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Hasbro Fan First Wednesday: The Black Series Reveals

Today’s May 4th Hasbro livestream was actually quite decent. Five new Black Series figures were revealed, two new quite impressive roleplay items and we got another two pipeline reveals! Click through for all the details!

The new electronic Darth Vader helmet

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Here are the Black Series reveals from today’s fan first livestream. To say there are somewhat underwhelming is probably an understatement. Unless you’ve always wanted an all white Darth Vader figure maybe… Click through for all the reveals!

The most exciting reveal

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Brand New Cad Bane Black Series Figure Revealed!

Your go to Star Wars fansite io9/Gizmodo (look up sarcasm in the dictionary 😉 ) has an exclusive reveal today: a brand new Black Series Cad Bane figure! The figure is sourced from The Bad Batch, NOT the Book of Boba Fett. This Cad Bane seems to have some new parts, including a new head, torso and arms, but is otherwise based on the previous Clone Wars release of the character.

Release is scheduled for winter 2022. Price tag is an astounding $28. That is without Cad’s droid Todo. The only accessories are Cad Bane’s two blasters. Pre-orders become available tomorrow, February 16th, at 1 pm EST.

Head over to Gizmodo for their write up and a few more photos!

Bad Batch version of Cad Bane is coming. Source: io9/Gizmodo

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Today’s livestream had very little to offer for Black Series collectors. Hasbro “revealed” yet more repacks for the Archive line and another Gaming Greats repaint. While it’s certainly nice to make old figures available again for new fans, the fans who have been collecting the line for several years would like to get some new figures as well. The most exciting thing was the pipeline reveal. Figures we will get in mid to late 2023…. And the figures are Aayla Secura, Darth Maul from Clone Wars season 7 and Saw Gerrera from Rogue One. Click through to see the Archive reveals.

Coming in 18 months from now

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Is anyone else sick and tired of not seeing any The Vintage Collection (or The Black Series) merchandise at his or her local brick and mortar? Yet the worst crap Hasbro could make still makes its way to shelves without a hitch? Click through to check out the latest nightmare Hasbro is trying to sell to “kids and gift-buying parents.” LOL, Hasbro, It’s not 2010 anymore. Oh, and they’re still trying to pimp Rey as a viable Star Wars character that everyone wants to see reflected in the action figure line. LOL again.

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The Black Series Through The Years - An Overview

Since the 6 inch scale Black Series was introduced in 2013 the line has changed a lot. The figures have improved in many ways and the releases have become much more numerous. In this article I want to focus on how many regular releases, exclusive releases, rereleases, repaints and kitbashes there have been each year. And while the numbers may not surprise any collector they are still quite eye-opening. This will be a lengthy examination and discussion of the line. So click through for the Black Series overview!

Black Series figures from 2014, 2017 and 2021

Black Series figures from 2014, 2017 and 2021

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We are entering the finishing straight for the HasLab Rancor! In roughly 24 hours the campaign will end – unless Hasbro announce an extension of the deadline today. The Rancor currently has 5,605 backers, about 62% of the required funding. At this point in time all the other successful HasLabs had already been funded and had experienced a massive boost. The Rancor has only added 120-200 backers each day ever since Malakili was added to the offering, not even 900 backers in total.
So what will it be? Yay or nay? What do you think? Place your bet and feel free to share any other musings you have in the comments! This will be the go to HasLab Rancor discussion thread for the final day of the campaign!

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BREAKING NEWS!

Well, it seems Hasbro DOES actually listen to fan feedback! They just announced that the Rancor Keeper Malakili will be added to the Rancor! He will come uncarded and will be added to the Rancor as no additional tier, instead he will come no matter what, as soon as the Rancor receives funding. Right now, the Rancor has 4,763 backers. It will need to almost double that number in the next six days to be successful!

So, what is your opinion? Will it change your mind and will you back the Rancor now? Or is it too little too late?

In my opinion Hasbro could have avoided much drama if they had included Malakili from the very beginning. It’s apparent Hasbro hoped to get away with as little as possible, but the fans have spoken. It’s welcome that Hasbro has listened. However, if would be even better if fans didn’t have to voice their displeasure so vehemently for Hasbro to do something! It’s pretty apparent they are quite desperate so late in the campaign.

