On Friday, Hasbro revealed their exclusive Star Wars figures for PulseCon 2021, which will take place this fall. For the 6″ scale Black Series, both offerings are definitely what you’d expect for an exclusive figure/set.
As for the Vintage Collection, it’s one that really should have been a general release. Let’s take a look at that one first.
Emperor’s Throne Room
Those of us who collect 3.75″ scale Star Wars figures have wanted this for years. Now our only chance of snagging it is to pay $50 for a Hasbro Pulse membership and obsessively refresh the product page whenever it goes on sale for less than five minutes.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who can get through, the set will cost $31.99. In addition to the long-desired iconic throne, there’s a great looking Palpatine figure who comes with alternate force lighting hands and his walking stick. The set also includes a really cool Death Star window you can set up to recreate scenes from Return of the Jedi.
Hopefully a general release (maybe without the background window) will come out later and be widely available…like the Amazon exclusive Black Series version of this set that was released a couple years ago.
Yes, I’m a little bitter. Let’s move on.
Power of the Force Cantina Showdown
Based on the set that was released back in 1997, this 6″ version looks fantastic. It’s also worth noting that Ponda Baba and Dr. Evazan will be getting individual releases in the Black Series line, so it’s not the end of the world if you miss out on getting this.
My only two complaints are the price ($104.99 is a bit high) and that Ponda Baba’s arm isn’t removable like his Vintage Collection counterpart. His arm getting sliced by Obi-Wan Kenobi is such an iconic scene that you’d figure Hasbro would make that a feature here, as well.
Whatever the case, I know 6″ scale stuff isn’t usually associated with world building, but this set provides a really great chance to do that.
Look, all complaints about retconning aside, I absolutely love Dave Filoni (who portrayed New Republic X-Wing pilot Trapper Wolf in The Mandalorian). I’m also totally the sort of person who’d buy an action figure featuring the likeness of someone who had told some of my all-time favorite Star Wars stories.
But if you showed me this one without any context and asked me who it was, Filoni would not have been one of my guesses.
Perhaps the figure will undergo some touch ups before it officially goes on sale. But for a $31.99 exclusive, the likeness needs to be a lot better if I’m going to consider purchasing it.
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