Since we've got cold weather right now I guess we need something to turn up the heat, huh? Yeah, when you need some good ol' fashioned flame wars it's always best to bring up the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy. I'm speaking mostly in jest, though, as today I'm mainly focusing on the Star Wars: The Black Series figures we still need from the first five Disney Star wars films, which I'm calling the Sequel Trilogy era. It's crazy to think that between 2015 and 2019 we received a Star Wars film every year! With the Sequel Trilogy and the two spin-off films, Rogue One and Solo, Disney and Lucasfilm tried to capture the frenetic pace of the Marvel Cinematic Universe film releases and it....well, it didn't work so well. Oh sure, 4 of the 5 films made gobs and gobs of money, but the Sequel Trilogy ended up being divisive and incoherent. I love Rogue One and Solo, and I actually really like The Force Awakens, too, but the latter two Sequel Trilogy films, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, show the weaknesses of the Sequel Trilogy: No clear direction, no coherent plot, and a constant reactionary mentality. But we're not here to talk about the films, though. No, we're here to talk about the action figures from those five films that Hasbro still needs to make.
While Star Wars: The Black Series seems to be doing really, really well, continually producing exceptional figures, there definitely were some rough patches between 2015 and 2019 where products from those films were over-ordered and languished at retail (just last week a local Walgreens still had the TLJ Poe Dameron and Cassian Andor. Not all of the figures warmed pegs, but enough that Hasbro seems to have moved on from producing much product from the films. That's probably for the best right now but, as someone who loves collecting Star Wars figures, particularly the Black Series, there are some characters I hope Hasbro does eventually release. Maybe they'll merge them into the main line over time, one or two per year, or maybe they'll be some sort of special offers on Hasbro Pulse, but they're figures I think we need yo copmplete collections and rosters. With The Mandalorian being an absolute hit, I really think we've reached a nice point to divide up the Disney era (even though it premiered before ROTS, The Mandalorian feels like the beginning of a new era for Star Wars). While it seems like figures from The Mandalorian, the Original Trilogy, and the Prequel era are always going to be on the table, this list is about the figures from the last era of Star Wars that we could possibly miss out on if they're not made soon. (Maybe not Rogue One, as that seems to be pretty well received and the least divisive of the Sequel Trilogy era films). Anyways, after the break let's see the 10 Black Series figures Hasbro still needs to deliver to collectors from the Sequel Trilogy era...
#1 Sidon Ithano from Episode VII: The Force Awakens
This is probably the most obscure choice from my list but I still think that Sidon Ithano is one of the most visually interesting characters in the Sequel Trilogy. Look at that outfit! He's incredibly eye-catching and he has cult favorite written all over him. Hasbro could do an amazing job with this guy in the Black Series and since background aliens, scoundrels, and various other unsavory characters always seem to sell quite it feels like he could fit in to any series of figures.
If you ask many collectors what one of the most glaring omissions in The Black Series you'll often find Bodhi Rook's name pop up. Despite not being a household name Bodhi Rook is a key part of the plot of Rogue One and a part of the titular team. He's actually the only member of the Rogue One crew Hasbro didn't release in the Black Series (they did release a 1/18th scale Bodhi and Disney released one of those weird metal figures). Since Rogue One is pretty universally loved Bodhi Rook seems like a figure we'll see at some point. I've got a couple other Rogue One figures on the list which would make a great Fan Channel exclusive set or a retailer exclusive (as much as I hate to suggest retailer exclusives).
* Yeah, this is a bit of a cheat but it's a tie: It's ludicrous that we didn't get any version of Poe or Finn from Episode IX. I liked their outfits and would love to have these main characters with the photoreal updates. Seriously, throw in a new BB-8 and this could be a pretty solid pack.