It’s astounding to me how poorly the Legacy Pack sold across all retail levels. It feels like it sold as badly as the 6″ Special Force TIE Fighter. And now as Toy R Us gets ready to close its doors forever, MORE cases from the warehouse are arriving at 60-%-80% off. It’s the only way to get the 40th anniversary Darth Vader (in the vintage Kenner line look). How did this not sell better than it did? I have never seen something so collector-friendly pile up at retail as this release did. And I have been collecting the modern line since 1995. Again, nothing has piled up like this set in my experience. Hasbro isn’t grabbing the right group of collectors with this stuff.
What a coincidence! This store report is in perfect timing with today’s RDR! JTA moderator Sjefke found a bunch of The Black Series 40th Anniversary 6″ Jawas at his closing Toys R Us store. This should show Hasbro once again how even a beautiful assortment of figures like the vintage Kenner inspired 40th anniversary line can suffer when figures aren’t spread evenly over the case ratios. One new figure per case. No repeat. No carry-forwards. Figures that sell out before others should then be converted to a solid case assortment to kill scalping. it’s not rocket science. And it will work.
We all know that Toys R Us in the USA is liquidating their inventory, but JTA reader Jason A. sends us a disconcerting image. His local store received a literal palet of Legacy Packs from The Black Series [Star Wars 40] line. How many of these bleeping things did they make? Can we expect more stuff like this to show up? Will the solid cases of Darth Revan finally arrive? Right now these sets are marked down to $23.99, but many other retailers have already cleared these out for $10 or less per pack. Is this a testament to how small our community is, or is it more of a testament to how lousy distribution is?
The Hasbro Black Series is fast approaching its fifth anniversary. The line was launched in 2013 and the latest wave of figures for the Solo movie is in stores at the moment. I thought this was a good time now to look at the Black Series as a whole. This comprehensive overview will give you all the details you ever wanted to know. How many figures? How many heroes and villains? Click through for a detailed look at the Black Series!
If you need another to open, or just another to save, it’s hard to beat $9.99. Best Buy has the 40th Anniversary Legacy Pack on clearance for $9.99 on their website. Thanks to JTA reader Craig for the alert!
Check out the super-rare variation of Hasbro’s The Black Series [Star Wars 40] Sand People figures JTA sponsor Empire Toy Shop received . Do you notice anything missing? Creepy!
UPDATE: And gone. That was quick…but again, keep checking because they tend to pop in and out.
That second smaller production run of 40th anniversary wave 2 figures have finally arrived and are selling through like hotcakes. JTA sponsor Empire Toy Shop has only a dozen cases remaining before they’re gone forever!
BigBadToyStore.com has begun shipping their Black Series 40th Anniversary Wave 2 cases! YES! They’re ACTUALLY shipping! If you need these, they still have some in stock. Who knows how long they’ll be around this time!
BigBadToyStore.com has received their shipment of The Black Series 40th Anniversary Wave 2 today according to an email sent out earlier today. Later in the day, the began processing orders and charging credit cards. If you need these, I would jump on it because you never know who will or won’t receive their shipments! They’re still listed as “in stock” on their website.
That second smaller production run of 40th anniversary wave 2 figures are finally en route to dealers. You can still pre-order a case from JTA sponsor Empire Toy Shop! Hurry before they’re gone forever!
I have seen some strange eBay auctions in my past, but this one stands out. Is anybody in the mood for empty boxes of already unboxed Hasbro The Black Series 6″ figures? Special thanks to Paul B. for the alert. (By the way as an aside, doesn’t the word “unboxing” just make you want to hurt someone?)
Yahoo! has republished their popular article on the vintage Kenner Star Wars Early Bird Kit (which originally ran December 2015). Because this December marks the official 40th Christmas anniversary of Kenner’s groundbreaking Early Bird Kit “empty box” promotion, Yahoo! has wisely decided to rerun the article and update it to include The Black Series 6″ Legacy Pack which was inspired off of this original collectible as well as other “insider” updates. We should also note, although not mentioned in the article, that Hasbro paid homage to this concept back in 2005 for 3.75″ scaled action figures for The Saga Collection. You can check out both the Early Bird Certificate Package and the Early Bird Figures sets in our Research Droids Reviews. In the meantime, check out the revised article from Yahoo! News.
Another Walmart price drop! This time you can grab the Legacy Pack for $15 online!
