Hasbro Unveils New Return of the Jedi Anniversary Black Series Figures

Bring Home the Galaxy is back this week and Hasbro has revealed several new additions to The Black Series as part of the multi-week holiday gift-giving event. These new Return of the Jedi 40th Anniversary figures from The Black Series include: Chewbacca, Paploo, Emperor Palpatine, Bib Fortuna and Stormtrooper. The figures all come in retro, Kenner-inspired packaging as the figures first appeared in 1983.

Thanks to Hasbro and Rogers & Cowan PMK for the press release and images!

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES PAPLOO

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99 / Available: Summer 2023)

Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI with this PAPLOO figure from The Black Series, featuring classic design and packaging! This premium 6-inch PAPLOO figure is inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI. Fans can display this figure which features premium detail, multiple points of articulation and movie-inspired spear accessory, in their collections. Includes figure and 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available for pre-order 11/30 at Hasbro Pulse and other major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES BIB FORTUNA

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99 / Available: Summer 2023)

Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI with this BIB FORTUNA figure from The Black Series, featuring classic design and packaging! This premium 6-inch BIB FORTUNA figure is inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI. Fans can display this figure which features premium detail and multiple points of articulation. Includes figure and 3 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order 11/30 at Hasbro Pulse and other major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES CHEWBACCA

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99 / Available: Summer 2023)

Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI with this CHEWBACCA figure from The Black Series, featuring classic design and packaging! This premium 6-inch CHEWBACCA figure is inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI. Fans can display this figure which features premium detail and multiple points of articulation. Includes figure and bowcaster accessory. Available for pre-order 11/30 at Hasbro Pulse and other major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES STORMTROOPER

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99 / Available: Summer 2023)

Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI with this STORMTROOPER figure from The Black Series, featuring classic design and packaging! This premium 6-inch STORMTROOPER figure is inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI. Fans can display this figure which features premium detail and multiple points of articulation. Includes figure and blaster accessory. Available for pre-order 11/30 at Hasbro Pulse and other major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES EMPEROR PALPATINE

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99 / Available: Summer 2023)

Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI with this EMPEROR PALPATINE figure from The Black Series, featuring classic design and packaging! This premium 6-inch EMPEROR PALPATINE figure is inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI. Fans can display this figure which features premium detail and multiple points of articulation. Includes figure and cane accessory. Available for pre-order 11/30 at Hasbro Pulse and other major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION; RETURN OF THE JEDI 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Announced for WEEK 1 of the BRING HOME THE GALAXY promotion are six new figures for the Retro Collection. This wave of figures honours next year’s 40th Anniversary of Return of the Jedi. Pre-sales begin tomorrow, October 19 at 1PM via Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers.

Thanks to Hasbro and Rogers & Cowan PMK for the press release and images!

STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION LUKE SKYWALKER (JEDI KNIGHT)

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $11.99/Available: Summer 2023)

Luke Skywalker was a Tatooine farmboy who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the greatest Jedi the galaxy has ever known. Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS action figures, this STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH LUKE SKLYWALKER (JEDI KNIGHT) figure is inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary. Fans and collectors can display this figure, with multiple points of articulation, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order October 19 at 1pm ET at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION THE EMPEROR

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $11.99/Available: Summer 2023)

Scheming, powerful, and evil to the core, Emperor Palpatine restored the Sith and destroyed the Jedi Order. Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS action figures, this STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH THE EMPEROR figure is inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary. Fans and collectors can display this figure, with multiple points of articulation, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available for pre-order October 19 at 1pm ET at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION HAN SOLO (ENDOR)

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $11.99/Available: Summer 2023)

Han Solo volunteered to lead the mission to destroy the new Death Star’s shield generator on the forest moon of Endor, where he and his strike team encountered Scout Troopers and Ewoks. Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS action figures, this STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH HAN SOLO (ENDOR) figure is inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary. Fans and collectors can display this figure, with multiple points of articulation, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and blaster accessory. Available for pre-order October 19 at 1pm ET at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION LANDO CALRISSIAN (SKIFF GUARD)

