Hasbro 40th Anniversary Black Series Plans Clarified With Press Release

As a followup to yesterday’s Toy Fair presentation, we have the full press release from Hasbro on how the Black Series 40th Anniversary figures will be released.

The first wave of carded 6″ figures will include Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and R2-D2. They’ll be arriving in the next couple of months. HasbroToyShop.com put up pre-orders for the figures yesterday but they’re showing as sold out at this point. The carded figures will be available at most major retailers for $19.99.

Wave two will include Chewbacca, C-3po, Death Star Trooper, Tusken Raider, Jawa, and Stormtrooper and will be available later in the spring. They will also be $19.99 and available to all retailers.

The 40th Anniversary Legacy Pack which is $39.99 will also be available at most retail outlets later in the spring.  This set comes in packaging that’s reminiscent of the vintage Kenner Early Bird set.  Included in the Legacy pack is a display stand, 2-sided cardboard back, and a carded 40th Anniversary Darth Vader. This seems to be the only way the carded Darth Vader will be available. However, this version of Darth Vader, which is the new sculpt shown at New York Comic Con last October, will also be available boxed at a later time.

Two exclusive carded 40th Anniversary figures will be available.  First, Luke Skywalker: X-Wing Pilot will be on a foil card back and will be exclusive to Star Wars Celebration Orlando in April. No details on how the sales of the figure will be handled at this time. The second is R5-D4, on the same style card as the retail figures, and exclusive to Entertainment Earth GameStop and ThinkGeek*. Pricing hasn’t been released for either exclusive and no pre-order date for R5-D4 has been released.

If you’re not a fan of the 6″ line, or are looking for an alternative, the Black Series 3.75″ Titanium Series figures will be available for $14.99 each.  The five figures, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, will be sold individually at most major retailers. They each include a display stand with reversible backdrop featuring a foil poster on one side and a movie scene graphic on the other.  The display stands can be connected to make a larger display.

*Update: Originally it was reported that R5-D4 would be exclusive to Entertainment Earth but YakFace.com is now reporting that it will be available from GameStop and ThinkGeek. We’ll update again if this information changes.

Check out the full press release below.

STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE 40TH ANNIVERSARY 2017 PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS

STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE, the first film to bring us our favorite intergalactic characters, opened in theaters 40 years ago on May 25, 1977. Not only did this mark the beginning of the famed STAR WARS franchise, but it was also the start of HASBRO’s epic toy lines based on the STAR WARS films, leading to decades of product lines for fans and collectors to enjoy throughout each year. Celebrate this iconic moment with new STAR WARS action figures, and vintage packaging featuring artwork from the original STAR WARS films, and feel the nostalgia when these 40th anniversary STAR WARS toys become available in stores this spring.

New STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE 40TH ANNIVERSARY products for 2017 include:

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 3.75-INCH TITANIUM SERIES Figure Assortment
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 2017) This highly detailed scale of action figures allows fans to recreate epic scenes from STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE. Inspired by the 40th Anniversary of the first STAR WARS film, each iconic figure represents a notable character, including DARTH VADER, HAN SOLO, LUKE SKYWALKER, PRINCESS LEIA, and OBI-WAN KENOBI, in impeccable movie-real design. Each figure features a dynamic, double-sided backdrop and character-specific accessory, allowing fans to recreate iconic moments. Even better, collect each individual backdrop to piece together a bigger STAR WARS scene. Each figure sold separately. Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH VINTAGE Figure Assortment
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2017) Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the first STAR WARS film by collecting all the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES VINTAGE figures! Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a premium, vintage-inspired design with packaging reminiscent of the first action figures distributed 40 years ago. Commemorate your favorite original heroes, including HAN SOLO, LUKE SKYWALKER, and PRINCESS LEIA, and reenact their epic movie scenes from STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE. Each figure sold separately. Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH 40th ANNIVERSARY LEGACY Pack
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Spring 2017) Travel through time to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the first STAR WARS film with this iconic THE BLACK SERIES 40TH ANNIVERSARY LEGACY Pack. This collector’s item is modeled after the original EARLY BIRD CERTIFICATE PACKAGE from 1977, which includes a reversible backcard, a display stand, and a vintage-inspired THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH DARTH VADER 40th ANNIVERSARY figure. The figure includes accessories and multiple points of articulation to bring this moment in cinematic history to life. Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com.

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