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Hasbro Reveals a New FX Lightsaber, Black Series, Vintage, and Retro Collection for Star Wars

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES REY SKYWALKER FORCE FX ELITE LIGHTSABER

(HASBRO/Age 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $264.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Combining advanced LEDs and entertainment-inspired Lightsaber sound effects, the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES FX ELITE LIGHTSABERS are the most realistic Force FX Lightsabers yet. The real metal hilt features design and deco based on REY SKYWALKER’s iconic Lightsaber featured in the STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. The first-ever STAR WARS: The Black Series Force FX Elite Lightsaber yellow blade features a twist to ignite feature including battle clash effects, blaster deflect effects, and molted blade tip effects. Fans and collectors can proudly display this Lightsaber on the included stand, with or without the removable blade. Requires 3 1.5V AA batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers like Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES THE MANDALORIAN AND GROGU Figures

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $36.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES THE MANDALORIAN AND GROGU Figures inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney Plus.  STAR WARS fans and collectors can display these fully articulated figures featuring a poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes 2 figures and 5 accessories. Available exclusively at Target.

STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA (YAVIN 4) Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $26.49/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans and collectors can commemorate the first 50 years of LucasFilm with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA (YAVIN 4) Figure inspired by the original STAR WARS trilogy in STAR WARS The Power of the Force- themed packaging. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring a poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Availability may vary depending on region, stay tuned for more information regarding Hasbro Pulse US availability in November.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CREDIT COLLECTION 6-INCH THE MANDALORIAN Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $26.49/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CREDIT COLLECTION 6-INCH THE MANDALORIAN Figure inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney Plus. This distinctive collection is inspired by the end credit images from THE MANDALORIAN including a special Galactic Credit accessory. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring a poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure, 2 accessories, and Galactic Credit. Available exclusively on Amazon.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CREDIT COLLECTION 6-INCH MOFF GIDEON Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $26.49/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CREDIT COLLECTION 6-INCH MOFF GIDEON Figure inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney Plus. This distinctive collection is inspired by the end credit images from THE MANDALORIAN including a special Galactic Credit accessory. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring a poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure, 2 accessories, and Galactic Credit. Available exclusively at Best Buy.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CREDIT COLLECTION 6-INCH GREEF KARGA Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $26.49/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CREDIT COLLECTION 6-INCH GREEF KARGA Figure inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney Plus. This distinctive collection is inspired by the end credit images from THE MANDALORIAN including a special Galactic Credit accessory. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring a poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure, accessory, and Galactic Credit. Available exclusively at Fan Channel and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CREDIT COLLECTION 6-INCH THE ARMORER Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $26.49/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CREDIT COLLECTION 6-INCH THE ARMORER Figure inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney Plus. This distinctive collection is inspired by the end credit images from THE MANDALORIAN including a special Galactic Credit accessory. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring a poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure, 2 accessories, and Galactic Credit. Available exclusively at GameStop.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CREDIT COLLECTION 6-INCH KUIIL Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $26.49/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CREDIT COLLECTION 6-INCH KUIILFigure inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney Plus. This distinctive collection is inspired by the end credit Credit accessory. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring a poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure, accessory, and Galactic Credit. Available exclusively on Amazon.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES GAMING GREATS 6-INCH JET TROOPER Figure

 (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $26.49/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans and collectors can imagine exciting moments from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this premium STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES GAMING GREATS 6-INCH JET TROOPER Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II video game. STAR WARS fans can display this highly poseable 6-inch-scale figure featuring fully articulated arms and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available at most major retailers.

STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH STORMTROOPER PROTOTYPE EDITION Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $12.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS line, this this collectible STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH STORMTROOPER PROTOTYPE EDITION Figuremakes a great gift for fans and collectors. Featuring original Kenner design and sculpt, this poseable figure with multi-colored prototype deco has a premium design with five points of articulation. Includes figure and accessory. Available exclusively at Target.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75 STORMTROOPER 4-PACK

