Star Wars: The Black Series The Bad Batch | Source: Hasbro/The Toy Book

It’s Star Wars Day, the annual holiday in which fans of the saga celebrate all things from a galaxy far, far away.

This year, Lucasfilm is ushering in a new era of Star Wars storytelling with the Disney+ debut of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, an all-new original animated spin-off from The Clone Wars.

The Bad Batch is the chosen name for Clone Force 99, a squad of Clone Troopers who are “defective, with desirable mutations.” Unlike their fellow Clones, whom they dub “regs,” Hunter, Tech, Wrecker, and Crosshair aren’t the usual type of sheep who simply follow orders and fall in line. The new series follows this crew “as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone Wars.”

Source: Hasbro/The Toy Book

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The Bad Batch premieres today with a 70-minute episode before settling into its regular slot on Fridays when new episodes will debut for the next 14 weeks.

Hasbro is first out of the gate into the toy aisles with characters from The Bad Batch joining the popular Star Wars: The Black Series lineup of highly articulated 6-inch scale action figures with premium deco for kids and collectors ages 4 and up.

Star Wars: The Black Series Wrecker | Source: Hasbro

Crosshair, Hunter, and an Elite Squad Trooper are blasting their way onto pegs and collector shelves now with Hunter and Wrecker set to arrive in the months ahead. Additional new Star Wars toy reveals are expected later today in celebration of Star Wars Day.

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James Zahn

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James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.