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Today’s Hasbro Star Wars livestream did not have all that many reveals, three new figures were announced:

  • Phase 1 Clone Trooper using the all new clone body (spring 2024, fan channel)
  • Droideka (summer 2024, fan channel)
  • Thrawn from the Ahsoka series (spring 2025, fan channel)

All figures are available for pre-order on January 24th, 1 pm ET!

Click through for photos and the pipeline reveals!

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The Black Series Credit Collection Markdowns On Amazon

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The Black Series Credit Collection sub-line has quite a few markdowns on Amazon, some as low as $7.39. Head over to Amazon to browse the selection if you need any of these at a much better price.

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Is Hasbro Cutting Too Many Corners?

I would like to talk about something today that has bothered me for quite some time: the apparent lack of any perceived value you get for your money when you buy a Star Wars action figure at full price. You pay too much and get too little and then the little you get is also quite often wrong in certain ways. Is Hasbro cutting too many corners? Click through to read more!

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All The Hasbro Star Wars Reveals From MCM London Comic Con!

Earlier today Hasbro revealed a couple of new things for both the Black Series and Vintage Collection at the MCM London Comic Con!

The Black Series:

  • Padme Amidala (The Phantom Menace)
  • Anakin Skywalker (The Phantom Menace)
  • Carson Teva roleplay helmet

The Vintage Collection

  • Finn (The Force Awakens) as VC308
  • Phase I Clone Trooper as VC309
  • Count Dooku as VC307

Click through for some early photos of some of the revealed items as well as a look at the pipeline reveals!

TVC collectors need to be brave now

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Hasbro PulseCon 2023: The Black Series Reveals

Here are all the newly revealed Black Series figures from the Hasbro PulseCon livestream!

  • Baylan Skoll
  • Shin Hati

These are the only new figures revealed! Just two. But at least good ones.

Outside the US Hasbro will release a wave of archive figures for more casual fans, so these will not be sold in the US:

  • X-Wing Luke
  • Darth Vader
  • Bo-Katan
  • Stormtrooper

There will  be two new premium roleplay items!

  • Ezra’s/Sabine’s lightsaber
  • Captain Rex’s helmet

And there were also some pipeline reveals!

  • Darth Vader (A New Hope)
  • The Mandalorian
  • Phase I Clone Trooper
  • Mandalorian Night Owl

The pipeline reveals are targeted at more casual collectors!

The new items will be available in spring 2024, pre-orders go live today at 4 pm ET for Pulse Premium members and 5 pm ET for the plebs!

Click through for a few photos and a very interesting factoid about the popularity of The Black Series vs The Vintage Collection, because there was an online poll during the stream….

The Ahsoka MVPs are coming to the Black Series!

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Here are all the new reveals for the Black Series from today’s Hasbro livestream! And as expected it’s all about the brand new Ahsoka series!

  • Chopper (repack)
  • Huyang
  • Ezra Bridger
  • Morgan Elsbeth
  • HK-87 (repaint)
  • Marrock
  • Sabine Wren roleplay helmet

The figures will all be available in fall 2023, pre-order starts tomorrow, August 30th, at 1pm ET. The Sabine helmet can also be pre-ordered tomorrow, but will only be released in fall of 2024!

Two pipeline figures were revealed as well, so coming to the Black Series at a later date will be:

  • Momaw Nadon aka Hammerhead
  • R5-D4 and three Pit Droids

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Marrock is coming to the Black Series

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The Most Valuable Black Series Figures

The Black Series has its 10th anniversary in 2023, so the perfect opportunity to look at aftermarket ebay prices and to see which Black Series figures are the most valuable right now. In the past decade a couple hundred figures have been released in the line. Which ones are the winners and losers? While I think that modern mass produced action figures are not meant to be high value collectibles that will buy you a small island in the Caribbean once you retire, certain figures are of course sought after and will rise in value.  So click through to find out which Black Series figures might at least buy you a nice meal at a fancy restaurant, but sadly, no island in the Caribbean, for that you’d need quite a few vinyl cape Jawas.

She may not look like much, but she’s valuable

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Why Can't Hasbro Get Luke Skywalker Right?

