release of the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Takodana Encounter Action Figure Set, a four-figure collection that made a huge splash as Toy Fair back in February. While it does seem a tad odd that John Boyega's Finn, Daisy Ridley's Rey, and the lovable Astromech Droid BB-8 would be paired-up since many people probably already have them in some form or another, the big draw here is that this set marks the action figure debut of Maz Kanata, the scene-stealing alien played by Lupita Nyong'o via motion capture. This set captures our heroes as they were in the film when Rey felt drawn to a curious trunk containing the lightsaber formerly owned by both Anakin Skywalker and his son, Luke. One of the coolest elements of the set is that the trunk itself is included, and it's now up for pre-order through my allies at Entertainment Earth!

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