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $41.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Featuring premium detail and design across multiple touchpoints of articulation, original Kenner branding, and inspired by STAR WARS Entertainment, this collectible STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75 STORMTROOPER 4-PACK makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Highly articulated with fully poseable head, arms, and legs, these 3.75-inch-scale figures can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes 4 figures and 6 accessories. Available at most major retailers.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH LANDO CALRISSIAN Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $13.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Featuring premium detail and design across multiple points of articulation, original Kenner branding, and inspired by STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, this collectible STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH LANDO CALRISSIAN Figure makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Highly articulated with fully poseable head, arms, and legs, this 3.75-inch-scale figure can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and accessory. Available at most major retailers like Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH IG-11 Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $13.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Featuring premium detail and design across multiple points of articulation, original Kenner branding, and inspired THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney+, this collectible STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH IG-11 Figure makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Highly articulated with fully poseable head, arms, and legs, this 3.75-inch-scale figure can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available at most major retailers like Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH THE EMPEROR Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $13.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Featuring premium detail and design across multiple points of articulation, as well as original Kenner branding, this collectible STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH THE EMPEROR Figure.  inspired by STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Highly poseable with realistic detail, this 3.75-ich-scale figure can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available at most major retailers like Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH TEEBO Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/ Retail Price: $13.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Featuring premium detail and design across multiple points of articulation, this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH TEEBO Figure was inspired by STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI and makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Highly poseable with realistic detail, this 3.75-inch-scale figure features original Kenner branding and can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 6 accessories. Available at most major retailers like Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH LOBOT Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $13.99/Available: Spring 2022)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH LOBOT Figure, inspired by STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Highly poseable with realistic details, original Kenner branding, and premium design this 3.75-inch figure is a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors.  Includes figure and accessory. Available at most major retailers like Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH BIB FORTUNA Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $13.99/Spring 2022)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH BIB FORTUNA Figure, inspired by STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI. Highly poseable with realistic details, original Kenner branding, and premium design this 3.75-inch figure is a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Includes figure. Available at most major retailers like Entertainment Earth, Amazon, and more.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CARBONIZED COLLECTION 3.75-INCH THE ARMORER Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $18.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CARBONIZED COLLECTION 3.75-INCH THE ARMORER Figure, inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live- action series on Disney Plus. Highly poseable with realistic detail and featuring premium detail and design, this 3.75-inch figure with original Kenner branding can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available exclusively at Walmart.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CARBONIZED COLLECTION 3.75-INCH MOFF GIDEON Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $18.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CARBONIZED COLLECTION 3.75-INCH MOFF GIDEON Figure, inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney Plus. Highly poseable with realistic detail and premium design, including a photoreal face, this 3.75-inch figure can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available exclusively at Walmart.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CARBONIZED COLLECTION 3.75-INCH INCINERATOR TROOPER

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $18.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CARBONIZED COLLECTION 3.75-INCH INCINERATOR TROOPER Figure, inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney Plus. Highly poseable with realistic details, original Kenner branding, and premium design this 3.75-inch figure is a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors.  Includes figure and accessory. Available exclusively at Walmart.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CARBONIZED COLLECTION 3.75-INCH SHORETROOPER

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $18.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CARBONIZED COLLECTION 3.75-INCH SHORETROOPER Figure, inspired by THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney Plus. Highly poseable with realistic details, original Kenner branding, and premium design this 3.75-inch figure is a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors.  Includes figure and accessory. Available exclusively at Walmart.

Hasbro Reveals the Emperor’s Throne Room, Cantina, and Black Series Trapper Wolf for Star Wars

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH TRAPPER WOLF Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $26.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this premium STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH TRAPPER WOLF Figure, inspired by the character portrayed by Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Director) from THE MANDALORIAN live-action series on Disney+. STAR WARS fans can display this 6-inch scale fully articulated figure featuring poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available exclusively on Hasbro Pulse in the US, Canada & UK in Fall 2021.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES THE POWER OF THE FORCE CANTINA SHOWDOWN Playset

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $104.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Commemorate the first 50 years of LUCASFILM with figures inspired by the original STAR WARS trilogy featuring STAR WARS The Power of the Force-themed packaging. Recall intense moments from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES THE POWER OF THE FORCE CANTINA SHOWDOWN Playset, featuring DR. EVAZAN, PONDA BABA, and OBI-WAN KENOBI 6-inch-scale figures. STAR WARS fans can display these fully articulated figures featuring poseable heads, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. The playset combines with additional CANTINA SHOWDOWN playsets to create the full scene inspired by STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE. Additional playsets sold separately. Includes Cantina bar, 3 figures, and 3 accessories. Available exclusively on Hasbro Pulse in the US, Canada & UK in Fall 2021.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH EMPEROR’S THRONE ROOM

