Star Wars: The Force Awakens dialogue

We’re hitting peak Star Wars with “Force Friday”, and I’m sure if you’re not excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens you’re probably getting a bit annoyed of this site and the internet this week. So I apologize in advance, but we have another Star Wars story coming out of “Force Friday.” A new Star Wars: the Force Awakens toy gives us our first listen at what Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma sound like in the new film. Not only that, but the Force Awakens dialogue used in the toys presents some juicy questions.

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Hot Toys Force Awakens figures
With all the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys being revealed today in the lead to Force Friday tomorrow, we are also getting a look at some of the more expensive collectibles. Hot Toys has revealed the first Force Awakens figures in their 1/6 scale line of collectibles: Kylo Ren, the First Order Stormtrooper and the First Order Heavy Gunner Stormtrooper. Hit the jump to see a ton of photos of these life-like Hot Toys Force Awakens figures, and learn more information about the releases.

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