If you followed Hasbro’s last livestream in January you will probably not be all that much surprised by today’s Black Series reveals, because the new figures are all from the “pipeline” shown last time. Click through for more!
Photos of the brand new Black Series Deluxe Return of the Jedi Boba Fett figure appeared on Reddit a few days ago. And there were early reports of warped helmets out of the box. But it was not known if this issue is widespread or not. Now several video reviews of the figure have appeared on YouTube and unfortunately each and every figure reviewed has a seriously pinched helmet. What could have been a good figure will now come out of the box with a defect collectors will have to try to remedy by using hot water or a hair dryer. This may be the perfect opportunity now to talk about Hasbro’s new approach to glue helmets on unpainted heads. Click through for more!
A user on Reddit has posted first photos of the brand new Black Series Return of the Jedi Boba Fett figure! So how does it look? Click through for several photos of Boba Fett out of the box!
UPDATE: New photo added!
UPDATE 2: Link to a video review added!
Instagram user anerdydad has posted three photos of yet to be officially revealed Mandalorian Black Series figures on his Instagram! We can expect official announcements very soon, most likely on any of the upcoming Mando Mondays. The revealed figures are Moff Gideon, who was kind of leaked by Hasbro through box art just a few days ago, Greef Karga and everyone’s favorite Ugnaught Kuiil. Click through for the photos!
GTP, who are primarily known for their “Space Walls”, has been an official Star Wars licensee for a few months now. And today GTP finally revealed the first officially licensed Star Wars diorama set (which had been leaked on the GTP website before): a massive 91.5 cm / 36 in long Tantive IV hallway diorama for 1/12 scale figures, i.e. the Black Series. The set comes with 100+ (!) static and blinking LED Lights! Click through for more details!
Quite a few figures were revealed today for the Black Series and the Black Series Archive Collection. And there is also a new “Holiday Edition” subline for Christmas! So click through for all the reveals!
UPDATE: Photos added!
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Today the official Star Wars site revealed an all new marketing campaign for The Mandalorian, titled “Mando Mondays”. After each new episode airs you will be able to order new Mandalorian related products the following Monday, beginning October 26th. The campaign will run for nine weeks. You can read more about Mando Mondays here!
And to celebrate this announcement, that’s what the official Star Wars site says, select products go on pre-order today (as in September 21st) at 4 pm (Eastern Time). Among things like a new Lego set or Funko Pops you can also get the brand new, just revealed Black Series Credit Collection. You can get The Mandalorian, Cara Dune, IG-11, Heavy Mandalorian and Death Trooper. They are all repaints and made to look like the concept art you could see in the Mandalorian credits. And yes, all of these are exclusives! They all come on vintage style cardbacks and also with a credit chip. Click through to see the pre-order links!
A D23 email that is going out to club members today is featuring an image that shows a yet unannounced Black Series Star Wars figure. You have to squint a little bit, so I upscaled the photo (make sure to click on it for the full size). You can clearly see a red First Order/Sith Trooper with a cape standing behind the TVC Millennium Falcon. Is that a yet to be revealed all new Black Series figure? It looks like a straight Captain Phasma repaint, yet another exclusive figure maybe? Would you add the red Sith Trooper with cape to your collection? Thanks to reader JP for the alert!
UPDATE: I apparently suffer from amnesia, since the figure in the photo is Captain Cardinal from the tv show Star Wars Resistance and was revealed quite a while ago. I watched each episode of the show, somehow I have a hard time remembering Captain Cardinal, I even forgot about the announcement of his upcoming figure. What did Captain Cardinal do again? Anyway, nothing to see here, move along, move along!
UPDATED UPDATE: there’s a reason I don’t remember seeing Captain Cardinal in Resistance… he’s not in the series, he’s a character in a book. Please excuse me now, I am busy digging a hole I can disappear into.
There are two new reveals for The Black Series! The focus was on 5 POA and TVC today, but Black Series fans will get one figure they have been asking for for a long time and yet another Gaming Greats figure! Click through for more!
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”. 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 😉 ), 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. 😉
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!
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