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $31.99/Available: Fall 2021)

Featuring original Kenner branding and premium detail and design across multiple points of articulation inspired by STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI, this collectible STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH EMPEROR’S THRONE ROOM makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Highly articulated with fully poseable head, arms, and legs, the included 3.75-inch-scale figure can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure, throne, throne room window background, and 4 accessories. Available exclusively on Hasbro Pulse in the US, Canada & UK in Fall 2021.

Super-Articulate: Some Reviews and Some Commentary

Welcome back, kids. Let’s get right into the new stuff. This time out, we’ve got Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series Asajj Ventress and Crosshair (from The Bad Batch).

VENTRESS: This is a largely excellent job on a fan-favorite character. I’m surprised it took this long for Ventress to get this kind of representation in the Black Series, but I do feel like Hasbro did a proper job on it. I want to flip my normal approach and address the big flaw on my figure up front. I didn’t notice as much until I got into the photographs, but there are definitely some paint flaws around the window on the character’s torso. That’s a shame, given that the face and head have much more intricate paint ops and those look great.

On the other hand, the overall sculpt is strong and the soft goods pieces of the outfit are excellent. The lightsabers are show accurate and the figure doesn’t look like anything else on your Star Wars shelf. Putting her in the display near Maul, I was struck by the fact that the Black Series lacks a Savage Oppress. I think Hasbro should address that in the near future.

CROSSHAIR: I thought Hunter was great, and I may like Crosshair even better. I’m glad that Hasbro leaned in on the Bad Batch right away, even if we’ve yet to get an Echo announcement. Crosshair is the team’s sniper with a particular, uh, susceptibility to Order 66, and he looks great. There’s strong facial detail, including the scar, and there’s attention to detail, like the bandolier that separate’s Crosshair’s outfit and armor from Hunter’s.

The Bad Batch are accessory-heavy figures, and that’s a good thing. Like Hunter, Crosshair comes with a removable helmet (it’s funny what a novelty that feels like, as opposed to an extra head). He’s also packed with a backpack, a blaster, and an excellent sniper rifle. That’s Crosshair’s customized version of the 773 Firepuncher, and it looks great in figure form. As you can see, I took some shots of Crosshair and Hunter together so you can see the difference in the details on the figures. Those bits are what makes them stand out. This is another good figure for the Bad Batch.

DATES, DATES, DATES: If you’ll indulge me for a minute, I do want to lodge a complaint for a moment. I understand that shipping dates shift. I understand that things can change, and I know that we’ve come off of a really challenging year here. But I have to say that I find the disparity between the announced ship dates and arrival dates, particularly from Hasbro lately, are a pain.

We covered the whole thing with the Marvel Legends Shang-Chi figures, and how those hit stores before they were even announced. But recent events are also confusing and frustrating.

For example: if you ordered the ML Disney+ wave from Amazon, the site indicates that they won’t ship until August 1. Target had an arrival date of June 1. However, the figures began to show up in Walmarts ahead of that date. That’s fine, I suppose, but they also showed up on the racks in Target, and a number of Target stores refused to sell the figures to customers before June 1 DESPITE the fact that they were on the shelf. That’s wildly inconsistent and frustrating. On the Hasbro Pulse side, if you ordered the Bring on the Bad Guys wave, those show as shipping August 1. However, if you showed up at Target on June 1 looking for the Disney+ wave, many customers reported finding those as well. Honestly, I’m confused.

Oh, and one more thing. Before this went live on Thursday, rektangular posted on Instagram that the Ursa Major BAF wave has been found in-store. Good luck out there, gang.

I’d just like some clarification, maybe in one of the Fan First livestreams, on dates going forward. I understand that Hasbro Pulse generally ships after everyone else. But the main thing is that it makes it hard to plan things from a financial perspective when you have multiple drops occurring in proximity and you aren’t sure from week to week whether you might have more than one assortment hit your bank account. I appreciate the emails that something has shipped, but it would be nice to have a calendar function or to receive updates for both in-store dates and Pulse ship dates.

