Like previous merchandise launches (The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi), multiple waves of 6″ Black Series may make it into the hands of collectors via retail (brick and mortar and online) for the launch of Solo: A Star Wars Story products in April. Wave 16 has already started showing up in advance of the street date and Wave 17 may be hot on its heels.
There was a lot to take in over the weekend with the new product announcements and initiatives from Hasbro at Toy Fair 2018. For an overview of the products revealed, click on through to checkout press release images for Force Link, Black Series and Vintage Collection products.
Thanks to Cargo Hold co-host Chris K. for the links.
Many across the country are finding deep discounts on 6″ Black Series whether through errors in the system at Target for Wave 15, or clearance markdowns to $5 each at Walmart. For a few weeks, the 3.75″ Black Series was down to $8.84 but tonight I found them for $4.00 (Brooklyn Park, MN). There were dozens of Ackbar, Ahsoka and Lando but I did manage to score a couple Imperial Death Troopers and Cassians for customs, trooper building and diorama filler.
During Hasbro’s 2017 earnings conference call this morning, CEO Brian Goldner stated that, in the future, product launches (i.e. events like Force Friday) for Star Wars entertainment will be timed closer to the entertainment’s release and not have months of lead in as happened with The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi and more in the vein of how it’s being handled for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
As we continue to assemble our upcoming checklist for the product launch on April 13 for Solo: A Star Wars Story, we’ve heard of two more vehicles coming as part of the Class B assortment. One is a repack from The Last Jedi – the A-Wing Fighter with Tallie, the other is rumored to be Han’s Landspeeder (with Han) as seen in the leaked production photos as well as the LEGO set (75209). Considering the number of repacks and non-Solo film related figures/vehicles coming out that day, the merchandising tie-ins seem to be quite low – maybe lower than Rogue One.
Retailers are wasting no time starting their post-Christmas/end of year clearances. I braved my local Target this morning (Plymouth, MN) and snapped a few pics and grabbed a few items as well. At this particular store, you can find the Black Series Centerpiece Vader and Luke for $14.98 (reg. 49.99), Black Series Rogue One 3 pk for $17.98 (reg. $59.99), Target Exclusive Era of the Force Action Figure 8pk. for $19.98 (reg. 39.99) and Poe Dameron’s Ski Speeder for $19.98 (reg. $39.99). Head to your local store to find deals like these and more, and of course, your selection may vary.
Scott from Tulsa once again comes through with a report via Twitter of finding the Force Link Rose, BB-8, BB-9E Set at Walmart in Bixby, OK. This set ships along side the Baze and Chirrut Force Link set as well.
Like the basic action figure multipacks for The Force Awakens and Rogue One, there will be an action figure set released in March to support the Blu-ray/DVD launch of The Last Jedi. Brickseek info for the set is below:
Star Wars Episode 8 Home Entertainment Action Figure Pack
Target DPCI: 087-06-6441
Here is a first look at the upcoming Hot Wheels Saw Gerrera Character Car. Look for it along with the Wampa, IG-88 and Lando Calrissian character cars soon. Click the image above for a closer look.
Update: Loose images added