The 6” Star Wars Black Series is going from strength to strength. In recent years the line has broken free of its reliance on film characters to start drawing inspiration from other parts of the saga, including TV (Rebels and Clone Wars), games (Battlefront II) and even the non-canon ‘Legends’ EU.
Despite this wealth of new figures we’ve either already had or have to look forward to, us Star Wars fans are a demanding bunch. And so it is, without further ado Green Card Back presents:
The Star Wars Black Series Most Wanted List: 2018
Let’s get straight into it!
Han Solo (Bespin Gear)
With the upcoming Solo film, we’re almost certainly going to get one new Han Solo gracing pegs in the next few months at the very least. That may push other versions of everyone’s favourite rogue off the radar for a while, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t still want to see the character in one of his most iconic looks.
Han Solo spent the majority of The Empire Strikes Back in the shirt, jacket and Correllian trouser combo that’s become known as his ‘Bespin Gear’, and it’s how fans envisage the character in that film. As far as essential entries to add to the Black Series roster go, this one is high up there.
One of the most pleasant surprises of collecting in recent years was the Black Series Darth Revan. Introduced in 2003 as the amnesiac central character in BioWare’s mighty Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) game, Revan discovered he was a former Sith lord and master to the game’s diabolical antagonist, Darth Malak. KOTOR takes place almost 4,000 years before the Prequels, meaning that Revan cuts a lonely space in our displays – and so it’s only fair that he gets a companion figure to spar with. There’s no better character for that role than Malak.
Darth Malak is a striking, toyetic design that deserves a follow-up figure to his 2007 3.75” release. The secondary market demand for characters like Darth Malgus and Darth Plagueis (and even Revan himself) proves that the demand is there; done right, this figure would equate to Hasbro printing actual money.
Padme Amidala (Geonosis)
Given her prominence it’s strange to think that we haven’t had a single Black Series version of Padme yet; but then the fact that she’s a female Prequel character pretty much answers why that is. Even so, the 6” Black Series line is well-enough established now to survive a poor seller. Yet with decent execution and the face printing technique used on the most recent Rey (Island Journey), it’s also possible that Hasbro could make a Padme figure good enough to fly off the shelves.
To be clear, I don’t mean the cat-scratched and exposed mid-riff look of the climatic arena battle. Give Padme her white jumpsuit with a blaster and a soft plastic scarf and we’d have the single best retro sci-fi politician action figure that our collections could ever need.
Obi-Wan Kenobi (The Phantom Menace)
Keeping things in the Prequel era, how about a bit of love for Ewan McGregor’s debut turn as Obi-Wan? Since we already have a few decent-enough Jedi in the line we know that Hasbro can do it, while further use of the face printing technique could make this the definitive young Kenobi this side of Japan.
This character is almost certainly a shoe-in at some point or other – after all, we already have Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn (albeit released four years apart). Let’s hope that Hasbro moves this one up the timeline so we can complete the saga’s greatest lightsaber fight in our displays before the end of the Sequel Trilogy.
Luke Skywalker (Force Projection)
Speaking of both lightsaber fights and the Sequels – it’s definitely time for a plastic rendition of the biggest Force-wielding badass the saga has ever seen.
Luke ‘The Spark’ Skywalker may have divided fans in The Last Jedi, but I’ve not yet spoken to one person who wasn’t awed by his appearance at the climatic Battle of Crait. Whether you’re going for a screen-specific version of Luke at the absolute peak of his powers or want a Jedi Master Skywalker figure to put together with Han and Leia for the reunion that we absolutely should have had, the inevitable Force Projection Luke Skywalker figure will be one that everyone, from casual fans to scalpers, will rush to add to their shelves.
Since last year’s list the Rebel Fleet Trooper has been announced, so that’s something. Even so there’s still a load of characters to go before our collections gain anything like the depth possible with the 3.75” scale. Ewoks, Hasbro – we need Ewoks!
As always, these lists are nothing more than my humble opinion. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the selection, and of course which characters you can’t wait to see make the 6″ plastic big time!