What do you think, readers?

Hasbro Reveals New Star Wars Black Series, Retro, and Vintage for May the 4th

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH OFFWORLD JAWA (ARVALA-7) Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Available: Summer 2021)

Featuring premium detail and design across multiple points of articulation, this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH OFFWORLD JAWA (ARVALA-7) Figure was inspired by THE MANDALORIAN and makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Highly poseable with realistic detail, this 3.75-inch-scale figure features original Kenner branding and can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available for pre-order at most major retailers starting at 1pm ET on 5/5/2021.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH ARC TROOPER ECHO Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Available: Summer 2021)

Featuring premium detail and design across multiple points of articulation, this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH ARC TROOPER ECHO Figure was inspired by STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS and makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Highly poseable with realistic detail, this 3.75-inch-scale figure features original Kenner branding and can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 4 accessories. Available for pre-order at most major retailers starting at 1pm ET on 5/5/2021.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75-INCH TEEBO Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Available: Fall 2021)

Featuring premium detail and design across multiple points of articulation, this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3/75-INCH TEEBO Figure was inspired by STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI and makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Highly poseable with realistic detail, this 3.75-inch-scale figure features original Kenner branding and can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 6 accessories.

STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH BOBA FETT PROTOTYPE EDITION Figure

(Hasbro/Age 4 years & up/Available: Summer 2021)

Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS action figures, this STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH BOBA FETT PROTOTYPE EDITION Figure features premium design and five points of articulation. With his blaster accessory in hand, this poseable figure is sure to add a bright pop of color to any fan’s STAR WARS collection. Beautifully rendered retro packaging captures a colorful pop art style and includes throwback STAR WARS branding and a Kenner Toys logo. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order exclusively at Target starting at 1pm ET on 5/5/2021.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES GAMING GREATS 6-INCH FLAMETROOPER Figure

(Hasbro/Age 4 years & up/Available: Fall 2021)

Detailed to look like the character from the STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER video game, this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES GAMING GREATS 6-INCH FLAMETROOPER Figure features premium detail and multiple points of articulation. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring poseable arms and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order exclusively at GameStop starting at 1pm ET on 5/5/2021.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES GAMING GREATS 6-INCH NIGHTBROTHER WARRIOR Figure

(Hasbro/Age 4 years & up/Available: Fall 2021)

Detailed to look like the character from the STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER video game this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES GAMING GREATS 6-INCH NIGHTBROTHER WARRIOR Figure features premium detail and multiple points of articulation. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order exclusively at GameStop starting at 1pm ET on 5/5/2021.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES MANDALORIAN DEATH WATCH PREMIUM ELECTRONIC HELMET

(Hasbro/Age 14 years & up/Available: Fall 2021)

Featuring highly detailed deco, series-inspired design, adjustable fit, and electronic lights, this full-scale STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES MANDALORIAN DEATH WATCH PREMIUM ELECTRONIC HELMET is an iconic addition to any STAR WARS fan’s collection. With the press of a button the rangefinder drops down, activating 2 red LEDs that flash in a “hunting” pattern as well as a white LED-illuminated heads-up display (HUD). Fans can imagine what it was like for the members of the MANDALORIAN DEATH WATCH to suit up for galactic action! Requires a 1.5v AAA battery, not included. Available for pre-order at GameStop starting at 1pm ET on 5/5/2021.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH IMPERIAL CLONE SHOCK TROOPER Figure

(Hasbro/Age 4 years & up/Available: Fall 2021)

Detailed to look like the Imperial Clone Shock Trooper character from STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH, this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH IMPERIAL CLONE SHOCK TROOPER Figure features premium detail and multiple points of articulation. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring a poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order exclusively at Walmart starting at 1pm ET on 5/5/2021.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH VICE ADMIRAL RAMPART Figure

(Hasbro/Age 4 years & up/Available: Fall 2021)

Detailed to look like the character from STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH, this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH VICE ADMIRAL RAMPART Figure features premium detail and multiple points of articulation. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring a poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order exclusively at Walmart starting at 1pm ET on 5/5/2021.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION LUCASFILM FIRST 50 YEARS 3.75-INCH DEATH STAR DROID Figure

