Black Series: Clone Commander Gree

Clone Commander Gree (Toys”R”Us Exclusive)
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: July 2017
MSRP: $24.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a military force essentially created for the war with the Separatists 10 years before the Jedi knew of their existence. Following the Battle of Geonosis, many other battles took place across the galaxy. The Elite Corps fought in the Second Battle of Geonosis, Battle of Kashyyyk and the transportation of Nute Gunray to Corruscant (which was a failure). Clone Commander 1004 was a well decorated veteran in the GAR. CC-1004 was the commanding clone in the 41st Elite Corps Battalion. He fought alongside some of the most famous Jedi Generals during the Clone Wars including Anakin Skywalker. Continue reading “Black Series: Clone Commander Gree”

Black Series: Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)

22 Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2016
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

This is the action figure that made its debut on the stage of Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 in the hands of Felicity Jones and then was an exclusive from Hasbro at San Diego Comic Con later in the summer. I lucked out on Hasbro Toy Shop missing this figure both times it was available despite landing unmasked Kylo Ren and Obi-Wan Kenobi – so when it was available for pre-order on Dork Side Toys on September 1st at midnight, I pounced. I even ordered a second one for my friend Jim thinking that the figure could be hard to come by.

Boy, was I wrong.

I did not expect Jyn Erso to be a peg warmer. At that time, we did not know the same figure would be available in the Target 3-pack or as a repack in the cases of Wave 8. Now, Dork Side Toys is offering this brand new for as little as $7.99. That is the chance you take as a collector. We don’t always have all the info or the best foresight into what is going to happen. Even though I did not get a good deal on this figure, I’ll at least always remember the excitement of waiting up until midnight to pre-order it and interacting with other collectors on Twitter.

As for the figure, it is actually well constructed. It looks better out of the box. I’ve held off un-boxing it for several months because I haven’t had a lot of free time, but a lot of my enthusiasm for the figure had dissipated after seeing it swing from the pegs. I’m glad I finally did open it this morning. Hasbro doesn’t always get the face paint applications right on human characters but this one turned out well. Her removable scarf was a nice touch as was the working gun holster on her right hip.  Overall, a solid entry by Hasbro in the Black Series line.

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Black Series: Clone Commander Cody

14 Clone Commander Cody
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2015
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

I have to give an assist to my friend Chris Leddy for picking this up for me while he was on a toy run in his area of the state. I’ve been on the hunt for this figure for the past six months or so – but not serious enough that I would pay more than normal retail for it. Some online retailers have had higher prices than those on eBay recently. Because Commander Cody is becoming a bit more rare that the Black Series Blue Line is no longer in production, his price on eBay is also starting to reach the mid $25.00 range and above according to this Black Series Price Guide.

Cody is one of the most well-known Clones from Revenge of the Sith because he received the Order 66 command from Palpatine. But the back story he received in the Clone Wars series also made him more of a fan favorite as General Obi-wan Kenobi’s clone commander.

The action figure itself is more impressive out of the box. In the packaging I found the figure underwhelming. Something that I’ve only begun to notice is that it seems like most of the Blue Series line had figures packed with their wrists turned outwards. Minor aesthetic flaw in my mind. The orange highlights on the armor really pop and had nice weathering as well. It was easy to pose Cody in several action shots and the balance was good as well. I did a side by comparison with the Clone Trooper Captain and Cody seems to hold the blaster rifle better with both hands.

Overall this is one of the better 6″ Black Series figures from the Blue Series Line (2014-2105) and worth adding to your collection if you can find it at a reasonable cost.

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Black Series: Sabine Wren

33 Sabine Wren
Star Wars Rebels
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2016
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

Sabine Wren is the third Star Wars Rebels character to get the realistic 6″ Black Series treatment – and Hasbro really delivered with this action figure.

The first look we got at Sabine was at New York Toy Fair in February 2016 and was packed in Wave 9 of the current Force Awakens/Rogue One (Red) lineup. This was was first available in November 2016 and is still hard to find in most retailers. I’ve seen some Star Wars collectors refer to Sabine’s Wave to be one of the best Hasbro has ever produced: Princess Leia, AT-AT Driver, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Sabine, Snowtrooper and Darth Revan).

