Let’s get the bad news from the Pulse Con 2021 Star Wars panel out of the way first: There was no announcement about the Bad Batch coming to the Vintage Collection any time soon. We also didn’t get a blurgg in any scale for Kuiil to ride.
Thankfully, the Friday livestream did show some great new products for their super articulated 3.75″ scale line of action figures. The 6″ Scale Black Series also got a lot of love, including an official launch for their previously announced (and gargantuan) Rancor.
We’ll start with the Vintage Collection, much of which is now available to be preordered (assuming it hasn’t sold out yet). The focus for this article will be on items that hadn’t been shown before today, although the panel did spend a good deal of time discussing previous reveals like the Emperor’s Throne Room set.
Also, I hope all of you who joined me at 5:00 PM trying to snag the aforementioned item were successful.
Rebel Fleet Trooper 4-pack
Count me as someone surprised to see Hasbro produce an army builder pack for something in the Original Trilogy besides stormtroopers. In addition to giving us a Raymus Antilles figure, this makes last year’s Tantive IV playset an even better buy.
The Rebel Fleet Trooper 4-pack will retail for $41.99 and is sold exclusively from Hasbro Pulse. It is available now for preorder with an expected arrival in April 2022.
Nevarro Cantina Playset
In addition to being a cool looking display option, the Nevarro Cantina Playset has a number of features that allow you to change its look from before and after Moff Gideon & Co. shot it up. The set also comes with a Death Trooper, which you can’t have too many of.
The item retails for $52.99 and will be sold at most major retailers. It is available now for preorder with an expected arrival in April 2022. You can also buy multiple sets to create an even better/more accurate cantina, but that price point doesn’t make me too keen on doing so.
The following items are upgraded rereleases from the Prequel Trilogy era. They will all retail for $13.99 and are expected to be available in August 2022. Preorder links are in the item headings before the pictures.
I know we all hate repacks, but this is great for folks who missed out on the original Vintage Collection Ahsoka (who is impossible to find for less than the cost of a black market kidney). There’s also a good chance that Obi-Wan figures will become even more highly sought after once his new series is released.
Mace Windu’s updated portrait obviously looks great, but the big surprise is young Anakin. It’s not a huge improvement from the figure’s initial offering, but a welcome release for those who’ve wanted to add the figure to their collections and couldn’t find it.
The next group of items aren’t up for preorder yet, but they are on their way…and honestly stole the show.
The Mandalorian & Grogu (Maldo Kries)
Yes, the legs on the large ice spider are articulated. Yes, I absolutely must have this.
Din Djarin also has ice detailing on his armor. When you combine that with Grogu, I’m not sure how any fan of The Mandalorian could pass this set up — especially if you’ve got a HasLab Razorcrest on its way.
No pricing or preorder information was given, but it’s expected to hit store shelves sometime in 2022.
Pipeline/In Development Reveals
- Singled carded Arc Trooper Jesse
- Figrin D’an (we’ve already known about this one, but it’s still exciting).
- Ewok Village Leia (Finally!)
- New Republic Security Droid
- Din Djarin in Morak Trooper disguise
- 332 Ahsoka Loylaist Trooper (YES!)
- Mauldalorian Captain (YES!!!)
The next set of reveals we’ll look at are for the 6″ scale Black Series line. Let’s kick things off with a figure all of us are going to want to add to our collections.
Boba Fett (Tython)
The detailing alone on this figure is impressive, but the accessories and facial portrait are absolutely stunning. No information was given on pricing or preorders, but you can bet I’ll be snagging one when once it’s announced. If the bots and scalpers manage to beat us there, however, then the figure is expected to hit store shelves in August 2022.
Migs Mayfield (Morak)
I’m not nearly as excited for this figure, especially after getting a closer look at the facial portrait. Maybe things will improve once preorder/release information is announced, but for now it’s a pass.
I would pay to hear what Bill Burr says about how they painted his face, though.
“Deluxe” Cobb Vanth
I love Timothy Olyphant. I love Cobb Vanth. But this should not be a deluxe release.
Even with Hasbro’s team trying to justify the increased price due to all “hidden deco” the figure required, the extra cost just isn’t worth it to me.
If you don’t mind shelling out $31.99 for what should be a $22 figure, however, it’s available now for preorder with an expected arrival in July 2022.
The Mandalorian and Grogu (Maldo Kreis)
I don’t need this set since I’m buying the Vintage Collection version, but it’s still going to be very hard to pass up — especially with the how good the ice detailing looks on Din Djarin’s armor in this scale.
No pricing/preorder info has been revealed yet, but the set is expected to be released sometime in 2022…probably right around the time my willpower goes on the fritz. That being said, the set will also be a Target exclusive, meaning there’s a decent chance I won’t be able to get it, anyway.
Galaxy’s Edge Sets
No preorder/release info on these either, but I highly doubt many of you are clamoring to get them. Still, here’s what was shown.
First Order: Mouse Droid, AT-AT Driver, FO R-5 unit, and Hux
Creature Pack: 2 Porgs, Mynock, Bogling, and 2 monkey lizards
We’ll end this portion of the recap with a very cool roleplay item.
FX Elite Leia Organa Lightsaber
Not sure if I’d buy this for myself, but at $264.99 it’s a beautiful addition to any lightsaber collection. The item is available now for preorder with an expected arrival in October 2022.
The Hasbro team also said that a new Darth Vader lightsaber is currently in development.
Now we come to the HasLab portion of the panel, which saw long awaited release of the 6″ scale rancor campaign along with some cool production details.
As you can see, this thing is going to be enormous. It will also be able to fit 6″ scale figures halfway inside its mouth, which was pretty much required for this to be worth buying.
The figure will cost $349.99 and must have 9,000 units sold by December 7, 2021 to be funded and put into production. Although none of the stretch goals were revealed, there are at least four possible additions planned. Based on what we know from previous campaigns, the categories will be as follows:
- Stretch Goal 1: Something that would have (or should have) already been part of the project, but will be presented as a reward accessory. Best bet here is that it’ll be a giant bone to stick in the Rancor’s mouth.
- Stretch Goal 2: Something kind of cool, but not anything to write home about.
- Stretch Goals 3 & 4: Stuff so good it makes people want to buy the Rancor who initially weren’t going to back the project.
You can definitely count me in the last group, by the way. Much as I love rancors, my beautiful 3.75″ scale Legacy Collection one takes up enough shelf space already. For this project to be worth plunking down $350, it’s going to need to come with some really cool extras that make world building possible with our 6″ scale figures. For me, that would mean stretch goal figures/characters like Oola and Malakili.
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