(Hasbro/Age 4 years & up/Available: Summer 2021)

Commemorate the first 50 years of LUCASFILM with this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION LUCASFILM FIRST 50 YEARS 3.75-INCH DEATH STAR DROID Figure, inspired by the original STAR WARS trilogy. Highly poseable with realistic detail, this figure features original Kenner branding and can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Available for pre-order exclusively at Walmart starting at 1pm ET on 5/5/2021.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION LUCASFILM FIRST 50 YEARS 3.75-INCH LUKE SKYWALKER (ENDOR) Figure

(Hasbro/Age 4 years & up/Available: Summer 2021)

Commemorate the first 50 years of LUCASFILM with this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION LUCASFILM FIRST 50 YEARS 3.75-INCH LUKE SKYWALKER Figure, inspired by the original STAR WARS trilogy. Highly poseable with realistic detail, this figure features original Kenner branding and can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available for pre-order exclusively at Walmart starting at 1pm ET on 5/5/2021.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION LUCASFILM FIRST 50 YEARS 3.75-INCH TUSKEN RAIDER Figure

(Hasbro/Age 4 years & up/Available: Summer 2021)

Commemorate the first 50 years of LUCASFILM with this STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION LUCASFILM FIRST 50 YEARS 3.75-INCH TUSKEN RAIDER Figure, inspired by the original STAR WARS trilogy. Highly poseable with realistic detail, this figure features original Kenner branding and can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order exclusively at Walmart starting at 1pm ET on 5/5/2021.

Super-Articulate: More Lucasfilm 50th and Bad Batch Hunter

Greetings! For your May the Fourth, we have five Star Wars Black Series figures here for your perusal. Four are new versions of previously released figures, all available on the Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Archive Series card. The fifth is part of a brand-new Disney+ show that debuts today. Let’s check ‘em out.

The Bad Batch: Hunter: Hunter is the leader of Clone Force 99, nicknamed “The Bad Batch” because each Clone member possesses an advantageous mutation. Hunter himself benefits from enhanced senses. The characters’ armor is styled after the common Clone armor, but in a stylized gray.  In figure terms, Hunter comes with a number of accessories, including a removable helmet, a DC-17 hand blaster, a vibro-knife, a backpack, and a DC-17m repeating blaster rifle.

Right off, this guy looks great. The figure really captures the look from the animation, and they really tried to nail the face tattoo. The vibro-knife slides into a wrist gauntlet sheath, and the backpack fits on the figure via a t-shaped plug. The tendency today is to make two heads for a figure when you have a helmeted or unhelmeted look, but I really like that this comes with a (slightly flexible) helmet that you actually put on and take off of the figure.

I also find that Hunter is a touch more poseable than is the norm for the armored figures. Maybe that’s just my impression, but the fighter posed easily and the helmet managed the trick of both fitting snugly and coming off easily. I really like Hunter, and I’m looking forward to filling out the team.

Tusken Raider: I never had the first SWBS Tusken, so if this guy is basically the same . . . he’s new to me. I love this guy. The face is pretty exacting, the cloth robe hangs well, and the details sing everywhere. The figure includes a cycler rifle and a gaderffi stick with three interchangeable ends. When shooting the pictures, I was a little more interested in shots with the cycler rifle, probably because my original 12-back Kenner figure didn’t have one. However, I did include one triumphant gaderffi-hoisting shot. I think that this is just great overall.

Death Trooper: I’m a sucker for Stormtroopers and all their variants, so I jumped at the chance to pre-order that last three figures we’re covering this week. Up first is the Death Trooper, distinguished by its black armor. The figure comes with a pair of accessories: the SE-14r light repeating blaster, and the E-11D blaster carbine. Death Troopers were first seen in Rogue One, and have since appeared in The Mandalorian.

One of the cool things that you can tell under direct light or in the camera flash is that the figure isn’t totally black; it has gray and greenish accents at the joints. I like the Death Trooper design, and I’m glad it got a re-release for the people that didn’t get it the first time around (like me).

Shoretrooper: Like the Death Trooper and the Hover Tank Driver (coming in a minute), the Coast Defender Stormtrooper, aka Shoretrooper made its debut in Rogue One; like the other two, it’s also been seen in The Mandalorian. The Shoretrooper armor was designed for just that: operating in coastal environments. Like many Stormtroopers, the Shoretrooper carries an E-11 blaster rifle.