As for this figure, I was able to find it a GameStop the day after Christmas. Despite Wave 9 being available at most GameStop or ThinkGeek retail stores around the country – New Hampshire has been fairly sparse on this case. Speaking of case, the box I picked up had a nice box cutter mark on the right side. Thankfully I open most of my collection for display.

Hasbro did a good job converting Sabine from her animated look on Star Wars Rebels to the highly detailed and articulated Black Series line. Even the box art was a nice touch. The figure sculpt is excellent and I had no issues with the articulation in posing it in a variety of ways. The shoulder pads are a flexible plastic and she can still make a full right angle. The paint application really stands out and is based on her look in Season 1 (of 3) so she doesn’t have a ton of the bright colors she has now – especially on her helmet. Speaking of the helmet, it is removable and is fairly easy to put on and remove.

My figure didn’t have the rumored gun holster variant with a peg on her left leg.

I would recommend this action figure to any Star Wars Rebels fan as this is a worthy addition to the 6″ Black Series lineup. Check out my photo gallery below.

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Black Series: Imperial AT-ST Walker Review

Just like Bryan said in his post yesterday, the Black Series Imperial AT-ST Walker with Driver recently hit Walmart stores in our area. After catching Rogue One again on Friday afternoon I stopped by a nearby Walmart and found one on the shelf. Unlike Bryan I couldn’t resist picking it up immediately, but as I’ll get to later he had the right idea. Continue reading “Black Series: Imperial AT-ST Walker Review”

Black Series: Scarif Stormtrooper (Walmart Exclusive)

Scarif Stormtrooper (Walmart Exclusive)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2016
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

Well, the long wait is finally over. Walmart finally dropped their exclusive 6″ Black Series Scarif Stormtrooper this week right before Black Friday. This figure has been highly sought after ever since an early banner was released on Rogue Friday back in September.

Like the Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader, this is one of the best entries in the Black Series from Hasbro to date. This version doesn’t have the extras that the Squad Leader does – but enough about it makes it unique. This version doesn’t have the blue stripe across the shoulders and chest, the longer kama around the waist, or the E-11 blaster rifle but it does have a different shorter kama, an ammo pouch, and an upgraded (with silver paint) traditional Stormtrooper blaster. The armor weathering is different even though both figures share a figure mold.

This figure is fetching a large sum on the second market, but as we’ve noted this week – it is starting to show up in Walmart stores with several cases on the shelves. Walmart.com is currently out of stock and a third-party vendor is seriously overcharging for this at the moment.

Here is the text from the box:

Specialist Stormtroopers stationed at the top secret Imperial military headquarters on Scarif, Shoretroopers patrol the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility.

I also did a video review of this figure on our YouTube channel. Be sure to check that out below. This is a must-have figure and should have a place in your Star Wars collection!

Star Wars Rogue One Black Series Scarif Stormtrooper (Walmart) 6″ Figure Review

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Black Series: Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader

28 Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2016
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

In my short time as a collector, this was the first new figure from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that I NEEDED to have. Ever since I saw the Shoretrooper design revealed on the Star Wars Show and then later at Star Wars Celebration Europe, I just absolutely loved the design of this new trooper. It reminds me some of the Biker Scout from Return of the Jedi, but the non-traditional armor color and function design is just awesome. I’m likely biased at this point, but this may be the best 6″ Black Series action figure that Hasbro has produced to date.

If you cannot tell, I’m really excited to review this figure. I did a video review on our YouTube channel that summarizes most of my thoughts – and even compares the figure to the Walmart Exclusive standard Scarif Stormtrooper. The colors are vibrant and Lucasfilm has created another iconic look in the Star Wars galaxy. I even went a little overboard with the photo gallery below as a result.

Here is the text from the box:

Specialist Stormtroopers stationed at the top secret Imperial military headquarters on Scarif, Shoretroopers patrol the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility.

This is a must have figure in your Star Wars collection and I cannot wait to see them on the big screen this December!

Star Wars Rogue One Black Series Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader 6″ Figure Review

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Black Series: Imperial Hovertank Pilot

Imperial Hovertank Pilot
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2016
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

What an adventure it was to obtain this figure!

