Vault Review: Star Wars Black
SDCC 2013 Boba Fett


Another aspect of this line that I’m very happy about is the articulation.  With the smaller figures, sometimes certain joints had to be left out due to cost, or even just the area being too small to articulate.  The six inch Black series seems to be over those issues.  First thing that impressed me was his head articulation.  There’s no head underneath.  The helmet has been popped onto a large ball joint that’s connected to a hinge.  This gives him the wide range and slight angles of a ball joint, while the hinge allows the head to straight up or down.


Boba’s waist and hips are also regular ball joints, allowing the figure even more natural poses like leaning or slouching.  His shoulders, elbows, and wrists are all swivel/hinges that ratchet so he can keep his poses easier.  The ankles are also swivel hinges, but put in at an angle so they also work as rockers.


Boba has swivel joints at the bracers just below the elbow, and his thighs.  There’s also an extra swivel joint on his right bicep, allowing him to hold his gun more naturally.  Last are his double hinged knees.  You can get some really nice dynamic poses out of all this articulation.  Unfortunately his hips are hindered moving forward by the hard plastic pouches that hang off of his belt.


Boba comes with four accessories.  First is his backpack, which simply plugs into his back.  It’s sculpted well, but in general it looks a bit underwhelming compared to the rest of the figure.  It probably could have used a few more paint apps, but it still looks fine on the figure.

Boba also comes with his rifle and pistol.  Both pieces have excellent sculpting, but they did use softer plastic on them.  This is especially noticeable on the rifle, which can look bent if he’s holding it wrong.


Boba also comes with Han Solo in Carbonite.  For being a large rectangle of plastic, the sculptors did a fantastic job of adding in a ton of detail.  The carbonite block itself has those rocky textures, while Han’s tortured and wrinkled imprint tries to push out.  There are even little technical looking panels on the either side.  The carbonite block has also been colored in a dark metallic gray with a black wash to pull out those details.


Carbonite Han also comes with a little stand that allows for the figure to look like it’s either hovering over the ground or standing up on display.  This is definitely a nice touch that I’m glad they included.


All around this is a damned good figure and a fantastic start to a line that I’ve been looking forward to.  Boba Fett with Carbonite Han was this year’s SDCC exclusive, and from what I’ve seen online he wasn’t very easy to get a hold of.  The figure retailed at the convention for $50, and I think that’s still very reasonable considering what you get.  But like most sought after exclusives, his price has shot up very high on the aftermarket, and he isn’t really worth those extremes.  The good news is that Hasbro is releasing him in the second wave of the Black series.  He won’t come with Han, but he should be the same figure otherwise.


42 thoughts on “Vault Review: Star Wars Black
SDCC 2013 Boba Fett

  1. I can’t help but wonder if that Han will ever see the light of day in a commercial release. I, for one, could not attend the con, and am a little mad that the Han will seemingly be stuck as an exclusive. Besides that, this review has raised my interest in the other up inking figures, so thanks

    1. I would imagine they could sneak it in for Bespin Han or Jabba’s Palace Han. If these are coming boxed in trays like SDCC pictures suggest, then they could sneak it into the package and let it be a surprise.

    2. according to people who were at the show a Hasbro guy basically said we’d be seeing it at some point. I doubt Hasbro would spend all that money tolling it to never release it again. We will likely be seeing a 6 inch hand in carb with figure at some point, my only question is if it will come with that killer stand or not

      1. That stand is perfect! Little things like that really give me hope that they’ve sat down and really planned how to do this line for collectors.

      2. For what it’s worth, when I talked to Derryl DePriest (the brand manager) he said that the retail Boba Fett would be identical to the exclusive, and that the Han “is the only part that won’t be released” at retail.

        Obviously, that could change, and other people got answers that sounded more hopeful than that, but that’s what he told me.

  2. Really, really good review. Seems like a solid figure. I’ll definitely wait for this guy to hit stores, but he looks good. I’m quite excited to check out this line-while I don’t plan on being a completist, I do plan on picking up the best of the best, and I imagine Fett will be in that category.

    1. Thanks, BBQ!

      So far the line looks great. I’m not planning on being a completist either, but it’s really hard to say no to the first couple waves… :/

  3. Looks cool.
    I’ve long lost interest in SW, but I was looking at some of these for customs. X-wing pilot (Luke? Biggs??) is going to be used for a number of 6″ Joe customs, I’d bet (Ace, CrazyLegs, etc). I know I’m planning on it.

    The pics are hilarious! “No sir, I didn’t see you playing with your dolls!”
    Where’d you get the jammy dodgers? I’m guessing one of the Japanese imports that came with the other food items?

    oh, and odd spacing on the 2d/3d pics shoves the 3d pic into the right margin. Looks like another line break might fix that?

