The fan first livestream didn’t reveal anything we didn’t really know was coming. Hasbro announced the lineup for the 3rd wave of 40th anniversary The Empire Strikes Back figures. Click through for all the details!
I received a few pre-orders today from my local etailer of choice here in Germany. And I found something interesting on the bottom of the typical Black Series box. A label applied by the etailer. It’s nothing mandated by law (if you wonder), if you buy a TBS or TVC figure in a store it is, technically speaking, for kids 4 and older. However, the specialty etailer felt they needed to add a warning label to the box saying that the figures are NOT toys and are NOT meant for children and that they for the adult figure collector. The collecting community has talked about the mythological kids who play with TVC and TBS for a long time now. The consensus seems to be that both action figure lines are mostly for the adult collector and it seems at least this German etailer absolutely agrees. Which certainly explains why Hasbro needs other toylines to reach and engage kids. Have you found similar labels by etailers on any of your boxes/cardbacks?
It seems Hasbro is finally retiring the much used original Imperial Stormtrooper sculpt we first saw all the way back in 2013. A tweaked and refined Imperial Stormtrooper (based on the appearance in The Mandalorian and Rogue One) was also revealed today. You can immediately tell that the new Stormtrooper looks even better than the old version. Articulation has also been tweaked and improved, the figure has new elbows and new shoulder pads make sure you can move the arms around much better now. The helmet is certainly another huge improvement! This is the new TBS troop builder you want to have for your 6 inch scale Stormtrooper squad! You can pre-order him later this month on May 28th!
And here’s yet another new figure announced for the Black Series! Hasbro revealed the new Kamino Clone Trooper today! Pre-orders are supposed to go live on May 28th!
And here is one more reveal from today. Luke Skywalker in his Dagobah training outfit with Yoda! Luke looks appropriately grimy. He also comes with a backpack. But Yoda is still the same old Yoda from before, i.e. he’s much too tall and it may look a bit funny when Luke carries him around on his back. This post will be updated once details about availability are known! Thanks to Oliver H. for sending the picture!
Update: after more scrutiny it appears Yoda was scaled down somewhat from the previous version and is a little shorter now!
It’s quite rare that both S.H.Figuarts and Hasbro announce the same figure on the same day. But today both companies officially revealed their version of the Beskar Armor Mandalorian! So I thought a first comparative look at both figures might be fun, based on the promo photos we have! Which figure is more accurate? Which one looks more like the actual character in the series? Click through to find out!
Six action figures were revealed for the Black Series today. Not all of them are new, some are just paint variants (carbonized figures). But TBS will get its first ever Ewok! Click through for all the details!
I received a cancellation email for my Black Series Snowspeeder from Amazon Germany today. They cited a “lack of availability”.Â As far as I can tell the Black Series Snowspeeder is also no longer listed on Amazon Germany. Have any of you received cancellation emails from Amazon as well? Hasbro stated that they missed a few shipments because of the ongoing pandemic, but that they hope to catch up again in the next few weeks. So maybe it’s just a temporary hickup and things may become available again at a later date. Unless production of the Snowspeeder (and maybe other toys) was affected, then some releases may be delayed. We’ll have to see. Let us know in the comments if anything you pre-ordered was cancelled as well! Perhaps only Europe / Germany are affected and everything is still fine in the USA.
While Hasbro didn’t talk about any of that at Toy Fair (why would they, these are only new figures ðŸ˜‰ ), more and more never announced Black Series action figures are revealed. And it seems the “Gaming Greats” series which is exclusive to Gamestop is becoming a real thing this year. UK toy website “Toysarama” posted a photo of an upcoming Gamestop exclusive The Force Unleashed Shadow Stormtrooper on their page (the product page still has the text for light side Revan)! The Shadow Stormtrooper follows on the heels of the Stormtrooper Commander. Could a Starkiller figure be next? But so far all the exclusives are merely repaints. Will you try to chase this figure? No word about availability yet, I would advise you to check the Gamestop website every day. Of course Hasbro could just tell us when these figures get released, but that would probably be too easy. ðŸ˜‰
There’s certainly something about Stormtroopers with black armor. This version here looks even cooler than the previous “Shadow Squadron” Stormtrooper we got several years ago. This will certainly by a very sought after figure! Good luck hunting! Thanks for the various alerts!
