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Hasbro’s Snoke and Pretorian Guards and General Organa to pre-order and exclusive sale

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As fans get ready to add to their Star Wars collections on Force Friday II, new action figures of some key The Last Jedi villains have been revealed. Writer/director Rian Johnson is set to open up the conflict between the Resistance and the First Order in his film, which means an abundance of merchandising opportunities for Lucasfilm’s various partners. Though Supreme Leader Snoke allegedly remains a mystery in the film, audiences will get learn a little more about him and finally see the antagonist in the flesh. One of the more intriguing additions to the saga in Episode VIII are the elite praetorian guards, which are the sequels’ answer to the royal guards that protected Emperor Palpatine. Based on their eye-catching design, they seemed they’d make for cool figures.

Released as an exclusive to io9, there are four retailer exclusives that will be available. Snoke can only be found at GameStop, the individual guard is at Amazon, the 4-pack guards of evil (which spans the entire franchise) is exclusive to GameStop, the Disney Store, and Barnes & Noble, and the Obi-Wan Kenobi Force Ghost can be purchased at Walgreens. You can see them all in the gallery below:

Of these, the Snoke figure will probably be the one that generates the most interest, as that character was completely absent during the Force Awakensmerchandising rush. This is one of the best looks at the Supreme Leader we’ve gotten yet, giving viewers a taste of his physical appearance in The Last Jedi. In addition to the gold fabric robe (a sign of Snoke’s opulence), the figure comes with a throne on which it can sit. The 4-pack of guards has a nice variety, starting with the blue Senate guards from the Republic and working its way to the praetorian forces from Episode VIII. The inclusion of Obi-Wan in this line is simply an original trilogy callback, as the toy is from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This is not confirmation Kenobi’s spirit will show up in Star Wars 8, though that is still possible at this point in time.

The Last Jedi Leia Hasbro figure available to pre-order

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Force Friday II is here, and so is the first look at new action figure of General Leia Organa from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The hunt for the newest Star Wars merchandise kicked off at 12:01 a.m. Friday, as fans waited in lines at retailers worldwide to get their hands on new action figures, vehicles, play sets and more in conjunction with the upcoming eighth episode in the Skywalker family saga.

On Thursday, Hasbro officially unveiled images of new 3 3/4-inch and 6-inch action figures of such characters from The Last Jedi, including Luke Skywalker, Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn and Poe Dameron. Noticeably absent, however, from any of Hasbro reveals were any photos of 3 3/4-inch figures of Carrie Fisher’s General Leia Organa. And while it was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con that a 6-inch inch Black Series figure of General Leia from The Force Awakens was on the way from Hasbro, there was no word of a new Leia figure from The Last Jedi.

That all has changed on Force Friday II, though, when the Disney Store put up a pre-order page for the toymaker’s 3 3/4-inch General Leia. Dressed in the ceremonial robes that the character has worn in photos and video footage released from the film, Leia  which features a spot-on likeness of Fisher  also comes with a blaster. The figure also comes with Force Link technology, which with the Force Link Starter Kit will allow fans to hear lines Leia cites in the movie.

It only makes sense that General Leia have an action figure for The Last Jedi, not only because the character made iconic by Fisher is sure to play a pivotal role in the film, but merely for the fact that it’s Leia. Together with Luke, Han Solo and Darth Vader, the intergalactic princess-turned-general is one of the most recognizable characters in the Star Wars universe, and to leave her by the wayside and not produce an action figure of her would be a travesty.

Fans had to hunt a little harder for the General Leia 3 3/4 inch figure for The Force Awakens (largely because it was a Black Series exclusive for a large, nationwide retailer), but likely the Leia figure iteration for The Last Jedi will be in plentiful supply. Given the fact that this will be Fisher’s last appearance as Leia following her tragic passing in December, this figure will surely be a piece of memorabilia that every Star Wars fan will want in their collection.

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All Hasbro’s Force Friday II Toys

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Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Force Friday II global fan event celebrating the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi products begins tomorrow and we have an early look at all of what’s coming from Hasbro. And yes, there’s a Porg plush toy included!

