• New Hasbro The Black Series Loose and Packaged Photos

      We have several new loose and packaged photos from the upcoming Hasbro The Black Series (TBS) line!

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      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        It's been so long since these figures were first announced that I'm trying to remember what made them new in the first place. It'll be nice to finally have a good AOTC Anakin that doesn't have the soft goods that plagued other versions. The Biker Scout from the TRU set is great so it's good to have it out again. I love the TVC AOTC clone so it's nice to have two more variations on it.

        However, putting this many stark white troopers out at once will likely lead to some pegwarming by at least one of them - it probably would have been more ideal to spread them out a little more.

        Also, now that the bubbles are larger than they were for TVC and the card art is so plain, I wish they would either pose the figures more interestingly (like they used to) or fill them out with more accessories. On the first point, I wonder if they want to present the figures as plainly as possible so they look more "collector-friendly" or something. On the second point, I can't help but think that even small, cheap, reused accessories would have made these figures stand out a little more, like Anakin's green lightsaber or Padmé's handcuffs. They also had more than enough time to add Anakin's cloak, like I suggested to Derryl at CVI, but alas . . .
      1. El Chuxter's Avatar
        El Chuxter -
        That is a lot of troopers. And all white. And two of them prequel ones. This does not give me confidence for later waves.

        Anakin's head I do not like. It looks like a tremendous step backwards from this pic.

        On another note, any chance the Joe team might look at what Star Wars is doing by putting so many bad guy army builders in this case and maybe trying to replicate it? It seems like every Cobra troop builder is one per case, two if we're lucky. They could ship a case of 4 Troopers, 4 Vipers, and 4 Crimson Guards, then re-release the case six times with different paint jobs on the figures, and I think most Joe collectors would be happy.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        I agree that the larger bubbles need more accessories, that Anakin's head is a step backwards in that pic, that there are too many troopers... this is brutal. At least 6" R2 looks decent in box, although that black insert really takes away from the figure.
      1. bigbarada's Avatar
        bigbarada -
        People keep talking about how "great" the new Biker Scout is, but I just don't see it. Aside from some tweaked articulation, it's a step backwards in every way. The helmet was too small on the 2006 version and it's even smaller on this version. Plus, I can't get past those shoulder joints. I guess I can forget about buying Biker Scouts until Hasbro retires this mold.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Quote Originally Posted by bigbarada View Post
        People keep talking about how "great" the new Biker Scout is, but I just don't see it. Aside from some tweaked articulation, it's a step backwards in every way. The helmet was too small on the 2006 version and it's even smaller on this version. Plus, I can't get past those shoulder joints. I guess I can forget about buying Biker Scouts until Hasbro retires this mold.
        Sharper sculpt, helmet sits higher on this version than '06 and can look up and down without being a joke and seems taller, the shoulders are more anatomically-accurate than the '06 with its linebacker ball-joint shoulders that stick outside the torso, and the hips can actually stand AND use a bike. Still surprises me you don't like this one.
      1. bigbarada's Avatar
        bigbarada -
        Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
        Sharper sculpt, helmet sits higher on this version than '06 and can look up and down without being a joke and seems taller, the shoulders are more anatomically-accurate than the '06 with its linebacker ball-joint shoulders that stick outside the torso, and the hips can actually stand AND use a bike. Still surprises me you don't like this one.
        I see the differences, but it still doesn't feel like an improved version and those shoulder joints kill me every time I look at them.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Quote Originally Posted by bigbarada View Post
        I see the differences, but it still doesn't feel like an improved version and those shoulder joints kill me every time I look at them.
        What about the shoulder joints kills you, the black PVC hinge or the actual sculpted design? For me, the deco issue is livable, and the joint design compared to the previous figure is a joy.

        Plus, with these joints the figure can do this:
        Attachment 27645

        and this:
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        And in fact, now that I'm looking at my desk area, the poses in those old photos have both been improved upon since I took them.
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