One distinct element of the Shoretrooper is the lack of full leg armor, and that’s reflected in the figure. Like the film character, the figure has that visor build-out on the helmet. I like the discoloration on the armor; it what armor would look like if it had to stay in a sandy, salt-heavy environment over a long period of time. It’s a good looking figure, and it can add some versatility to your displays.

Hover Tank Driver: This armor got a lot more play in Season 2 of The Mandalorian as Mando and Mayfeld. Hover Tank Drivers (aka Imperial combat assault tank pilots or tank troopers) did exactly what their name implies: they drive hover tanks and other heavy vehicles. In Rogue One, the operated hover tanks at Jedha City.

The armor bears similarities to the Shoretrooper, especially in terms of the unarmored thighs. The helmet is stylized differently, maybe evoking a heavier feel as befitting a helmet for an armored vehicle. Like the Shoretrooper and other Stormtroopers, this one comes with an E-11 blaster rifle. It might not be the most exciting divergence of the Stormtrooper armor, but I think it looks pretty cool.

All of these figures are available now in stores (if you can find them) and at various online outlets. So what do you think, collectors? Are you liking the Archive selections? How about the Bad Batch? Let’s hear it.

Super-Articulate: Emerging from Quarantine, Oh Wait, We’re Not Edition

I suppose we could also call this the “best-laid plans” edition. A few months back, I had plans for a particular series of articles under the Super-Articulate banner. And then . . . well . . . you know: things got weird. I was working from home, and that was busy. My wife and teenage sons were in the house, and that was busier. I landed a really big freelance gig (more when I can tell you) and had other freelance stuff happening. And stuff slid.

On the other hand, we’re entering a really big period of new product either the actual shelves are being set up for pre-order. In that bit of a lull, I’m going to look at a new item that started arriving from pre-orders in the past couple of weeks, and a slightly older item that’s still making its way around. They’re both from the Star Wars Black Series. Up first . . .

THE CHILD: The amazing character find of 2019 is . . . tiny. Like, really tiny. Yes, he’s to scale, but holy crap, he’s tiny. It’s kind of insane that the figure is as detailed as it is because, well, did I mention that he’s tiny? The little creature is a shocking 1.1” tall. And yet, the craftsmanship here is crazy. How did they sculpt this? A 2-up would still be less than 2.5”. Was it a 4-up? Regardless, look at the tiny wrinkles on his clothes.

And yet, even with the small size, there’s still some poseability of the head and arms. To be fair, we don’t see the little guy move much beyond that in the show, anyway. Still, I’m struck by how good the Child looks standing next to the Mandalorian. It would have been cool to get the floating pram, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see that made in the future.

Packing in a slide-open plastic case for the three accessories is a genius idea, but it would be insanely easy to lose these. Frankly, I opted to keep them in the case for exactly that reason. The accessories include the ball/control knob from the Razor Crest, the famous bowl from which to sip, and the frog-like creature, suitable for eating.

My overall verdict is that I think it’s great. Yes, I was shocked at the smallness, but it’s scale-appropriate and it’s very well-rendered. It’s also half the cost of a regular Black Series figure, which feels about right. Good on Hasbro to put so much thought into what’s already a hit figure.

General Grievous: Speaking of putting in some thought . . . damn. Grievous is awesome. The entire body and head has to be proprietary tooling, because no one else in the Star Wars Galaxy has body parts like this. The four arms are impressively articulated, given their thinness, and the hands hold the four enclosed lightsabers with ease. I also found the face detail to be well-done and accurate.

Possibly the best part about the Grievous figure is its versatility. The four arms and multiple points of articulation allow for a number of poses. It’s hard to pick one that doesn’t make this guy look good on a shelf. I also find that the cloth cape enhances the look of the figure, as it falls in interesting ways depending on how the arms are posed.

I’ve heard some complaints that the figure is hard to stand, but I had good luck with that. I find that favoring a hunch, as the character generally appears, makes it an easier proposition. I think it’s appropriate that this is a deluxe figure in a larger package and slightly higher price point, given the work that had to go into the unique parts. I also like that it came out just ahead of the new run of prequel figures, particularly that Obi-Wan Kenobi. I think this one’s really solid overall.

