Thanks to Matt Z. for the alert.
Collectors have been clamoring for more and more 6″ Black Series Prequel figures and Hasbro has satisfied those pleas most recently with the release of Mace Windu, Padme Amidala, Battle Droid and the pending mainline version of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Padawan). Even with those stellar figures in collectors’ hands, they want more. I’ve discovered new info that will add 3 more characters – one from each film in the Prequel Trilogy.
HasbroPulse.com has now opened orders for the 20th Anniversary Obi-Wan and Darth Maul Black Series figure from Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
Update: Up and sold out
You can now start building your droid army as Amazon currently has the 6″ Black Series Battle Droid in stock for $19.99.
Update: Out of stock for the retail price
As 2018 draws to a close, I continue to research and scour the interwebs for clues of upcoming product from Hasbro for the new year. Our unpublished 2019 list is growing rapidly and recently I came across a new listing for a potential exclusive for April’s Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
PROS: The 6″ Black Series continues to impress with its level of detail, sculpting and paint — Qui-Gon Jinn is no exception as Hasbro did an excellent job of capturing Liam Neeson’s large stature and ever-stoic personna. The overall sculpt of the figure is quite nice with great effort applied in rendering the different textures of the Jedi outfit. Articulation is extensive despite the lack of double-hinged elbows that would have made achieving some two-handed lightsaber stances a bit easier. Hasbro included an extra “gestured” left hand for striking alternate poses or attempting Jedi mind tricks on your other figures.
UPDATE: a new detail has been brought to light thanks to a few of our readers. The eyes for Qui-Gon are actually separately cast and painted pieces allowing for much greater accuracy and realism!
CONS: The main oversight this figure contends with is the absence of a soft goods robe. Qui-Gon spent a significant portion of The Phantom Menace wearing it so it feel odd without it. Another accessory that could have been a nice bonus is the Jedi communicator (you know, the one that looks like a women’s razor). A previous 3.75″ figure has included it the past – seems a shame not to revisit it for this release.
Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this figure is worth adding to your collection.
Sideshow Collectibles has announced the pending preorder for their Darth Maul Premium Format figure. Watch for the preorder to launch Thursday, June 2.
DisneyStore.com also has the new collection of The Phantom Menace Tsum Tsums available. Choose from Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, Anakin, Darth Maul, Sebulba, Jar Jar Binks and Queen Amidala.
The next assortment of Star Wars Tsum Tsum featuring characters from Episode I: The Phantom Menace are scheduled for release on April 5. The 7 character set including Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Sebulba, Queen Amidala and Jar Jar Binks will be available in Disney stores and at DisneyStore.com
Medicom Toy has also announced their 1000% Be@rbrick Darth Maul (Sith Apprentice).
Look for its availability next month as well.