The Force will be with retailers on April 2 as Hasbro’s eagerly awaited new line of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith toys and games hit shelves. Many stores will even open their doors at 12 a.m. to greet ravenous fans hyped for the film’s May 19 release.
New Star Wars toys to hit the market include the Darth Vader Voice Changer, which, for $29.99, will help you do your best impression of James Earl Jones. The unit includes a realistic helmet, mask and chest plate. But the outfit wouldn’t be complete without the Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith electronic Lightsaber ($19.99). The play weapon’s color-changing blade lets the owner choose which side of the Force they want to fight on, while the a vibrating handle invokes the power of the Force and recorded phrases by Yoda offer encouraging words.
Then, of course, there are the action figures, a trading card game and even a Star Wars Saga Edition Trivial Pursuit DVD game. Other games include Lightsaber Battle, which is played on a television set with the aid of a wireless lightsaber, and the innovative Star Wars Attacktix Battle Figure Game.
In addition to the Midnight Madness openings, Star Wars events will be held throughout the weekend at hundreds of Wal-Mart stores and other retailers nationwide.