December 1, 2016 – Today, a new wave of The Black Series 6-inch figures hit Walmart stores nationwide – though there were reports of earlier releases. Some of the more sought-after 6-inch figures include:
● Director Krennic (The Black Series No. 27)
● Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader (No. 28)
● C-3PO (Resistance Base) (No. 29)
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader
Collectors’ highest priority will likely be the TBS6 Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader, and rightfully so. The figure is beautifully sculpted, with sharp paint apps, and lots of articulation: ball-jointed head, shoulders, elbows and wrist joints; the torso allows slight movement up-down and left-right; a hip cape restricts some leg movement at the hips going backward, but allows full leg movement going forward; knee and ankle joints provide additional articulation.
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader comes with a long blaster that is drybrush silver painted toward the muzzle and with a rust-red line painted near the stock.
TBS6 Director Krennic is also worth a look and purchase, if for no other reason than he is the new “baddie” in Rogue One. The face sculpt is well executed and bears a good resemblance to the actor, Mads Mikkelsen. The figure comes with a removeable vinyl-plastic cape (not soft goods) and a drab-gray blaster with a molded-on riflescope.
The boots, belt, firearm holster and gloved-hands are painted a shiny black. The figure is well-articulated with a ball-jointed head, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Hip swivel is barely possible because of the stiff plastic top Krennic is wearing. Articulation at the hips, knees and ankles is possible, though the figure feels a bit “wobbly”, loose or somewhat unbalanced, while wearing the white cape, when you try to pose him standing up.
C-3PO (Resistance Base)
TBS6 C-3PO (Resistance Base) is nicely sculpted with lots of fine detail on his armor. The figure is articulated at the neck, shoulders (but not the elbows), wrists, hips, knees and ankles. However, some fans will likely be disappointed unless they are absolute completist collectors.
Something about this Episode VII version of C-3PO is not quite right.
Maybe it’s the absence of any accessories for a rather pricey figure. Maybe it’s the color of the left red arm, which doesn’t quite match the color we see in The Force Awakens. Maybe it’s Hasbro’s decision to apply drab gold paint to the droid instead of the shiny, vac-metalized chrome coat we prefer.
Or perhaps we’ve just seen too many C-3PO’s in our lifetime, and this 6-inch version offers nothing new to thrill us.
As it is the Holiday shopping season, it would be perfectly understandable if you skipped buying this drab version. You wouldn’t be missing much.
And if you’re still wondering why C-3PO’s left arm is red, see the explanation here: How C-3PO Acquired His Red Arm
Walmart has been inconsistent lately with its list prices. In store, the list price is $19.97 per figure. But today we found sufficient TBS quantities both on the pegs (and listed at $18.82) and at a cardboard pallet display in a middle aisle (priced differently at $19.97). And for unknown reasons, the store clerk scanned each figure at $16.82, but we’ll gladly take it at the lower price.
To add further confusion to pricing, Walmart’s website lists a price of $19.99 (if in stock) – or even an incredulous “$49.98” for the Scarif, if provided by a third-party vendor.