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $11.99/Available: Summer 2023)

Lando Calrissian changed from a schemer to a leader. When his old friend Han was held captive by Jabba the Hutt, Lando joined Princess Leia in a mission to rescue him. Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS action figures, this STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH LANDO CALRISSIAN (SKIFF GUARD) figure is inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary. Fans and collectors can display this figure, with multiple points of articulation, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order October 19 at 1pm ET at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION PRINCESS LEIA (BOUSHH)

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $11.99/Available: Summer 2023)

To break into Jabba the Hutt’s palace and save Han Solo, Princess Leia disguised herself as the late bounty hunter Boushh. Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS action figures, this STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH PRINCESS LEIA (BOUSHH) figure is inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary. Fans and collectors can display this figure, with multiple points of articulation, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and 2 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order October 19 at 1pm ET at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

STAR WARS RETRO COLLECTION BIKER SCOUT

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $11.99/Available: Summer 2023)

Biker Scouts weaved through the Endor forest at breakneck speed, trying to outrun the Rebels and warn the shield generator station of the enemy’s presence. Inspired by the original 1970s Kenner STAR WARS action figures, this STAR WARS: RETRO COLLECTION 3.75-INCH BIKER SCOUT figure is inspired by the character’s appearance in STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary. Fans and collectors can display this figure, with multiple points of articulation, in their action figure and vehicle collection. Includes figure and blaster accessory. Available for pre-order October 19 at 1pm ET at Hasbro Pulse and most major retailers. Visit starwars.com for more Bring Home the Galaxy product reveals!

Hasbro Pulse Con 2022 – Star Wars The Vintage Collection

Day Two of Hasbro Pulse Con 2022 featured the Star Wars panel and there were a ton of announcements which, if you’re a fan of The Black Series you will probably be happier than fans of The Vintage Collection. Pre-Orders began same day for most of the figure reveals and as of this writing 24 hours later, many are still availble.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CASSIAN ANDOR
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99 / Available: Summer 2023)

Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away, with premium 3.75-inch scale STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION CASSIAN ANDOR figure. This Cassian Andor action figure is inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: ANDOR live- action series on Disney+. In an era filled with danger, deception, and intrigue, Cassian Andor embarks on a path that will turn him into the rebel hero who will challenge the evil Galactic Empire. The figure features premium detail and design across product and packaging inspired by the original Kenner line, as well as the entertainment-inspired collector grade deco. Includes figure and 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available for pre-order today on Hasbro Pulse in the US, Canada, and select European markets at 6pm ET. Also available at Amazon, GameStop, Entertainment Earth, Dorkside Toys and BigBadToyStore.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION VEL SARTHA
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99 / Available: Summer 2023)

Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away, with premium 3.75-inch scale STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION VEL SARTHA figure. This Vel Sartha action figure is inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: ANDOR live-action series on Disney+. In an era filled with danger, deception, and intrigue, Cassian Andor embarks on a path that will turn him into the rebel hero who will challenge the evil Galactic Empire. The figure features premium detail and design across product and packaging inspired by the original Kenner line, as well as the entertainment-inspired collector grade deco. Includes figure and 1 entertainment-inspired

accessory. Available for pre-order today on Hasbro Pulse in the US, Canada, and select European markets at 6pm ET. Also available at Amazon, GameStop, Entertainment Earth, Dorkside Toys and BigBadToyStore.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION THE MODAL NODES
(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $89.99 / Available: Spring 2023)

Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away, with premium 3.75-inch scale STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION THE MODAL NODES figure multipack. This Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes action figure multipack is inspired by the characters who make up the iconic Cantina Band in STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE. This 7-piece ensemble of Bith musicians was a common sight at the Mos Eisley Cantina, playing swinging instrumentals for the watering hole’s staggering patrons. These figures feature premium detail and design across product and packaging inspired by the original Kenner line, as well as the entertainment-inspired collector grade deco. Includes 7 figures and 7 musical instrument accessories. Available for pre-order today in the US, Canada, and select European markets at 6PM ET exclusively at Hasbro Pulse and ShopDisney.

