SDCC '13: Hasbro Star Wars Black and Vintage

Hasbro had plenty of Star Wars goods on display at SDCC, but I'm only focusing on Star Wars Black 6" figures and the Vintage stuff. If you're looking for more than that, move along. Due to my dwindling fandom and other figure lines I'm more into, I only really care about those two series in the vast Star Wars universe of figures. I used to be a huge Star Wars collector. When the first new figures hit in 1995 I collected the hell out of Star Wars for years. Then the prequels came out and my Star Wars figure buying dropped significantly, to almost nothing. Once Episode II was out, I mostly focused on clones for a while, but then I got tired of that, too. I loved The Clone Wars cartoon, but hardly got anything related to it. Since the Vintage stuff has come out I've only been picking up a few figures here and there, along with some of the vehicles, but only characters and vehicles from the original trilogy. Prequel stuff shouldn't get to be Vintage in my eyes. Now, Star Wars Black is here and I'm a little more excited for them because they're 6" Star Wars figures, something we've never had before. I'll be treating this like I do the Vintage line, though, just picking up a few main figures I want here and there.

I did not take any photos of the 3&3/4" Black figures because to me, it's pointless to have a 3&3/4" Black Series. They're essentially just repackaged figures from the other recent 3&3/4" lines and unless I missed something, there is nothing extra special about them. To me, the Black Series should only be for the 6" figures because it's something we haven't had before. The 6" line should be it's own series. I saw the 3&3/4 Black figures at a Target the other day and just could not get excited about them.

I did get Hasbro Toy Shop's Boba Fett exclusive at SDCC because I wanted Fett and I really wanted 6" scale Han Solo in Carbonite. It certainly seemed over-priced with Solo just being a accessory, but at least I have a 6" scale Han in Carbonite and I don't have to pick up Fett by himself when he comes out in wave 2.

The first wave of 6" figures aren't as detailed as I was hoping, or even as detailed as the prototypes that were shown off months ago. Many of the figures seem like upscaled versions of the 3&3/4" figures. I'm very disappointed with the R2-D2 figure especially. R2 was one of my definite buys when the initial photos were shown, but the actual production figure looks so plain and bland. The Sandtrooper is terrific. I think the wash of dirty sand helps bring out a little more of the details for him. Pilot Luke looks fine, but I don't need a Pilot Luke, unless they plan on making a 6" scale X-Wing, which would be awesome, but scarily priced. I don't really need a 6" Darth Maul, so I'll probably be passing on him, too.

The Hasbro booth also had wave 2 on display with Han Solo, Slave Leia, Greedo, and Boba Fett. Solo looks great, if not as detailed as I'm sure Hasbro is capable of. I'll be picking up Solo, though; he'll go great with the Boba Fett and Carbonite him. Slave Leia looks surprisingly good with all the articulation the figure has. The joints don't detract from the figure that much, so she's a must buy. Greedo is about as disappointing as the R2-D2 figure. He just looks so plain. Boba Fett? Already got him, so easy pass. The lone figure from the third wave at SDCC was prequel Obi-Wan and I can safely pass on him. I heard there will be a 6" Scout Trooper with Speeder Bike, though, which is awesome.

The things in the Vintage collection that caught my eye were Slave 1, the TIE Interceptor, the X-Wing, and of course the Ewok catapult. There were a few Prequel vehicles in vintage packaging, but those aren't my bag. I never got the updated Slave 1, so this will be a nice excuse to finally get it. The TIE Interceptor and X-Wing I already own, but... vintage. I'll have to see how my funds are when these come out. The Ewok catapult is fantastic and I'm glad Hasbro is continuing the Ewok stuff.

- Shawn - 8/1/13