It’s fair to say that the Star Wars collector’s market is a bit dead in the water. The toys don’t populate shelves the same way they did before the Disney Trilogy. Most of these action figures have moved to online retailers, namely Hasbro Pulse. Unfortunately, the new plastic-free packaging no longer allows fans to show off their collections. The powers that be must sense our displeasure because Hasbro is trying hard to lure back in fans of pre-Disney era fans.
Today we saw several OT and Legends action figures on Hasbro’s website. Can it reignite that spark that drove decades of figure hunting and preservation? Well, I’d be down for it, but not with this plastic-free, windowless box BS. It’s too bad because the new Black Series Mara Jade, Bastila, and Malak figures look great. So now, I’m going to download Knights of the Old Republic and wash away the thoughts of Disney’s Lucasfilm.
Bastila Shan is a brash Jedi Knight during the Jedi Civil War that took place in Old Republic era. Bastila’s affinity with the Force presents a serious threat to the Darth Malak and his Sith fleet.
Darth Malak was once the apprentice of Darth Revan, a fallen Jedi turned Sith Lord. Revan eventually disappeared—presumed dead—and Malak embarked on his mission to conquer the galaxy on his own.
The figures vary in price and release dates through next year. However, Mara Jade’s packaging is the most insulting thing about these new releases. It has a book cover that’s supposed to reveal the figure, but now that Hasbro is going “plastic-free,” the cover opens to show a picture of the action figure. Why?
Mara Jade was once Emperor Palpatine’s Hand, his most-trusted assassin. Five years later and now a successful smuggler, the last thing Mara expected was to stumble upon her former arch-enemy: Luke Skywalker.
The Vintage Collection is skirting my dislike of windowless boxes by capturing the classic Kenner box decor. Such is the case with the Speeder Bike and Imperial Scout Trooper. The $44 price tag for a 3.75″ tall figure and the tiny vehicle is a bit steep, though.[Source: Hasbro Pulse]