Click through for Hasbro’s full statement!

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JTA has just received intel of the next two Tiers: Tier 3 for 15,500 backers, and Tier 4 for 20,000 backers. Click the image below for the reveal! These next two tiers are bound to reduce the number of current backers further to a much lower number, as evidenced by what Tier 2 did to the backer count today!

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Hasbro completely ignores Star Wars Visions, the anthology series showcasing different takes on the Star Wars universe by Japanese anime studios. Whether you liked the shorts or not, you certainly won’t deny the fact that various character designs or even smaller things like the different lightsabers that more resemble traditional katana are visually striking and would make for excellent (action) figures. But this is a world where Marvel’s “What If” animated series can get a dedicated figure line in Marvel Legends (by the very same company that also has the Star Wars license), but Star Wars Visions gets nothing and things like The Bad Batch and even The Mandalorian get the bare minimum. Japanese toy company Banpresto is now the first to offer at least something for fans of the Visions aesthetics. You can buy three vinyl statues, the main characters from the short “The Twins” and Ronin from the episode of the same title. Why is the support of new Star Wars entertainment by Hasbro so lackluster and seriously lacking in almost any respect? Check out the Visions statues after the jump and let’s also discuss the appaling lack of support for new Star Wars series and movies by Hasbro.

Ronin vinyl statue from Banpresto

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Battle Of The HasLabs - Week 2

The Black Series Rancor HasLab was launched 9 days ago. One day after the Rancor the very first GI Joe HasLab followed. And while the GI Joe HasLab is quite different, it’s much cheaper, it may still be interesting to compare the two. So where is the Rancor after 9 days and how does it compare to the GI Joe Skystriker? Click through for more info!

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Black Series Deluxe Figures Are A Scam

Let me preface the following discussion by saying that I have nothing against the concept of deluxe figures. If a figure receives many more paint apps and/or accessories, if a figure requires extensive new tooling and many parts (maybe because of size) then a “deluxe” label is deserved. All these things cost money and when production costs are increased because of all the extra effort put into a figure then it’s only ok to ask for more money. However, I argue that Hasbro does nothing of the sort with their Black Series deluxe figures. Let us take a close look at the newly revealed Cobb Vanth figure to see why I think Hasbro’s version of “deluxe” is a scam and rips off collectors by asking for extra money without putting the extra effort in it. Click through for more!

Hasbro’s idea of a deluxe figure

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Hasbro Star Wars Pulse Con 2021: The Black Series Reveals

Hasbro revealed several new things for the Black Series in their Star Wars Pulse Con panel. Mandalorian fans have more figures to look forward to and Original Trilogy fans get a few more figures in the pipeline.

Mandalorian figures:

  • Mandalorian Maldo Kreist build-up pack with Grogu and Ice Spider
  • Migs Mayfeld Trooper Disguise
  • Boba Fett Nomad Outfit
  • Cobb Vanth Deluxe

There will also be three all new exclusive Galaxy Edge sets!

  • First Order Pack with Hux, AT-AT Driver, Mouse Droid and an Imperial Astromech
  • Droid Depot Pack with a KX-series droid, BB unit, Battle Droid and Babu Frik
  • Creature Pack with two Kowakian Monkey Lizards, Mynok, two Porgs and Bogling

Three figures were revealed for the pipeline, so expect them much later in 2022!

  • Figrin Dan
  • Leia in her Ewok Village outfit
  • Republic Security Droid (Mandalorian)

Check back later for updates!

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You Never Know What Lies Beneath In The Target Star Wars Section

JTA reader Derek H. came across an interesting find at his local Target. These were available for a limited time online, so it’s likely a return. It’s interesting to see a convention exclusive in a retail store, however.

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Hasbro, there are some collectors who like the Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary The Power Of The Force “2” packaging. That’s fine. But if you must release figures in it, can you please get it right? Princess Leia (Ceremonial Outfit) (not “Yavin IV”) came in the final unique packaging of the Kenner/Hasbro The Power Of The Force “2” line, in “starburst” FlashBack and CommTech packaging, not the original red/green card backs. This version of Leia was also part of  “The Princess Leia Collection” but that was different packaging too. Are you familiar with the different original modern toy line looks? Do you perform the appropriate research? It’s probably too late to fix, but you should, at the very least, know the error of your ways.

