Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. announced that the two blockbuster franchises are joining forces to create Angry Birds Star Wars, which will be available for download on November 8.
Not surprisingly, there will also be a massive retail launch associated with the new game, with Halloween costumes, plush toys, and apparel to show up in “select” stores starting October 28, according to the press release. As a parent, I’d just like to say that if you’re going to push Halloween costumes, it’s a pretty dickish move to only start selling them October 28.
But, the costumes are pretty cute, and some of the toys (made by Hasbro) look super-fun. (Check out 11 Angry Birds Star Wars Toys I Want, below).
From the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Death Star the game and merchandise will feature the Angry Birds characters starring as the iconic heroes of the beloved Saga.
“This is the best Angry Birds game we’ve ever done,” said Peter Vesterbacka of Rovio in a statement. “It’s the best parts of Angry Birds with all new cutting-edge gameplay set in in a galaxy far, far away,” he said. He also noted that “as a big Star Wars fan myself, I’m really excited about this new universe. The Force is definitely strong with this one.”
“Both Star Wars and Angry Birds share the instant and irresistible appeal of hands-on fun,” said Colum Slevin, Vice President, Head of Studio Operations for Lucasfilm Ltd. “People seem to instinctively know what to do when handed a lightsaber or a bird in a slingshot, so this is a natural combination.”
Speaking of slingshots, one of the toys that’s going to marketed with this is a Koosh slingshot made by Hasbro, which actually sounds kind of awesome, assuming the Koosh balls aren’t being shot at my head.
Note about the slideshow: Some of the Angry Birds Star Wars toys are already listed on Toys R Us‘ website. I provided links and prices where I could. Some are available for pre-order, and one toy (the Jenga Death Star) is listed as in stock and ready to ship. All of them are supposed to be available October 28.
11 Angry Birds Star Wars Toys I Want 1 of 13Click the arrows to scroll through!
Come to the Pork Side. 2 of 13This Darth Vader (Lard Vader?) costume will be available in Toys R Us stores on October 28.
Rebel Without a Squawk 3 of 13Angry Leia costume. I'm super-glad this doesn't come in "Slave Leia."
Swine Trooper 4 of 13Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Imperialist Pigs."
Angry Luke 5 of 13The force is strong with this one.
Jenga Death Star: Wow, that’s quite the mash-up there. 6 of 13So, here we have Star Wars, Angry Birds, AND Jenga? So...many...pop culture references.
Plushies, of course. 7 of 13I kinda really want the Chewbacca one.
Jabba the Hog 8 of 13Fact: This would be better if you could slingshot-launch Salacious Crumb at Jabba the Hog.
(Available for pre-order on ToysRUs.com, $19.99)
AT-AT Attack 9 of 13I'm gonna go ahead and admit it: I totally want to play this. I can see this turning into an epic family tournament situation.
(In Toys R Us stores October 28, $39.99)
AT-AT Attack (Another View) 10 of 13It's worth it just for Angry R2-D2 alone.
(In Toys R Us stores October 28, $39.99)
Jedi Slingshot: Koosh 11 of 13This Angry Birds Star Wars Jedi Slingshot allows players to aim koosh balls at a Darth Vader target. I think it goes without saying that my kids aren't ever going to aim the balls at the target. In fact, probably no kid ever, anywhere, is going to do that. Rather, they will be aiming that at each other. We can only have this toy if we get one for each kid, and each parent, so that everyone can equally defend themselves.
Koosh ‘Refills': Millenium Falcon Heroes 12 of 13These are "refills" for the Jedi Slingshot. Personally I think they're the way to go if you just don't want a slingshot in the house. I would totally just tell my kids they're for juggling.
Koosh ‘Refills;: Tatooine Heroes 13 of 13Another cool set of Angry Birds Star Wars Koosh balls. These would also make great fidget toys for kids (like mine) with ADHD.
(Photo Credits: Rovio Entertainment, Hasbro)
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