Impressive. Most Impressive. Hyper Real is Hasbro’s new take on adult collector action figures. It features a metal skeleton under a seamless silicone body to give us the characters with no visible joints. Coupled with higher end soft goods, attention to detail with the paint, these are upper tier offerings. They are in the 8 inch scale, so they won’t work with existing Star Wars Black Series 6 inch figures. Hasbro sent through a slightly early copy of Darth Vader, their first release in this new format. We’ve run him through the motions and have over 80 images showing off what he can do. Read on for those and some thoughts after the break!
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Time for a little catch up with our Star Wars Black Series galleries. We’ve been slowing down of late, as has Hasbro as they prepare for the probable onslaught of Rise of Skywalker merch set to drop later in the year. Today we are taking a look at a couple figures from the last two waves, wave 20 and 21 – Ep 1 Obi Wan Kenobi, Battle Droid, Ep 2 Padme, Rebels Ezra and Chopper, and Solo Dryden Vos.
I’ve been looking forward to Ezra and Chopper since they announced them, I’ve enjoyed the Black Series take on the Rebels crew and am glad to get almost the whole team in place. Only one missing is Zeb, which is a big piece. Hopefully they can find justification for him and get it done down the line. Until then for me he’s just off in another room taking care of business. The rest are well done for what they are, and really depends which era you are into. Padme’s likness is spot on, as is Ep 1 Obi Wan. The Photo Real tech is really coming along. Obi Wan makes a re-issue of Qui Gon with an upgraded head necessary, and I’d gladly take it. The battle droid – well constructed, can do the transport mode well, and can hold a stance even with the smaller frame. Vos – well executed, especially with the face scars, but I am just not hype on the character.
Bottom line – All great roster fillers for different eras of Star Wars. Pick your poison, fill your ranks, and prepare for TROS on Force Friday!
These guys are out now, check out over 100 shots after the break courtesy of Dorkside Toys!
Death Star diorama pieces are Spacewalls by GTP Toys, check them out, they have officially licensed items coming soon!
SDCC has come and gone, and now it’s time to crack into these exclusives! We got a hold of several pre-show, ordered some online that will come later, and picked some others up while there. Today we are looking at the Star Wars Black Series Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Boba Fett Exclusive Edition. This features Boba in his original Kenner colors, sans cape. He’s the same Black Series mold otherwise, and comes with an additional trooper blaster. The card is holographic on both sides and features the Empire 40th logo. IMO, this is what convention exclusives should be, not necessary to complete a lineup of characters but cool if you have it in the mix. Hopefully we’ll get a full 40th Empire line up like we did for 40th of ANH in these blister card throwbacks.
Read on to check out over 25 HD images showing off his goods, we also included a couple shots of the Regal Robot Mandalorian Skull prop which works awesome in conjunction with 1/12 figures as a base or adjacent decoration on the shelves.
We have a lot more SDCC galleries coming including SHF Dragonball, NECA Darkhorse vs DC & Terminator, Transformers, Mattel’s Batman set, One:12 Gordon and more. Stay tuned as we work our way through these things!
Time for a look at figures from the latest wave of Star Wars Black Series to drop, Wave 20’s Mace Windu and Mudtrooper Han Solo. Last year I hit my breaking point with Black Series and had to drop down from being a completionist to just cherry picking the ones I really want. Mace and Mudtrooper Han fit that mold. The rest of the Wave has some nice pieces in it like Padme and the Battle Droid, but for my personal collection I gave them a pass.
Mace is the star here, with a super well done Photo Real head, it’s captures Sam Jackson’s likeness better than most, if not all, figures before it. The robe is still Black Series style soft goods, but for whatever reason I was able to manipulate it to look cleaner this time, more so than on Obi-Wan, Luke or the Emperor. The key is tucking that hood in behind him. Lightsabers on Mace and Grievous are using a new pegging system with rippled pegs to keep it firmly in place, though those pegs are now much thinner so I can see breakages down the line.
The Mudtrooper Han is solid, I dig alternate takes on the helmeted guys and will grab any that come my way. This one is technically Han Solo but with the helmet gear all done up he can be any mindless trooper ready to get blown to bits in your shelf battles.
Both of these guys are dropping now, read on to check out over 80 HD shots of them both courtesy of Dorkside Toys!
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve done any Star Wars Black Series Galleries but today we are getting back in the mix with a look at the first Deluxe figure – General Grievous. The Deluxe line are a size above normal, requiring a different price point and allowing some new larger characters to be done (I’m looking at you Zeb). This is also a “Fan Channel” exclusive, meaning he won’t be popping up in Target or Wal-Mart for now.
