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Hasbro Fan First Friday: The Black Series Pipeline Reveals

Hasbro did something new today. They actually revealed some of the figures that are in the pipeline for 2021 or 2022 even. This is something many fans have asked for for a long time, to learn what Hasbro has lined-up. No actual figures, digital sculpts or anything really were shown, but Hasbro revealed which characters will come to The Black Series. And there are quite a few interesting choices! Click through for more!

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Hasbro Fan First Friday: The Black Series Reveals

The very first Fan First Friday of the new year just ended and a big focus for The Black Series was the Lucasfilm 50th anniversary event. The Black Series will get  several figures in the 50th anniversary line, almost all of them repacks/repaints. One figure gets a retooled photoreal headsculpt however! Click through for all the details!

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The Lucasfilm 50th anniversary is a big focus

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HURRY! Pre-order Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Amazon Exclusives!

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We reported that these figures were coming a couple of days ago, now the news is official and you can pre-order them on Amazon right now!

Pre-order the Star Wars: The Black Series – Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Figures

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Online retailer Daming Toys reveals a new assortment of The Black Series 6″ Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary figures. The retailer claims these will be packaged in mock-ups of the character’s original debut line. A Jawa and Count Dooku are also part of the line.

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This initiative is in place of giving collectors value for their purchases. Bobby Vala, a former seven-year employee at Hasbro was interviewed on a podcast recently. The video of it can be found HERE. He offers opinions and insights to the Hasbro Star Wars and Marvel brands explaining why we get so little with those action figures. It’s something called PERCEIVED VALUE. The Disney licensing fees are so high, that they cut out any potential opportunity of multiple portraits or interchangeable hands. And Hasbro’s GI Joe line suffers the brunt of this because of the cut back on accessories as to not make the Star Wars and Marvel lines look bad. (more….)

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The Mandalorian Season 2 Action Figures We Need

The Mandalorian season 2 finale aired about a month ago. Time to reflect upon an exciting season and to create a list of all the Mandalorian season 2 action figures collectors need and want. So click through for my list of Mandalorian season 2 figures we need!

Mandalorian Season 2 Boba Fett

We definitely need him

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The Many Joys Of Posing Action Figures

Today I want to talk about posing your action figures. I will specifically talk about the Black Series, but I suppose what I want to talk about will apply to other lines as well. I moved last year, that also meant I had to put all of my Star Wars figures into boxes only to put them back in their display cabinets and on shelves again. But I put off that task for quite a while, several months actually. Because, quite frankly, posing action figures is no fun at all to me. Why? Click through for more!

They are all back in their cabinets after all

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I found an article on Polygon today that is humorous in part. While summarizing the new offerings from Hasbro based on The Mandalorian, they reference The Vintage Collection in a funny way. They describe it as “There’s also a sort of junior version of the Black Series called the Vintage Collection, which brings a greater level of detail and articulation to the traditional 3.75-inch scale, at merely 150% of the cost.” It’s almost as if the writer doesn’t understand the history of Star Wars action figures. Then to confuse things, they go on to describe the Retro Collection. Isn’t that the traditional 3.75″ format? Is this a chicken-or-the-egg scenario? Also of interest, the original title of the article was “Star Wars toys and Mandalorian figures aren’t really for kids anymore” which probably put Hasbro in a panic, and they since changed it to “Star Wars toys keep changing, and leaving kids behind.” We’re not sure why that was changed. Anyhow, The Black Series line exists BECAUSE of the traditional 3.75″ scale and The Vintage Collection. It’s not the other way around. Check out the article for yourself. Thumbnail credit courtesy of Polygon.

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Mando Monday: Pre-Order Today's Reveals

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It’s the last Mando Monday, and you would expect Hasbro to go out with a bang instead of a fizzle. So many missed opportunities for an amazing reveal or two in TBS or TVC. But alas, here’s today’s pre-orders: two role-play items (albeit pretty awesome ones) and one TVC re-release of a re-release…

   

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Hasbro Pulse live-streamed another Star Wars Fan First Friday this morning. All reveals go on sale at 1 PM Eastern. Here are today’s reveals:

  • The Vintage Collection – Zutton
  • The Black Series – Asajj Ventress (TCW)
  • The Black Series – Hunter (TCW)
  • The Black Series – Crosshair (TCW)

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Hasbro has really been killing it with their Mando Mondays reveals, and today is no exception. This helmet looks gorgeous! IGN revealed this new product this morning, available for preorder at 4 pm EST today. Click here for more images.

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Both the Vintage Collection and the Black Series had several reveals on the very first Mando Monday! And while most of the things (if not all) will no longer come as a huge surprise if you follow the news, it is still nice to see the official announcement! So click through for all the TVC and TBS reveals from today!

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TVC Mando Buildup Pack

TVC Mando Buildup Pack

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Toy Photography Is Changing The Business

Today I want to talk about something that, in my opinion, has changed action figure collecting quite substantially in the past few years: toy photography. For the longest time action figure and toy collecting meant that you probably had various figures and vehicles on display in your home – but that outside of family members and friends almost no one got to see your collection. But in recent years more and more collectors have taken on toy photography as yet another hobby and have begun to share their work online. And this ongoing trend has not gone unnoticed by the various toy companies. And I think it has even changed the product lineup to a certain degree, to a point where modern figures, vehicles and playsets maybe even have the toy photographer a lot more in mind than the traditional collector. And it’s not just the Black Series, the Vintage Collection as well, ever since the line was relaunched in 2018!  So let’s talk about toy photography and how it has changed the business!

