Now, there are 3 of them??? In the wee hours of the morning, I received the above image from Instagram user argent_no_1. It shows another 6″ Black Series Sith Trooper release, this time sporting a distinctive white box and the words “First Edition” emblazoned in a circular call out on the front. It has subsequently turned up for sale on Amazon.de. As you may recall, we were the first to reveal details for the packaging for the Second Sister Inquisitor which also features similar packaging design. I am now of the opinion that there are several of these “chase” packaging versions of select figures from the Black Series. If you review our Master List, you’ll see TBS figures with “Metallic” and “Pearl” after their names. (Second Sister has “Graphite” on its box). I believe these are all special packaging variants. Again, with zero communication as to what this “First Edition” Sith Trooper may officially be, it’s all speculation, but it is reminiscent of the “First Day of Issue” figures for the Legacy and Clone Wars line, the Ultimate Galactic Hunt (UGH) campaign and those chase versions of foil backed TVC figures. It does beg the question: why this wasn’t released “first” to reflect the packaging’s distinctive call out?
Update: To throw another possibility on the pile, we do have 2 rumored figures, “London (i.e. Rey) White” and “Bruges White” on our Master List as well. Could “white” be a reference to the color of the box on these two figures? The plot thickens… as the Amazon.de listing has been removed.
As a follow-up to our original report back in January regarding the designation error for Bucket (R3-B7), it appears that Hasbro has updated the packaging to the correct number “R1-J5” per a new report from Dan at StarWarsCollector.com. Head on over for the full report.
According to the StarWars Databank, the astromech Bucket’s official designation is R1-J5, but oddly on Hasbro’s packaging for the Jarek Yeager/Bucket two pack, it lists him as (R3-B7) on both the bubble insert and card back. I’d imagine a packaging variation/running change coming down the line in the future.
It’s been a while since we’ve reported one of these but with all of the reports of the Walmart Exclusive 6″ Black Series Mimban Stormtroopers FINALLY hitting stores en masse, I’ve noticed a variant. The version from Canada (Toys”R”US) looks to have silver accents painted on it while the Walmart versions in the U.S. feature a plain, unpainted blaster.
Black Series Wave 14 (containing Snoke, Rose, Jaina) is starting to hit all over the US. A tell-tale sign that you’ve missed the figures is that the #44 Rey (Jedi Training) carry-forward is on the pegs, but this version includes the battle-damage bloody scratch on her right arm. I found the above example today at Target.
New images have surfaced today via @sw_up_wir20 for the POP! Deluxe Princess Leia with Speeder Bike from Funko. Also, be on the look out for a chase variant (1 in 3) that switches out Endor Leia for Luke!
Update: Funko has just updated their blog with the info.
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No, there is another. I don’t recall a time when packaging variant were so prevalent with a new line look but Dan over at Star Wars Collector as posted the discovery of one for the 3.75″ Force Link Yoda. Which one have you seen?
It appears that the 40th Anniversary Darth Vader that is reissued for the standard Black Series release (#43) is more than just a simple repack. The paint operations on the helmet have been updated significantly in order to achieve an even better likeness to the screen-used helmet by adding more silver to the neck seal portion. This makes 3 unique decos for this sculpt (red eyes, dark eyes, and dark eyes/silver neck). Click the image above for a closer look.
There are already two TLJ figures that feature packaging variants in the 3.75″ line. The first one, found over the weekend, switches the placement of the Porg and bowcaster accessories included with Chewbacca. The second is for General Hux which switches the position of the mouse droid (and turns it 90 degrees) and blaster. I know this info super serves a very small segment of collectors but as someone that likes to document these things, I thought I’d share it all the same.
As if figure and packaging variations weren’t enough, Casey B. tipped me off to a running change for the display frame for the Darth Vader Legacy Pack. First shipments (both red and brown eye variants) included a silver double racing stripe frame. Current shipments now feature white stripes (not the music band). Click the image above that I snapped for closer look.