Rumor Report: Details For The Black Series on Force Friday II

As we continue to gather details for Force Friday II in September, we’ve managed to assemble a preliminary “rumor” list of two waves of Black Series figures slated for release for the event. Wave 1 has been nailed down for a while but Wave 2 has some “newness” to it.

For a few details regarding the basic (non-Black Series) figure line, be sure to check out tonight’s episode of First Order Transmissions as I’ll be breaking down the first 3 waves of figures.

Again, this is a rumor list and not set in stone, zero bothans (but a few brain cells) died to bring is this information.

Wave 1 and 2 consist of 8 figure case packs:

Wave 1:
2x Darth Vader (Episode IV – 40AC repack)
1x Rey (Episode VIII)
1x Luke Skywalker (Episode VIII)
1x Kylo Ren (Episode VIII)
1x Grand Admiral Thrawn (Star Wars Rebels – SDCC repack)
1x Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)
1x Stormtrooper (40AC repack)

Wave 2:
1x Snowtrooper (Wave 9 repack)
1x AT-AT Driver (Wave 9 repack)
1x Poe Dameron (Episode VIII)
1x Kylo Ren (Episode VIII) – wave 1 carry forward
1x Victor 2 (Snoke)
1x Victor Guard 2 (Episode VIII – Elite Praetorian Guard)
1x General Leia (Episode VII)
1x Finn (Episode VIII)

 

  • Ben Bonstein

    I really appreciate the 40AC Stormtrooper repack. That’s smart, probably still going to be a pain to find though.

    • jerome

      so will this be an actual on card 40th re pack? or a 3rd release new box re pack? either way i want at least 1,but id love a 2nd unexpected chance at a carded 40th. i couldnt pre order them needing cash for my daughters trip. then in menominee,mi where i live not 1 store recieved a wave 2 figure. by the time i made it to other cities to hunt i never even saw a stormtrooper or chewy. i am so bummed. this set brings back so many good feelings and i cant complete it! theres no way as a single dad that i can justify paying $50 for newly released $20 toys. one. thing hasbro fails at is as a child i could walk in most stores and kenner had the pegs ful of just about anyone i wanted.l

      • Ben Bonstein

        I’ve heard that all the 40th figures getting repacked – Vader, Stormtrooper, Han(?) – will be boxed, not carded, unfortunately. I’m with you, twenty, thirty tops for these, and even that’s highway robbery.

        • jerome

          that would be awsome if they all get repacked but i would be surprised. i just dont understand hasbro, they seem to squeeze we collectors on their end while constantly feeding scalpers with inflated markets on the other end?! just 1 time i wish the collectors were able to band together and temporarily boycott all black series purchases long enough. to get. their attention and fix this never ending distribution problem. when its been a problem for years someone needs to be fired or its on purpose. either way my collection is good enough as is if it continues much longer. when the hobby produces more frustration than enjoyment it crosses from a hobby to addiction, lol all i want as a collector is a reasonable opportunity to purchase thee entire line at retail, with reasonable ease of finding them. in the last year i havent even seen most in stores. Hasbro Fail!

  • RumSleg

    More case assortment errors. Carrying forward Kylo instead of Luke is a mistake. Luke should be the carry-forward. That’s a no-brainer.

    I also wouldn’t put E8 Finn in Wave 2, unless the outfit is something we haven’t seen yet. If it’s the same jacket with new pants, it won’t move very quickly…

  • Jeffery Morey

    Haha Remember when people insisted they were doing solid cases going forward so much for that i guess!

    • Seronious

      They might still do those. Gamestop got solid cases of the Imperial Royal Guard and Lando. Chirrut and Baze keep getting solid case packs sent to e-retailers like BBTS, and EE. I know that Leia from the 40th was dished out in solid cases at a few retail outlets… so, i’m sure some of these could hit in solid case packs. I’m sure Luke will be one.

    • There are six figures from the first wave coming in solid case packs. It is believed the other two will follow. Solid case packs do not negate mixed case assortments. I am not sure what your confusion is.

  • Andrew Weaver

    What are the odds we’ll see any previews of these at SDCC (aside from a potential Sneak Preview exclusive) versus them keeping them all secret because “Empty box! The wonder of being surprised when you walk in the store! Hype up the Force Friday events Hasbro can barely stock stores for!”

  • hammyhamster

    Hmmm… quite the list. I’ll be getting one Luke and a few Thrawn’s. The Vader and Stormtrooper are awesome, but it won’t have the gravitas that the 40th packaging offers.