My Black Series Imperial Light Cruiser Luke Skywalker figure arrived a few weeks ago… and as I looked at the figure and examined it I was wondering how it can be that in 2023 we get a Luke Skywalker figure from Hasbro that looks even worse than previous efforts. This prompted me to look at all the past versions and to see if any of them are any good. So today I want you to join me for a retrospective of all the Black Series Luke Skywalker figures. And I will rate all of them. A “Luke” will be a figure that actually looks like Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker. A “Luuke” could be a brother or cousin. A “Luuuuuke” however would just be some random dude. And yes, it’s supposed to be fun! So click through for a little show of horrors!

Let me introduce you to Luuuuke

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Is Hasbro Cutting Back On Black Series Articulation?

Eagle eyed fans have already spotted it… the newly revealed Black Series figures of Hera Syndulla and Sabine, as well as Padawan Ahsoka, who is based on her Clone Wars look, have no thigh swivels. Is Hasbro trying to reduce costs by removing articulation, and thus number of parts and assembly costs? Click through for more!

No thigh swivel anymore

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Hasbro SDCC 2023: The Black Series Reveals

Here are the all the revealed new Black Series figures Hasbro showed off at their SDCC panel today!

  • Holiday Edition Jawa with monkey
  • Holiday Edition Ewok – Pulse/Shop Disney
  • Holiday Edition Mandalorian Scout – Amazon
  • Holiday Edition Purge Trooper – Fan Channel
  • Holiday Edition KX Security Droid – Walmart
  • Holiday Edition Snowman Trooper – Target
  • Hera Syndulla (Ahsoka)
  • Sabine Wren (Ahsoka)
  • Ahsoka Tano (Ahsoka)
  • Ahsoka Tano’s lightsabers (roleplay item)
  • R2-D2 (all new sculpt and he comes in the traditional box with plastic window like all other new figures)

There were also three pipeline reveals!

  • Fallen Order 3-pack with Cal Kestis, Purge Trooper and Second Sister – Amazon
  • Droideka
  • B2 Super Battle Droid and Geonosis C-3PO 2-pack – Hasbro Pulse

Most items are available in fall 2023. Pre-orders start tomorrow, July 22nd, at 5 pm ET! The Holiday figures will magically appear on shelves, there is no pre-order for them!

Ahsoka figures will be up for pre-order on August 10th at 1 PM Eastern.

Photos will be added later!

So what do you think of the Black Series reveals? Not too many really new things were shown, with Hera and Sabine being the highlights, in my opinion.

UPDATE: Photos added!

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shopDisney has the Return of the Jedi 40th Anniversary Force Spirits Set in Stock. Get free shipping on orders over $75. Click here for the product page.

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Entertainment Earth has opened pre-orders for the Black Series Endor Rebel trooper!

You can pre-order the figure here!

Price is a ridiculous $33.99!

Will you pre-order the trooper? Or wait for the eventual regular release in the standard Black Series box? Will you wait for eventual discounts? Or skip the figure altogether? Let us know in the comments!

Now available for pre-order!

 

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The Black Series had a couple of reveals today, some are great, but not all are exciting though. Click through for all the details!

One of the exciting reveals today

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All the Star Wars Celebration Hasbro Star Wars Reveals!

Since the Hasbro Panel that streamed on YouTube is a recording, all the reveals have already been posted on their Facebook page! So what can The Vintage Collection and The Black Series collectors look forward to? A new The Vintage Collection HasLab for 2023 was also announced (without any further details though). Click through for all the details!

Coming to TVC

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Well, to the surprise of probably no one Hasbro will backpedal from one of their most controversial decisions in the recent past: the plastic free packaging that had figures inside of windowless cardboard boxes will be no more beginning in late 2023! Beginning in late 2023 and going into 2024 various action figure collector lines, like G.I. Joe, Marvel Legends, Power Rangers and of course The Black Series will return to plastic blisters and plastic windows. However, the plastic will be made from either bio PET or recycled plastic! Click through for the official statement!

No more pfp packaging for Star Wars going forward

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Amazon currently has The Black Series Return of the Jedi 40th Anniversary Boba Fett on sale for $16.79. Click here for the product page.

Update: This deal is no longer available

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JTA sponsor Crazy Collecting has just received a restock of some recent The Black Series waves. Take some time to check out their latest stock, and first-time buyers can enjoy 10% off their entire order.

