The Lucca Comics and Games Convention Hasbro panel JUST revealed 2 new figures coming next year for The Black Series and The Vintage Collection (thanks to Banthaskull for posting the live feed). If you’re a TBS collector, you will be pleased that our rumor is true that Mace Windu will be joining the 6″ world. If you are a TVC collector, the reveal may be worse than you could have possibly imagined! If you thought the figure wasn’t worth it for $3 at Walmart a year ago, you might be thrilled to pay $13 for a repacked Poe Dameron (pilot) figure on a vintage Kenner card back! What do you think?
Update: Official promo photos of Mace Windu and Poe Dameron added! More photos will most likely follow later today, so stay tuned! Also, it has to be pointed out that Poe Dameron is a repaint with photo real technology.
Update 2: Mace Windu will be available in Spring 2019! Poe Dameron is scheduled for a fall 2019 release!
On paper things should look very bright for Star Wars. We have new movies. Quite a few of them too, with even more in the pipeline. And in the very near future we will get Star Wars shows on Disney’s streaming channel with one all new series, “The Mandalorian”, and the return of the fan favorite “The Clone Wars”. On the toy front we have a lot to choose from, there are 5 POA toys, there is The Vintage Collection, we have the Black Series, and on top of that there are Asian companies that also make 6 inch figures or model kits, not to mention larger scale figures such as Hot Toys / Sideshow, Jakks Pacific “Big Figs” or Hasbro’s very own 5 POA 12 inch figures. In terms of sheer choice things have hardly been any better. But nevertheless some collectors are unhappy, disillusioned and sometimes even angry at Disney, Lucasfilm and Hasbro. In this editorial I would like to talk about that feeling of frustration. Click through for some thoughts about the topic.
Hasbro has released official images of their The Black Series 6″ Archive Series of 6″ figures. These updated figures look fantastic! See the full gallery on our Facebook page!
JTA reader Kieran C. had the opportunity to talk to Steve Evans at NYCC. He wanted to know if Disney’s royalty fees might prevent Hasbro from doing more TVC figures. It has been speculated that production costs for TVC and the Black Series might basically be the same but that TVC has smaller margins, which results in fewer new figures for the line. Steve Evans’ answer however paints a somewhat different picture. Click through for what he said!
Availability of action figures at brick and mortar retail stores has been a topic of debate lately. But what is the state of the US toy industry and US toy retailers in 2018, after the demise of Toys R Us? Click through for more details!
The Entertainer stores in the UK are receiving the subscription service The Black Series figures now. But JTA reader MBraze alerts us that all is not well with this. Click through for more.
There seems to be some confusion about the performance of Star Wars toys in the 2nd quarter of 2018. In Hasbro’s very own earnings presentation for the 2nd quarter of 2018 only Beyblade and Marvel were mentioned as showing growth for Hasbro’s Partner Brands, which was more than offset by the other Partner Brands. But a transcript of the earnings call following the presentation reveals that things are not as bleak and actually quite positive when it comes to Star Wars. Click through for more details about Star Wars retail performance!
Hasbro revealed at their SDCC panel that they will introduce a new 6 inch figure line. A greatest hits line called “The Black Series Archive”. Hasbro will release 4-8 figures each year, they will select highly sought after figures for this line. All figures will come on blister cards and all human figures will be updated with the photo real technology. The first four figures, coming later in 2018, are Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88 and X-Wing Luke with photo real paint apps!
I’ve been thinking lately if people really have no interest in Disney Star Wars or Sequel Trilogy Star Wars action figures. But I think that, no matter what you think of the movies, there are most certainly some action figures that many or even most collectors would like to have. So I came up with a list of top 10 Disney Star Wars figures I would like to see in the Black Series. Click through for the list!
We all need a good hearty laugh sometimes, right?
*that is $59
JTA presented a detailed breakdown of the 6 in Black Series a few days ago. Now it’s time to look at The Vintage Collection. The line was only resurrected a few weeks ago, time to look at the line as a whole. How many figures are there? How many exclusives? How does TVC compare with the Black Series? Click through to find out everything you want to know about TVC!
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!
There are some great deals being found still at Walmarts around the US. Click through to find out more!
As you know, Hasbro has dropped news today via other media outlets. Litzky PR has sent us PRESS IMAGES of what was revealed. Check out the gallery on our Facebook page! Click through for details on newly revealed items!
New Hasbro The Black Series 6″ figures have been revealed by io9! Check it out!
We think Yoda is cool! Hasbro showed us some great love for this classic character in the 5POA Star Wars [The Last Jedi] line. But it has been quite a while since we have seen him released in The Black Series 6″ scale. That original figure wasn’t so great if you recall. It had a terrible paint job and came with a lightsaber! And he was too tall! What the heck? We think it is time to see Yoda again for The Black Series 6″ line. This is especially true now since he made a cameo in The Last Jedi. And if they can’t give us an all-new sculpt, at least we have “photo realistic” technology in place to fix the deco issues of the past! It seems the time to do this is now! Can we get an “Amen!”?
Love Vintage? Love Boba Fett? Then you will love this! Check out the amazing custom The Black Series 6-Inch Boba Fett repainted with his Kenner Vintage counterpart’s paint scheme. Created by Instagram user vaz_sw.pics, you can commission one of these from him if it’s a must-have for you. Just connect with him through his Instagram account. You’ll just have to be patient though, he’s backlogged through the New Year. Photo Credit: Toy Galaxy
It may be more than just a coincidence that we’re seeing “rumors” about a conscious move away from 5POA as well as the return of The Vintage Collection. It seems like a last ditch effort to revitalize the Star Wars toy line. (more….)
Some great Prime deals are already popping up, and it’s not even 9PM yet (the official start of Amazon’s Prime Day). Check out some of the low prices for The Black Series figures already. K-2SO ($11.81), Director Krennic ($8.95), and Imperial Death Trooper ($14.82). And, the Tusken Raider has dropped a bit below its normal retail price to $19.99. Click here to browse through all of the TBS6 figures, and keep checking back for more price drops!
We have posted about this before, but just like many “just seen” inside jokes with close friends, this never gets old. So it’s worth looking at them time and again. Check out these terrible The Black Series (all scales) knockoff figures on eBay.
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