Thus far, the first two waves of Star Wars 6″ Black Series featuring The Last Jedi have been selling like wildfire, with many collectors (including me) having yet to see several of the figures in the wild. But Hasbro is ready to strike again while the iron is hot and Episode VIII hype is in full swing, and now they’ve given the go-ahead for the next wave’s pre-orders to roll out–the Black Series Jaina Solo, Rose and Snoke 6″ figures are now up for order individually!
Thanks to the speedy restocking on Amazon, I was finally able to snag General Leia (TFA) and Maz Kanata last week to complete the second wave of figures containing Last Jedi characters.
I’ve been a little surprised by just how difficult it’s been to find the new figures locally during and after Force Friday II, but with the help of online retailers, my set remains complete (for now). And thankfully, it’s going to stay that way for a while, as the next three Star Wars 6″ figures have now been offered up for pre-order as individuals!
While the GameStop Supreme Leader Snoke figure with throne went up for order on Force Friday II, Hasbro confirmed a “vanilla” release of Black Series Snoke without the throne during HasCon (that, and packaged photos of Snoke without throne had already leaked onto the Internet by then).
Having seen the 6″ scale Snoke in person at HasCon, I’m almost a bit surprised he’s getting a release at the regular MSRP at all. He’s one big dude!
Joining Snoke from the Sequel Trilogy is Resistance Technician Rose, who makes her debut in The Last Jedi and appears to be a major supporting character from what we’ve seen and heard.
The Black Series Rose six inch figure is, well… kind of plain, but that was unavoidable given the rather ordinary work clothes she’s wearing in the movie. Hopefully her large-ish role in Episode VIII will keep her from a peg-warming destiny.
Finally, we’ve got the figure that is likely to garner the most attention from fans (and scalpers) and sell out everywhere first: Black Series Jaina Solo. This figure is only happening because Jaina won a Hasbro Fan’s Choice Poll by a razor-thin margin, but winning at all shows the huge demand for the Solos’ Legends daughter.
I think the Black Flight Suit Jaina Solo costume actually looks a lot cooler than the Jedi clothes version we got in 3.75″ almost a decade ago, and I see no way that this figure doesn’t fly out of stores.
Now that they’re up for order, which of the latest round of Black Series 6″ figures (if any) will you be adding to your collections, Star Wars collectors? Are you going for Snoke with throne, without… or not at all? And do Rose and Jaina Solo have a future home in your home?
Well, here’s an unexpected twist this evening! Many collectors have been waiting a few months for their orders of individual 6″ Star Wars Black Series Qui-Gon Jinn figures to come into stock from Entertainment Earth. But–surprise!!–it looks like those orders aren’t going to be fulfilled… ever. While Amazon still has some Qui-Gon Jinn Black Series in-stock themselves, EE is letting customers know that Hasbro has informed them that Qui-Gon is now discontinued…
When the wave of Star Wars Black Series 6″ figures continuing Lando Calrissian, Tusken Raider and the Emperor’s Royal Guard went up for order online a few months ago, Qui-Gon Jinn was suspiciously the only new figure in the wave that initially wasn’t available for order in straight case packs.
That oversight seemed to be corrected as eventually Qui-Gon was available solo from online stores, but it looks like those straight cases of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s master won’t be coming after all!
Entertainment Earth sent out the following message today to customers who had Qui-Gon Jinn on order (including me, as I had ordered an extra for my packaged Episode I collection):
“We have been notified by the manufacturer that we will not be receiving any additional shipments of Star Wars The Black Series Qui-Gon Jinn 6-Inch Action Figure, (Item HSC2141), because they have discontinued production of this item at this point in time.”
Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Hasbro will never produce this Qui-Gon Jinn figure again, but considering that figures like Revenge of the Sith Anakin Skywalker that are an enormous demand haven’t even been reissued, I think the chances of seeing more Qui-Gons produced anytime in the near future are pretty dang slim.
Are you surprised to see Qui-Gon Jinn discontinued before the figure even arrives at most retailers, Star Wars fans? Is Hasbro right in assuming low demand for this character (presumably due to his being from The Phantom Menace), or has Qui-Gon been wronged?
