Star Wars has two animated series in 2014, and Hasbro is celebrating both of them! The sixth and final season of Clone Wars is coming to Netflix on March 6th, and Hasbro will commemorate the close of the series with two all new clones in the 3.75″ Black Series.
Meanwhile, Rebels is set to debut, taking place between Episodes 3 and 4, a brand new timeline to explore with lots of new faces and some familiar characters as well. Rebels will be the theme of the basic Saga Legends this year, and will include:
Mission Series 2-packs will also continue in the Rebels brand, such as:
Vehicles for the new series will include the Tie Advanced Prototype (Inquisitor’s ship), AT-DP a new Imperial walker, and Phantom, a rebel attack craft.
This year will also see the release of the first Hero series vehicle… the biggest X-Wing Starfighter ever released! This massive vehicle will be over 29″ long, and clock in at a retail price of only $39!
Rebels will also get a line of Hero series 12″ figures, such as Ezra, Kallus, Stormtrooper, Inquisitor and Kanan, many of whom include weapons and removable helmets and other accessories. Rounding out the lineup will be a new role play blaster with fold out stock and removable silencer, and a Inquisitor lightsaber, featuring double blades, a breakaway to single blade feature, and central force disc as a third weapon.
Oneof the most exciting new Star Wars items shown was Command. Coming in the Fall of 2014, these small scale figures are essentially the little green army men of the StarWars universe, and they looked awesome. This new line will allow kids to create armies, filled with vehicles, soldiers, heroes and villains. Hasbro’s team is going deep with these figures, with 50-60 unique sculpts already.
In addition to the figure and vehicle packs, the line will also feature a remote controlled Star Destroyer. Using a Wii remote style hand sensor, the vehicle will respond to “Force” motions of a kids’ hand, sending the ship moving forward or backward.
With Rebels going strong for kids, the Black Series is just as exciting for collectors. The line has been a huge success in both scales, and Hasbro said there is no end in sight. The 6″ and 3/75″ lines will get a new package look in the fall of 2014. The 6″ boxes will open up a little more (and might allow for taller figures), with a blue detail replacing the current orange. The 3.75″ Black series will get an Imperial themed cardback, as well.
In addition to the 6″ figures, 2014 will see the release of the first in scale Deluxe figures, as well! The Speeder Bike with Biker Scout looks incredible, with a fully poseable driver and an adjustable stand to change the height and angle of the display.
Jabba the Hutt will also join the Black Series, including a play feature– moving his arms up and down will open and close his mouth. Jabba’s henchman Salacious Crumb was teased for Comic Con (maybe a DELUXE Deluxe version, with Salacious and the throne?), and Hasbro promised to reveal more Deluxe sets in San Diego, as well.
For the basic 6″ Black Series, 2014 Wave 1 should hit soon with Bespin Luke, Stormtrooper and Obi Wan Kenobi. These will be followed by two new assortments revealed at Toy Fair.
2014 Wave 2:
2014 Wave 3:
Hasbro only had two new 3.75″ Black Series figures to display… R5-G19 (from Episode IV) and Hoth Luke, with a reworked head and existing body to get him more film accurate. Many more Black Series figures in both scales will be revealed at Comic Con.
If you told me a year ago Star Wars would be the most exciting corner of Hasbro, I wouldn’t believe you; but with stunning new toy lines like the Black Series, it’s hard to deny the sheer geek joy of collecting Star Wars again. I can’t wait to get my hands on amazing figures like Chewie, Vader and Jedi Luke, and am even more excited to see what other surprises Hasbro has in store for us later this year!