While the final cinematic chapter in the Skywalker story draws to a close in December 2019, there will (once again) be a huge marketing push and global launch for products for Episode IX. Rumor has it that this date is set a bit closer to the film launch than the previous installments — October 4, 2019. Barring leaks and official early first looks and preorders, this will be the hard street date for the copious amount of licensed products (toys, books, clothing, etc.) from not only Episode IX but from other sources throughout the franchise as well.
And yes, you can expect us to assemble our downloadable “unofficial” checklist for this event as well.
UPDATE: also of interest, Star Wars will be sharing a merchandise launch date with another popular and highly anticipated sequel. If you have young kids like I do, hopefully that won’t cause your bank accounts and credit cards to be Frozen, too.
During Hasbro’s 2017 earnings conference call this morning, CEO Brian Goldner stated that, in the future, product launches (i.e. events like Force Friday) for Star Wars entertainment will be timed closer to the entertainment’s release and not have months of lead in as happened with The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi and more in the vein of how it’s being handled for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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Amazon has started taking preorders for their exclusive 6″ Black Series offerings. Click these links to order your Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade) and First Order Stormtrooper with Gear!
Entertainment Earth has gone live with their Force Friday launch of the Star Wars Shop! Click on through to check out dozens of link to products from Hasbro, LEGO, Funko, Bioworld, Comic Images, DK Publishing, Loungefly and More!!!
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I have it on good authority from a source at a Toys”R”Us that they received shipments of waves 1 and 2 of the 6″ Black Series.
As a refresher:
Wave 1: Luke, Rey, Kylo, Hera, Vader, Stormtrooper, Thrawn
Wave 2: Leia, Maz, Poe, Finn, EPG, Kylo, Snowtrooper, AT-AT Driver
Yahoo Movies has posted an article covering dozen of products that will be available on Force Friday and beyond – including this cool set of Return of the Jedi figures we rumored a couple weeks ago.
After gathering as much PUBLICLY accessible information as possible, through cross referencing the dozens of DPCIs, SKUs and UPCs and cataloging leaked product that has hit shelves and eBay, we are happy to present our official “unofficial” Force Friday 2 Checklist! Our downloadable pdf should assist you in planning for Friday’s expenditures as this year we’ve included MSRPs for most of the items. A huge debt of gratitude goes out to you, the fans, for sending in your store finds via email and most importantly SOCIAL MEDIA as they were instrumental in making this list as complete and verifiable as possible. Brands covered include Hasbro, Funko, Disney Store, Jakks Pacific, LEGO, Hot Wheels, and Sphero.
Click the banner above to download your guide to finding the Force on Force Friday!
UPDATE: In light of today’s new product announcements and before people start to ask “where is X on your list?” and “is this going to be available today?” questions – yes, I realize there are things missing (now) and I have no idea what will be available in your particular store at the particular time go there. The checklist was the best possible guide we could provide with the knowledge at hand.