It is a great time to be a Star Wars fan. First came the news that George Lucas was selling Lucasfilm, and with it his Star Wars franchise, to Disney. Then Disney announced a new trilogy within the next few years, possibly featuring the return of various original trilogy cast members. This was topped just recently with the news J.J. Abrams had agreed to take over directing duties on said new trilogy. All great announcements for a franchise that has been severely lacking in substance and story ever since Gary Kurtz left in the early 1980′s.
Now, Hasbro announces a new “collector” orientated 6” Star Wars Black series. With an attention to detail not seen in the 3 3/4th line of figures, this new series will follow in the path of the hugely successful Marvel Legends line, first introduced by Toy Biz in 2002, and currently produced by Hasbro.
Retailing for $19.99 each, eight figures are planned for 2013, and although the core of the characters will be drawn from the original trilogy, some prequel (and hopefully expanded universe) characters will be represented as well. The first series is scheduled to hit shelves mid-August and will consist of Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot), an Imperial Sandtrooper, R2-D2, and Darth Maul. Where Hasbro goes from there is anyone’s guess, but count on more core characters like Han Solo, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett to follow sometime after.
I find it ironic that over 30 years ago Mego was offered the Star Wars license and, in one of the biggest business blunders of recent times, turned it down. It’s amazing to think that we could have had Star Wars in this scale (and with real clothing) years ago. Real clothing aside, better late than never.
Look for Hasbro to reveal more from this new and exciting line at next month’s Toy Fair in New York. Until then, can someone at Disney please announce Blu Ray releases of the Original Trilogy without all that special edition crap?
For more details check out Brian Truitt’s article at USA Today.com.