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION HUNTER (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/ More info to come!)

Fans can celebrate the legacy of STAR WARS, the action-and-adventure-packed space saga from a galaxy far, far away, with premium 3.75-inch scale STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION HUNTER figure. This Hunter action figure is inspired by the character in the STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH animated series on Disney+. The Bad Batch, technically known as Clone Force 99, is the result of Kaminoan experiments to create a specialist unit of clone commandos. Hunter, their leader, is a strong and stoic soldier with extraordinarily keen senses that give him an edge when tracking down his targets. The figure features premium detail and design across product and packaging inspired by the original Kenner line, as well as the entertainment-inspired collector grade deco. Includes figure and 5 entertainment-inspired accessory. More details to be announced soon!

Hasbro also highlighted the previously revealed The Mandalorian: The Rescue Set Multipack with pre-orders available exclusively through Hasbro Pulse.


Hasbro also announced a few PIPELINE REVEALS for The Vintage Collection. We are very excited to see the Female Tusken Warrior from Book of Boba Fett as well as the Endor Bunker from Return of the Jedi. The remainder of the pipeline reveals for the Vintage Collection were also from Return of the Jedi: Darth Vader, Weequay, Wooof, Yakface, Nikto and Kithaba. Vader will apparently be a retool while the others are reissues.

Thanks to Hasbro and Rogers & Cowan PMK for the press release and images!

MORE Star Wars Celebration Hasbro Announcements – Black Series Archive

If Hasbro’s Star Wars panel wasn’t jam-packed enough yesterday, here are more reveals from the Hasbro team in the form of the latest wave of Black Series figures for the Archive line. We’re particularly fond of one of these re-releases >wink<.

Although technically re-releases there are a few important changes to some of these figures with a more accurate Photo Real paint app for Han Solo and shorter legs for Princess Leia as Bouush. All figures are available for pre-order on June 1, 2022.

Thanks to Hasbro and Rogers & Cowan PMK for the press release and images!

HASBRO STAR WARS CELEBRATION MAY 28 PRODUCT REVEALS
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA (BOUSHH) Figure

(HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 2023)

Kids and collectors alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the STAR WARS saga with STAR WARSTHE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA (BOUSHH). This 6-inch-scale figure is detailed to look like the Princess Leia Organa (Boushh) character from STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI, featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation. With Han frozen in carbonite in Jabba’s Palace, the Princess and her friends planned a rescue mission. Leia, disguised as bounty hunter Boushh, snuck quietly to Han’s carbonite slab.

Fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their collection. This STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE figure comes with 3 entertainment-inspired accessories. Available for pre-order 6/1 at 1PM ET at Hasbro Pulse, and most major retailers.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH GRAND MOFF TARKIN Figure (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 2023)

Kids and collectors alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the STAR WARS saga with STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH GRAND MOFF TARKIN figure. This 6-inch-scale figure is detailed to look like the Grand Moff Tarkin character from STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE, featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation. An ambitious, ruthless proponent of military power, Wilhuff Tarkin became a favorite of Emperor Palpatine and rose rapidly through the Imperial ranks.

Fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their collection. This STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE figure comes with 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available for pre-order 6/1 at 1PM ET at Hasbro Pulse, and most major retailers.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH HAN SOLO Figure (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 2023)

Kids and collectors alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the STAR WARS saga with STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH HAN SOLO figure. The 6-inch-scale figure is detailed to look like the Han Solo character from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation. The exploits of Han Solo are legendary – he’s been a smuggler, captain of the Millennium Falcon, and hero of the Rebel Alliance. Solo once again finds himself in the center of the action.

Fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their collection. This STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE figure comes with 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available for pre-order 6/1 at 1PM ET at Hasbro Pulse, and most major retailers.

