Hasbro Starts The Star Wars #ForceFridayCountdown Day #115
May 12, 2015

I got a surprise in the mail yesterday from my friends at Hasbro.  They have created a really cool page-a-day calendar full of Star Wars trivia, important dates and most importantly, TOYS!  The calendar was written to help us all pass the time until we can buy new toys for Star Wars The Force Awakens on ‘Force Friday’ on September 4th!



This calendar was lovingly crafted and painstakingly researched and I just LOVE it.  I’m trying not to read to far ahead, but I want to share it with all of you as well.

The calendar started back on ‘Star Wars Day’ May 4th, so I’m including pictures of those days in this article so you can all be caught up and we can move forward each day.

Here’s the May 4th entry.   I makes sense to start with the set that started almost four decades of collecting madness – the Early Bird Kit:


Here are the catch up days of May 5th- May 11th.

Which leads us to today May 12th.  We are 115 days until the release of the new tidal wave of Star Wars toys!


Thank you so much to the Hasbro Star Wars team for sending me this calendar!

Check back each day here at AFi as we Countdown to Force Friday!

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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