On January 29th, Brian Truitt revealed on USAToday.com that Hasbro was going to release 6-inch Star Wars action figures in Fall 2013. This confirmed months of speculations on a new direction for Hasbro's Star Wars action figure toy line.
The article revealed a first publicity image of Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot), and confirmed the entire first wave of 6-inch scaled action figures, including Darth Maul, R2-D2 and a Sandtrooper (Squad Leader).
Speaking about the name, "The Black Series," and the black packaging, Derryl DePriest (Vice President, Global Brand Management at Hasbro, Inc.) stated: "It's one of the main colors of Star Wars all the way back to the beginning, and it's the approach that Lucasfilm has taken with their collector-oriented product line. We're bringing that simplicity and essence and focus on the character now to the toy aisle."
The Black Series 6-inch toy line debuted officially on August 1, 2013, along with the basic The Black Series 3 3/4-inch figures. Despite the higher price point of approx. $19.99 - almost twice as much as a regular basic Star Wars action figure at the time, the all-new scale was received well by fans.
Here is a look at The Black Series 6-inch basic assortment of 2013/2014. Chewbacca would have been #13 in the series but the figure was delayed and was moved into the 2014/2015 line-up.
Here is a list of exclusive 6 inch Star Wars figures from Star Wars The Black Series.
Here is a list of Star Wars figures from the late 2014 - 2015 The Black Series 6 inch basic assortment.
Here is a list of Star Wars figures from the 2014/2015 The Black Series Deluxe assortment.
Here is a list of Star Wars figures from the 2014/2015 The Black Series which were exclusives.
Here is a list of 6-inch Star Wars figures from the 2015/2016 Star Wars The Black Series.
Here is a list of Star Wars figures from the 2015/2016 The Black Series 6-inch line which were packed-in with vehicles.
Here is a list of Star Wars figures from the 2015/2016 The Black Series which were exclusives. The very first 6-inch Star Wars figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was a The First Order Stormtrooper, was released as an exclusive at San Diego Comic Con 2015.
Hasbro revealed the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Collection on February 15, 2017. The first figure shown was Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot), which was a Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 exclusive. Only a few days later, on February 18, 2017 during New York Toy Fair, Hasbro revealed more figures from the 40th Anniversary Collection.