    1. Thanks, Brain!

      All the food items are from a line called “Petit Sample”. They make a lot of great looking 1/12th scale items.

    2. I saw earlier that the European SW con revealed w3: EpIII Obi-Wan, Bespin Luke, Stormtrooper.

  4. Great review! He looks like a lot of fun. I was trying to keep my eye out for him to show up at HasbroToyShop, but by the time I saw him, he was already gone. Oh well, I’ll have to pick him up at retail once he shows up without Han.

    I love the last shot with the Micro Machines. I had a bunch of those as a kid. They were probably the first toys I really latched on to as a line. I should pull those out of the closet … so long all available desk space!

    1. Yeah, the Toy Shop was pretty useless and his prices on ebay are a bit crazy. I was lucky to come across one that wasn’t too much more than retail, otherwise I wouldn’t have bought it.

      Over the last few years I’ve been trying to collect as many micro playset figures as I can. I really love posing figures playing with toys, and all the micro figures from the 90s are perfect for that.

  5. Great review and funny pics, Vault.

    The only misses for me here are the hard plastic used on the pouches and his rangefinder. At this scale, you’d think that Hasbro would finally give us a finder which actually folds down. Heck, even the 3 3/4″ figures ought to have remedied that situation instead of giving us the same old bendable antenna over and over.

    I’m guessing that Carbonite Han is hollow instead of a solid piece on both sides? It would have been cool if it opened in half to fit a future Bespin or Jabba’s Palace 6″ Han. At least it would make the present scalper prices for this exclusive seem far less outlandish.

    1. Thanks, Clutch!

      I was a bit surprised that they didn’t articulate Boba’s range finder also. I guess they figured he never really uses it, so there’s no need for it to move.

      Carb Han is hollow, but all six sides are plastic. The back doesn’t open, but has holes in it so you can attach the stand.

  6. All of these positive, glowing reviews are doing nothing to help me stick to my decision to pass this line up.

    My wife will be most displeased…

    1. I always knew I was going to buy a few of the six inch figures, but Boba took me by surprise with how good a figure he really is. Very similar to last year’s new TMNT line, I never expected him to be so fun.

      It’s definitely going to be hard to not be a completist.

  7. Excellent review, great pics, and a darn cool looking figure. I just can’t commit to a whole new Star Wars line in a different scale, so I’m really going to have to cherry-pick.

    Having said that, Series 2 of this line is now up in BBTS, and I’ve already ordered my Greedos (Greedoes? Greedi? Whatever.)

    1. Thanks, Beedo!

      I only bought a very few of the three inch figures, but this line is definitely going to be harder to avoid.

      Why are you getting two Greedos?

      1. to customize a beedo, of course. 😉

        man, he looks fresh as hell. loving this line thusfar, every review has been very positive

      2. I’m not getting two Greedos. I’m getting five. One, because I’m a Rodian enthusiast and Greedo was my first licensed action figure I remember getting. One, as DR says, to turn into a 6″-scale Beedo to interact with the MOTU figures, and the remaining three for as-yet-undetermined custom fodder. Might even get more, as the Rodian custom projects I did in 4″ scale worked out okay, but there aren’t enough 6″-scale weapons in my collection to do characters like Darth Venator or Havalok Tetsus. But we’ll see . . . .

  8. This is the toy line I have been waiting for! So glad these are being done and I cannot wait to see what else this line has in store..Pew pew..priceless…

  9. I have both waves of these figures on pre-order. BEST CHOICE EVER. I have heard rumors of the carbonite block being released as an accessory later in the line. I have been waiting for six inch super articulated star wars figures for a loooooooong time. BTW, I love all your pics in this review.

  10. The pics are awesome! Where did you get the toy sushi?

    The idea of Boba Fett using Solo’s carbonite as a table to eat his lunch on is one for the record books. You and Noisy should start a “greatest hits” of best photos and speech-balloon gags from all of these reviews.

    1. Thank you. The food is from a line called “Petit Sample”. They make all kinds of food items that fit in well with 1/12th figures.

      A “Greatest Hits” sounds pretty fun. We’ll have to talk about that.

  11. I really like the Boba Fett, but I don’t quite love him. If those packs on his waist were either articulated or soft plastic he would be 100% better, but the fact that his legs are so blocked is really annoying. His shoulders were pretty blocked too, which was kind of annoying. I wish he had a bit more range of movement there.

    The sculpt though is top notch.

    1. The sculpt is definitely great. The shoulders on mine didn’t seem blocked, but the ratchet joints are very tight and took a little more force than I expected.

      The pouches on the belt are annoying though. I think a good quick fix would be cutting the sides of them, where they meet the brown part of the belt. That would only leave the tops attached, so they should bend forward. Of course, cutting up an exclusive figure that’s fairly expensive is a bit unnerving. I might try it on the wide release though.

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