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Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back Was Released 40 Years Ago Today

It was 40 years ago today when the long-awaited sequel to Star Wars: A New Hope was released in 1980.  The film franchise that has captured the attention of three generations celebrated the 40th anniversary of one of the most popular and revered films in the series.  The Death Star had been destroyed and the empire had been defeated…or so we thought in 1977.  It turns out, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine were creating a much larger version of their planet killer…that’s no moon. Now to celebrate a new line of replica action figures has been released by Kenner.  To take us back to a time when things were simpler and Jar Jar Binks didn’t exist.  The action figures sell for around $15, much higher than the $1.99 cost of the originals at the time.

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See the complete line of 40th Anniversary Empire Strikes Back action figures here..

StarWars.Com also featured a line up of 40th anniversary gifts and toys for Star Wars fans and here are just a few:

Funko Super Pop Yoda

From Star Wars, Yoda’s Hut, as a stylized POP Town from Funko! Stylized collectible stands 5 inches tall, perfect for any Star Wars fan!

 

Empire Strikes Back throwback shirts and hoodies

Stop looking for fashion help in Alderaan places! Add a little out-of-this-world style to your wardrobe with some truly epic Star Wars shirts! Transport yourself to a galaxy far, far away with a cool new Star Wars shirt featuring Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Boba Fett, and all your favorite Star Wars characters!

Boba Fett Replica Mandolarian Armor Helmet

 

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