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    The Black Series 6" - General Discussion Thread

    Now that we know these are coming please use this thread to discuss all things related to the newly announced Black Series figures.

    Hasbro unveils 'Star Wars' Black Series action figures

    New toys are on a bigger scale and will focus on characters from the original movie trilogy.

    Star Wars action figures are growing up with their audience.

    After 35 years of fantastic plastic standing tall in pop culture at 3¾ inches, Hasbro is releasing the Star Wars Black Series this year, beginning a new set of 6-inch figures that will feature more articulation and an increased attention to detail.

    Priced at $19.99 each, eight figures are planned for 2013 — Hasbro will primarily draw characters from the original Star Wars trilogy of films while also bringing in key players from the prequels.

    The first wave of four, due out in early to mid-August, includes Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing Fighter flight suit, fan-favorite droid R2-D2, bad guy Darth Maul and an Imperial Sandtrooper.

    "We consider them the best figures that Hasbro's ever produced for Star Wars that meets the sensibilities of romancing the character as well as the playability and poseability that fans really appreciate," says Derryl DePriest, Hasbro vice president of boys marketing.

    Hasbro has had success with the scale before with the 6-inch Marvel Legends figures based on Marvel Comics heroes and villains. In terms of Star Wars, though, the Black Series will act as a transitional point between the 3¾-inch toys — "which is rooted in the childhood memories of generations of now-grown kids," DePriest says — and the 12-inch Sideshow Collectibles figures for adult collectors.

    The current "vintage"-style line of 3¾ figures will also continue under the Black Series banner.


    In creating something new and different with Star Wars, the color black became an inspiration for toy designers, DePriest says. "It's one of the main colors of Star Wars all the way back to the beginning, and it's the approach that Lucasfilm has taken with their collector-oriented product line. We're bringing that simplicity and essence and focus on the character now to the toy aisle."

    The Black Series appeals to those newbies who want to start a series from the start as well as those hardcore collectors who gobble up anything having to do with the words "Jedi" or "Empire" and "are looking for something new and their interest isn't as piqued by the 15th cantina alien we have yet to do," DePriest says. "We realize folks want their iconic characters delivered up in a new way."

    With Star Wars: Episode VII coming from new Star Wars director J.J. Abrams in a couple of years, as well as comics, novels and other media adding to the universe George Lucas started in 1977, it's a good time to figure out different scales and toys for the next generation of Star Wars fan, according to DePriest.
    Before then, however, the Black Series also gives a chance for parents to connect with their own little Star Wars fans.
    "Our focus here is the adult collector, the dad," DePriest says. "We know they have their own generation of youngsters they like to share the adventure with. It can be something for dad, and the 3¾ world can be something for the kids to share."


    So what does everyone think of a new scale?

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    This is terrible news as far as I'm concerned......it's not like I have to purchase them(I won't be)but it seems like a pointless reinvention of the wheel.....

    i don't see the logic in this....Sideshow have the larger,pricier market cornered,so I don't understand exactly WHO these are aimed at....Kids no longer have an interest in action figures but without vehicles and playsets these are doomed to bomb...Galactic heroes succeeded due to cool cardboard environment pieces and great vehicles....12 inch figures appeal to the quality seeking high-end collector.....who exactly are these 6 inch figures aimed at???

    Hasbro really does suck at the moment....I see no redeeming information forthcoming and my expectations of the upcoming toy fair are actually in the negative....

    i can't see them knocking anything"out of the park" anytime soon.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbarada View Post
    That's the main reason that I wouldn't want to see a new 6" line, because I think that's all they would do.

    If it stayed a sub-line, then I would be fine with that; but I think that's far too shallow of a character selection for it to completely replace the 3.75" line.
    I meant as a sub line. I never said forsake the curent scale and just stick with this supposed new one.
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    The way prices are these day, I'm afraid the 6-inch figures will be more in the $17.99-18.99 price range by the time they come out. And more like $22.99 in specialty stores. Heck, the Mall here sells TVC for $14.99 a pop in their toy stores.

    I'd buy 6-inch figures of 2 or 3 of my favorite characters like Han and Fett but no way am I committing to another line. I just swore off DC Universe classics and Marvel Legends, and I'm trying to focus on 3.75 inch now. Bad time for that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by funboy3 View Post
    The way prices are these day, I'm afraid the 6-inch figures will be more in the $17.99-18.99 price range by the time they come out. And more like $22.99 in specialty stores. Heck, the Mall here sells TVC for $14.99 a pop in their toy stores.

    I'd buy 6-inch figures of 2 or 3 of my favorite characters like Han and Fett but no way am I committing to another line. I just swore off DC Universe classics and Marvel Legends, and I'm trying to focus on 3.75 inch now. Bad time for that!

    Yes, price will be a big factor is this. I won't start collecting a whole new line. An impulse once, yes, but not a whole line and the price will make it easier to skip.
    #1 want: Admiral Piett (3.75" TVC line)

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    I would love a couple main characters in 6'' but imagine what could happen putting GG and Hasbro together for this. That might not be a great idea. I would much rather have NECA tackle this but that wont happen.

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    Price is a factor for me since, it's not high-end like SideShow. I collect both SS 12inch figures and Hasbro 3 3/4" figures but, I don't see myself collecting 6" Hasbro figures.
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    I think I'd buy a Boba Fett and that's it.
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    I think Hasbro might see this as a way to freshen up the same characters we've been seeing for a long time. Also, this might be a Hasbro reaction to non US markets worlwide. Maybe the larger figures do better overall at retail or they have market research that parents and kids will buy more overall. Maybe kids like bigger figures???

    Is this line supposed to appeal to kids or collectprs or both?
    #1 want: Admiral Piett (3.75" TVC line)

    I'd like to exercise my right to free speech, but I really don't have anything to say at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richalot View Post
    Ok going to throw this one out there for everyone to discuss while I gather more intel. Super-articulated, 6-inch scale line with AMAZING likenesses and detail. What do you think? Would you be in or is it an easy pass?
    The very idea is as ridiculous as buying Blu-ray Discs of DVDs you already own. I mean, if you have the money to do that, then God bless ya! But your Blu-ray player will play the DVDs just fine, and if you're not a HUGE stickler for high-def, then why waste the money?

    I have boxes and plastic tubs and kitchen cabinets FILLED with 3 3/4-inch Star Wars figures. I'm not changing sizes now.
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