    I’d buy more Luke’s but I get this weird feeling that I’ll want to throw it in the fire come December. Waste not want not!

    • Bombadgungan

      I’m most excited for Luke, Hera and Thrawn. I want that Darth Vader to open since I decided to keep my 40th Ann. Vader carded. I’m not all that excited for Ep. VIII figures right now, but I’m sure I’ll come around. I don’t really need another Stormtrooper, but as an army builder he should still do well.

      • hammyhamster

        I bought an extra 40th vader recently when they were blowing them out so I’m gonna open my original.

        I’m done with the complete set of 6″ black series with 41 (raider)… unless of course they blow out some of these recent ones (outside of Luke or tgrawn as ill pay full pop for those). I thought I was done completing the black series once r1 was out, but I got jyn, cassian and kylo Ren at a crazy low price so I’ve got 1 – 41.

  • Darth Your Mom

    Is this the same as wave 12 and 13? Because I’ve heard from several places Jaina Solo would be in 12. Confused.

    • GonkGonkGonk

      Yes, 12 and 13. No, Jaina was never slated for the FF release. Last I heard she may hit in the November wave (wave 14 I guess?).

  • John Morin

    So when is the next Walmart Exclusive Wave 3.75 SA Black Series coming out and hopefully they’re will be new characters

    • There aren’t any. Walmart won’t have exclusive 3.75″ TBS

      • John Morin

        So where can I buy Black Series 3.75 SA figures. Whats going to happen to the 3.75 line.

        • Stereotypical Evil Archer

          Spring 2018, 3.75 will rise again.

          • John Morin

            So there’s nothing more for this year, what a drag.

          • darthmadonna

            I had heard there may be some and in that a Luke Skywalker. I heard it form a friend when it was announced that Walmart was no longer going to have the exclusive. But who knows. I am excited for the return of the Vintage Collection next Spring. I cant help but think many of us will not be spending much money this force Friday as we wait for Spring.

          • shane

            You got that right. Mabey a basic Luke, that’s it.

          • GonkGonkGonk

            There was a rumor of one more TBS 3.75 wave this year, featuring TFA Luke, Snoke, and a rebel pilot. But apparently Walmart has lost the exclusive deal. So IF that wave actually comes out and isn’t just held back for the Vintage Collection next year, it will be available at all retailers. Either way it will probably be the last TBS 3.75 wave, unless they decide to do another repacks wave this winter.

          • Bombadgungan

            The unanswered question is what is going to happen to the TBS 3.75″ Ponda Baba wave? I can live without a rerelease of Proto Fett, Sandtrooper and Tusken Raider, but I NEED a super-articulate Ponda Baba! That would be quite the kick in the nuts if we are short shifted Ponda Baba for the second time now.

      • RumSleg

        I thought for sure I had read that Walmart had at least one more exclusive 3.75″ wave planned after the Ponda wave. With TFA Luke, Snoke, a U-Wing pilot, and I forget what else. Was that rumor incorrect from the start, or was that a planned wave that has been canceled as an exclusive?

        • Bombadgungan

          Hmm… first I’m hearing of this. Interesting.

  • Fiery Little One

    Interesting.

  • EmpireSB

    I truly cannot understand how Luke is not a 2x per case assortment or at least a carry forward into wave 2. This is the figure that everyone is going to want. The AT-AT Driver, although a good figure, is readily available for $15 on Amazon. If Luke is not more readily available after all of these other debacles, Hasbro really doesn’t get it. Otherwise, wave 1 is a great wave.

    • Rivesjunctionite

      Nearly everything is 1x. That seems like a decent assortment. More appealing to collectors who want a whole case.

      • EmpireSB

        Definitely good case assortment in the first case mentioned; I just think that the second FF wave release should also have Luke/Thrawn instead of repacks of the Snowtrooper and AT-AT Driver, ideally. Especially being a FF release, everybody will be wanting those two.

        • Seronious

          They seem to only pack the rebels characters in 1 wave and then they don’t repack them. It’s been that way with Kanan, Ashoka, and Sabine. I’m not surprised that the same would happen with Thrawn and Hera. Although, the first wave of a force friday release is always pretty prominent so I doubt any of those will be hard to find once the initial onslaught of the hardcore collectors have had their fill.

          • Bombadgungan

            Well said Seronious. I agree.

            I can still go out and find a 6″ Kanan today. Ahsoka I saw on multiple occasions, but she sold pretty well. Sabine I never saw at retail and had to order one online at 25% markup.

