It won’t die no matter how hard George Lucas tries. The Star Wars toy line is just as prosperous as it’s ever been and this year there is going to be an emphasis on the Vintage line and the Clone Wars cartoon line.

Hasbro revealed that the Star Wars Vintage line will run through 2012 and that this year’s collection ($7.99 each) will feature over 35 figures and will include Expanded Universe characters alongside classic film favorites. In the Summer, Hasbro will release a “Revenge of the Jedi” Vintage line that has rare “Revenge of the Jedi” packaging in an homage to the original working title for what eventually became “Return of the Jedi.” In the Fall there will also be some “Deleted Scenes” figures that feature toys from the deleted scenes featured on the new Star Wars Blu Rays.

Speaking of the Blu Ray release of Star Wars, there will also be six commemorative toy packs to be released in the Fall. Each pack will feature the main characters from each individual episode and the boxes will combine together to create a Star Wars collage.

There was also some big, and we mean BIG, news this year as Hasbro announced the release of the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Attack Shuttle” (August, $79.99.) This will be the one toy that every kid will ask for but only the ones who are truly loved will receive. This vehicle opens up from a gunship to a command base playset complete with lights and sounds.

Hasbro also had big news for fans going to Comic-Con this year. A collectable Death Star box complete with the entire “Revenge of the Jedi” line and an exclusive Mouse Droid and Salacious Crumb figure will be available only at the event.

Between the expansion of the Vintage line and the Blu Ray tie-ins, 2011 is looking to be a great year for Star Wars fans. And without a single Gungan in sight, these figures are looking to be the best Star Wars figures yet.

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