Fellow collecting website Jedi Insider posted a scoop last night. They have heard rumors about brand new upcoming Black Series figures! Click through for the rumored list of all new figures coming in The Black Series!
Hasbro released a video about the brand new Black Series Snowspeeder on Hasbro Pulse. Patrick and Eric introduce us to the Snowspeeder, they talk a bit about the approach they took when the vehicle was designed and what features it has. It’s a 4 minute video that may whet your appetite for the awesome Snowspeeder some more! You have to go to Hasbro Pulse to watch the video.
Have you pre-ordered your Snowspeeder yet?
Four new drawings by Black Series artist Gregory Titus have appeared on Facebook earlier tonight. They show Crait Luke, Zeb, Jar Jar and a clone that might by Commander Bly. Now all of four of these figures were heavily rumored before, Zeb was virtually confirmed by Hasbro, and Crait Luke is all but guaranteed, two more prequel characters would make sense with The Clone Wars returning for a final season and Hasbro revealed quite a few prequel characters only recently. But Titus also created some art for Hammerhead who hasn’t seen a release yet, so apply the usual grains of salt. But my feeling is that we will get all four of these figures in 2020. Thanks to Matthew Cohen for the alert!
People who collect Black Series figures probably encountered the following issue at least once… now how do I put together that accessory or where and how do I store it on the figure? Latest example is Cara Dune, it seems quite a few collectors were puzzled about where to put Cara’s knife. There is a small hole in her left boot into which you can sheathe it.
Maybe this is something that never bothers you, because you figure these things out right away. But maybe you are someone who sometimes misses these details. Is it obvious that Kylo Ren’s hood down piece can be removed so that you can put the hood up option on his head? Will all collectors find out on their own that you can remove C-3PO’s back of the head for Babu Frik to hack him? So the question is: do some figures need leaflets? Click through for a short discussion!
JTA reader Lewis found the brand new exclusive Black Series Rise of Skywalker C-3PO & Babu Frik action figure at his local Target on Friday. And the brand new figure is already discounted, you can grab it for $17.99. And if you text “TOY” (without quotation marks) to 827438 you will receive a 25% off coupon for any toy or children’s book.
The figure is also available in other parts of the world already, I bought the figure today, from my local German etailer and I will get it shipped next week. But of course it was much more than $17.99. I had to pay about $43…. we love exclusives in Europe! Anyway, if you want C-3PO and the tiny, tiny Babu Frik figure now is probably a good time to go to your local Target! Thanks to Lewis for the alert and the photo!
Hasbro promised more action figure reveals at various European conventions, and after Paris and London they now revealed two all new Black Series figures at the Lucca Comics & Games convention in Italy!
Prequel fans have been asking for more Jedi for years now, and it seems Hasbro is finally willing to deliver: meet Kit Fisto and Plo Koon, two of the most favorite prequel Jedi! Now while the headsculpts are all new, of course, the hands as well, it seems both figures re-use the Obi Wan and Mace Windu body, which is a bit unfortunate, but nevertheless, we finally get more Jedi and more (humanoid) aliens in the line! Click through for a few more photos! All the photos come courtesy of Italian Star Wars site guerrestellari.net!
