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The Black Series

Star Wars: The Black Series Reveal - 2020 40th Anniversary Wave 3 and Hoth Rebel Returns

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, June 22, 2020

3774 As far as I know, this batch of 5 new figures is the final batch of this collection. (But hey, maybe more are coming!)   Pre-orders go live tomorrow, but Hasbro sent out press images today of Darth Vader (repack of 2020 Wave 1 Black Series figure), Boba Fett (seemingly reissue of the 2019 Archive figure but we'll see when it comes out), Chewbacca (seemingly the Amazon 2-pack figure with a bowcaster on new packaging), Luke Skywalker Dagobah (similar to the 2-pack with Yoda), and Snowtrooper (similar to previously released figure.)

Hasbro also sent along pictures of the Rebel Trooper (Hoth) figure which previously shipped in the 40th Anniversary wave 2.  It is expected to ship with The Black Series 2020 wave 2.  For those of you who don't have the figure, it includes two faces rather than two heads.  The faces are like masks which plug on the hat head, and you can store them inside the backpack so nothing is lost.  It's really clever on Hasbro's part.  If you have not previously bought one, get one - it's one of Hasbro's very best for this line.  (And they've done some good ones!)

All of these releases are due in the fall, but with COVID and everything release dates are subject to change.

Pre-Orders Live: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Shadow Stormtrooper The Black Series Action Figure

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, May 4, 2020

3763 The sliding scale of what is on- or off-limits under the Disney regime is tough - does a character being canon matter anymore?  Lucky for us, apparently not!   GameStop's 6-inch Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Shadow Stormtrooper The Black Series Action Figure is up for pre-order now, limit 1 per customer.  At $24.99 with no in-store pick-up option, it's not cheap for one of nearly a dozen figures to use or share this tooling.

Hasbro Star Wars Black Series Amazon Exclusives on Hasbro Pulse?

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, May 2, 2020

In a stream yesterday, Hasbro revealed several new items including 3 Amazon exclusives which were supposed to be up for sale yesterday.  The pre-orders didn't seem to go live - but today, all three are up for sale on Hasbro Pulse.  (I just ordered them, myself.) 


These include a 40th Anniversary carded Han Solo in Carbonite Chamber (just the block, $14.99, deco may be different than the 2013 release), a 2-pack of 4-LOM and Zuckuss (Kenner-style deco, swapped names, 40th anniversary Kenner packaging), and a Carbonized Darth Vader (ugly blue, $24.99.)

Hasbro Reveals More Star Wars The Black Series and The Vintage Collection Figures

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hasbro sent along even more pictures of new The Black Series and The Vintage Collection items - some of which you can pre-order right now at online shops like Entertainment Earth and others which are not paid advertisers. What's new, you ask? Ewoks. Ackbars. But no Jeffs. Who here woke up this week and thought we would see a Return of the Jedi batch of figures, let alone Admiral Ackbar? Not me!

Hasbro Reveals Carbonized Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Boba Fett Action Figure

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hasbro sent along a picture archive of one of a few new reveals today with STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CARBONIZED COLLECTION 6-INCH BOBA FETT Figure. The same mold has been in use since 2013, but these shiny figures tend to do well with chase fans and Christopher Radko enthusiasts. It's coming soon, and you can see it right now.

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Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,677: First Order Snowtrooper (The Black Series 6-Inch)

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A blast from the past! The First Order Snowtrooper (The Black Series 6-Inch) has been tweaked and rerelased a few times, but this is the original and least-adorned version. It's shiny!  It's cheap!  You can probably find one... provided you can wait a few months to get to a store, or order online now.  Read on!

ICYMI: Walmart.com Restocks Star Wars The Black Series Carbonized First Order Jet Trooper

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, March 29, 2020

3759 Did you miss Walmart's exclusive Star Wars The Black Series Carbonized Collection First Order Jet Trooper Toy 6-inch Scale Collectible Action Figure? That's a mouthful, and I only saw it in stores a couple of times.  Walmart.com has it now for $20.88, much cheaper than the roughly $25 it cost me last fall.  Get it while you can!

