I finally received my order of the Hasbro 6" Star Wars Black Series Wave 2 figures a few days ago. I'm definitely glad I did preorder online though, because these are getting quite hard to find instore, especially Boba Fett. Overall, these figures are just as awesome as those from Wave 1, so read on ahead for my thoughts :)
Black Series #05 Princess Leia (Slave Outfit)
There's probably no more iconic outfit for Princess Leia than her Slave outfit, except perhaps her white gown from the Death Star battle. So it's probably not surprising that Hasbro decided her first appearance in the 6" line would be her bikini from Jabba's palace.
Overall I think a pretty decent job was done with her likeness. Mine came with eyes that were at least painted straight, whereas others I've seen have been pretty bad. The skin complexion is also OK, and the bikini mold itself works well with the expected soft-goods of her skirt.
Her braided hair is done in a nice softer plastic and looks OK draped over her shoulder. The silver chain around her neck is unfortunately plastic - a metal chain would've been a nice extra touch to make this stand out in what is supposedly the premier Star Wars action figure range in this scale.
Articulation is great with all the points except for the ankle rockers, which is pretty disappointing for me. All these points of articulation should be standard in a figure of this scale. Accessories wise, she comes with a couple of spears which are nicely painted, but that's it. I would've loved if they had somehow done swap out legs like previously with the smaller scale such that she could lie down in her iconic pose in front of Jabba. That would've been the icing on the cake!!
For a more detailed look and more of my thoughts, check out the video review of the Princess Leia figure on the Kool Kollectibles youtube channel below:
Black Series #06 Boba Fett
I was lucky enough to have got my hands on the SDCC2013 exclusive Boba Fett and Han in Carbonite set, which pretty much immediately started selling for crazy prices on ebay. But for all the fans that missed out, there wasn't too much grief with the announcement Boba was to be released in Wave 2.
It's pretty much the identical figure, with just tiny differences in the weathering effects. I still have my SDCC set boxed, so this was the first time I had actually had the chance to play around with Boba in this scale. It is such a huge improvement over the Vintage Collection 3.75" figure, and an awesome compromise if you can't go all the way to the 1/6th scale version from Sideshow.
The paint app all round is excellent, as is the articulation. He comes with his blaster, rifle, and rocket pack, and the cloak is a decent enough fabric. He is definitely the stand out figure in this wave, and flies off the shelves. If you're even thinking a little about getting into this line, do not delay and pick this Boba up as soon as you can before scalpers get to it!!
Black Series #07 Greedo
Greedo was one figure that the marketing folks really promoted in the lead up to Wave 2. Lots of prototype pics and progress updates were posted online to tease the figure. And I have to say it has lived up to the hype.
The head sculpt is a standout, and looks great with lots of molded detail. The outfit too is nicely done, with a separately molded orange jacket that has been weathered nicely. Even the brighter green of the rest of his outfit looks quite good, although I can't quite recall if he looked that green in the movie!
He only comes with one little blaster, but I guess that's all he really needs to re-enact the iconic cantina scene with Han Solo. He also has all the great articulation points, and is definitely one of the best releases in the line so far, behind only Boba and the Sandtrooper I would say.
For a more detailed look and more of my thoughts, check out the video review of the Greedo figure on the Kool Kollectibles youtube channel below:
Black Series #08 Han Solo
The last figure in the range is the classic Han Solo smuggler from A New Hope. This outfit is pretty much the go-to figure for Hasbro when it comes to Han Solos, and I think they've done a pretty good job with this one.
The head sculpt is probably the best likeness I've seen of a Han in these smaller scales (not perfect though), and the paint app is nice and clean. The outfit features a similar separately molded vest like that of Greedo. One stupid thing was the way in which the figure was packaged with the Stormtrooper belt instead of his classic blaster holster and belt. Needless to say I swapped it out immediately.
Compared to the much maligned Vintage Collection version, this is a big improvement, although I still think the smaller one is pretty great too! The direct comparison just drives home why this bigger scale is worth the extra price of admission against the 3.75" scale.
Overall, with this figure being a great representation at this scale, I'm now really looking (and hoping) for a Chewbacca to be done in this scale. I still havent got a Chewbacca figure in my collection in any scale (!!) to to start with one at 6" would be sweet!
For a more detailed look and more of my thoughts, check out the video review of the Han Solo figure on the Kool Kollectibles youtube channel below:
Here's a group photo to finish up this quick look at Wave 2. Definitely a great set of figures, and hopefully Hasbro can continue with this pretty high standard for the upcoming waves in 2014! :)