 
Matthew Cohen Mandalorian and The Child photo

Not a scene from the series

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The Best Buy exclusive TBS Credit Collection Heavy Infantry Mandalorian pre-order didn’t go live with the rest of the collection, but the pre-order is now available for those that missed it. 

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Pre-Order The Black Series Credit Collection

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The pre-orders are live for The Black Series Credit Collection. Click below for the pre-order pages!

   

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Sunday Fun: The True Size Of Star Wars Toy Vehicles

Star Wars is, among many other things, known for its enormously sized space ships. Hasbro has made quite a few of the smaller vehicles for The Vintage Collection, and they even gave The Black Series a few vehicles. However, the toy versions are somewhat undersized. But what if Hasbro made scale accurate Star Wars vehicles? What would be the size? Ever wondered how big a Black Series AT-AT or a TVC Star Destroyer would be? Click through to find out!

Size matters

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Pre-Order Today's The Black Series Reveals

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Pre-order pages are now available for today’s TBS reveals! Links below:

              
 

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Wow, these are incredible looking figures folks. Maybe one day we’ll get them in 3.75″ too, but for the favorite children of Hasbro, you get 4 all-new figures from The Clone Wars in 6″ form. Check out the photos of the individual figures and their packaging HERE. Thanks to Mike Z. in the Star Wars The Black Series Collectors Facebook group for the heads up!

The article states they will be available for preorder exclusively from Walmart tomorrow at 10 AM EST.

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The Black Series On The Aftermarket

I talked about ebay prices for The Black Series and The Vintage Collection recently and today I stumbled upon a very informative website that will be extremely helpful to anyone who is chasing figures on the aftermarket or wants to sell their figures and gauge demand: Actionfigure411.

This website tracks aftermarket prices for various Hasbro toylines, GI Joe Classified, Marvel Legends, Transformers Masterpieces and, of particular interest to Star Wars fans, it has a complete list of all Black Series releases, both 6 inch and 3.75 inch, including the Walmart exclusives. The site doesn’t just track prices on ebay, Amazon and Walmart are also tracked, giving you a very comprehensive overview.

On the website you not only see a detailed price table with all figures ever released in the Black Series, you also can display charts that visualize how aftermarket prices developed over time. The site also tells you how many figures were sold in recent times and what the high and low price were. The data is updated daily. Unfortunately, for TVC collectors, there is only very incomplete data for TVC 2.0. But the data tells us a few interesting things about the popularity of various Black Series figures. So click through for a closer look at The Black Series on the aftermarket, I will also talk about 3.75 inch figures!

General Hux is a winner

General Hux is a winner

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In light of the recent rumors about a “Gaming Greats” Darth Nihilus Black Series figure I wonder if Hasbro has long term plans for a “Gaming Greats” Black Series sub line. That leads us to the question of today: what other potential “Gaming Greats” Star Wars figures would you like to see? Also, what figures do you think are realistic candidates for a release? Click through for a few suggestions and make sure to add your own in the comments!

Gaming Greats Revan

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How Sustainable Is The Black Series?

Yes, this is part of the #fightforTVC campaign, but I pose this as a legitimate question to 6″ Black Series collectors. For over 40 years, 3.75″ action figures have dominated the Star Wars collecting market. Only a few years ago, the 6″ Black Series line entered the scene, and has since grown into a line with many new figures per year and a large collecting group. But how long can it continue? Is collecting 6″ figures sustainable? Let’s explore a few reasons why it may not be…

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A New Hope - A Toy Story

On May 4th several Star Wars toy photographers released a rather impressive project: an action figure recreation of A New Hope. It’s a joint effort of nine people, sadly, the project is not quite finished, maybe 90% is done, but even so, there are more than 250 images, using the full range of action figures, TBS, TVC, SHF, Bandai model kits and even Kenner, plus some custom figures and dioramas. The entire portfolio makes for one very ambitious and excellent photo novel. Projects like these show what can be achieved with a clever combination of both 1/12 and 1/18 scale figures, custom dioramas, and off the shelf vehicles. Maybe the photography bug may bite you as well when you see the excellent photos that recreate iconic scenes from the movie. Click through for a couple of highlights!

A New Hope Action Figure Version

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Toy Run Tuesday #44 - Revenge of the Fifth Haul!

This week was great. I got some incredible new acquisitions that I am very excited to share with you! One item is BIG. I got some fodder in trade, and some not-so-shiny new troopers. There is even more, so please click here so I can share it with you!

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Toy Run Tuesday #41 - Family Business and the Clone Wars

Hello my fellow toy runners! It’s been quite a week! I have some exciting new things to share with you, including some custom Star Wars pieces my wife made! I also was able to make a great score via Facebook Marketplace, and picked up one of Hasbro’s best vehicles locally. Please click here to check out some photos of this past week in Star Wars!

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I want to make a plug for 2 of my favorite shops online for custom parts: Krazy D’s Customs, and Watto’s Scrapyard. Both companies offer 3D printed parts of their own skilled original design, but for very different aspects of the customizing world. For people like me who love to customize, they fill a valuable, if not crucial role, in collecting today. Click here to see what I mean.

Krazy D’s Kustoms

Watto’s Scrapyard

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