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH CHEWBACCA Figure (HASBRO/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 2023)

Kids and collectors alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the STAR WARS saga with STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE 6-INCH CHEWBACCA figure. The 6-inch-scale figure is detailed to look like the Chewbacca character from STARS WARS: A NEW HOPE, featuring premium detail and multiple points of articulation. Faithful First Mate and co-pilot Chewbacca has loyally stood by his captain’s side through the twisting fortunes of a galaxy in turmoil.

Fans and collectors can display this fully articulated figure featuring poseable head, arms, and legs, as well as premium deco, in their collection. This STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE figure comes with 1 entertainment-inspired accessory. Available for pre-order 6/1 at 1PM ET at Hasbro Pulse, and most major retailers.

Return of the Jedi Droid Torture Room Diorama

May 2020

I mentioned in my Jabba’s Throne room article that in order to have the droid torture room (managed by the evil EVE-99) I had to settle for cramming Eve, 8D8, a droid brander and a few bits of greeblies into a corner of the Throne Room cardboard diorama.  Not ideal.

 When I decided to create a rancor pit, I discovered that I could have the pit and also a separate droid torture room next to it as well.  Making the rancor cave smaller made it feel more claustrophobic so that was a good thing and since the droid room as we see it in Return of the Jedi feels very small, well that was another plus. 

 There were a few things I wanted to try with this diorama:

 1. Have a permanent solution to the droid branding machine included with the 1998 Power of the Force 8-D8.

 2. Come up with some interesting scenarios using droid parts.

3. Start using some of painting tips and tricks I found watching videos.

For the walls I used 1 inch foam insulation for the first time.  I found a 3×3 sheet of it at Home Depot, cut two sections for the walls and experimented with some of the leftover.  I bought a foam cutter hot knife which works really well and gave me clean, straight cuts.  I painted the foam black and then tried my hand at another new-to-me technique: dry brushing and added burnt umber, gold and silver colouring to age the walls.  For the floor I used a stick on floor tile from a dollar store.

Originally I was going to use foam board for the walls but it looked very flimsy. This photo gives an idea of the size of the droid room compared to the Rancor pit.

For the droid branding machine I built a small platform and glued the Power of the Force accessory on to it.  I also used a repurposed fast food sauce container as a table.  For the figure of 8-D8 I just used a Comm-Tech chip stand to keep him upright.  Not ideal but I like having a hidden tribute to “POTF2.”  

I took the cage from the”Rebolt/Corellian Hound” 2-pack from Solo: A Star Wars Story and removed it’s three doors.  I added gold paint and glued them to various locations around the room.  I then did the same to the cage itself and instead of holding an angry space dog, it’s a dump bin of droid parts.

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I used three-different sets of dollar store LED light strings to give me various levels of lighting from dark and creepy to full-on bright for photo taking.  

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Rancor Pit Diorama Experiment

April 2019

The rancor action figure is just…big.  And when you consider that the scene it’s involved in from Return of the Jedi involves only 2-3 characters at the most, it’s not an ideal figure or scene to recreate in a Star Wars room that’s always lacking in free space.  You want to be able to fill a shelf with a lot of figures and with the rancor pit you’re left with the beast itself, Luke Skywalker or Oola and a Gammorean Guard or two.  

However, and I can’t really explain how, I found myself with enough free space in my Star Wars room  to actually do a diorama of Jabba’s favourite pet. And THEN….I even added a second diorama(more on that in my next article).  The material I used for the walls is a paper packaging material that was used to wrap merchandise on a recent trip to Walt Disney World. It’s fairly sturdy and it’s possible to make bumps and ridges with it to simulate rock walls.  The small holes or perforations in the paper give it some texture.  The photos don’t do the colour of the material justice though, it’s a much darker brown than the camera sometimes shot.  

At some point I might add a large door to one of the walls, as seen in Return of the Jedi.

Doorway for Rancor Keeper
LED string lights for some ambient lighting since it’s a very dark space

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