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Celebrating 40 Years of 'Star Wars'
It's been 40 years since George Lucas's original "Star Wars" movie hit theaters, kicking off one of the most popular science-fiction film series of all time. Fans of the franchise are honoring this special anniversary with a wave of commemorative toys and other merchandise.
Scroll through to see Space.com's picks for the 40 coolest "Star Wars" anniversary gifts, both old and new.
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40th Anniversary Legacy Pack
Hasbro is taking a blast to the past by recreating Kenner's 1977 Early Bird Certificate package with this Legacy Pack. While only a special edition Darth Vader figure is included in the pack, the other 40th anniversary figures are sold separately. In addition to the 6-inch action figure, this kit comes with a display stand and reversible cardboard backdrop. ($40 on Amazon)
Why we love it: While Kenner's original 1977 set contained only an envelope with a certificate to redeem the first four action figures, this kit is ready to go on display right off the bat. If you don't get the other action figures with it, you can at least display those key characters with one side of the reversible backdrop. The other side recreates the main art from the original Kenner kit. [See more photos here]
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Crosley 'Star Wars' Cruiser Deluxe Turntable
For the 40th anniversary of "Star Wars" and the 10th annual Record Store Day, Crosley released this limited-edition turntable with artwork from "A New Hope." You can find these at independent record stores across the U.S. or buy it online. ($110)
Why we love it: This "Star Wars" turntable more than just a beautiful record player. It's also super functional, lightweight and portable. Play music through the built-in speakers or connect your headphones. It also features a wireless Bluetooth receiver.
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'A New Hope' Vinyl EP
Also released for the 10th annual Record Store Day and the "Star Wars" 40th anniversary, this EP features tracks from the 1977 original film, "A New Hope." The tracks are composed and conducted by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. ($20 on Amazon)
Why we love it: If you're thinking about getting Crosley's new "Star Wars" turntable, don't forget the matching vinyl EP! These two exclusive releases make an excellent, nostalgic combo gift for any "Star Wars" fan.
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'William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy'Slide 8 of 81