‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker & Yoda (Jedi Training) (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary) Deluxe 2-Figure Set

“You must unlearn what you have learned!” LUKE SKYWALKER AND YODA (JEDI TRAINING): At the urging of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda agreed to instruct Luke Skywalker, developing his Jedi abilities. – Hasbro promotional blurb On Tuesday, September 1, Hasbro released a deluxe two-figures set of Luke Skywalker & Yoda (Jedi Training) as part of its StarContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker & Yoda (Jedi Training) (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary) Deluxe 2-Figure Set”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Imperial Snowtrooper (Hoth) (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Figure)

IMPERIAL SNOWTROOPER (HOTH): Stormtroopers in cold-weather gear deployed from Imperial AT-AT walkers and invaded Hoth’s Echo Base, quickly and ruthlessly taking control of the Rebels. – Product description blurb, Hasbro official website On Friday, August 28, Hasbro released the latest addition to its Star Wars The Black Series collection of figures commemorating the 40th AnniversaryContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Imperial Snowtrooper (Hoth) (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Figure)”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Figure)

LUKE SKYWALKER (SNOWSPEEDER): During the Battle of Hoth, Luke Skywalker piloted a Snowspeeder and led the Rebel Alliance against the Empire’s ground forces. – Action figure description blurb on the Hasbro Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) product page Earlier this week, I treated myself to one of the pricier items in Hasbro’s Star Wars The Black SeriesContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder) (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Figure)”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Rebel Soldier (Hoth) (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Figure)

REBEL SOLDIER (HOTH): After the battle of Yavin, the rebels fled from the Imperial Starfleet, seeking a new main base of operations. They settled on the frozen Outer Rim world of Hoth. – Hasbro character description blurb On June 1, Hasbro introduced a wave of Star Wars The Black Series 6-inch scale action figures basedContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Rebel Soldier (Hoth) (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Figure)”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Yoda (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Figure)

Yoda: Exiled Master Jedi He Is On April 28, the giant Rhode Island-based toy-and-games manufacturer Hasbro, Inc. released a wave of its 6-inch scale Star Wars The Black Series action figures in Kenner branded cardback packaging to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. This Star Wars: The EmpireContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Yoda (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Figure)”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ (Remastered)

Return of the ‘Empire’ On May 4, 2018 (“Star Wars Day”), Walt Disney Records released Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Remastered), a reissue of composer/conductor John Williams’ score for the second installment (in release order) of the Skywalker Saga. Assembled by a team of recording engineers led by Patricia Sullivan, Dann Thompson, Shawn Murphy,Continue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ (Remastered)”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Bespin) – (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Figure)

“The Force is With You, Young Skywalker…” On April 28, 2020, in anticipation of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back‘s Ruby Anniversary, Rhode Island-based Hasbro, Inc. released a new wave of its Star Wars: The Black Series action figures and other Star Wars-themed toys and collectibles. Based on the heroes, villains, and sidekicks seen inContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Bespin) – (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Figure)”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Imperial Probe Droid (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Figure)

Return of the Probot! On April 28, 2020, Hasbro Inc. of Pawtucket (Rhode Island) released a new wave of its ongoing Star Wars The Black Series 6-inch scale figures to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Alongside such fan favorites as Luke Skywalker (Bespin), Princess Leia Organa (Hoth),Continue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Imperial Probe Droid (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Figure)”

Movie Watcher Memories: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ at 40

On May 21, 1980, Twentieth Century Fox released director Irvin Kershner’s Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to writer-director George Lucas’ Star Wars, which was retroactively retitled as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope for its Summer 1981 re-release. Like Star Wars, it opened mid-week close to MemorialContinue reading “Movie Watcher Memories: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ at 40”