Star Wars Black Series

By Norman Chan

A new generation of Star Wars action figures.

Hasbro has announced a new line of Star Wars action figures with a focus on the adult collector. The "Black Series" will be scaled to six inches (or 1/12 scale), which is a pretty big departure from the popular 3 3/4-inch plastic figures that Kenner/Hasbro has been producing for 35 years. Previously, Hasbro dabbled in different sized figures ranging from 2 to 12 inches, and this rebooting and rebranding of its Star Wars line comes just as the franchise dives back in the pop culture spotlight with the announcement of new sequels. The Black Series figures will retail for $20 and are scheduled for an August launch. Luke in his X-Wing flight suit will be the first figure in the series.