May the 4th be with you, everyone! And, to mark the occasion we bring you a number of Star Wars related posts across the day as we look back at some of the highlights from the very long list of comics that have come out from both Marvel and Dark Horse over the decades since we first witnessed a young farm boy from a galaxy far, far away take up a quest that would see him mature to become a Jedi Knight and help bring down the evil Empire.
But first some Star Wars toy news as Hasbro announces a new range of action figures to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, available over the coming months and sporting the vintage packaging to really get those pangs of fuzzy nostalgia flared up in collectors and fans alike. Check out the full range below, all of which are up for pre-ordering on the Hasbro Pulse site here.
Originally a protocol droid, logic glitches allowed 4-LOM to become a bounty hunter. Zuckuss was a mercenary that heeded the call to locate the Millennium Falcon and its fugitive crew!
When Kenner first produced the 4-LOM and Zuckuss figures, the names somehow got reversed. In this Star Wars 2-pack, the original packaging has been recreated — switched names and all.
Before attempting to trap Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader tested the carbon-freezing process on Han Solo. The smuggler survived, and was later freed by Princess Leia in Jabba the Hutt’s palace
Celebrate 40 years of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back with this Han Solo (Carbonite) The Black Series action figure featuring 1980s-inspired design
Once a heroic Jedi Knight, Darth Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force, became a Sith Lord, and led the Empire’s eradication of the Jedi Order
The Star Wars The Black Series Carbonized Collection is treated with a sleek metallic finish for a premium figure that really stands out in any Star Wars fan’s collection
At the urging of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda agreed to instruct Luke Skywalker, developing his Jedi abilities
This Star Wars The Black Series action figure set comes with 4 Luke Skywalker and Yoda (Jedi Training)-inspired accessories that make great additions to any Star Wars collection
Boba Fett was initially envisioned as a “Super Stormtrooper” with a white look to his iconic Mandalorian armor
Featuring highly-detailed design and interior padding, adjustable fit, and electronic lights, this full-scale Boba Fett (Prototype Armor) helmet is an iconic addition to any Star Wars fan’s collection
With the press of a button the rangefinder drops down, activating 2 red LEDs that flash in a “hunting” pattern as well as a white LED-illuminated heads-up display (HUD)
Highly poseable with realistic detail, the Star Wars Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper) figure can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections
Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Bespin) Action Figure
Star Wars The Black Series Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 40TH Anniversary 6-inch scale classic Star Wars figures feature original Kenner branding (Each sold separately. Subject to availability.)
Star Wars The Black Series 6-inch Clone Trooper (Kamino) Action Figure
Inspired by the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, this figure features quality detail and multiple points of articulation.
Star Wars The Black Series 6-inch Imperial Stormtrooper