For many collectors, Hasbro is killing the game when it comes to affordable, mass-market action figures and toys. With licenses for Marvel, Ghostbusters and Fortnite, not to mention the properties they own outright, such as G.I. Joe and Transformers, Hasbro seems to have the right touch when it comes to pleasing (most) fans.
Of course, one of Hasbro's most prolific properties is Star Wars. Indeed, they've been making figures based on the enduring space opera franchise for over two decades. And in 2013, they made the leap into a new size of product and began producing 6-inch scale Star Wars characters. Dubbed The Black Series, the collection proves to be enormously popular with fans and collectors alike.
On Friday, April 9, Hasbro held a virtual "Fan Fest" where they unveiled pre-orders for lots of all-new products, and Star Wars had a good showing at the event. Here's what they had to offer for The Black Series:
"DON'T WORRY, MANDALORIAN, MY PRE-ORDER RESPONSE TIME IS QUICKER THAN ORGANICS."
First up, there's the droid bounty hunter and precision space pilot, Q9-0. Zero comes armed with a blaster rifle and features accurate detailing from his appearance in Season One of the smash hit Disney+ show, The Madalorian. Now available for pre-order here.
COLLECTORS WILL BE SINGING THIS FIGURE'S PRAISES
Fearsome Palliduvan bounty hunter Aurra Sing first appeared in the current Star Wars canon in a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo from The Phantom Menace. From there, she went on to make several animated appearances in The Clone Wars. The figure comes packed with two blaster pistols and a long rifle for sharpshooting. Now available for pre-order here.
SOMEONE MUST'VE TOLD HASBRO ABOUT HIS LITTLE MANEUVER AT THE BATTLE OF TAANAB
Lando Calrissian sure does love his capes. This 6-inch tall Black Series figure of the scoundrel-turned-Rebellion-general is decked out in a Rebel Alliance uniform complete with a purple, soft-goods cape from Return of the Jedi. He also includes a blaster pistol that can fit into the holster strapped around his shoulder. Now available for pre-order here.
FIGURE TECH-NOLOGY AT ITS FINEST
The tech wizard of Clone Force 99, appropriately named "Tech" arrives straight from The Bad Batch to collectors' displays. He comes packed with a removable helmet, a blaster and an assortment of small tools for slicing into the nearest enemy computer terminal. Now available for pre-order here.
LOYAL ALLY OF LADY BO-KATAN
Koska Reeves was seen in season two of The Mandalorian. Played by WWE star, Sahsa Banks, Reeves' figure is packed in with two blaster pistols and a jetpack. Now available for pre-order here.
A SHORT TIME FROM NOW, IN A GALAXY NEAR YOU
All of these characters are brand new to The Black Series, save for Lando, who has had a few other figures produced in different costumes.
For collectors who want to kill multiple womp rats with one stone, the entire wave of figures is available for pre-order right here.
They all look like terrific figures but the stand-out seems to be Tech, with his plethora of accessories and the fact that his clone brothers, the other members of the Bad Batch are also now available for pre-order as Black Series figures.
The figures hit store shelves and online retailers this Fall.