Hasbro Blacks Series and Funko Pop! Reveal 'Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic' Character Figures
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Merchandise is an important part of any fandom. Fans may buy just about anything if it is branded to fit their favorite movies, comics, TV shows, games, etc. But of course, action figures are what many people think of when they hear the word “merch.” And Star Wars action figures have been around since the original trilogy.
George Lucas knew that action figures would be a gigantic part of the Star Wars franchise. So, he ensured that he would retain the merchandising rights when he was negotiating for his first movies with 20th Century Fox. This proved to be a stroke of genius, as the Star Wars toys alone have brought in billions of dollars through different licensing deals. Some of these licensing deals for action figures are through both Hasbro and Funko Pop!
One of the most exciting things about action figures is that you can find ones of characters who are not considered prominent in the universe. Sure, you have your Darth Vaders, Luke Skywalkers, and Obi-Wan Kenobis. But when action figures are made of lesser-known characters, or very specific and niche characters, that is when things get really exciting for fans.
Hasbro has officially revealed two of these such characters from the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video games. They will be a part of their 6-inch Black Series action figures. The characters are Jedi Knight Revan and Darth Nihilus. A Black Series elite lightsaber for Revan was also revealed. The Black Series action figures will be GameStop exclusives and are both available for preorder.
One of the interesting things to note is that, on the boxes for each of the characters, only Darth Nihilus’ box says that his look is inspired by the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game. Jedi Knight Revan’s box actually has the Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes logo attached to it, which we are taking to mean that his look is inspired by this mobile game.
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is a mobile EA game where you can collect most of the characters from the Star Wars universe including many of the characters from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the other Star Wars video games.
It is interesting that Hasbro chose to have the look of Nihilus reflect Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, while Revan's look seems to be taken more from Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, even though the Revan character did originate in Knights of the Old Republic.
No matter where the looks of these characters were pulled from, they look phenomenal. They perfectly capture the iconic looks of these characters from the video games that fans have come to love. This is one of the first Darth Nihilus action figures to come out in a long time, and his look alone is very detailed.
Hasbro is fully transitioning to more dynamic boxes in the future, so these two figures may likely be the last of their kind in the old Black Series.
Funko Pop! also announced that they are doing a small selection of Pop! bobbleheads featuring Jedi Knight Revan and Darth Malak. The toy-collecting community is massive and has only grown since the start of the Funko Pop! line of bobbleheads and action figures. Funko’s Star Wars action figures were made popular due to their The Force Awakens line. There has not been very many Funko Pops inspired by the Star Wars video games, but that changed with this announcement. As well as Revan and Darth Malak, the set will also include a shadow trooper and hooded Yoda. These are GameStop exclusives and are available for pre-order.
It seems likely that both Funko and Hasbro will continue to produce more Star Wars video game characters in the future. There have not been many Star Wars video game action figures made, but between these two companies, one could imagine that we may potentially see more characters from Knights of the Old Republic, Jedi: Fallen Order, and Battlefront II (2015), just to name a few. In the meantime, these Hasbro Black Series and Funko Pop! action figures are must-haves for any Star Wars video game fan.
Written By Elizabeth Dresdow
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