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.
(Photo Credits: Rovio Entertainment, Hasbro)
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