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.
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.
Here is a list of Star Wars figures from the 2015 - 2018 The Black Series 6-inch line which were packed-in with vehicles or creatures.
Here is a list of 6-inch Star Wars figures from the 2015/2016 Star Wars The Black Series.
Here is a look at the Black Series Centerpiece line. The idea behind the sets was to give fans a diorama enviornment with lights where the character is set in a dynamic, fantasy-type situation.
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.
Here is a look at Star Wars Black Series figures which didn't fit into the traditional assortment model.
The Black Series Archive sub-line includes Star Wars figures which were released previously, it's a way for Hasbro to bring back popular characters such as Boba Fett and figures which command a premium aftermarket price. In some cases Hasbro even improved the figures by adding the photo real face printing technology to give them a more life-like appearance. For the Black Series Archive line the packaging was changed from a Black Series box to a blister card.
The Black Series 6" Deluxe line started in March 2019 with General Grievous. Figures in this series cost $29.99 ($10 more than a regular Black Series figure) and included larger characters.