The Star Wars vintage Kenner action figures changed toys and franchising forever. Sales of this line were so successful that it’s no surprise the fan nostalgia for these 3.75-inch figures in new packages is still as great as ever, 44 years after their first appearance in a pre-order campaign for Christmas 1977. Disney’s line of six-inch “Black Series” has quickly caught up to the original line of characters, with new sculpts and more articulation, including even more characters from the Expanded Universe. At last fans of the original Star Wars comics published by Marvel Comics in the 1970s and 1980s get to see one of the most beloved of all the characters we haven’t yet seen on the big or small screen (but we’re still hoping for that soon): Jaxxon, the six-foot tall Lepi mercenary smuggler from Star Wars Issue #8, Eight for Aduba-3, the Seven Samurai adaptation where we first met the angry talking rabbit and his ship, the Rabbit’s Foot.
Jaxxon stayed around for the next three issues and returned for the first appearance of the borg Valance. Our first real hope of seeing Jaxxon in Star Wars canon was in a variant cover for the rebooted Marvel Comics Star Wars series in 2015, then he re-appeared in the retro Star Wars Issue #108 in 2019, and again for Vader Down. And this weekend for the first time you can pre-order Jaxxon’s first action figure here from Entertainment Earth.
Take a look at the new packaging and some cocky ways to display the new Jaxxon figure:
In the same Black Series of action figures, look for a new Heir to the Empire Luke Skywalker (with Ysalamiri!), from The Mandalorian: Bo-Katan and Ahsoka Tano, re-assembled cyborg Darth Maul and Asajj Ventress from The Clone Wars, and more here at Entertainment Earth.
And don’t forget the forthcoming new round of action figures for The Mandalorian with retro, classic Kenner style molds and articulation, housed in classic, mock-distressed packaging–plus original-style vinyl capes! IG-11, Moff Gideon, Cara Dune, Greef Karga, Kuiil, “Baby Yoda,” and Din Djarin, the man behind the mask. You can pre-order them now at Entertainment Earth and Amazon.
If Star Wars nostalgia is your thing, and you love the classic Marvel Comics and the series The Mandalorian as much as we do, check out the links above for more information.
C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg