Hopefully you saw our rumor report of upcoming 6″ Black Series figures we posted last week prior to SDCC. Only a few were revealed but as promised, here are the UPCs and Walmart SKUs for those main line figures. These have been added to our Master List as well. Watch for our UPC update regarding the rumored and revealed Vintage Collection figures soon.
The Yakface Toyguide updates resume with our newest entry in the 6″ Black Series assortment for the venerable Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn (#40).
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.
Today marks the official launch of the Darth Maul figure for Disney Infinity 3.0. Available where all Disney Infinity figures are sold.
First revealed back in July, Sideshow is now accepting preorders for their 1:6 Scale Darth Maul: Duel on Naboo figure.
Starting with a remarkable portrait likeness, Sideshow Collectibles’ Darth Maul ‘Duel on Naboo’ Sixth Scale Figure captures every detail of the unforgettable villain as portrayed by Ray Park, from his red and black tattooed flesh, to his sinister yellow eyes and crown of horns. Trained as Darth Sidious’ first apprentice, the vicious warrior wields his distinctive double-bladed lightsaber with removable blades, ready to seek revenge on the Jedi in an epic duel on Naboo.
Be sure to get your exclusive version that includes the severed lightsaber hilt!
Thanks to a tip from Sith_fire30 Creations’ Facebook page, we get a first look at the S.H.Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi from The Phantom Menace. They’ve really been knocking out some great product as of late. Stay tuned for the full reveal soon…
The Yakface Toyguide updates resume today with the addition of Queen Amidala (VC84) from The Vintage Collection.
PROS: This particular figures scratches one of the often-requested costumes off the “must have” list for Padmé. There is an amazing amount of detail in the sculpt itself and the likeness is spot on with Natalie Portman. Hasbro even went the extra mile to sculpt her some real (non-articulated) legs that are far more detailed than necessary but nice none the less.
CONS: The articulation, while generous, is completely unnecessary for a figure of this type. Posing of the arms in any position other than straight down looks “funny” due to the plastic sculpt of sleeves.
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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