Yesterday, Hasbro’s Star Wars team celebrated May the 4th with a Fan First Tuesday livestream featuring new figure reveals for their 6″ scale Black Series and 3.75″ scale Vintage Collection toy lines.
Let’s take a look at what was shown.
The following figures are expected to be available for preorder this afternoon at most major retailers unless it’s noted as an exclusive, which likely means you’ll have wait for it to hit eBay.
Fair warning: This ain’t gonna be pretty.
ARC Trooper Echo
This is the only “must buy” for me from the Vintage Collection reveals that were shown and for good reason. The figure looks outstanding. It will also go great the recently revealed Black Series version of the character featuring the same look.
This may look like the Jawa who was included as a stretch goal with the Razor Crest, but that one is a tribal elder and comes with a mudhorn egg that is cut open. This little guy, on the other hand, is just a regular tribe member and its mudhorn egg accessory is unbroken.
Those aren’t huge differences, but I’m actually thankful for that since I’m still leaning toward selling the exclusive stretch goal Jawa to help offset the Razor Crest’s cost.
Now let’s take a look at the three offerings Hasbro had that help collectors complete the Original Kenner 96. Things start off strong, but quickly go downhill from there.
This figure features a new head sculpt and improved elbow articulation so he can more easily lift his rifle and celebrate sniping your other toys off of their shelves.
Even if you already have some 3.75″ Tusken Raiders, this one looks so good that it’s still worth picking up. Unfortunately, it’s also a Walmart exclusive, so that’s going to be tough to do.
Luke Skywalker (Endor)
With its non-removable helmet and an elastic band substituting for a belt, this Walmart exclusive is a blast from the past for all the wrong reasons. Honestly not worth your time or money.
Death Star Droid
Another Walmart exclusive, although this time it’s the toy’s poor quality that will keep me from purchasing it instead of a horrible preorder/distribution system.
If Hasbro is going to insist on not using the vac metal process for their “shiny” figures, then they’ve got to find a paint scheme that doesn’t look like the dullest shade you can buy at a craft store.
This figure isn’t available for preorder yet, but that’s probably a good thing since Hasbro completely screwed it up. As Jedi Temple Archives already pointed out, that ain’t Teebo. Even if this one wasn’t part of the Original Kenner 96, it should still probably have the correct head sculpt.
Back in April during the Hasbro Pulse Fanfest, it was revealed that fans would get to vote for one of five very hard figures to be reissued for the Vintage Collection in 2022. The choices were:
- Starkiller (Vader’s Apprentice)
- Republic Trooper (The Old Republic)
- Imperial Assault Tank Driver
My personal preference was for Weequay due to the fact that it’s amazing figure, one of many that are needed to populate Jabba’s Sail Barge, and the aftermarket prices are insane. I was fully prepared, however, for Starkiller or Ahsoka to get the vote due to their popularity.
What I was not prepared for was the Republic Trooper to be announced as the winner today.
Don’t get me wrong–it’s a cool figure. But seriously? That’s who fans picked over Starkiller, Ahsoka, or Weequay for a Vintage Collection reissue? Ah well…at least it wasn’t the Tank Driver.
We’ll finish things off with a figure from a line that is near and dear to my heart, the 5
POS POA Retro Collection.
Boba Fett: Prototype Edition
As if being a Target exclusive didn’t make things bad enough, this figure also comes randomly packed with different color schemes.
Now let’s take a look at the Black Series, where things get slightly better, but not by much. Just like before, most of these figures will be available for preorder tomorrow from you preferred online retailer unless noted as an exclusive.
We’ll begin with the Gaming Greats line.
Night Brother Warrior
I have never played Jedi: Fallen Order (I know I need to check it out), but this stunning figure might still be too good to pass up. It also gives me hope that Savage Oppress will be added to the Black Series line soon (and will look just as great).
This one’s a Game Stop exclusive, so it should be available.
This one doesn’t really do anything for me, but it’s a very nice looking figure that I’m sure fans of Jedi: Fallen Order will like. The heat detail on the tip of the flamethrower is really nice touch, as well. Like the Night Brother Warrior, it’s a GameStop exclusive.
Next up is a figure that had everyone scratching their heads when he appeared on screen.
So apparently this guy shows up in Star Wars: The Bad Batch at some point as one of the primary antagonists. It’s odd how some toys take months or even years to be produced after they appear on screen, but this one manages to come out early.
The figure is a Walmart exclusive, though, so if you preorder, you likely won’t see it until 2022…or at all.
Imperial Clone Shock Trooper
The good news: This figure looks fantastic.
The bad news: It’s also a Walmart exclusive.
Omega was revealed as being in development, so no pictures or renderings of the figure were shown.
I normally advise not reading the comments on a Hasbro Star Wars livestream if you value your mental health, but I’ll make an exception here. Leading up the the reveal, everyone was gearing up to express their excitement about Echo finally joining his other Black Series Bad Batch teammates. When it turned out to be Omega, however, the explosion of anger and confusion was truly a sight to behold.
Death Watch Helmet
I’ll stick with my Mandalorian/Din Djarin helmet, but this one does look pretty cool (and is a GameStop exclusive).
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