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. Click here to read more...
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.
The only exclusive Black Series 6" set in 2013 was the San Diego Comic Con 2013 exclusive with Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite.
Here is a list of Star Wars figures which were released between Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 in the 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.
On Triple Force Friday, October 4, 2019, Hasbro released eight figures from the basic Black Series 6" assortment in limited edition white boxes. The figures cost $19.99 each and they were identical to the figures from the basic assortment. The only difference was the packaging, even the collector number on the side of the packaging was identical to the basic assortment counterpart. Here is a complete list:
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.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back in 2020 Hasbro released figures on special Kenner inspired cardbacks. The very first figure released in this series was Boba Fett in Kenner inspired colors during San Diego Comic Con in 2019, and even though the cardback featured the classic Star Wars logo (just like it did in 1979 right before the release of The Empire Strikes Back), the top of the card featured the 40th of The Empire Strikes Back logo. Figures in this series were available at all major retailers for $19.99.
Out of 352 figures released 139 were exclusives, which shows a focus of 39.49% on exclusives and 60.51% on regularly available figures. Retail stores which sold exclusive Star Wars figures included Amazon, Barnes'N'Noble, Best Buy, Disney, Disney Store, Entertainment Earth, Fan Channel, Gamestop, Gamestop/B'n'N/Disney Store (shared exclusive), Gamestop/ThinkGeek, Hascon, Kmart, San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration Chicago, Star Wars Celebration Orlando, Target, Toys'R'Us, Walgreens and Walmart.
If you have purchased one of each figure pictured here on this page when it was released at regular MSRP in the United States, or one of each multipack / convention exclusive, you've spent a total of $8236.99. This averages out to $23.40 per figure.
|8||The Phantom Menace||2.27%|
|12||Attack Of The Clones||3.41%|
|13||Revenge Of The Sith||3.69%|
|57||A New Hope||16.19%|
|47||Empire Strikes Back||13.35%|
|20||Return Of The Jedi||5.68%|
|45||The Force Awakens||12.78%|
|26||The Last Jedi||7.39%|
|20||The Rise Of Skywalker||5.68%|
|15||Solo: A Star Wars Story||4.26%|
|17||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||4.83%|
|5||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||1.42%|
|8||Jedi: Fallen Order||2.27%|
|2||The Force Unleashed||2%|
|9||Star Wars: Rebels||2.56%|
|21||Other (Comic Books, EU, Novels ...)||5.97%|
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