D1 Grievous comes with 4 lightsabers, 2 blue and 2 green, a cape with pouches for the saber hilts, and blaster. His arms split into four just like the movies and can individually hold the four sabers. Articulation is good, even though he has a skinny frame the joints are tight and hold their position, rotate at multiple points to allow for posing. Only issue with balance is that he is so lightweight, if you sneeze hard he will tip over, but that’s not due to the engineering. My copy had an abnormally loose shin peg requiring some surgery, but that shouldn’t be line wide. Sculpt and paint are well done, above average. The cape could have been worse, but it’s still not great. The front wrap around in particular is glaringly “soft goods” and not accurate to the movies. I don’t have the answer for making these soft goods legit, but this doesn’t do it for me. The pouch aspect is good tho.
Bottom line, awesome fig, worthy of a pick up. We’ve run him through the motions, check out over 35 HD images after the break courtesy of Dorkside Toys!
Time for a little Christmas Eve Star Wars Black Series catch up! Earlier in the year, the Black Series Rebel Trooper hit in limited quantities. Recently, a more robust round hit retailers and the iconic Troop Builder is a little easier to find now. Today we are taking a look at him in detail courtesy of Dorkside Toys. The figure is solid, giving us a well sculpted body with solid paint and digital printing on the face. He comes packed with a blaster, removable helmet and Death Star plans disk. All in all it’s a great piece, one I wish they’d offer in a no-frills 6 pack so I could troop build without the hunt. Read on to check out our shots showing what he can do! Another round should be hitting retailers soon.
Time for another round of Star Wars Black Series catch up galleries. This round is a look at two more OT characters – Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard gear from Return of the Jedi and Princess Leia in her Hoth gear. These both use Hasbro’s new digital paint on the faces, and both came out great. Lando especially. The sculpt and paint on the rest of Lando is also top notch, it’s really one of the best SWBS6 figs in a bit. My copy of Leia – eyes are a little crossed. Otherwise a solid figure just like the Target Bespin version which uses parts of the mold. Dengar from yesterday and Bespin Han Solo were also in this wave, which was split with several new Solo movie characters. You can view Han here from the SDCC set. He’s the same in wave 19, minus the fancy box, mask and extra finger from the con set. Dengar can be seen here.
You can grab the whole wave below at Dorkside Toys. Read on to check out our full gallery for Lando and Leia after the break!
Feels like forever, but today we are jumping back into some Star Wars Black Series galleries! We are looking at two pieces that recently dropped – Zuckuss which was a TRU exclusive that got cancelled when TRU went under, then got released somewhat in Canada via TRUCA, and is now out as a Disney Store exclusive in the States. The second – Dengar which is part of the latest wave to drop in mass. With the release of these two we now have a complete set of Empire Strikes Back Bounty Hunters in the 6 inch scale! I’ve been waiting for this for a while, and am happy to finally have them all in hand. Read on to check out the gallery and group shots courtesy of Dorkside Toys!
Time for some more Star Wars Black Series catch up today. Tucked away in the second Solo wave that was mostly repacks was a gem – bounty hunter 4-Lom. His other new wave mate was Qi’ra from the Solo movie, in her younger era get up. Today we are taking a look at both even though they aren’t in the same era or zone of epicness. 4-Lom is sharp, giving us articulated droid arms, great paint and weathering head to toe. And he helps build out the Empire bounty hunter crew, a long sought goal for many BS6 collectors. Once they went beyond Boba they had to do it, but they paused for a long while. With 4-Lom and the ones teased at shows, we will be complete, be patient. :). Qi’ra is a standard movie-level figure. Not super exciting as a character or figure, but it is well done for what it is. Complex sculpt on the jacket and skirt, some weathering and layered paint, digital paint on the head. Hopefully down the road we’ll get end-game Qi’ra in the dress, and a “Crimson Dawn Leader”. Now those would be an awesome pair and some Solo figs worthy of attention.
Read on to check out over 40 HD pics of the two courtesy of Dorkside Toys!
Time to take a look at another Star Wars Black Series store exclusive – Bespin Escape Princess Leia! This one has been in and out quick, I’ve personally yet to find her in the wild. However, our friends over at Dorkside Toys have been able to secure limited stock so if you want to skip the hunt, hit them up. This Leia is using the base body from the Hoth piece due out (officially) later this year sans jacket, with an alternate head to match her hair style in that part of the movie. She comes with an Imperial Blaster seen with the Stormtroopers. The face sculpt is on point, the new digital printing is on point. Even close up you are hard to find pixelation, and it really makes the eyes pop which is the key to bringing these figures to life on our shelves. Bottom line, it’s a core character in a core look at makes a great trip down nostalgia lane when you pair up with existing BS6 figures. Now all we need is Bespin Han without his jacket :) I had a blast shooting her so read on to check out over 30 HD pics of them all escaping from Bespin!