40 (!) years ago this May, a little space opera from maverick director George Lucas called Star Wars was quietly released in 32 theaters across the United States. It later becoming the greatest film franchise in Hollywood history, embedding itself into global popular culture for all eternity.
With Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming this December, this anniversary year seems even more special, with numerous tributes, merchandising tie-ins and fan events scheduled around the world to mark the occasion.
Speaking of merchandising tie-ins, here's the first exciting wave of toys and games from Hasbro to get you in the spirit of this momentous occasion, including:
- a new Titanium Series set of six 3.75 inch die-cast character figures of Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo ($15 each)
- a 40th-anniversary edition of Star Wars Monopoly packaged with six special A New Hope tokens of Luke's X-Wing helmet, his landspeeder, stormtrooper helmet, R2-D2, the Death Star, and the Millennium Falcon ($30)
- a 6-inch Black Series Luke Skywalker "Centerpiece" figurine with lights and sound effects on a custom base ($50)
- a Black Series Lightsaber replica of Obi-Wan's elegant weapon crafted with illuminated metal hilt and buzzing sound effects ($180)
Browse through this initial force of Star Wars 40th-anniversary toys in the gallery below and tell us which ones you're willing to stand in a epic line for this spring.