The toy aisles at your local Targets, Toys R Us, Walmart, or wherever it is you buy toys from today are getting (hopefully) the latest in the Star Wars toy line from Hasbro. In my honest and most sincere opinion Hasbro is hitting it out of the park with this new venture into the 6 inch format.
For as long as I can remember the Star Wars 3 3/4th inch action figure line has been the staple of my collecting habits. Every year I eagerly await for news on what new figures Hasbro will provide to the ever growing pile of their modern Star Wars collecting. But for the last two years or so things have been slowing down a bit on the small figure side. 2012 was plagued with pegwarmers and missing waves and a lot of 2013 was -for the most part- an empty year with little to no “new” for fans. This new Black Series is Hasbro’s opportunity to provide something both “new” and fresh to the Star Wars license.
This is my first foray into this new line, Boba Fett who stems from wave 2 was the one I felt I must have. For many years Marvel Legends has been my primary source for 6 inch figures along with some DCUC, and some other licenses here and there so this is quite the treat for me. The very awesome bounty hunter comes loaded with 22 points of articulation, including: a ball-jointed neck, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel biceps, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 ball-jointed wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 swivel thighs, 2 double jointed knees, 2 double ball-jointed ankles (rocker ankles). The amazing level of articulation is not a hinderance to the very detailed sculpt. Hasbro has given us a fantastic figure here, the Mandalorian bounty hunter has every detail from his Empire Strikes Back appearance and for the very film savvy fan I dare you to find a missing detail.
The figure comes with three accessories: a lastech EE-3 blaster rifle, Sacros K-11 disintegrator pistol, Modified Z-6 jet pack, all of which has a place on the body of the figure. He (unlike other figures from other lines) can hold both weapons in either hand nicely and the Jetpack fits snuggly via a peghole on his back and -unlike his 4 inch counterpart- he has no issues with it falling off. As a very nicely added surprise he is able to nicely hold his blaster rifle with both hands.
I have heard the rumblings online ranging from collectors being ecstatic for a new scale of figures and others being fearful of what this may mean in terms of the 3 3/4th inch figure line which has been -up to this point- the backbone of their Star Wars licensed product line. I for one am very hopeful for the future of this line. Maybe its the Marvel Legends collector in me but there is a great feeling in being able to display Batman, Spider-man, and Boba Fett in the same scale side by side. I will keep on collecting the 3 3/4th inch line of Star Wars figures for as long as Hasbro keeps up the collector focused line of it but this is a nice departure from the norm and a welcome one at that. Should Hasbro ever discontinue the smaller sized line I will be very disappointed as it harkens back to my childhood and is very much at the core of my collecting habits but if this 6 inch line becomes the only collector focused Star Wars line from Hasbro then I must say that it is not the worst replacement possible for it.