If you’re a Star Wars Black Series 6″ figure collector, get ready for your wallet to be laid waste to! While last year there were relatively slim pickings as far as Rogue One exclusives went, this year, things are a lot different. How different? How about the fact that there’s five exclusive figures (and a throne!) that are going to set you back $135… just at GameStop. The Exclusive Black Series Snoke and Guardians of Evil are now up for order!
While Hasbro was pretty sneaky this year and managed to keep quite a few of their Force Friday II exclusives secret, GameStop tried their hardest to foil Hasbro’s plans, with database listings for these 6″ figure sets popping up literally weeks ago.
But once again, just knowing something is coming isn’t the same as seeing it, so it’s still like Christmas morning getting to see the hi-res photos of some very cool new Black Series figures!
The big deal (no, not Finn) from these reveals is definitely the first-ever 6″ Supreme Leader Snoke figure, who will come complete with a soft goods robe and a throne to sit upon. Maybe the robe will look better in person, but it looks awful to me in these photos.
The throne looks nice, and it ought to, since it’s costing us an extra 15 bucks: Black Series Snoke will retail for $34.99. Ouch.
Of course, 35 bucks is a drop in the bucket compared to the $99.99 that the Black Series Guardians of Evil 4-Pack will retail for! Unlike Snoke, this 4-Pack will be available at the Disney Store and Barnes and Noble as well as GameStop.
The set includes one previously-released figure in the Emperor’s Royal Guard, but c’mon–I think we all could use more Emperor’s Royal Guards in our collections. When that’s the one repack in a box set, you’re doing fine!
From the other three figures in th set, I genuinely can’t pick a favorite. I adore the prequel-era blue Senate Guard (who I never expected a six inch figure of). But I’m equally surprised to see a black Royal Guard as well: Resurrected from the now-defunct EU, it’s the Black Series Shadow Guard (from “Force Unleashed”)!
The third and final Praetorian Guard iteration also appears exclusively in this set, armed with dual bladed weapons only available in the Guardians of Evil Pack. All in all, this is one of the most desirable 6″ Star Wars multipacks that Hasbro has ever done!
Uh, what…?! In this day and age of leaks galore in the toy world, even the tightly-guarded Star Wars Force Friday events hold few secrets from astute collectors… or so I thought!
Hasbro has done a tremendous job pulling the wool over our eyes this year, and there are quite a few figures going on sale tonight that I’ve never seen or heard of before. Bravo, Hasbro!!
Two of the most unexpected–and coolest–figures on that list of eye-poppers are the two Amazon Exclusive Black Series 6″ figures going on sale tonight: an Elite Praetorian Guard and a boxed First Order Stormtrooper!
The Last Jedi Black Series Elite Praetorian Guard 6″ figure comes with a humongous stave that I’m honestly not sure how Hasbro is going to fit into the package. Of the three versions of the Praetorian Guards, I think this one may be the absolute coolest.
In addition, Amazon has a Deluxe First Order Stormtrooper that comes with eight (!) accessories including a backpack, blasters, riot gear shield and baton, and even a Heavy Gunner vest! Basically, this is the First Order Stormtrooper for folks who want to be able to make any FO Trooper that they want.
There’s a downside to all this customizability, though: a $34.99 price tag that I’m not convinced many collectors will be willing to pay. Maybe this will be a surprise fast-seller, but I feel like this is going to end up discounted by the end of the year.
What do you think of Amazon’s exclusives for Force Friday II, Star Wars collectors? Are you impressed with either of these First Order Troopers, and will you be ordering one (or more!) of them tonight?
For weeks, fans have been speculating as to what character(s) would be revealed as the first Hot Toys The Last Jedi figures on Force Friday II. Would it be the first unmasked Kylo Ren, a new training Luke Skywalker and Rey, or the inaugural Poe Dameron…? Predictably, it’s none of the above! Get ready to gag, because the first Last Jedi Hot Toys figure has now been revealed–the Executioner Trooper goes up for order at midnight tonight for Force Friday!
Given what Hot Toys has debuted the last two years for Force Friday I and Rogue Friday, I never really had much doubt as to what they were going to unveil first for The Last Jedi, but I tried not to be cynical anyway.