That’s all for the moment, everyone. I plan to be back soon to catch up on some Marvel Legends, including the Retro Gray Beast, Rage, Mach-1, and a deep look at the most recent FF assortment (which I only just got myself). Thanks for reading; glad to have you back.

Hasbro Reveals New Star Wars The Black Series Packaging and New Figures

Star Wars: The Black Series

The new Star Wars: The Black Series packaging welcomes a new era for collectors and fans, featuring several new details and colorways. Each colorway represents a Star Wars entertainment property and helps fans to collect figures based on their favorite Star Wars movies and series. The side of the new Star Wars: The Black Series packaging also highlights new character art for each figure. The combination of the colorways and character art allows fans to create amazing montage-style displays of their favorite Star Wars characters.

Check out newly revealed figures sporting the new packaging.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH GARAZEB “ZEB” ORRELIOS DELUXE Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH GARAZEB “ZEB” ORRELIOS DELUXE Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure also comes with a GARAZEB “ZEB” ORRELIOS-inspired accessory that makes a great addition to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

 STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH LUKE SKYWALKER (SNOWSPEEDER) Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH LUKE SKYWALKER (SNOWSPEEDER) Figure, inspired by STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. This figure comes with 2 LUKE SKYWALKER (SNOWSPEEDER)-inspired accessories that make great additions to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH KANAN JARRUS Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH KANAN JARRUS Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure comes with 2 KANAN JARRUS-inspired accessories that make great additions to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CHOPPER (C1-10P) Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CHOPPER (C1-10P) Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure comes with 2 CHOPPER (C1-10P)-inspired accessories that make great additions to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH SABINE WREN Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH SABINE WREN Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure comes with 3 SABINE WREN-inspired accessories that make great additions to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH HERA SYNDULLA Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH HERA SYNDULLA Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure comes with a HERA SYNDULLA-inspired accessory that makes a great addition to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at Amazon, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH EZRA BRIDGER Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH EZRA BRIDGER Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure comes with 2 EZRA BRIDGER-inspired accessories that make great additions to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH AHSOKA TANO Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this quality STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH AHSOKA TANO Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS REBELS animated series. This figure comes with 2 AHSOKA TANO-inspired accessories that make great additions to any STAR WARS collection. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH IMPERIAL STORMTROOPER Figure

 (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH IMPERIAL STORMTROOPER Figure, inspired by The Mandalorian series on Disney Plus and featuring quality detail and multiple points of articulation. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, Entertainment Earth

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CLONE TROOPER (KAMINO) Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH CLONE TROOPER (KAMINO) Figure, inspired by the STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS series and featuring quality detail and multiple points of articulation. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH ADMIRAL ACKBAR Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020)

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH ADMIRAL ACKBAR Figure, designed to look like the character from STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI and featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure, featuring movie-inspired deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH THE MANDALORIAN Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020) 

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this premium STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH THE MANDALORIAN Figure is carefully detailed to look like the character from THE MANDALORIAN live-action TV series on Disney Plus. Featuring premium deco and multiple points of articulation, STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH TEEBO (EWOK) Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020) 

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH TEEBO (EWOK) Figure, which is detailed to look like the character from STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI. Featuring premium deco and multiple points of articulation, STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 3 accessories. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH DARTH VADER Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2020) 

Fans and collectors can imagine scenes from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH DARTH VADER Figure, which is detailed to look like the character from STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Featuring premium deco and multiple points of articulation, STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable (4 fully articulated limbs) figure in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and accessory. Available for pre-order at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Hasbro Pulse, and Entertainment Earth.


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Super-Articulate: This is the Way

Just last week, I wrote in my piece on “Toy Grails” how I was a big fan of Star Wars toys from the word “go.” If you allow me to quote myself, I led off the Jawas section with . . .

I was born in 1973. The first movie I clearly remember seeing in the theatre is Star Wars. And I was ALL IN. My parents got me the Early Bird Certificate package. I got the first four (Luke, Leia, Chewie, and R2). When the figures got to the Zayre in Terre Haute, IN, they had a freaking rope-line and a 3-to-a-person limit. My mom took me and I’m pretty sure I got Han, Vader, and C3PO first. Mom went back later that evening and picked up Obi-Wan, the Tusken, and a Stormtrooper. The Death Squad Commander happened later in the week, if I’m not mistaken. But . . . there were those damn Jawas. Not only did we not get the Jawas right away, it was weeks. When Mom finally ran across them, she bought two out of spite.

