Now that the calendar has turned to September 2016, it's only a matter of weeks before store shelves are flooded with tie-in materials for December's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As a means of replicating the success of last year's Force Friday event, Lucasfilm has put together "Rogue Friday," which will take place on September 30, 2016. Fans are busy saving up their money for purchases, and Hasbro has wasted no time in promoting their products. Just yesterday, they released a collection of images detailing some of the new action figures.
Anyone who follows the Star Wars franchise knows all too well that what Hasbro recently revealed only scratches the surface of what they have in store for the first wave of Rogue One products. As the countdown to Rogue Friday marches on, the company is back at it, unveiling more of their toys. A new batch of photos includes looks at various play blasters, the new 3.75 inch action figure line, a MicroMachines play set, and electronic voice changer helmets.
You can see all the pictures (including the ones that were released earlier) below. In addition, Hasbro also shared a video showcasing the Imperial Stormtrooper voice changer helmet, which you can watch above.
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There's a nice variety of products displayed here; Hasbro made sure to make something for everyone. The MicroMachines play set looks like a must-have, as the Empire's greatest weapon unfolds to transform into the desert planet Jedha, a location that factors heavily into the Rogue One plot. It includes figures of Jyn Erso and Imperial Death Troopers, as well as three vehicles (AT-ST Walker, Krennic's Imperial Shuttle, and an Imperial Cargo Shuttle). The rapid fire AT-ACT set also looks like a fun addition, giving new astromech C2-B5 his action figure debut.
It shouldn't come as any surprise that Hasbro is using the Rogue One premiere as a jumping off point to introduce new versions of pre-existing Star Wars characters. While most of the 3.75 inch collection is specifically connected to the spinoff, it also features the likes of Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron, and Rebels heroes Kanan Jarrus and Sabine Wren. Collectors have plenty of options to choose from when it comes time to buy.
If there are any curious omissions at this point in time, it's that Darth Vader has yet to be included in any of the product reveals. That said, it's probably only a matter of time before another action figure of the Sith Lord shows up, since the villain is a merchandising giant. There's still a lot of time before Rogue Friday, so Hasbro could have something special in store in the coming weeks.
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.