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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.

New Star Wars Rogue One toys revealed

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With just under four months to go until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reaches theaters (as of this writing), Lucasfilm is about to crank up their marketing efforts to 11. Earlier this month, the studio unveiled a full-length trailer for director Gareth Edwards’ war drama, and the latest coverage on the film has brought about new official stills and even an explanation of its title. If last year’s Force Awakens campaign is anything to go by, this is merely the tip of the iceberg. There’s still much to be done before the Rogue One premiere.

Of course, Star Wars is a merchandising giant thanks to the variety of tie-in products that are available. Action figures are arguably the most popular item, allowing fans to bring a piece of the film home and play out their own adventures in a galaxy far, far away. The first wave of toys from the Rogue One line will be released as part of this year’s Force Friday event, dubbed “Rogue Friday,” on September 30, 2016. As moviegoers make their shopping plans, they can now get a look at some of the action figure sets hitting shelves.

Jedi Temple Archives got a hold of some images depicting three “versus” dual packs, two new vehicles, and an electronic stormtrooper helmet that’s similar to the Kylo Ren one from last year. Check out the pictures below:

A1Moroff vs. Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader

A2Rebel Commando Pao vs. Imperial Death Trooper

A3First Order Snowtrooper vs. Poe Dameron

A4Imperial TIE Striker with Imperial Pilot figure

A5Rebel U-Wing with Cassian Andor figure

A6Black Series electronic stormtrooper helmet

Save for the oddly placed Snowtrooper vs. Poe Dameron set, these toys primarily spotlight all the fresh elements that Rogue One will introduce to the franchise. Rebel allies like Moroff and Pao (affectionately called Big Mouth by fans after the behind-the-scenes sizzle reel from Celebration) are new creatures that haven’t been seen before in the films. It’s also nice to see the Empire’s army getting more variations of the stormtrooper design. The all-black Death Troopers in particular are sure to become a fan-favorite as promotion heats up. And Star Wars wouldn’t be complete without some ship battles, which will make the U-Wing and TIE Striker highly sought after.

These only scratch the surface of what will be available during the big rollout. During the Rogue One panel at Celebration, Felicity Jones got to show off the first Jyn Erso action figure, and there are still several other characters that haven’t been revealed yet (fans will want a Chirrut Îmwe figure immediately). Hasbro will most likely use the hype surrounding Darth Vader’s heralded return to the movies as a launching pad for new Vader toys. The Sith Lord’s appearance in the trailer was brief, but the villain should factor heavily in the merchandising. Fans have much to be excited about as they wait for Rogue One to hit theaters this holiday season, and sales should be just as strong (if not better) than they were for Episode VII.

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.

Star Wars: Hasbro Comic-Con figures first look images

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Disney’s go big or go home mantra will be fully realized this summer as the company prepares to bring its Star Wars mega-brand to the people. Fans in Europe will have the chance to attend a 3-day Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 that takes place in London from July 15 – 17. This event will see several exclusives including the premiere of the third season of Star Wars Rebels and a huge presence from Star Wars video games.

For those of us who can’t make it across the pond, some panels will be streamed, including the Rogue One panel, where we should be in for a new trailer for the spinoff film. Folks heading to San Diego Comic-Con can also get their Star Wars fix from July 21 – 24. If you plan on attending SDCC later this month, make sure to swing by the Hasbro booth (#3213) and have your fill of some new Star Wars figures. Hasbro will also have a panel on Friday, July 22nd at noon to introduce their latest line of exclusives.

Star Wars can be consumed on every medium imaginable, and soon collectors will have the chance to expand their action figure sets. Whether adding to an existing collection, or starting from scratch, this medley of Star Wars figures is sure to be a great jumping off point. Nerdist revealed that Hasbro will be feature five figure sets that include characters from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. See for yourself:

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike (also includes BIKER SCOUT™)

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens REY (JAKKU)™

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Star Wars Rebels 12” ELECTRONIC DUEL™ KANAN JARRUS™ (STAR WARS REBELS™)

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Star Wars Rebels HERA SYNDULLA’S A–WING™

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Star Wars Rebels 12” ELECTRONIC DUEL™ DARTH VADER™ (STAR WARS REBELS™)

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As noted above, the Darth Vader, Kanan Jarrus, and Biker Scout figures are 12″ models while Rey and Hera Syndulla are just under 4″ tall. Kanan and Vader also have “electronic touches” which could mean their light sabers actually glow. These figures will be on display at SDCC, but fans will have to exercise some patience because they won’t be available for purchase until fall 2016 — just in time for Christmas.