Update: You can pick this up on Amazon for the same price, with free Prime shipping. Thanks to Steve for letting us know in our comments!
JTA Reader Alexander F. sends us in this report of his latest purchase from Gamestop.com. He originally ordered two Artoo-Detoo 40th Anniversary Black Series figures, but when they showed up, he got a big surprise. He opened the large box to find two Supreme Leader Snoke (throne) instead of the Artoo’s. The receipt even says Artoo 40th Anniversary. This seems to happen more than it should. Have any of you had a similar mistake happen? Let us know in the comments below!
Good golly! R5-D4 is IN STOCK at GameStop. If you missed this figure, now is your chance! Special thanks to JTA reader Ben S. for the alert!
You can order the Black Series 40th Anniversary R2-D2 from Gamestop.com for $22.99, you can also get free shipping on orders over $35. Thanks to JTA Reader Kevin for the heads up!
If you live in Canada, you should probably check out ToysRUs.ca because they’ve placed all of their The Black Series 6″ figures on sale, including the pre-orders for new items. Special thanks to JTA reader Andrew D. for the alert!
Site sponsor Entertainment Earth has JUST PUT UP FOR PRE-ORDER again wave 2 of the 40th anniversary collection. They encourage you to place a pre-order quickly as there will only be a limited supply available and due to its popularity could sell out at any time. This wave of figures is expected to arrive January 2018. Place your order NOW!
Pre-order the 40th Anniversary WAVE 2 right now at JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys! They also have a ton of BRAND NEW The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures for extremely low prices. Grab them now before they’re gone!
If you’re a Star Wars collector, you know how this goes. You feel like you’re a yo-yo with how information is relayed and what the true status of the figures you actually want is. As you know, and some people feel we have harped on this for way too long already, is that 40th Anniversary wave 2 is and has been completely sold out since about the summertime. (In fact, it’s believed that this was the case even prior to 2017 SDCC – however, we can not wholly conclude that.) But there is great news ahead. Some of you saw our post last night before we were asked to pull it, but now we can share the details. (more….)
Update: More 40th Anniversary Collection is on the way… Stay tuned for more information!
Speaking of Brickseek, The Black Series [Star Wars 40] figures are coming up as low as $5 while still showing stock in quite a few areas. If you find these figures actually in stores for these low prices, please send us the proof! Special thanks to JTA reader Michael M. for the reminder.
It’s raining cancellations! In what is sure to be a devastating blow to collectors waiting in anticipation for The Black Series [Star Wars 40] Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2), some of our readers are receiving the dreaded email from Amazon that their long-delayed figures are ultimately being cancelled. Hasbro also stated in the Star Wars Action News article that Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) and Han Solo were two figures still coming, so this is definitely upsetting news. Click through to read the email going out to some collectors. Special thanks to JTA reader Matthew N. for sharing his experience with us.
Entertainment Earth has asked us to relay a little more information to our readers about The Black Series 6′ 40th Anniversary line. Please click through for more.
It has finally come to a head as we had predicted and advised you on for months now. Entertainment Earth is now officially sending out emails to their respective accounts noting that orders for wave 2 of the 40th anniversary line were cancelled because production has been discontinued. Click through for the complete wording of emails going out to accounts. We hope you already have your figures!
Hasbro Toy Shop’s eBay store has added new stock, but they have also placed many pieces of their current stock on significant discount. There are a ton of figures marked down to the $2 to $3 range and they even have some 6″ figure for less than $10 each. Check it out, you may find something you’re looking for and if you spend $14.99 it all ships for FREE!
You saw our friendly warning here months ago about about the 40th Anniversary The Black Series 6″ wave 2 figures; that they were completely sold out. Various interviews with Hasbro at SDCC this years allowed some to believe that they were shipping at that time, but we were cautious to not be eager about this news. But as you know, no units arrived at retail and many people’s pre-orders weren’t fulfilled and remain open or have been canceled. Now Hasbro answers Star Wars Action News’ question (from their HASCON interview) that they’ve all been shipped. Now, there could be some in transit somewhere, but it looks like these figures are finally all gone. We believe they’ve always been gone for months now (and actually have sources that confirmed this). If you need them, check eBay quickly because there is an even stronger chance now with this new confirmation that you’ll never see them again… unless Hasbro orders a new batch to be produced. As you can see from the listings, some figures go for obscene amounts.
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