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Star Wars Black Series Snowspeeder

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Big vehicles! The surprisingly Snowspeeder with Dak Ralter is the highlight of The Black Series 6-inch collection this year - and there's a lot of good stuff. After 2 waves of The Empire Strikes Back reissues and improvements on 40th anniversary cards, a Probot, the baby The Child, and some other odds and ends, a $120 vehicle-with-new-character-figure seemed impossible. Yet, here it is.

Toy Fair 2020 - Hasbro Mandalorian and Baby Yoda Goodies

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

Is it Man... or The Mandalorian? Neither - The Child has taken over Star Wars! Collectible figures, action figures, a board game, plushes, 2 kinds of electronic doll things, and more are on deck this year as is The Darksaber. Other character announcements were sadly in short supply, but at least it looks like the future of Star Wars is, indeed, the children.

The Bounty Collection (previously/also Baby Bounties) collectible figures will be sold in 2-packs and individually - packaging hunters, take note. If you like variants this is for you.

Toy Fair 2020 - The Hasbro Star Wars Live Tweetening

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, February 22, 2020

If you go to a good site, they'll no doubt put together great galleries with insightful, useful commentary - but since I was unable to squeeze in most of the areas where the good collector stuff was, we don't have pictures of everything.  I'm working on galleries now of some nifty new toys and we also have a text dump of my tweets from the Hasbro Media Day presentation.

Highlights: Walmart has retro Kenner for The Empire Strikes Back, pretty much a lot of it all leaked early, The Vintage Collection showed 2 figures (one reissue, one resculpt), and while there's a lot of interesting product - in every definition of the word - long-time collectors are unlikely to be feeling that this is Their year, even if it's an diverse batch of stuff. 

Target Restocking The Mandalorian Carbonized Graphite Edition

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, January 8, 2020

If you missed it - like I did - Hasbro did another run of the Star Wars The Black Series Carbonized Collection The Mandalorian Toy Figure (Target Exclusive) for US Target stores.   It's $24.99, and I would go as far as to say it looks good enough to  be worth the five bucks.   I saw a few out and about today, so check your local stores - and don't trust the in-store inventory checkers online, go look.  My store said they had none online, and sure enough, there it was.  Good hunting!

Best Buy Got the Star Wars The Black Series Heavy Infantry Mandalorian Deluxe Action Figure

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, November 23, 2019

3734 Best Buy scored one of the best exclusives of the year - now on their web site and probably out of stock - with the new Star Wars - The Black Series Heavy Infantry Mandalorian Deluxe Action Figure.  This appears in The Mandalorian streaming series, and since we are not considering product announcements to be spoilers unless it has a specific feature (i.e., decapitation) we're going to go ahead and post it here. 

Ad: Star Wars Sith Trooper at Entertainment Earth

By Adam Pawlus — Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Star Wars The Black Series Sith Trooper 6-Inch Action FigureAd: New and from the next movie, the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker The Black Series Sith Trooper 6-Inch Action Figure is available for order today!

Order yours at Entertainment Earth now!

SDCC 2019 - Hasbro Tatooine is our Star Wars Diorama

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, July 19, 2019

3722 Jabba's palace in 6-inch scale, complete with a Rancor, and the Barge in 3 3/4-inch scale, were on display in full force! Packed with modern and classic figures as well as what we have been informed were custom figures, there's not a lot of new product here - but the diorama itself is pretty spectacular.  Check it out!

SDCC 2019 - Hasbro Breakfast Star Wars Gallery

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, July 19, 2019

3712 So how was the Hasbro breakfast here in San Diego? Awesome.  But for Star Wars? There's nothing you haven't already seen. Hasbro showed off its Hyper Real Darth Vader and Black Series X-Wing Helmet along with a couple of Comic-Con exclusives.  We snapped a few photos, but you've seen these before.  New reveals were promised in this afternoon's panel, so stay tuned for more!