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NYCC 2013: New Black Series Figures Confirmed/Revealed

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Jedi Temple Archives has also posted images revealing the first looks at several new Black Series figures. They include a what looks to be a Hoth-centric wave featuring Toryyn Farr, Snowtrooper Commander, Luke Skywalker (Dagobah), Yoda (Dagobah), Wedge Antilles (Snowspeeder Pilot) and Darth Vader (Revenge of the Sith armor). Head on over to their Facebook page for a look.

UPDATE: And they received confirmation that Ree-Yees is planned for a future TBS (3-3/4″) wave.

Toyguide Update: TBS #05 Luke Skywalker

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry for wave 1 in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at Luke Skywalker (#05).

PROS: Hasbro has revisited a much maligned attempt from 2007 and improved upon it greatly with an excellent head sculpt and deco (no more chocolate pudding hair!), and screen accurate accessories with the proper blaster and lightsaber. The articulation isn’t any better from the previous version but the other improvements made up for it in spades.

CONS: It there was any one nit to pick, I would say that the jacket is too pale in comparison to the screen used wardrobe.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

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Toyguide Update: TBS #11 Luminara Unduli

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our last entry for wave 2 in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at Luminara Unduli (#11).

PROS: Surprisingly, this figure is only a slight improvement over previous versions. The articulation is ample and the sculpt and deco are very nice making for decent display piece.,

CONS: On the whole, I find it a terrible “toy”. The headdress limits poseability of the arms so when you raise them, it forces the headdress to lift off of the head. The soft goods cloak is prone to additional fraying and shedding of fibers. The soft goods are too long making free standing the figure a chore at times.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.

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Toyguide Update: TBS #10 Pablo-Jill

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at Pablo-Jill (#10).

PROS: Pablo-Jill was a highlight figure released during the transitional wave of OTC figures, and now we get the first refresh for this character in nearly a decade. The result? A stout figure that is loaded with articulation, bringing it up to today’s standards (and expectations) for Jedi figures. The complete package makes for an impressive figure and again, the highlight of the wave.

CONS: None really to speak of other than the omission of a lightsaber hilt accessory to be worn on the figure’s belt (as there is a provided hole in it.)

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this piece is worth adding to your collection.

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Toyguide Update: TBS #12 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at the 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper (#12).

PROS: Not a lot of good things can be said here. Sure it’s super articulated and it serves as diorama filler but then things turn south quickly.

CONS: What is wrong with thee? Let me count the ways. In addition to the proportionally oversized helmet, virtually everything about this figure’s color scheme is wrong. There are so many deco omissions – top to bottom – it’s hard to fathom how it passed QC. Hopefully Hasbro keeps to their word and issues a revision.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this piece is worth adding to your collection.

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The Mara Jade Fix

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From the moment the first final production photo hit the web, collectors were up in arms over the head sculpt for Mara Jade. Thankfully there is an extremely easy fix. I picked up a Marvel Universe Black Widow figure from Toys”R”Us today and with zero customization or altering, the head is a direct swap for Mara Jade. What is great about the head sculpt is that the hair is rubbery allowing for full range of neck movement and zero arm/shoulder binding. Click the image above for a closer look and be sure to comment on what you think.

Update: Here is a requested side-by-side comparison shot as well.

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Toyguide Update: TBS #13 Stormtrooper

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our next entry in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Today, we take a look at the Stormtrooper (#13).

PROS: Although army building isn’t much of a thing anymore with today’s figure prices, this Stormtrooper is a pretty decent version if you were so inclined. The figure uses the ultra-articulated body (the one with ball-jointed hips) and includes the newer E-11 blaster sculpt that features the collapsible stock. For good measure, Hasbro included a second blaster rifle for additional display/play options.

CONS: From the samples I have, there seems to be varying degrees of paint app quality from figure to figure – most notably on the helmet. Also, since this uses the Sandtrooper mold, the slot to accept the backpack is still present which may be a distraction, but only if you are really looking at the figure from behind. Lastly this figure includes a holster (cannibalized from the TAC20 Stormtrooper) but due to the bulkier design of the E-11 blaster, it doesn’t fit in the holster very well.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this piece is worth adding to your collection.

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Toyguide Update: TBS #09 R2-D2

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with our next entry in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at R2-D2 (#09).

PROS: With all of the countless releases R2-D2 has gotten over the past few years, it is nice to see a mold crop up that hasn’t been used ad nauseam. The sculpt overall is very clean and the deco has a very tight application. As R2 figures go, it’s completely adequate.

CONS: A little bit bland in terms of deco – a nice wash would have served this figure better. The figure does have a slight knock against it as the ports that accept the snap-on booster rockets (when not in use) are prevalent. The absence of the booster flames from 2007 take some of the fun out of the presentation.

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Toyguide Update: TBS #14 Mara Jade

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The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with our next entry in the The Black Series 3-3/4″ line. Next, we take a look at Mara Jade (#14).

PROS: It’s been a long time coming, but the 2011 Fans’ Choice winner, and perennial EU fan-favorite figure has finally been released. This latest version of Mara Jade sports all the articulation one would require (save for ball-jointed hips) and is well accessorized featuring lightsaber and hilt, blaster and a reconfigurable holster capable of being placed in one of two positions. The sculpt is great, except…. well, you know.

CONS: Oh, that hair. While it is sculpted well, it suffers from being cast as separate piece which is glued to the head. This design choice gives her more of a “wearing a wig” look that effects the overall aesthetic negatively.

Head to the toyguide for the full image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this piece is worth adding to your collection.

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