October 2, 2016 – The newest Black Series titanium vehicles have arrived, and they will likely be making Titanium collectors salivate. They each pay homage to either Star Wars Rebels, The Force Awakens or the upcoming Rogue One movie.
The compact square red-and-black boxes, and the windows they provide to the vehicles, are some of the best packaging of any Star Wars line. But it’s what’s inside that will have collectors (or kids that play with these things) scrambling to acquire them.
Without their plastic display stands, each titanium vehicle is roughly 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10cm). The smallest (Inquisitor’s TIE Advanced Prototype) is only 2 1/4 inches (5.7cm) wide and less than 2 inches (5cm) tall.
The small toy vehicles are a mixture of metal and plastic, and overall, they feel solidly built. They aren’t really “titanium”, as that would drive up production costs. Most fuselages are made of some type of metal or unknown alloy while plastic is reserved for landing pads, engine cowlings, turrets, radar or antennae, and the display stand.
In the titanium series, some vehicles’ wings are metallic, others are made of plastic. List price is generally $5.00 or less.
Kids with tiny hands (or adults with some determination) can discover the hidden features of each vehicle, increasing their playability:
● Inquisitor’s TIE Advanced Prototype (No. 28): cockpit hatch opens/closes; both sets of wings (on 4 hinges) fold flat or open fully into a “C” curve
● Rebel U-Wing Fighter (No. 29): cockpit hatch opens/closes; both wings independently slide forward and back, so they can be posed anywhere between 90° (facing forward) and swept back to about 225° (left wing)/325° (right wing); landing gear beneath cockpit can be lowered
● TIE Striker (No. 30): cockpit can be opened/closed; tiny cannon beneath the fuselage can swivel left-right; both wings (on 2 hinges) can be angled slightly up or down. The wings are all metal so, thankfully, there is no chance of them drooping in the future.
● Imperial Cargo Shuttle SW-0608 (No. 31): cockpit cannot be opened, instead, a landing ramp opens beneath; both wings (on 2 hinges) can be angled up or slightly pointed down; four landing gear can be retracted
If there is a weakness to the Black Series Titanium vehicle series, it may be the display stands. The plastic semi-translucent stands look rather cheap, though they are sturdy enough to support each vehicle. Over time, however, the stands will probably yellow with age.
If you are new to collecting Titanium vehicles, you will have some catching up to do. Fortunately, the vehicles are reasonably priced (currently $4.93 at Walmart). A better deal might be the occasional multipack. Amazon currently is offering a 4-vehicle boxed set for $13.59. The set includes Poe Dameron’s X-Wing, classic Millenium Falcon with the round radar dish, Biggs Darklighter’s X-Wing, and a TIE Fighter. They all come with black display stands.
For a more-or-less chronological list of Black Series Titanium vehicles to date, click HERE.