Hasbro has expanded upon their Star Wars 40th anniversary reveals with a look at the retro Kenner-style packaging for their 6″ Black Series action figures.
The first wave of releases will include Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and R2-D2 followed by Chewbacca, C-3PO, the “Death Squad Commander” (Kenner’s original name for their Death Star trooper toys), a Tusken Raider, a Jawa, Darth Vader, and a Stormtrooper for $20 each. These 12 characters were also the first 3.75″ Star Wars toys released by Kenner.
For $40 you can get a recreation of the Kenner Early Bird Certificate set—an infamous marketing scheme that allowed Kenner to keep up with the unexpected demand for Star Wars toys. It was essentially an empty box that contained a voucher for future figure releases along with a cardboard display for the entire set. The Hasbro version includes a special Darth Vader figure along with a reproduction of the 12-figure display.
Finally, there are the exclusive releases. The figure Luke in his X-Wing pilot gear will be available at this year’s Star Wars Celebration event in Orlando while R5-D4 will be exclusive to Gamestop.
Look for all of these retro Black Series figures to be released starting sometime this spring.
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