Hasbro Shares Star Wars Black Series Details for Force Friday

It’s Force Friday! At midnight tonight, stores have the green light to finally put Star Wars products out on the shelf. There’s a ton of it, and Hasbro has shared the official pics and descriptions. We’re going to focus it on the Star Wars Black Series 6-inch offerings.

We’ve seen some product line extensions in 6-inch. In addition to single-carded figures, we’re seeing more vehicles and a completely new line that includes 6-inch scaled statues plus environments, which you can plus up by adding your own Black Series figures to the scene.

Finally, if you’re sensitive to spoilers (even minor ones), you might want to skip this article. I try to stay away from entertainment news, but the product line-ups may reveal characters and story details that might tell you too much for your taste.

May the Force be with you!

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SDCC 2015: Toys R Us Hosts Exclusives from Bandai, Hasbro, Mattel and More

SDCC 2015 Toys R Us Exclusives - Star Wars, Batgirl, and Power Rangers

Toy R Us is renewing its attempt to woo collectors by establishing a “Collector Vector” shop within both its traditional and online stores, and participating in San Diego Comic-Con with ten exclusives from a variety of toy manufacturers. While I’m doing fewer traditional toy runs now, I’ve been to my local TRU recently and have not noticed any change – but online they’ve established a Collector Vector search grouping that currently includes over 200 products and a landing page for their Con exclusives.

While I think TRU will continue to struggle to differentiate itself with collectors, the Con exclusives will help drive some traffic their way. The list includes the Yvonne Craig Batgirl from the ’60s Batman show (thankfully individually-carded and not in a 3-pack with Batman and Robin), a Star Wars Black Series Rancor set in the 3.75-inch scale, a Power Rangers exclusive, and more. They’ll be available at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343) at the show and online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12, while supplies last, of course.

It’s an impressive list of exclusives – TRU may be on the decline, but they still have some sway with the toy companies.

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Hot Toys Reveals Star Wars: A New Hope Luke Skywalker

Hot Toys Star Wars A New Hope Luke Skywalker 01

Maybe I need a #footlongfriday hashtag. Earlier today we had two Mortal Kombat 1/6 scale reveals from WorldBox and Mezco, and here we are with the latest Hot Toys announcement for Star Wars. Previously, they had teased the Skywalker twins, Luke and Leia. Standard operating procedure for the Hot Toys tease is to not show off the head sculpt – and with such iconic characters you end up wondering how well they can capture their likenesses.

In Luke’s case, I think the Mark Hamill likeness is close enough to bullseye womp rats in your T-16 back home. As you’d expect from Hot Toys, Skywalker comes with a ton of accessories, arguably most importantly an LED-lighted lightsaber. (You could argue that a separate hairpiece just to accommodate that wide-brimmed gardening hat is a bit much.) You should be able to pre-order the exclusive version of the Hot Toys Luke Skywalker from Sideshow Collectibles – it will come with a Stormtrooper belt with grappling hook, communicator, and blaster rifle. Awkward sister-kissing sold separately.

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May the 4th be with You (still?): Hoth Luke and Han Giveaways

I guess every day is Star Wars day!

Sideshow Hoth Luke Skywalker and Han Solo giveaways

Sideshow Collectibles hasn’t stopped giving away awesome Star Wars merchandise just because May 4th has come and gone. This week they’ve got a pair of figures up for grabs: Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in their Hoth cold weather gear.

These are two separate contests, for the Commander Luke Skywalker – Hoth Sixth Scale Figure and the Captain Han Solo – Hoth Sixth Scale Figure. And because these are part of their social media giveaways, be sure to like Sideshow on Facebook and follow @SideshowCollectibles on Instagram to qualify. Good luck!

Weekend Toy Run: Star Wars Black Series Emperor Palpatine Wave at Amazon

Star Wars Black Series Emperor Palpatine wave

The latest wave of Star War Black Series 6-inch figures is up for pre-order individually at Amazon. This is great for folks who may want to pick and choose who they’re getting from the wave. Each is $22.99 and qualify for Prime 2-day shipping.

For Prequel fans, you can never have enough Clone Troopers. Original Trilogy fans will want to pick up Emperor Palpatine. And Luke and Han are great for army builders since they can wear their Stormtrooper helmets – but don’t be disappointed that Luke isn’t a little short to be a Stormtrooper. I’m sure customizers will figure out how to fix that easily enough.

Big thanks to our friend Rodney for giving us the heads-up!