The promo photos by Hasbro that are either released officially or leaked are not always the best. People were quite taken aback by the amount of eyeliner, eyeshadow and lipstick the new Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker figure is wearing. Well, a first image of the loose figure in hand has appeared on the Black Series Instagram group and collectors can breathe a sigh of relief, the actual production figure looks a lot better! There’s still something off about the likeness, in my opinion, it seems Mark Hamill defies any attempts to sculpt a 100% proper likeness, but it’s certainly Hasbro’s best effort yet and a huge improvement over the Death Star duel version of Jedi Knight Luke. The figure will be a Walmart exclusive in the US. Thanks to Matthew Cohen for the alert!
Well, Triple Force Friday is tomorrow, and still we get leaks! However, the figures leaked now look like they could be something that is released only in a few months from now. Charles G. sent us official Hasbro promo photos for a brand new Chewbacca and C-3PO figure. Thanks to Charles for sending us the photos! Click through for more photos and details!
A Reddit user has posted a photo of a brand new Black Series Clone Commander Fox figure, which was not officially announced anywhere. The figure is a Gamestop exclusive and is supposed to go on sale on Triple Force Friday! Some users reported pre-orderingÂ the figure from Gamestop several days ago. Check out the figure in the photo below! The helmet seems to be non removable? Thanks to Matthew Cohen for the alert!
Instagrammer Toyfiend got the Target exclusive $40 Black Series Mystery Box early. And he was kind enough to post the unboxing video on YouTube and send us the link, so all the collectors can find out with him what’s actually inside the box. And I will spoil it right here. Inside are…
Let’s say Toyfiend was less than thrilled when he found out which figure is inside the box… The First Order Elite Snowtrooper is probably one of the weakest new figures being released later this year, it’s basically the same old First Order Snowtrooper, but now with a cape. And you can get the First Order Snowtrooper for something like $5-$12 on ebay. Maybe Hasbro should have chosen another figure here.
You can watch the full 3 minute unboxing by clicking on the screenshot below! It’s hilarious. Let’s see how many of these unsold boxes will turn up at 5 Below, Ollie’s, Ross & co early next year… Thanks to Toyfiend for taking one for the team! ðŸ˜‰
More good things are coming to the Black Series! Photos of four boxed Black Series have leaked. We know three of them: there is a photo of Jannah, the regular release of Yavin Luke and the regular non carbonized Jet Trooper. And then there is the brand new Wedge figure! Thanks to Cybereye for the alert! Sources for all photos is the Black Series Facebook group! Click through for the other photos!
A photo of the back of the box of Black Series Rey has appeared on the internet. And the short blurb about D-O contains some VERY badly translated German text. Which makes you wonder if a) no one at Hasbro can speak and write German or b) they use Google Translate instead because they are lazy. Let’s hope this error has been corrected for the regular edition boxes, because it’s kind of embarrassing to read something that almost sounds like your average auto-translated manual for some cheap Chinese electronics product.
This is the German text translated back into English, so you know what I am talking about:
Assembled from junk in the workshop of a droidsmith, little D-O is an impressive little roll which is fixed to BB-8.
The following photos are official promo photos of the upcoming Black Series figures. Click through for a good look at what Black Series will get on Triple Force Friday!
NoÂ word about availability (Triple Force Friday? Or a bit later?) yet, but the Black Series Elite Snowtrooper was also revealed earlier tonight. It begs the question why a Snowtrooper, wearing special cold weather outfit, needs a cape. Maybe because capes are just cool. Who knows… other than the cape, this seems to be the First Order Snowtrooper we got a few years ago! So the figure is mostly a repack.
And the reveals don’t stop, check out the all new Black Series Purge Stormtrooper! This photo was first posted on Intagram. No word yet if it’s an exclusive figure or not.
JTA reader Michelalano discovered an official promo photo of the upcoming Black Series Medal Ceremony Luke on Facebook!
This Luke will (also) be available as a German con exclusive, apparently and he comes in a quite nice looking special box and a host of interesting accessories!
Hasbro Germany sent the official promo photos to various German Star Wars fansites and groups on Facebook. This con exclusive is not part of the Triple Force Friday event in the US. Click through for all the details! Special thanks to Michelalano for the alert!
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