Star Wars collectors have been very fortunate. If they’ve been around since the beginning, they’ve pretty much got everything they ever wanted (well, maybe except the Tonnika Sisters). If they’re a collector who came in with the prequels or the Clone Wars, then they’ve gotten lots of accurately detailed toys.
Most of those since 2013 have come from the Black Series, the six-inch scaled figures that focus on highly accurate details, paint deco, and articulation. Not all of them have been works of art though. Here are the ten worst Star Wars Black Series figures, ranked.
10 Princess Leia (Boushh)
This version of Princess Leia from early in the Black Series run tells you a lot. First, her head reaches Chewbacca’s shoulder, and this Chewbacca was a tad overscaled. Leia in her Return of the Jedi bounty hunter disguise towers over other Black Series versions of the princess of Alderaan, making her instantly out of sorts on any shelf. The figure itself is okay, but a little soft in the detail department and with a head sculpt that is certainly wanting compared to later versions.
9 Constable Zuvio
Constable Zuvio’s crime is that he exists. Shipping early – and often – in the big merchandise buildup to The Force Awakens in 2015, collectors thought this guy surely would factor in the film somehow. Nope. He didn’t even make a cameo appearance, which is usually all it takes. MIA from the big screen but present and accounted for on every shelf in America, Constable Zuvio isn’t particularly interesting even as a random background character. Without any context from the film, he’s kind of just a guy in a potato sack.
IG-88 is spindly, gummy failure. One of the most unique background characters of the Original Trilogy, really all he has to do is just stand there. That’s all he did in The Empire Strikes Back. But this version of the character from 2015 can’t even do that. He’s made out of rubbery plastic that causes him to lean and in some cases fall over. That’s a real shame because until just recently Black Series figures didn’t come with stands. That meant when he fell over, he took out most of the other bounty hunters.
7 Poe Dameron (The Force Awakens)
The articulation and sculpting in the Black Series are generally as good as it gets. Even on figures that aren’t so great, the basic detail and range of motion are pretty good. What sets a lot of them back, particularly early versions like Poe Dameron here, are the paint apps.
It’s hard to tell if he got in a fight or maybe just needs to wash his face. What’s meant to be beard stubble becomes a strange black smudge that makes it look like Poe has been standing behind the exhaust of his X-Wing fighter for too long.
6 Luke Skywalker (A New Hope)
Luke Skywalker is one of the most iconic figures in Star Wars and his Tatooine fatigues from the first film are synonymous with him. This is why it was such a disappointment to see the Black Series interpretation fall well short of something great. First off is the head sculpt, which is in the neighborhood of Luke Skywalker, but not on the street. And there is the choice to go with soft goods for the tunic. Soft goods are generally a sign of premium quality in the plastic dominated world of action figures, but here it makes him look like he’s wearing a bathrobe he cut up with a pair of scissors.
The Porgs are good for a laugh, but their Black Series figures are a joke. The little birds qualify really as an accessory, but Hasbro packed two of them together – one with articulated wings to meet the definition of the bare minimum – and sold them for ten bucks. Considering a standard Black Series figure costs twenty, that’s a bit of a stretch. Now that Hasbro has agreed with Disney to continue making Star Wars toys a bit longer, hopefully, collectors get more bang – or bird – for their dollar.
4 Rey (Crait)
Rey’s experience on Crait was brutal – Chewbacca kind of almost made her a permanent resident thanks to flying through some tight crystalline tunnels – but this figure is nuts. A Toys ‘R Us exclusive from 2018, this figure features a less than successful paint deco. The redness in her face makes her look like she has a cold. The soft goods tunic – those pesky soft goods! – make her literally look like she’s wearing a potato sack. Realism is the aim of any Black Series figure, but it’s all in the execution.
3 Darth Vader (2014)
Darth Vader. He’s the scariest villain in all of Star Wars. This figure doesn’t inspire a lot of fear. This six-inch version of the character seems to be missing a neck and is buried under a gigantic cape that absolutely didn’t come from an Imperial tailor.
Given how important a character Darth Vader is and how anticipated this particular figure was, the disappointment was pretty high with the final result. There were a lot of good parts though that were eventually mined for the next version, a much improved Darth Vader from A New Hope.
2 Princess Leia Organa (First Sculpt)
Equally important in the Star Wars pantheon is Princess Leia. And equally strong was the collector disappointment with this figure. Released in 2016, she’s wearing a shower curtain and features a head sculpt that was so off the mark that Hasbro quickly replaced it – something they rarely ever do – for a re-release for the original film’s 40th anniversary. Both Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher have fared much better in the Black Series since then, benefiting from Hasbro’s new Photo Real face-printing technology.
1 Obi-Wan Kenobi (Revenge of the Sith)
Look at him. He’s not happy about it, either. Released in 2014, this version of the legendary Jedi knight is one of the earliest Black Series efforts and it shows. Taken from Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi suffers from truly horrid face paint. His beard is just sort of sloshed on and his eyes roam. Compared to figures with the Photo Real technology, especially a version of Obi-Wan from the Clone Wars exclusive to Walgreens, this version looks like a bootleg. Even worse, he committed the sin of the Carry Forward – a figure doomed not to sell but repacked in later waves anyway.
For the most part, the Star Wars Black Series produced some fantastic action figures. Unfortunately, a few of them are really bad.