            A bit odd that they’ve tackled all of the main female characters from Rebels, but only 1 male character. Do you suspect they have Ezra, Zeb or Chopper in the works for release anytime soon?

          • Seronious

            One would hope. I guess, we could see something around NY Comic Con later this year in October. That’s usually their next place that they reveal at and by that point, they’ll probably be showing some more Last Jedi reveals, and Rebels and some other characters never done characters are usually shown at that show. .. Rebels will just be starting by then. I would assume they will finish the main characters so I suspect Ezra, Zeb and Chopper will be done.. Doubt they do more than that though.

  • TrueTanker

    Vader, Thrawn, and Stormtrooper, here I come.

  • bmales01

    There’s a herd theory where things like this only kill off the weak brain cells, whereby making the brain stronger as a whole. So Jayson may be smarter for this whole endeavor

  • Diddly

    I can’t wait to pick most of these figures up at this time next year for under $10 each!

    • bmales01

      agree, I wont pay full price for the 6 inch line except for the rare fig (eg, Revan, Sabine)

  • Joe Fadden

    Any ideas on the centerpiece figures? Are those slated for FF as well?

  • Paul

    So just to be clear are you currently expecting that we will get two waves of bs on force Friday? Thanks for all your work on this.

    • There will be two waves on FF. There will also be three waves of 5POA figures.

      • Paul

        Cool. Happy to see an increase in the amount of bs figures offered on FF.

        Fair to assume that this Luke will be in his white/gray Jedi robes and that his darker outfit will be seen later in the line.

        Thanks.

        • Many repacks however. It looks like there are only 16 individual new sculpts. Two of them are shockers.

          • Aidan williams

            Will retailers receive both waves of figures and the 3 waves 5poa on force Friday or will it be spread out through the rest of the year?

          • Yes, 2 waves of TBS and 3 waves of SWU figures on Force Friday

          • Bombadgungan

            Thanks Jayson!

          • RumSleg

            Kenobi and Yoda? At this point, that can’t even be taken as a spoiler for TLJ. I certainly *hope* their Force ghosts appear in the movie, but these figures would probably be flesh-and-blood representations of Kenobi and Yoda, not Force ghosts, right? Hmm. We got Vader and Bespin Luke in TFA Wave 1, so this would not be a huge shocker to me.

      • Fluke Skycrawler

        Two of those 3 waves of 3 3/4 figures will be the last two waves of Rouge One finally hitting retail.

        • darthmadonna

          OH nice. SO Bodhi , Raddus, Galen, and Fenn Rau? Please!!

          • Brian Beck

            or ‘space monkey’ 2 pack. what happened to that !

          • Seronious

            There might be a space monkey 2 pack. I don’t think the 2 packs have been revealed, yet, but I assume there would be at least one case assortment. Bistan/Squad Trooper, and Bespin Han/Boba were revealed at NYCC, so I assume they will be in that first wave along with perhaps 2 2 packs from the Last Jedi.

        • No Rogue One figures in any of the waves

      • RumSleg

        Although there may be three waves of 5POA figures out, what are the odds that most stores will get all three cases and put all three assortments out at once? I foresee myself driving to multiple Walmarts on FF to see which two out of three waves each store has put out.

    • “two waves of Black Series figures slated for release for the event”

      pretty clear

      • Aidan williams

        Thanks Jayson!

  • Robb

    Already making a mistake by carrying forward Kylo Ren and not Luke.

    • Ray Marquart

      Huge mistake! He is basically Luke for both episode 7 and 8….so yeah I agree

    • Jesus’s Best Friend Floyd

      Maybe Luke will be a Kmart exclusive. Lol!!

      • Robb

        if Kmart ever gets another exclusive again I’d be really surprised considering that the store is nearly non existent. Not sure how they even got the last few.

      • Bombadgungan

        Now that would be VERY exclusive!

  • TeeKay1138

    For a moment, i thought we were talking 3.75″ here, then i realized that scale was returning as “Vintage Collection” and not “Black Series”. Oh well, some more waiting for news on that front i guess.

    • farkle farkle

      any info about which figures will be vc besides rey

      • TeeKay1138

        I guess we can expect all TFA and RO repacks from Wal*Mart exclusive Black Series line up. Then, a mix of old (OT and possibly PT) and new (TFA, RO, Rebels, TLJ).

    • This has been addressed actually.

  • Paulskywalker

    Lets hope General Leia is in the outfit she wore through most if the movie and not the dress.

    • Tiberius_Fairbain

      According to this list, it’s one of the costumes from Last Jedi, not TFA.