Force Friday II, a followup to the record setting global event (the first Force Friday) tied to 2015’s The Force Awakens, include everything from toys and collectibles to books and apparel, and will go on sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Hasbro’s collections for this year’s merchandise frenzy include the usual assortment of action figures, playsets, vehicles, and role-play items to NERF blasters and a board game. Below is a gallery featuring 47 high-res official images from Hasbro’s Star Wars product lines from Force Friday II along with some highlights and notes below.

Most of Hasbro’s collection is inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi but also includes a few items from the original trilogy (like young Luke and his Tatooine speeder) and Star Wars Rebels (Grand Admiral Thrawn).  None of the Episode VIIIfigures or sets are too revealing beyond what’s already been showcased in the teaser trailer and magazine cover stories thus far but Hasbro’s high-res toy assets do at least offer a better look at some of the character costume changes and the new vehicles.

Where Star Wars: The Force Awakens offered a tweaked take on the TIE Fighter and X-Wings from the original trilogy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi gives a slightly tweaked take on the A-Wing and TIE Interceptor (which is now called a TIE Silencer and is operated by Kylo Ren in a similar vein to Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced in A New Hope).

No images of any toys based on the First Order’s Mandator IV class Dreadnought or AT-M6 (All Terrain MegaCaliber Six), but there is a new set based on the Resistance Ski Speeders that will take on the new walkers in a sequence that’s alarmingly familiar to the Hoth Battle in The Empire Strikes Back. Every vehicle so far has been a variation of something from the original trilogy, and almost introduced in the same order so far… But there’s more!

One vehicle that looks entirely new is the Canto Bight Police Speeder which comes with a Canto Bight Police Officer. A blurred image of this leaked during the summer so this is our first official look at the vehicle. Canto Bight is a casino-like location that exists outside of the war between the The First Order and the Resistance and it caterSTAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES CENTERPIECE LUKE SKYWALKER Figures to the rich and luxurious (hence the police).

On the NERF side, there’s two familiar weapons in the standard issue Stormtrooper blaster which looks similar to what shipped for 2015’s Force Friday I alongside Poe Dameron’s standard issue pistol, but the newer weapon this time is the longer-barreled, heavy duty First Order Deluxe Blaster.

Star Wars: Rogue Friday retailer exclusives revealed

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Star Wars fans are well aware that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is right around the corner, scheduled to premiere in theaters in just a few months. Lucasfilm has already done a great deal of advertising, releasing two well-received trailers, a plethora of still images, and information about the variety of new characters that are in the spinoff. The studio will continue their marketing efforts in the very near future with the Rogue Friday event. Similar to last year’s Force Friday, the day will see the first wave of Rogue One merchandise hit store shelves.

Awareness has continuously been raised for the collection of toys. Hasbro spent the past few weeks unveiling pictures of their new action figures, and the “Go Rogue” stop-motion video series has showcased the products in action (you can watch the 3 firsts videos clicking on the links Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3). As fans make their shopping preparations, they need to figure out which store(s) they want to visit. That decision should become easier (or harder, depending on your point of view) with the announcement of retailer exclusive items.

In a press release, Hasbro revealed five new toys that will be available in specific stores. Wal-Mart will have the Smart R2-D2, which is similar to Sphero’s popular BB-8. It is programmable and interactive, linking with an app that allows users to control the droid’s movements and actions. It also responds to your voice, and dances to songs. At K-Mart, fans can buy the 6-inch Jyn Erso Black Series Mountain Base variation, which has a diorama base for the figure. Amazon shoppers will be able to get the Black Series Shadow Trooper helmet, which comes equipped with voice changing technology. Target is the only place for the Captain Cassian Andor blaster from Nerf, and Toys “R” Us has a Black Series 6-inch Imperial Hovertank Pilot figure. Check out images of the toys in the gallery below:

In addition, the Star Wars fan site Yak Face has posted an unofficial check list of all of the various Rogue One items that will be available. Collectors can download a PDF and keep track of everything they own as they make their purchases. As one would expect, there are several products out there, and die-hards will no doubt be attempting to get as many as they can. There’s something for all budgets, so even the more conservative consumers should find at least one piece of Rogue One merchandise to bring home. It’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan, with Disney planning movies well into the next decade, and they can keep fan enthusiasm high, there will be Force Fridays going on for a very long time.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.