We were promised a Star Wars Black Series HasLab project this year, and after a slip of the tongue earlier this week in a fan Q+A, we now have the official confirmation that we will be getting (assuming it gets backed) a 6-inch scale Rancor from Return of the Jedi.
Starwars.com have announced the following and shared a picture of the door to the Rancor's pit promising some more details to come in the week's ahead.
The towering hulk of muscle who greeted Luke Skywalker in the shadowy pit beneath Jabba the Hutt’s throne room is poised to make a comeback.
Although bested by the Jedi in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, this morning Hasbro announced plans to bring the sharp-toothed beast into the 6-inch scale Star Wars: The Black Series line if the brand’s next HasLab crowd-funded campaign reaches its target for production.
“Following the success of the previous two HasLab campaigns for Star Wars: The Vintage Collection, our team is so thrilled to offer fans the first-ever HasLab project from The Black Series – the Rancor!” says Michael Ballog, Hasbro’s vice president for the Star Wars brand. “We hope fans of The Black Series line are prepared for this iconic creature to join their 6-inch-scale collections.”
In 2018, HasLab launched with Jabba’s sail barge, the Khetanna, which set sail with just under 10,000 backers. Then in 2020, HasLab added the Razor Crest from The Mandalorian, generating enough backers for production in just over a day.
Check back on StarWars.com for more details on this exciting new announcement in the weeks ahead, then make like Malakili the rancor keeper to secure your own prized pet.
While we wait for pictures, the following mockup using the existing Vintage Collection Rancor gives you an indication of what to expect when the final details are announced. We'd expect the Rancor to stand circa 18 inches tall, a good deal shorter than the Marvel Legends HasLab Sentinel (and the newly announced 32 inch Galactus)
Pricing is anyone's guess at this stage. Id hedge my bets around £200 upwards and we are likely to need circa 14,000 backers like previous projects. As a crowd-funded project you will have to commit to purchase the item in the backing window and will be charged as that window closes if the project is successful. We are unlikely to see the Rancor itself in collections until the Autumn of next year.
There will also be some level of backing rewards which could include additional accessories or figures. Malakili is a possibility, as is Oola, or a variant of the Gamorrean Guard or Luke Skywalker.
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