Hasbro has announced a new line of “Star Wars”-themed toys and games to celebrate the genre defining film series’ 40th anniversary. The new toys draws inspiration heavily from the characters, settings and, of course, lightsabers of the first film, “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.”
The new “Star Wars” anniversary toys were first revealed over at i09 and include several figurines, a special edition Monopoly set and a light-up replica of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber. The toy company will also release several static figurines posed in dramatic shots from the film, each with their own scene-setting stands.
A new action figure line introduces Hasbro’s Titanium figures. The figures depict various characters from “A New Hope”—Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo—against various backdrops. Two backdrops are included with each figurine, one a setting from the movie and the other an embossed image of the respective character. The figurines stand at 3.75 inches and will retail for $15.
The special edition Monopoly set includes six player tokens based on “A New Hope.” The player icons are a Stormtrooper helmet, the Millennium Flacon, R2-D2, Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing helmet, a sandspeeder and the Death Star. The board has also been redesigned to show characters and scenes from the film. The game will retail for $30.
Hasbro will also be releasing a series of 6-inch static figurines with scene-setting stand inspired by various films in the “Star Wars” franchise called Centerpieces. The first figurine and base shows Luke Skywalker in his pilot gear, lightsaber in hand, making a dash across a volatile battlefield. The figurine includes a light-up explosion and sound effects, and the base will include additional pegs into which other figures can be slotted. The Centerpiece sets will retail for $50.
Finally, no new “Star Wars” toy line would be complete without a lightsaber. Hasbro will be adding to its Black Series Lightsaber line with a replica of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s. The lightsaber lights ups, makes the appropriate sounds you’ve come to expect and sports a metal hilt. The Black Series Lightsabers will retail for $180.
“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” debuted in theaters May 25, 1977, earning $1.5 million in its opening weekend and $220 million across its initial theatrical run. The “Star Wars” series is most financially successful franchise in movie history.
Premiering in theaters December 15, “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” is the next movie in the “Star Wars” series and is directed by Rian Johnson, starring Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac.
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