We got some characters like Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, Omega, Fennec Shand, Ahsoka, and the list goes on! We also have another fantastic opportunity for any amazing collector who is looking to Army Build with Figrin D’an! We still have the Discount code available for any first-time buyers through us that will allow anyone to save 10% off their entire order using the code STAYINGPOSITIVE in all caps.

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The Black Series Sales On ShopDisney

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ShopDisney has several The Black Series items marked down, including the Smuggler’s Run Set for $24.98. Click below for some of the deals.

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Not all that much was revealed for The Black Series in today’s livestream!

  • Revenge of the Jedi Darth Vader Star Wars Celebration Exclusive
  • Rebel Commando
  • Clone Commander Jesse
  • Ki Adi Mundi
  • Scout Trooper Roleplay Helmet

There were also three pipeline reveals! Click through for the details!

This year’s Celebration exclusive

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The Black Series Overview 2022

2022 lies behind us, the perfect opportunity to look back and to see how many Black Series sets we had in 2022 and under what categories they fell. How many new figures did we get? How many kitbashes were among them? How many exclusives are there? I also look back all the way back to 2013 to show you how the line has changed throughout the years! So click through for all the details about the Black Series in 2022!

Black Series Fennec Shand

One of the best Black Series figures in 2022

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Hasbro Star Wars Pulse Con 2022: The Black Series Reveals

The Hasbro Pulse Con Star Wars panel had several goodies for Black Series fans. One major focus was Andor and we get a few surprising, but very welcome figures from the show in The Black Series! Another focus was the upcoming 2023 40th anniversary Return of the Jedi line and finally, the Black Series pipeline reveals offer one or two surprises as well, that will probably be welcomed by collectors! So click through for all the details!

Finally in the Black Series line-up: Mon Mothma

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Hasbro SDCC 2022: The Black Series Reveals

The Hasbro Star Wars SDCC panel just ended and a few all new figures were revealed for The Black Series, as well as a ton of repaints! Click through for all the details!

More Grogu incoming!

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Ideas For The Next Black Series HasLab

With the second failed Black Series HasLab in a row the question is what could be next. To put the blame for the two failures on the Black Series as a toyline is shortsighted, since both HasLabs were either half-baked lazy attempts (Rancor) or mindboggling choices (Reva’s lightsaber, really???) to begin with.

It’s a moot discussion about who’s to blame here, it’s most likely Lucasfilm in my opinion – with some assistance by the Hasbro Star Wars team. The big question is if Hasbro should give the Black Series one more try at HasLab.

We will not talk about potential TVC HasLabs here, since TVC has several no-brainers that would almost certainly be a success, like the Death Star Playset, the Cantina from A New Hope, maybe a Sandcrawler or even the Ghost from Rebels (with crew). It would be a good idea to have the next Star Wars HasLab be a TVC item and only after that Hasbro should revisit the Black Series.

So what would be some good choices (for a change!) for a Black Series HasLab? Click through for my ideas and then add your own ideas and suggestions in the comments. Lucasfilm and Hasbro seem to be in dire need of some help here!

The Black Series can do better!

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[UPDATE]: Reva Force FX Lightsaber HasLab Not Funded!

And that’s it… The Reva Force FX Lightsaber HasLab ended with a resounding “thud”. Final backer number is 1,413, which is not even close to the 5,000 people who were needed. That is the second failed Star Wars Black Series HasLab in a row. Hasbro and Lucasfilm should do some deep soul searching and evaluate the situation.

Why did the Black Series ever get these extremely lackluster HasLabs to begin with? The Rancor looked merely “ok”, but not great, the tiers were a bad joke (a cardboard backdrop, really? Repacked figures?) and Reva’s lightsaber was dead in the water right from the start. Whoever thought people might want that? Either Lucasfilm or Hasbro (or both) need a reality check. Well, they got one for free now with a failed HasLab that only convinced a little more than 1,400 people to back a Force FX lightsaber for a brand new Star Wars character that is maybe not as popular as Lucasfilm would like it.

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The Hasbro Pulse YouTube channel has a new series of unboxing videos in which designers Eric, Emily and Chris post short videos about newly announced action figures. Of course these are still mostly promos and not proper reviews, but the videos give you a good glimpse at several newly revealed Black Series and Vintage Collection action figures in great detail and could be of interest to you. Click through for all the various unboxing videos for TBS and TVC figures!

Eric showcasing the new Tibidon Station Ben Kenobi figure

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