I was lucky enough to score my figure at the Star Wars midnight event at Toys”R”Us for Rogue Friday. That didn’t stop me for staying on the hunt for the next month to help out my friends and fellow collections that were struggling to find this exclusive figure at their local Toys”R”Us. I was able to determine that most stores only received one case for Rogue Friday – containing six action figures packed in it. It took upwards of a month for stores to restock.

The figure is now available online and my recent stop to a store near me was fully stocked. This is a good example of patience being rewarded. I know a lot of collectors were losing their minds at the distribution issues Hasbro had in the first month. Fret not, if you haven’t scored your figure yet – there is still time. It is another reminder that you can also wait out the scalpers on eBay and Amazon and not have to pay more than retail for a figure that should be widely available in time.

The figure itself is stunning. The weathering effect and carbon scoring on the armor and helmet is phenomenal. This is a refreshing new take on a old design of the standard Imperial Stormtrooper we know and love. I did notice that this isn’t exactly the armor paint that we see from one of the Rogue One trailers. That Hovertank pilot had a rank painted on his upper torso and shoulder. It makes me wonder if we’ll get another version of this next year.

The box text gives us some more information on this new specialist:

Imperial combat drivers operate the Empire’s arsenal of armored repulsor vehicles. Combat drivers are lightly armored, relying instead on the thick skin of their vehicles to protect them in battle.

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Black Series: K-2SO

24 K-2SO
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2016
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

I was lucky enough to score K-2SO at the midnight event at Toys”R”Us for the launch of the Rogue One product. Even the box for this 6-inch Black Series figure was a tad dented in the upper right hand corner of the box – likely from the scrum that nearly broke out as everyone in line that night was on the lookout for these new figures. I certainly don’t mind that blemish since I open and display my collection.

We don’t much about K-2SO at this point – other than that he was reprogrammed by Cassian Andor. Here is the text from the back of the box:

A reprogrammed Imperial security droid now loyal to the Alliance, K-2SO is an alarming sight standing within a secret Rebel base. The pragmatic droid is an effective insertion agent, as he can blend in perfectly at Imperial installations and outposts.

I can’t get over how awesome this figure is. It has some of the best paint applications I have seen on a Black Series figure to date. K-2SO has a matte finish and the weathering on the figure nicely shows the wear and tear he has likely been through. He also towers above every figure I have with the exception of Chewbacca from The Force Awakens line. There a lot of little details that really make this stand out. His eyes are painted white, but help give the figure a glowing eye look when light shines on it just right. The Imperial insignia on his shoulders is a nice touch, as are the clear joints at his elbows, knees and ankles. I actually like that this figure didn’t come with an accessory. Anything that Hasbro saved by not included a blaster (like some of the stock photos) helped add the extra detail to K-2SO that makes it one of the best in the line to date.

I can’t recommend this figure enough. It is even more exciting that we’ll learn more about this new droid when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters in December. May the Force be with you.

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Black Series: Obi-Wan Kenobi (San Diego Convention Exclusive)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC)
Star Wars: A New Hope
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2016
MSRP: $44.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

I detailed my first experience with Hasbro Toy Shop and attempting to secure several of the San Diego Convention exclusives back in early August. I thought I was only going to secure the Kylo Ren exclusive this year, but my luck changed in a big way in mid-September. After the completion of the Fan Expo Canada in early September, Hasbro Toy Shop made the Kenobi and Ren exclusives available for a short time on their website. Normally I would have missed such unannounced sale – but thanks to the power of Twitter, I was able to secure the Obi-Wan Kenobi figure that I missed out on in August.

Just like the Kylo Ren figure, the box art for this 6-inch Black Series figure does not disappoint. Rather than a dramatic action shot, Kenobi’s head shot portrait looks like a spitting image of Sir Alec Guinness. The artwork can be removed from the front cover and displayed on a stand included in a small compartment on the bottom left of the box.