I was pretty hardcore from then onto the early stages of the Return of the Jedi figures. By 1983 into 1984, my attention was divided between Star Wars, G.I. Joe: ARAH, Super Powers, and Transformers. I didn’t pick up the rest of the Jedi figures, dropping out at around the 77-backs, and I got zero of the “Power of the Force” range. When the figures returned in the mid-‘90s, so did I. Adult collector me got plenty of figures and vehicles up through AOTC. By that point, I’d hit burn-out again. When The Black Series began, I almost got back in. Recently, I did, part of that spurred by the recent films and the arrival on Disney+ of The Mandalorian.

Before we go any further, I would like to thank Hasbro for providing the Mandalorian, Cara Dune, and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren figures free for the purposes of review; the Best Buy exclusive Heavy Infantry Mandalorian and IG-11 figures were my own purchases.

The Black Series in general: If you don’t know, The Black Series encompasses 6-inch figures (in a comparable style to Marvel Legends, with the increased detail and articulation), 3.75” figures (dubbed the “Vintage” style, given their equal size to the original Star Wars line), vehicles, Force FX Lightsabers, and Helmets. My personal preference is for the 6-inch scale, as the bulk of my collecting since the late ‘90s has turned in that direction. Which brings us to today, and these very recent figures . . .

The Mandalorian: Presently sold out on HasbroPulse but available on Amazon (for a mark-up) and for regular-priced pre-order at various fan-channel outlets, the star of the new hit series comes in his original set of armor from the first couple of episodes. Right out of the box, this is a GREAT figure. It gets a number of little details just right, including the Mandalorian sigil on the shoulder. The poseability is pretty strong and it has a great overall look. The two accessories are his blaster and disintegration-rifle (great for wiping out Jawa figures). The blaster fits into the sculpted on holster (with can be latched and unlatched) and the rifle can attach to the figures back. The little bits of wear and damage on the armor enhance the overall look a great deal. It simply looks very cool. I totally expect that we’ll see a new version in the updated armor in the very near future; that makes this one a pretty solid grab for historical purposes, aside from just being well-done.

Cara Dune: Presently sold out on HasbroPulse but available on Amazon (for a mark-up) and for regular-priced pre-order at various fan-channel outlets, while also still appearing in major retailer re-stocks, like Walmart, the Cara Dune figure faced a little bit more of a challenge in that it needs to capture the likeness of actress/kicker of real-life and fictional asses Gina Carano. Dune has become a bit of a fan-favorite since her debut, and I don’t think the figure is letting them down. Aside from doing solid work with the likeness, it’s just another cool looking figure. The tattoos are TV-accurate, the costume detail is present, and, like Mando, there’s a workable holster. Dune comes with her repeating rifle, blaster pistol, and a dagger. I find the color work to be pretty nice, and I appreciate the little armor blemishes that given the character a lived-in look. As you know from my various Marvel Legends reviews, I’m interested in Hasbro’s increasing facility for doing hair well on the figures; I think they did another good job here in capturing Dune’s style. Mando and the forthcoming Child figure would be cool by themselves, but I feel like Cara Dune is pretty essential to a good collection of this iteration of the Star Wars galaxy. The figure is made well, looks great, and is, yes, very cool.

IG-11: I always dug IG-88 from the day, so I thought it was fairly awesome that we’d see a similar droid in action; the fact that he’s voiced by Taika Waititi only increased my interest. While not precisely as dynamic as the other two, it’s still a damn good version of the character with enough bits to make it appealing to a variety of collectors. As noted, this is a Best Buy exclusive and still available as of this writing. While the character does, out of design necessity, have some limited poseability, it does have arm joints that allow the arms to extend straight out to the sides as they did in the shootout from the first episode of the series as well as elbow, knee, and ankle joints. It comes with a blaster pistol and blaster rifle which are styled with peg-holes to be held by specific hands (see the pictures). There’s also a holster on the back and bandolier straps. It has, thus far, not self-destructed on my shelf.