During their Star Wars panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Hasbro announced they will be releasing a brand new line of 6″ figures called The Black Series Archive. The purpose of this line is to give fans/collectors the opportunity to purchase hard-to-find Black Series figures that had been released in earlier waves. A new packaging design has been chosen for this Archive figure line (check out our photos of the packaging that we snapped during New York Comic Con right here) and the human characters will feature Hasbro’s new photo-realistic face sculpting technology.
StarWars.com recently spoke to Hasbro’s Steve Evans and Patrick Schneider about the production of this new figure line. We’re also provided with several official reference photos of the figures that will make up Wave 2 of the Archive line – Anakin Skywalker from Revenge of the Sith, Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back, and the shining crown jewel of ’em all…a Biker Scout. We were able to get up close & personal with these three new 6″ Archive figures during the Hasbro Deskside press event at NYCC earlier this month.
It’s been five years since Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series, the exquisitely detailed and highly-articulated 6-inch line of action figures, first hit store shelves. While the sculpts have largely remained the same, recent advancements in painting technology, inflated after-market pricing, and the exuberance of fans looking to play and display some of the earliest figures in the line has resulted in a special edition: the all-new Archive collection.
Launching in the spring of 2019, today StarWars.com has the first look at the second wave in the greatest hits series that celebrates some of the most sought-after figures, including Anakin Skywalker from Revenge of the Sith, the wrinkled and wise Yoda, and even a biker scout trooper who seems to have fallen victim to a wily Ewok and will debut sans speeder bike.
We recently spoke with Patrick Schneider, senior brand manager, and Steve Evans, design director, to talk about updating some of the earliest Black Series figures, their personal favorites from the latest additions, and why it’s so important to get Yoda’s eyes just right.