This morning Starwars.com announced the latest subline that will be joining The Black Series line: Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Publishing figures. This wave of figures is meant to pay respects to characters from Star Wars’ 40-plus years of publishing titles. This follows in the steps of the Holiday and Credit Collection lines that are meant to appeal to a subset of collectors. Unlike those previous waves, these figures are not exclusive to one retailer. The source material for each figure is as follows:
- Jaxxon is from Marvel’s Star Wars comic series from 1977
- Luke Skywalker is from Del Rey’s Heir to the Empire series from 1991
- Carnor Jax is from Dark Horse Comics’ Crimson Empire comic mini-series from 1997
- Darth Maul is from Dark Horse Comics’ Darth Maul mini-series from 2000
While these figures are sure to make a lot of Expanded Universe/Legends fans happy and are meant to pay tribute to this 50th anniversary year, it does though seem a bit off-topic due to the fact that there are so many missing and desired figures from many recent Star Wars properties.
This wave is exciting for Black Series collectors as 3 out of 4 figures include newly sculpted parts (Luke appears to be a Dagobah repaint). When looking at figures from a 3 3/4″ perspective, Jaxxon is the figure that hurts the most as the other three figures have been released in the heritage scale in the past. Here’s hoping Hasbro throws 3 3/4″ fans a bone and release a Jaxxon figure in the future.
Now it should be noted that Hasbro has appeared to have mixed up the name of the Carnor Jax as they have previously released Carnor Jax in a 3 3/4″ comic book pack along with Kir Kanos and his Royal Guard colors were red and black and not all red like Kanos. Thanks to Steve from Washington State Summer Con for pointing that out!
Hasbro has provided us the official press release and images that follow:
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES LUCASFILM 50TH ANNIVERSARY 6-INCH DARTH MAUL (SITH APPRENTICE) Figure
(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 2021)
Commemorate the first 50 years of LUCASFILM with figures inspired by STAR WARS books and comics. Recall intense moments from the STAR WARS Galaxy with this STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES LUCASFILM 50TH ANNIVERSARY 6-INCH DARTH MAUL (SITH APPRENTICE) Figure. STAR WARS fans and collectors can display this highly poseable, fully articulated figure, featuring premium deco, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 accessories. Available for pre-order at Hasbro Pulse, Entertainment Earth, Big Bad Toy Store and Dorkside Toys.