Alas, as most fans (okay, maybe all fans) expected, it’s just another Stormtrooper variant. But hey, at least it’s a new variant originating from the new movie, right? This time it’s the Ilyn Payne of the Star Wars universe: the Hot Toys Executioner Trooper!
After the First Order Trooper figures from The Force Awakens rotted off of shelves (many of which Sideshow ended up giving away for free), I was hoping Hot Toys might take a more cautious approach with their Episode VIII The Last Jedi lineup. Whether or not they will remains to be seen, but a generic trooper as the first announcement is not encouraging.
What is encouraging, however, is that Hot Toys has confirmed a newly-developed body and undersuit for this figure that have been designed for “increased articulation”. The articulation on the TFA FO Stormtroopers was a nightmare, so hearing the undersuit has been redesigned is like a chorus of angels.
Along with a new-styled figure display base and nine interchangeable hands, the First Order Executioner Trooper Hot Toys figure will include his huge electric axe (with electricity effects pieces) and a black-and-white blaster rifle.
In case you couldn’t tell, I’m not overjoyed about this figure’s reveal–but I do think I’m going to buy it. I really dig the new black and white helmet and the electrical axe, and I’m dying to see firsthand how much the articulation has been improved. I don’t expect to buy a ton of FO Troopers from Hot Toys, but I’m probably in for this one.
Thoughts on the inaugural Episode VIII Hot Toys figure, Star Wars Collectors? Will you be adding this Executioner to your collections, or are you all First Order Trooper-ed out after the flood of them over the past two years?
Let’s be honest here: no matter how hard The LEGO Group (TLG) tries, it’s impossible to really keep a secret in the modern LEGO collecting world. Rumors have been swirling all year long about the existence of any upcoming new and improved Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon set, and when TLG announced their biggest set ever, we all knew what it was going to be. But hey, knowing is one thing–and seeing is another! Today, the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 75192 UCS Set was finally revealed–and it is a masterpiece!
They say seeing is believing, and while I was hard-pressed to imagine a 7500+ piece LEGO Millennium Falcon set with a price-tag of $800, now that I’ve seen it, I definitely believe it! Flying into the homes of collectors with deep pocketbooks this fall, it’s the Millennium Falcon LEGO Star Wars UCS set!
I’ve had my fair share of brick-built Millennium Falcon sets in my life, but none of them have ever been 33″ long, 22″ wide, and composed of anywhere even near 7,000+ pieces! The details on this beast of a brick set are absolutely astonishing, and I love that it’s a mixture of OT and ST with old Han Solo, young Han Solo, BB-8, Hoth Leia and even brick-built Porgs included!
There’s so much to say about this set, that rather than me prattling on about it anadequately, I think I’d best just let TLG do it.
Here’s the official description and specs for the UCS Millennium Falcon from LEGO:
“Welcome to the largest, most detailed LEGO® Star Wars Millennium Falcon model we’ve ever created—in fact, with 7,500 pieces it’s one of our biggest LEGO models, period! This amazing LEGO interpretation of Han Solo’s unforgettable Corellian freighter has all the details that Star Wars fans of any age could wish for, including intricate exterior detailing, upper and lower quad laser cannons, landing legs, lowering boarding ramp and a 4-minifigure cockpit with detachable canopy. Remove individual hull plates to reveal the highly detailed main hold, rear compartment and gunnery station. This amazing model also features interchangeable sensor dishes and crew, so you decide whether to play out classic LEGO Star Wars adventures with Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO, or enter the world of Episode VII and VIII with older Han, Rey, Finn and BB-8!
Includes 4 classic crew minifigures: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3PO.
Also includes 3 Episode VII/VIII crew minifigures: Older Han Solo, Rey and Finn.
Figures include a BB-8 droid, 2 buildable Porgs and a buildable Mynock.
Exterior features include intricately detailed and removable hull panels, a lowering boarding ramp, concealed blaster cannon, 4-minifigure cockpit with detachable canopy, interchangeable round/rectangular sensor dishes, upper and lower quad laser cannons, and 7 landing legs.
