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Some of our favorite ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope movie moments are getting the Funko POP! treatment with the launch of four sets. Each set will only be available as Walmart Exclusives, will feature two Star Wars characters per box and retail for roughly $24. All sets will launch at both your local Walmart and via on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

POP! Star Wars: Movie Moments – “Trash Compactor Escape (Luke & Leia)”

This scene is ripped straight from the Princess Leia rescue sequence, where Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, both disguised as Stormtroopers, along with Chewbacca, raid an Imperial Detention Center to complete the mission. The only con we have about this set, it’s missing both Han and Chewie! We would’ve liked to have seen this as a bigger set including all four characters.

POP! Star Wars: Movie Moments – “Escape Pod Landing (R2D2 & C-3PO)”

This set snapshots the scene shortly after the escape pod containing both R2D2 and C-3PO crash lands on Tatooine. After an argument between the two, they split up and R2 is captured by Jawas!

POP! Star Wars: Movie Moments – “Cantina Faceoff (Han Solo & Greedo)”

Ah, you can hear the Cantina jam right now in the background as your read this. The scene is awesome because there are so many different creatures in bar from all over the galaxy. This is also where Luke first meets Han, proceeded by one of the most-iconic scenes in Star Wars history, where Han is confronted by an intergalactic bounty hunter named Greedo, where we all scream, “Han shot first!”

POP! Star Wars: Movie Moments – “Death Star Duel (Darth Vader & Obi Wan)”

An iconic scene from ‘A New Hope’ where we lose our first big-name character. Obi Wan falls to Darth Vader in a lightsaber duel between the Jedi Master and his past pupil. We can still hear Luke scream, “NO!” before escaping on the Millennium Falcon with the rest of the gang.

Are more sets to come from the other movies? Will Funko only release sets in honor of the original trilogy? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. Should it put out four sets each from both ‘Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back‘ and ‘Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi‘, we can think of a few moments that would fit this line perfectly!

  • The Empire Strikes Back: Jedi Training (Luke & Yoda), The First Kiss (Han Solo & Leia), I Am Your Father (Darth Vader & Luke) and Cloud City (Han & Boba Fett).
  • Return of the Jedi: Exchange (Luke & Jabba the Hutt), Reunion (Han & Leia), Furry Friends (Ewoks & Chewbacca) and Redemption (Lando & C-3PO).

The moral of the story is: Run, don’t walk, to your local Walmart, to get these sets!

Michael is a New England native and fluent in Italian. He graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism (RTVF) from Auburn University. He is a BIG fan of the Boston sports scene, X-Men and X-Force. He loves his black lab (named Yaz), pop culture, science, space and gaming. He's also a crossfitter, paddleboarder and marathoner.