There were also two groupings of text on the box artwork:

Obi-Wan Kenobi was once a noble Jedi Knight in the days of the old Republic before the Jedi Order was extinguished and before the tyrannical Empire ruled the galaxy. After the fall of the Jedi, Obi-Wan retreated to the isolated jundland wastes on the desert planet Tatooine. Many locals dismissed the old hermit as a crazy wizard and never suspected that he was a once-great warrior and former general of the Republic. In actuality, Kenobi was silently observing from afar the young farmboy Luke Skywalker, whose future was unknowingly linked to the survival of the Jedi and the Rebellion. When Obi-Wan saves Luke from a band of Tusken Raiders, he begins to mentor young Skywalker in the ways of the Force, and they set out to rescue the Rebel Leader Princess Leia from the Empire’s dreaded Death Star.

“General Kenobi. Years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars. Now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Empire. I regret that I am unable to present my father’s request to you in person, buy my ship has fallen under attack, and I’m afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed. I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit. My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see this droid safely delivered to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” – Princess Leia Organa

Not only does the artwork on the box look fantastic, the head sculpt and paint application of this figure captures the spirit of Sir Alec Guinness as well. Often times Hasbro will underwhelm with their soft goods robes but I felt this one was well done. It drapes over his Jedi robes well and the hood works too. It’s a minor thing, but I was glad to see his lightsaber hilt more sturdy than the Revenge of the Sith Black Series figure had. Obi-Wan’s arms don’t offer many dynamic pose opportunities – but it doesn’t hinder anything about the figure and displaying it in your collection.

This figure will be released in late November as part of the base Black Series line with only Obi-Wan’s lightsaber. The Skywalker lightsaber was a nice inclusion with this exclusive bundle, but the center piece (no pun intended) is the table and Princess Leia hologram. By pressing the jar on the table, Leia lights up and either gives the short version or the long version (included above) of her plea to Obi-Wan for his help. The voice is crystal clear and a nice touch to this exclusive collectible.

If you are a die-hard Obi-Wan Kenobi fan, I would recommend adding this exclusive to your collection if you can find an affordable version. If you can pass on the included table, the base figure coming in November is a nice alternative and more affordable for most Star Wars collectors.

The Force will be with you, always.

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Black Series: Imperial Death Trooper

25 Imperial Death Trooper
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2016
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

I missed out on the Black Series 6″ Imperial Death Trooper at the midnight event at Toys”R”Us on Rogue Friday. That was a mild disappointment, but I knew that Dork Side Toys would come through for me – and they did. In my scouring of various stores on the weekend of Rogue Friday, this Death Trooper was hard to come by. I ended up picking a second figure up to display with this one from my local Target.

I did a YouTube video review of this figure below. This was definitely a figure that displayed better out of the box. The black armor and helmet look phenomenal. The attention to detail is awesome and based on looking at the remaining unopened Rogue One Black Series figures on my display shelf – Hasbro really stepped up their game with this wave. We don’t even know much about these new Imperial troopers (other than the box text below that matches the Star Wars database currently) and it is going to be fun learning more about them when we see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in December. I can’t wait.

The elite soldiers of Imperial Intelligence, Death Troopers are encased in specialized Storm Trooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam. These soldiers serve as bodyguards and enforces for Director Krennic, a highly placed officer within the Advanced Weapons Research division of the Empire.

This action figure was easy to display in several action poses and it stands well without needing to lean it up against the back of my display bookshelf. As you can tell, I’m a huge fan. I highly recommend adding this figure to your Star Wars collection. May the Force be with you.

Star Wars Rogue One Black Series Imperial Death Trooper 6″ Figure Review

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Black Series: First Order Snowtrooper Officer (The Force Awakens)

First Order Snowtrooper Officer
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2015
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

I finally was able to find this Toys”R”Us exclusive 6-inch Black Series figure one week before the Rogue Friday festivities kicked off. It was actually the lone Black Series left on the pegs at my local store as they were clearing room for the new incoming inventory. I had not sought out this figure specifically before stumbling across this one but I couldn’t pass it up either. It was the first time I had seen one at any of the three stores in New Hampshire since launching this site in June.

I previously reviewed the First Order Snowtrooper and had been pleasantly surprised with that figure. This is essentially the same figure with the exception of the red shoulder pauldron. It is a nice addition to an already solid figure. The only hindrance when posing the figure is that it is tough for the figure to shoulder his blaster with the pauldron in the way. I highly recommend adding this figure to your collection if you have not already.