      • Greg Roberts

        I disagree.
        1x General Leia (Episode VII)

        • Tiberius_Fairbain

          Could have sworn it said Episode VIII

    • darthmadonna

      ha either costume kinda sucked IMO. But yes the lady jump suit should have been made before the dress. But I look at it like this We got the dress version done and out of the way. I figure Hasbro will get more mileage from the general so they may have held back on it. Im sure if they made the General first I would be crying for years to get the Joan Crawford dress version. 🙂 Oh and yeah Im talking 3.75 LOL

  • Brian Beck

    new ‘Enforcer’ trooper an exclusive ?

  • Jaken Wraith

    I think they are re-packing the Snowtrooper and AT-AT Driver for the Centerpiece Line??? Nice variety, better than the “Force Awakens” heavy Wave’s with all the Zuvio’s and Enforcer’s. Can sort of map out what Character’s may be coming after these Wave’s by who is not in these Wave’s from VIII (Benecio Deltoro, Kelly Tran, and Laura Dern’s Characters) and have to go back to the Survey for the other older Character’s that will be mixed in. The Survey is still relevant with Fig’s having about a year’s development Phase. Hopefully Commander Gree does strong sales to “open up that Door” to some Fig’s costing a little more and we get a $30 General Grevious done right.

    • Bombadgungan

      Good point about the Snowtrooper and AT-AT Drivers complimenting the Centerpiece uhh… piece. Could it also be that they were sitting on a mountain of these that were manufactured but never shipped? I know we never saw this wave appear where I live. From what I’ve seen, The Black Series packaging remains the same black and red boxes, so easy to slot unshipped inventory into upcoming waves.

  • spider8625

    Why only 1 per case, especially Luke? Everybody will want Last Jedi Luke.

    • General Hux

      That is exactly why that he’s 1 per case. 🙂

      • darthmadonna

        exactly it wouldn’t be Star Wars or Hasbro with no main or most wanted character available.

        • hammyhamster

          You think? I expect Thrawn to be the most valuable in the community… I guess it’ll all come down to how he’s portrayed because Old Man Luke, to this point, hasn’t really given me a reason to stalk his figure hard.

          • darthmadonna

            Thrawn has been made 3 times in 3.75 and the 6″ as an exclusive then in the boxed line as well. Luke is ZERO My thirst for Thrawn is pretty satisfied.

          • shane

            I have 2 out of the 3 Thrawn. Dieing to get Luke in any scale. Everyone I know is anyway.

          • hammyhamster

            Good points, but personally, I’m not spending for what I consider an unnecessary SDCC figure, so I’m considering the black series version for Thrawn as his “first” 6″.

            Plus, I have or have owned at least 25 different Luke’s over the years so there’s no novelty there for me… outside of him being in 6″.

            Either way, I’ll buy both, as I expect all collectors to do, so Hasbro wins once again 😉

          • Bombadgungan

            I really like how Hasbro has handled these SDCC exclusives recently (Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt, unmasked Kylo Ren, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Thrawn). They give convention goers and dedicated fans the opportunity to own something special and a bit unique with the exclusive packaging and added accessories, but doesn’t exclude the rest of fandom who are simply looking to own the figure.

            I think the SDCC exclusive Thrawn is spectacular, but I will not be chasing one of my own. I like Thrawn, he’s cool and I will buy the mass market 6″ figure, but I don’t have a special affinity towards this character to motivated me to plunk down more for the exclusive. I do hope Hasbro continues this method and eventually does a character that hits all my buttons.

          • Bombadgungan

            I see your point and I am certainly going to be stalking Ep. VIII Luke, but I also agree with Hammy that Thrawn will be hot. Yes Thrawn has been done in 3.75″ a few times, but those were few and far between. If you’re primarily a 6″ collector or not a fan of 5POA, you’re likely not yet satisfied. What percentage of fans do you think will get their hands on the expensive and limited SDCC exclusive?

          • darthmadonna

            not to say Thrawn is not going to be insane but he is also not one of the most recognizable characters of Star Wars. It wont be just dedicated collectors cruising the aisles when TLJ comes out. The only thing I could see as a handicap for Luke would be ageism.

    • Bombadgungan

      You do recall the little scenario we always seem to experience, known as
      “Wave 1 Syndrome” don’t you? In which wave 1 is shipped so heavily
      that fans still have to sift through it 6 months later? Yes, I know FF
      is always an issue, that there is not enough to go around, but they will
      come and be fully stocked in the following weeks.