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.
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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!
Star Wars Black Series is all over the place right now with late waves, store exclusives and hard to find figures. Today we are taking a look at some of the exclusives floating around. Admiral Piett is an online exclusive, available at several stores including site sponsor Entertainment Earth. General Veers uses his same base body but adds ground assault gear to rep his Empire Hoth attack look, and he’s exclusive to Walgreens. The Gamorrean Guard came out a bit ago, and is a Target exclusive. There is also a Mimban Trooper exclusive to Wal Mart and Bespin Escape Leia over at Target (which we will look at later, in progress). And that’s just what’s relatively new, there were several other exclusives earlier in the year, including cancelled TRU ones that half leaked out. Couple this with a new Solo Wave that is out, but not even online for Pre-Order and tons of shown but not solicited items at Toy Fair and SDCC, and woofa. It’s the wild west out here.
We are going to try and run some catch up here with a look at Piett, Veers and the Gamorrean Guard. All 3 are OT and well done, worthy of a pick up. While the Imperial ranked officers make sense to litter around as exclusives, the Guard being exclusive is crazy, especially since he’s a troop builder. And awesome. Great paint, fur that doesn’t suck, accessories – it’s a winner. Hopefully he gets a modified but wider release later.
Read on to check out all 3 after the break courtesy of Entertainment Earth!
Today we are taking a look at the main Star Wars Black Series SDCC Exclusive set – Han Solo Exogorth Escape. The set features Han in his Bespin outfit, set for release (and out in some places already) by himself without the extras. Those extras are – An extra pointing hand, a hydrospanner, breathing mask and a Mynock. All are well done and perfect ways to spice up the exclusive set. The packaging also doubles as a mini diorama for the exterior of the Falcon where the crew ran into the Mynock and realized things weren’t as they seemed (40 year spoiler alert).
This version of Han is super sharp, featuring Hasbro’s new face tech and a great Harrison Ford sculpt. The body also captures all the key points like the blue jacket, pants with yellow blocking and has standard solid Black Series articulation. The new attention to detail and these heads and face paint make Black Series fresh again, I can’t wait for them to keep pushing out these OT characters with the new tech. And maybe some old ones with new heads please. :)
Read on to check out over 35 HD shots of the SDCC exclusive set!
It’s been a bit, SDCC and some time in CA kept me off the gallery rotation for a while, but it’s time to jump back in the saddle and get shooting again! Landing at online retailers right before I left, the Star Wars Black Series Enfys Nest with Swoop Bike has dropped and we are taking a look today. This this is a massive piece, dwarfing the Speeder Bike from ROTJ. Enfys Nest comes with a crazy soft goods cape that has the fuzzies like no other. This and the Range Trooper from Solo wave 1 both have soft goods you don’t want to burn, they look good and in scale even close up. Articulation, paint and sculpt on both Enfys and the bike are on point, sharp and hitting all needed points.
Whether or not you dig the Solo movie or the story behind Enfys Nest, this is a cool looking set and can easily pop into a Black Series or Star Wars display. It works great with desert themed set ups even tho it was featured in multiple environments. Star Wars’ answer to Mad Max!
Read on to check out over 60 HD pics of the set courtesy of Dorkside Toys!
Last year at SDCC we got a look at the next deluxe offering from Star Wars Black Series in the Dewback with Sandtrooper. Fast forward almost a year and he’s finally dropped, giving us a fully articulated 6 inch scale beast. The set is near perfect, with movement in the head, mouth, tongue and tail. The legs get forward rotation at the upper joints and hinge + swivel at the knees and ankles. Toes get a hinge as well. These allow for more subtle posing possibilities than previous releases, and in the 6 inch scale to boot! Paint is solid throughout, the green base has a brown fade into the upper part of the figure, it’s not just a solid brick of plastic. The tongue even gets some layered paint action. Reptile scaling is molded in throughout the skin at different sizes. The harness and seat are attached but flexible.
The Sandtrooper uses the existing Stormtrooper mold as a base. The plastic quality seems a bit different from previous releases, less hard and a little lighter. Not necessarily gummy has some of the exclusives have been. A wash of tan and brown is present along with dirt marks on the helmet and body. His pauldron is dark grey with dirt washes. Accessories include the backpack and rifle seen with previous Sandtroopers and a new staff that the Dewback rider had in the movie.
All in all it’s a fantastic set worthy of the extra cost. They make a great cornerstone to a Sandtrooper shelf display. It’s big but not so big that you need to rearrange everything to fit it in. And it is fun as heck to photograph with! Take him to the beach and have some fun. :)
Read on to check out over 60 HD pics of the set courtesy of Dorkside Toys!
Last up for our look at the first wave of Star Wars Black Series Solo movie figures is the best from the set – Grand Moff Tarkin. This figure captures the original actor perfectly from head to toe. The face is done again with the new face tech from Hasbro, and is absolutely stunning. Even super close up, it keeps it’s realistic feel. Eyes, skin shading, lips, all on point along with the overall sculpt which is a feat. We all see the prototype images of new figures at the shows and prior to now, knew the finals were not going to look like that. Here, I think the final looks just as good as what we saw previously in promo images. On top of the fantastic figure, he also comes with an Interrogator Droid on a stand that works perfectly. Big props to Hasbro on this one, it was a blast to shoot and gets primo space on the shelf starting today!