Black Series #01 Luke Skywalker
Now this is exactly how I envisioned the Black Series to be! The new Luke in his pilot garb is a HUGE improvement over the Vintage Collection figure. The paint app overall is pretty solid, with perhaps the worst part being the eyes. It's a bit sloppy on mine, giving him a bit of a wonky look, but from a normal viewing distance it's not too bad.
But everything else about the figure is great! The extra detail that this size gives is really appreciated, with nice detail and weathering on the clothes and on the helmet. Articulation is great too, and is on par with most other great 6" figures such as those from NECA or Mattel.
Overall, a definite must-have in all Star Wars fans' collections, and a great way to start off the new line.
For a more detailed look over the figure and accessories, check out the video review of the Luke figure on the Kool Kollectibles youtube channel below:
Black Series #02 Darth Maul
The Vintage Collection Darth Maul was perhaps one of the best from the line, showing casing a great combination of softgoods, sculpting, and articulation in that 3.75" scale. But this new 6" Maul pretty much blows that out of the water in pretty much every respect.
The inclusion of two headsculpts, one with the flowing black cloak integrated to it, is an awesome accessory. The cloak is a very soft plastic that still holds it shape, and fits very nicely to the figure. I still prefer the 2nd headsculpt for him in his fighting stances. The paint app on the head sculpts are done very nicely, and the eyes this time are perfect!
One gripe with the TVC figure was the softgoods tending to flop all over the place. In this figure, they've still got softgoods, but have used it with a combination of the soft plastic that nicely holds the soft goods in place.
Articulation again is top notch, with all manner of athletic poses possible. So overall, I think this figure surpasses the Luke figure, and is an awesome addition to the line. I initially was only going to order the figures from the Original Trilogy, but if they keep this quality up with the Prequel figures, I'll be very happy!
For a more detailed look over the figure and accessories, check out the video review of the Darth Maul figure on the Kool Kollectibles youtube channel below:
Black Series #03 Sandtrooper
Early reviews of the Black Series figures pretty much unanimously said the best figure from the wave was the Sandtrooper. And I can happily agree to that, with an outstanding representation of the Tatooine trooper. Again, late in the TVC line, Hasbro released the definitive Sandtrooper in that scale, with an awesome paint app and accessories.
Here with the 6" line, the paint app is again outstanding. The weathered look is not overly done, with just enough dirt here and there to give him that distinct desert look. He comes loaded with accessories again, with the backpack that nicely integrates the shoulder pouch, and a multitude of weapons.
Articulation is great just like the two figures above. The only gripe I have is that mine has an extremely tight right thigh swivel that will not budge! I've been able to loosen all the joints on all the figures except this one, and don't want to try too hard and break his leg off! But other than that, it's a great 6" figure.
For a more detailed look over the figure and accessories, check out the video review of the Sandtrooper figure on the Kool Kollectibles youtube channel below:
Black Series #04 R2-D2
Well, I guess every wave has to have at least one bad figure, and this time it's Artoo's turn. It seems the hardest thing in the toy world is getting the scale of R2-D2 accurate to the movie! I wouldn't have thought it would be so hard considering how much reference material is available. But again, Hasbro have made R2-D2 simply too small!
Here his head comes up to about Luke's waist, where he is clearly taller than that from many still shots from A New Hope. He stands closer to mid-torso from what I've seen. I'm usually not one to really harp on such details, but it's really becoming a joke at how they get this wrong each and every time!
Other than the size issue, the other annoying feature is the rotating dome to lower the third leg, which doesn't sit at a nice height where the dome is facing forward properly. So you sort of leave it a little short so that Artoo is at least facing in a turned/forward position.
Also, the accessories are OK, but would've been so much better if integrated into this body. Here they are just removeable bits that snap into place. The paint app is also a little too clean, although the silver on the dome is nice (apart from the ridiculous join line across his head!)
Overall, I was quite disappointed with this Artoo. I'm sure they'll release a Threepio figure in this line too, and just hope they both look in scale with each other!
For a more detailed look over the figure and accessories, check out the video review of the Artoo figure on the Kool Kollectibles youtube channel below:
There's no better way to finish up than with a couple of group shots! Enjoy, and hope you can tune in again at Kool Kollectibles :)
Here's the gang, this time with San Diego Comic Con 2013 Exclusive Boba Fett and Han in Carbonite! :)