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Star Wars fans head out in full force for Force Friday II: Pics, reactions & more

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Mar 25, 2019, 4:23 PM EDT (Updated)

These are the toys you’re looking for.

Star Wars fans blasted into stores at midnight for Force Friday II, Disney and Lucasfilm’s colossal merchandising blitz that saw a barrage of Star Wars products flood retailers in the run-up to the highly anticipated arrival of The Last Jedi this December.

The event jump-starts a jam-packed weekend featuring exclusive early-bird promos, free giveaways, special in-store events and raffles. Not to mention Force Friday II’s biggest blowout: an augmented-reality treasure hunt called Find the Force, during which fans can visit one of 20,000 retailers and discover virtual Star Wars characters (including a previously unrevealed one) by using their smartphones. (You can also spy a few Star Destroyers overhead if you’re in the right spot — invasion!)

Of course, die-hards showed up early, waiting in line hours ahead of the midnight kick-off and chronicling all the mania on social media. Check out the best pics and  reactions, as well as all the goodies they snagged along the way:

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