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Black Series: First Order Flametrooper (The Force Awakens)

16 First Order Flametrooper
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2016
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

Like the First Order Snowtrooper, I wasn’t sure I was going to add this to my collection or not. But as mentioned with the Snowtrooper review, I found an excellent combination deal on Dork Side Toys for both figures. That was enough to get me to pull the trigger on it.

Overall, the figure is good but not one of my favorites. The shoulder armor really prevents the figure from holding the flamethrower in dynamic poses. And speaking of the flamethrower, it’s disappointing that it’s not a more durable plastic and tends to bend considerably when trying to have the trooper hold it with both hands. The connecting hose and flamethrower tank is well done and overall the sculpt of the figure is good.

Overall, I would give this a lukewarm (pun intended) endorsement of this 6-inch Black Series figure. I wouldn’t pay full retail price, but at a discount like I received – then I would interested.

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Black Series: First Order Snowtrooper (The Force Awakens)

12 First Order Snowtrooper
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2015
MSRP: $19.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

I recently picked this action figure up in the 6-inch Black Series from Dork Side Toys. It came bundled with the First Order Flametrooper at a absolute bargain. The First Order Snowtrooper has been a peg-warmer at most of the retailers I have visited this summer. I was going to originally pass on this one but the deal I got was too good to pass up. I’m glad that I didn’t because this is a fantastic addition to any Star Wars collection.

Like many figures, this displays better out of the box when the detail included is more apparent. The Snowtrooper poses well and stands better than most of the Black Series figures I’ve collected to date. The bottom part of the trooper’s snow gear is a soft plastic that makes it easier to put the figure in action poses and only offers a limited range of motion.

If you are on the fence like I was about this figure, fear not, it’s worth adding to your collection. I’ve broken the photo galleries up into two sections below:

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Black Series: Kylo Ren (San Diego Convention Exclusive)

Kylo Ren (San Diego Convention Exclusive)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Toy Line: 6″ Black Series
Release Date: 2016
MSRP: $34.99
Current Price: eBay | Amazon

Wow.

That’s all I can say about this 6 inch action figure from Hasbro in the Black Series line. This was a San Diego Comic Convention exclusive this year, and like many years in the past, Hasbro made limited quantities available to buy online at their Hasbro Toy Shop website at the beginning of August. I previously recapped my experience with obtaining this figure in this post here. It’s worth checking out and has helpful hints that I will be adhering to next year if I decide to chase any of the new convention exclusives.

Because the box was so impressive, I decided to break the photo galleries down into two sections. The box artwork is visually stunning and it captures Adam Driver’s likeness well in the style of previous Black Series boxes on a larger scale. The red contrasts nicely against the black of the box. There was two Velcro spots that kept the box shut and upon opening it – the figure is displayed with all included accessories. Included in the box was Kylo’s lightsaber hilt, an ignited red lightsaber, his helmet, a First Order flag and the center piece of the exclusive – the melted Darth Vader helmet. Honestly, this figure would look excellent on display in or out of the box.

There were also two groupings of text included:

“Show me the power of the darkness, and I’ll let nothing stand in our way. Show me, grandfather, and I will finish what you started.” – Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens

“A dark side warrior with a mysterious past and a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber, Kylo Ren was neither Jedi nor Sith, but a product of the teachings of both. Once an apprentice of Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren eradicated his fellow students and drove Skywalker into exile to become a First Order warlord and servant of Supreme Leader Snoke, determined to destroy the last remnants of the Jedi and fulfill the legacy of Dark Vader.”

The head sculpt is impressive. Hasbro typically does troopers and non-humans the best – but they stepped their game for this figure. His helmet is for display and not intended to be placed on the figure’s head. As mentioned before, the Darth Vader helmet is stunning. It was a nice perk to be included and will not be available with the unmasked Kylo Ren in the current Rogue One Wave 1.

If you missed a chance to secure the convention exclusive Kylo Ren – I highly recommend grabbing the unmasked version on store shelves now. May the Force be with you.

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