First off, as always, take this with a grain of salt. This is based on third-hand information. I just happen to find it compelling enough to pass along. While I generally try to avoid rumor-mongering, I think it’s worth giving preemptive feedback sometimes.
User WayneStarActionF at the Rebelscum forums has made what I think is a decently convincing case (based on what he claims is inside information) for the line-up of Star Wars Black 6″ Wave 4. WayneStarActionF also states that while Wave 4 is disappointing, Wave 5 is amazing and consists entirely of Original Trilogy characters.
But before we get to Wave 5, WayneStarActionF claims, we’ll have to get through Wave 4, which will allegedly consist of:
- Revenge of the Sith Anakin Skywalker (seems perfectly sensible, since we’ve already seen the sculpt)
- Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan Kenobi (this is the carry-forward figure from Wave 3, like Han in Wave 3)
- Attack of the Clones Clone Trooper (also seen on the previous rumored list from JediDefender)
- A New Hope Chewbacca (same as above)
Now, obviously Chewbacca will sell well – possibly even better than, say, Han Solo, because everyone loves Chewbacca. I also think the Clone Trooper will do fairly well, because it’s a cool design and collectors have a hard time resisting army builders. Anakin will pegwarm, but unless he gets carried forward to the next wave, it won’t be too bad.
But if Obi-Wan is indeed carried forward, that is bad news. There are far better options for the carry-forward figure - Boba Fett, the Stormtrooper, the Sandtrooper, and Darth Maul, in that order. I think even a second Clone Trooper would be smarter. But given what we’ve seen so far, I can see this being the Wave 4 line-up. The question is whether it can sell well enough to get us to the (supposedly amazing) Wave 5.
Of course, even if this line-up is or was accurate at any point, everything’s obviously subject to change. Perhaps Hasbro has taken note of what’s been selling well so far and will make adjustments before Toy Fair (possibly delaying Wave 4, which would be fine with me).
If we assume the Jedi Defender list is accurate and the above Wave 4 list is accurate, Wave 5 would consist of some combination of the TIE Pilot, C-3PO, Darth Vader, Jedi Luke, and/or the Jawa 2-pack. Obviously that would indeed be a killer line-up.