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It’s been a little while since I’ve had the opportunity to take any action figures out for a photo shoot, but the recent changing of the clocks has sharpened my focus. This weekend I took a couple of hours to go for a walk with a bag full of Black Series, resulting in the following pictures of plastic goodness…

These were the strongest of all the shots that I took. They’re definitely not quite up to Sgt. Bananas quality, but overall I’m still pretty happy with these considering the short amount of time I was out. The darkness… it falls early now.

It’s been a long while since I last took the opportunity to get out and attempt to get some good shots. More often than not I’m content to rely on found images and studio-style pictures to illustrate articles and reviews (although studio style shots do suit reviews the best, to be fair). Taking the time to do this has served as a great reminder that these highly-articulated plastic lumps are all characters in their own right – and every now and again it’s good to play with them as such.


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Which is the Best 3.75″ Kylo Ren Figure?

Best 3.75" Kylo Ren Figure | Green Card Back

One, Two, Three Times a Knight of Ren…

For a character deliberately designed to ape the success of Darth Vader, Kylo Ren is not off to a bad start – after one film he’s already the most interesting of Disney’s additions to the saga, and there’s the promise of plenty more to come in the next two instalments.

Since the release of The Force Awakens back in 2015 Hasbro has been quick to capitalise on the popularity of the troubled Ben Solo, releasing no fewer than eight 3.75” figures and counting. The kitbashed version released on a Rogue One card recently came into my possession, leading me to this rather particular question:

Which Kylo Ren action figure from The Force Awakens is the best?

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Star Wars Celebration 2017

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Lucasfilm pulled out all the stops for the 40th Anniversary Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this weekend. The debut teaser trailer for The Last Jedi may have stolen the headlines, but there were plenty more reveals and news items released over the weekend to keep us all looking forward.

If you’re a Star Wars fan with an interest in collecting, gaming and the old EU, then you’re in the right place – and these are the #SWCO reveals that might be of the most interest to you…

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Days Late, Dollars Short: A Star Wars NYTF Wrap

Star Wars Black Series Darth Vader 2017

While Hasbro nailed New York Toy Fair 2017 with Marvel Legends, the Star Wars releases lacked anything truly surprising or exciting. The headline act was the complete reveal of the 40th Anniversary Collection, a subset of mostly re-released 6″ figures on distorted vintage style card backs that were already leaked before the event. The online collector reception has pretty much consisted of one big shrug, and it’ll be interesting to watch how the line sells over the coming months.

With an 18-24 month production time for new figures it’s easy to see how the ever-shifting release schedule of the new films is hurting what Hasbro can show and when. That said, I think a lot of people expected more than just repacks for the franchise’s 40th anniversary – but then there’s still plenty of time left this year. With Celebration and SDCC still to come (not to mention The Last Jedi in December), there will be more than enough new releases to get through.

Massive props to Hasbro for being organised behind the scenes though – these were revealed and put up for order at the weekend, and US collectors began receiving them yesterday. Can’t ask for any more than that.

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The Black Series Goes Retro for Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary

Star Wars Black Series 40th Anniversary Collection

This weekend it’s New York Toy Fair (yay!), which means we’re going to see a whole plethora of new action figure reveals to keep us buying plastic for the foreseeable future. It’s always great to see what Hasbro and co. have in store for us. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we get to see more of the new Black Series Vader, and maybe one or two characters from this recent wish list (Bhodi Rook in particular).

A few reveals have been leaked ahead of time, but unfortunately there’s really nothing new about them. Click on through to see the unfortunate problem with the Star Wars Black Series 40th Anniversary collection…

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