Main hold features a seating area, Dejarik holographic game, combat remote training helmet, engineering station with turning minifigure seat and a doorway build with passageway decoration.
Rear compartment features the engine room with hyperdrive and console, 2 doorways, hidden floor compartment, 2 escape pod hatches, engineering console and an access ladder to the gunnery station.
Gunnery station features a minifigure gunner’s seat and detachable hull panel with fully rotating quad laser cannon. An additional quad laser cannon is also mounted on the underside.
This model includes 7,500 pieces.
Also includes an informational fact plaque.
Features a new-for-October-2017 cockpit canopy element.
Classic crew weapons include Han’s blaster pistol and Chewbacca’s stud-firing bowcaster.
Episode VII/VIII crew weapons include Han’s blaster, Rey’s small silver blaster and Finn’s medium blaster rifle.
Change out the features and crew characters to switch between classic and Episode VII/VIII versions of the Millennium Falcon!
Open individual hull panels to access the detailed interior while retaining the overall exterior appearance.
Slide the panel to reveal the concealed blaster cannon.
Turn classic Leia’s and Han’s head to reveal their breathing mask decoration.
Makes the perfect intergalactic toy or flagship display model.
Measures over 8” (21cm) high, 33” (84cm) long and 22” (56cm) wide.”
The LEGO UCS Millennium Falcon set will be available for order on the LEGO Shop Website for VIP Members on September 14th, 2017 and for the general public on October 1st, 2017. If you’re not already a VIP, it’s totally free and instantaneous to become a member at any LEGO Store, so I’d recommend dropping by your local store and picking up a free membership card in advance of the biggest and most expensive set ever launching next month!
Now that you’ve seen the hi-res image of it and know all of the specs–as well as the confirmed price of $799.99–are you willing to drop the mega-bucks necessary to own this set, brick fans?
After Hasbro announced the return of the super-articulated 3.75″ Star Wars Vintage Collection figures next year, many of us collectors thought we were done hunting for exclusive Black Series 4″ figures at Walmart. But apparently, we thought wrong! Announced today as part of the Force Friday II festivities are exclusive 3.75″ Black Series Rose, Praetorian Guard, TFA Luke Skywalker and Stormtrooper Execution figures!
With about a zillion Black Series 6″ figure exclusives planned for Force Friday II, I suppose it should come as no surprise that we’re getting a handful of new exclusive standard-sized figures as well!
While I have little doubt that we’ll see these repacked down the road as part of the Vintage Collection, if you want these four characters for your super-articulated 3 3/4″ collections in 2017, you’ll have to stalk Walmart stores to do it.
The “hot” figure from this wave will almost unquestionably be the Force Awakens version of Luke Skywalker, who we’ve waited nearly two years to get in this style. Hard to believe that a Hot Toys Episode VII Luke Skywalker has been released before a 3.75″ version, but it’s been a crazy few years!
We don’t know a whole lot about new character Rose of the Resistance just yet, besides the fact that she’s a technician. As she’ll be adventuring with Finn in the movie and appears to be a new core cast member, I think she’ll do alright sales-wise, despite looking a wee bit “plain” for a Star Wars figure. This will probably be the slowest seller from the wave.
Finally, we’ve got the 3.75″ super-articulated debuts of what are likely to be the two most popular new troopers from The Last Jedi: a Praetorian Guard and a First Order Executioner Trooper.
I’m honestly a little bit afraid that both these troops will be as meaningless in The Last Jedi as the First Order Snowtroopers were in The Force Awakens, but there’s no denying how kickass these new character designs are. Insignificant or not, I’ll be buying these on sight.
There’s no official confirmation on whether or not these four 3.75″ Black Series The Last Jedi figures will be available at Walmart stores on Force Friday II tonight or not (I’d venture to guess they won’t, as I’ve heard zero leaks about them prior to their announcement), but I’ll post an update once these are officially turning up in stores.
Thoughts on what may turn out to be the final Walmart Exclusive Black Series wave of 3 3/4″ figures, Star Wars collectors? Are you going to be on the prowl for any of these, or will you wait and see if these get repacked as part of the Vintage Collection in 2018 instead?