   

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Hasbro Star Wars Fan First Wednesday: The Black Series Reveals

Today’s livestream offered little new things for The Black Series, instead it would be more appropriate to call it “The Exclusive Repaint & Repack Series”… Click through for all the reveals!

UPDATED with photos and additional info and commentary!

I put a new teaser image here to celebrate the occasion!

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Amazon Star Wars Deals In Both TVC and TBS Today

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Amazon has some pretty good deals on some in-stock The Vintage Collection and The Black Series figures today. Thanks to JTA reader Mike R. for the alert! Here are a few of interest…

There are others listed, just scroll through their deals to check out the rest.

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Is Hasbro Losing Its Way With The Black Series?

The Black Series was launched in 2013 and was originally meant to be the definitive action figure version of beloved Star Wars characters. A lot has happened since then, so where is the line now, in 2021? The general feeling among many collectors is that exclusives are taking over and that repaints or kitbashes dominate the line now. But is any of that true? So I looked at the numbers to see how they really add up. Click through for an overview of the Black Series in 2021 and let’s have a discussion about whether or not Hasbro has taken a wrong turn.

Lazy repaint

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The Black Series Gets More Carbonized Figures!

Since collectors seem to like carbonized figures Hasbro is making more of them. The official Star Wars site revealed earlier today that the Black Series will get three new carbonized figures from The Mandalorian. Available in spring 2022 will be Paz Vizla (formerly known as Heavy Mandalorian), a Shoretrooper and a Scout Trooper! All three figures will be TARGET exclusives. Happy hunting next year!

Will you add the carbonized Mandalorian figures to your collection or will you skip them?

Head to the official Star Wars site for the reveal!

More carbonized figures for the Black Series! Source: starwars.com

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HasLab Rancor - Underwhelming Or Exciting?

Hasbro accidentally revealed what the upcoming Black Series HasLab is going to be: a Rancor. Now the big question is: is a Rancor all that exciting or actually kind of underwhelming? All the previous Star Wars and Marvel HasLab items impressed with their sheer size, how does the Rancor fit in here? So let’s look at the sizes of a few HasLab items to see how a Black Series Rancor would compare!

Update: after yesterday’s slip up Hasbro has now officially confirmed that the Rancor will indeed be the next Star Wars HasLab! The official Star Wars site has the announcement! And Patrick may get no dessert for the next month or so.

Rancor in Return of the Jedi

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A long time ago, we received intel that a 6″ The Black Series Rancor was in the works for the HasLab program. We couldn’t reveal much and had to play it off as a “fantasy” to protect our sources then, and the uncertainty that the Khetanna created for this new platform put the project on hiatus. Today, during a Q&A, Hasbro let it slip that it’s coming. Check it out!

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The leaked Black Series and Vintage Collection sets have now been officially revealed as exclusive Hasbro Pulse Con sets! Prices have also been revealed. And the Black Series will get yet another exclusive not revealed earlier today on Instagram: Dave Filoni’s Trapper Wolf character from The Mandalorian! Click through for a short discussion!

UPDATE: More photos added!

More exclusives

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What Do You Want The First Black Series HasLab To Be?

The announcement of a very first Black Series HasLab was certainly a surprise! Patrick would not reveal any details, of course, other than that the item will not be a vehicle! So what could it be? It more or less boils down to a creature and/or figures. Unless it’s a diorama piece / playset? So what would you like the very first Black Series HasLab to be? A Rancor? Jabba’s Palace playset? Or maybe a set of Cantina aliens? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

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A ton of new and not so new Black Series figures were revealed in  Hasbro’s livestream today! And a Black Series HasLab was announced! Click through for all the details!

UPDATED: Photos and additional info added!

Completing the Rogue One team

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How Durable Are Black Series Figures And Accessories?

Some Black Series figures are prone to falling over. This is just a fact of life. You learn to live with it. But now, in the span of just a few weeks, something broke when two figures decided to take a nap. Is that a common occurence or am I just very unlucky? What are your experiences? Click through for more!

About to break

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