For years the only Star Wars action figure you could get were in the small scale of 3 3/4", and all of us adults who grew up playing with the old action figures can tell you that they weren't always of the best quality... at times Luke looked like he hit the gym a little more than he ever did, and we all knew that the too short and too thin lightsaber coming out of Obi-Wan's arm wasn't ideal. But now, some thirty plus years later, everything we thought we knew abotu Star Wars action figures changed when Hasbro released the Black Series. Not only do they come in some classy, well-designed packaging, the sculpts, painting, and articulation are all top notch; the best they've ever been! If that weren't enough to get both adult collectors and kids interested, they even have a line of 6" figures, the biggest and most detailed they've ever been! May the force be with us... and with our display shelves.
Star Wars Black Series Action Figures
Star Wars Black Series…The name alone demands respect in the minds of toy collectors the galaxy over. Add in the fact that these Star Wars toys are seriously high quality – especially compared to the existing Star Wars action figures already on the market – and you start to see the inescapable qualities that put these Hasbro Star Wars Black Series action figures ahead of the fleet. Seriously, when we’re talking Star Wars Black Series, we’re talking stellar articulation, expert molding, granular attention to detail and all things collector-y good! But what makes them so great?
These Are the Droids Toys You’re Looking For! For years the only Star Wars action figure you could get were the small scale of 3.75" builds. For the adults who grew up playing with the old action figures, these weren't always of the best quality. At times Luke looked like he hit the gym a little more than he ever did, and we all knew that the too short and too thin lightsaber coming out of Obi-Wan's arm wasn't ideal. Some thirty plus years later, everything we thought we knew about Star Wars action figures changed when Hasbro released the Black Series. Not only did they come in some classy, well-designed packaging, but the sculpts, painting, and articulation were all top notch; the best they've ever been! If that wasn’t enough to get both adult collectors and kids interested, they even released 6" figures – the biggest and most detailed they've ever been!
Un-Boxing Star Wars Black Series Action Figures While building your Star Wars Black Series collection, what are the things you’ll want to focus on? No Jedi mind tricks here. Let’s get down to the basics. Maybe you are a collector, or maybe you are just a toy enthusiast who simply cannot wait to unbox your Black Series toys. No judge! Whatever your mission, Master Jedi, just make sure you do what you can to preserve the quality of the toy as much as possible! For a Star Wars collectable ripped haphazardly from its original packaging will surely cause a great disturbance in the Force.
Step 1: Marvel at the unpackaged beauty that is mint condition Star Wars Black Series.
Step 2: Identify the tape tab that seals the box in all of its glory.
Step 3: Preferably not with a light saber, carefully cut the tab (don’t ‘Wampa’ the job).
Step 4: “It’s a trap!” You’ve now entered the point of no return.
Step 5: Carefully slide the toy out of the box. Mind your strength – it’s a tight squeeze!
Step 6: In a push-pull-wiggle motion between your two hands, carefully dislodge the toy from its case!
Step 7: Make speeder bike sounds with your mouth and zoom the toy around your room.
Thanks for the advice, Captain Obvious!
Fair enough… But really, when it comes to the Star Wars collectibles you have decided to remove from their original packaging, the more careful you are in removing the toy, the better.
Any torn cardboard, damaged edges, crumbled plastic casing or damage to the original packaging has the potential to lower the future value of the toy.
Of course, if you are a collector, the wisest course is always to keep the toy in its original packaging. But if you do remove it – proceed with as much caution as possible!
Star Wars Black Series Comparisons Star Wars Black Series toys come in one of two sizes across multiple Waves – the 6” Star Wars Black Series action figures that really have collectors excited, and the 3.75” Black Series build. The differences between the two types of Star Wars Black Series toys can vary in terms of accessories, aesthetic detailing on the boxes, articulation, the paint jobs and their value as collectibles.
Let’s look at some examples that jump to the front as solid comparison pieces between Waves, the action figures themselves and the differences between limited releases at Comic Con and what you can buy in the store.
Black Series Wave 2 Boba Fett 6" vs. Black Series Boba Fett 6” Prototype Armor
Each Boba Fett action figure comes with:
Each is 6” tall
Battle damage is consistent across both
Articulation is consistent on the joints
The Boxes: Wave 2 Boba Fett comes with the orange stripe and the Exclusive comes with the Blue
The distressing of the paint on the original is not present in the Prototype, save indentations from battle damage since it was a straight repaint and not re-sculpted
The cape on the Prototype is not distressed and tattered like the original
Black Series 6" Biker Scout with Speeder Bike vs. Black Series 3.75” Biker Scout
Basic molding and articulation
Small details :
More detailed distressing of the paint on the 6” figure
The back of the helmet is inverse between the 6” and 3.75” figures
Scuffs and battle damage on the 6’’ figure is more detailed
The 3.75” figure comes with a Blaster
The 6” Black Series Biker Scout Figure comes with the Speeder Bike and a Stand
The 6” figures comes with the “window” on the box
The orange vs. the blue stripe
The 6” figures are generally considered more collectible whereas the 3.75” figures are generally considered toys
6” Limited Edition Comic Con Jabba the Hutt vs. Wave 1 6” Jabba the Hutt Action Figure
Yes, we were spoiled and patient enough at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con to get our hands on a Limited Release Jabba the Hut Action Figure. Brace for comparison!
Each stands 6” x 11” (tall x wide)
Box with a vivid scene
Hookah and Salacious B. Crumb accessories
At the end of the day, perhaps the best way to compare Star Wars toys is to get a bigger shelf! For those who’ve grown up reciting Star Wars quotes at every opportunity, is it really so much to ask? Happy Hunting!
While we’re all really excited by the Star Wars Black Series action figures on the market, what can be said for the coming years? Arguably some of the most sought after and highly anticipated Star Wars Black Series Action Figures have yet to hit the market. From Han Solo (In Carbonite) and C-3PO, to the Clone Trooper Sargent, Captain Rex and of course Chewbacca, collectors everywhere are chomping at the Tauntaun bit for the next Waves from Hasbro.
While this list certainly is not exhaustive, what action figure are you most looking forward to? Are there any rumors circulating about an upcoming Black Series Action figure release that you would like to see FUN.com sell in the future? Drop us a line if you have a tip!
May the force be with us... and with our display shelves.