Babylon 5 Shadow Sentient

Babylon 5 Shadow SentientThe most difficult Babylon 5 figure to locate – and the most expensive to find in the current collectors’ market – the Shadow Sentient is a strikingly intricate representation of Babylon 5’s ancient evil. It’s also possibly the best shot anyone has of figuring out the creatures’ shape, which was always kept rather indistinct on screen.

Technically, the Shadow Sentient figure belongs to the third wave of Babylon 5 figures, but it was seldom if ever distributed on its own; the Shadow Sentient was an exclusive pack-in figure with the first release run of the Babylon 5 Collectible Card Game. Still on its card, the Shadow Sentient commonly fetches prices of $100 or more. (I specifically sought a loose figure just because I wanted to be able to examine it outside of its blister bubble without devaluing it – and because it’d be cheaper, though I discovered not by much.)

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Babylon 5 Action Figures Wave 4 (1999)

Babylon 5 action figures - photo copyright 2002 Earl Green / theLogBook.comFollowing much later in 1999 than Exclusive Premiere’s third series of Babylon 5 action figures, the fourth wave was no longer standard toy store fare, or even standard comics chain fare. The fourth wave was into serious collectors’ territory – distributed primarily in England.

Reflecting the recent fifth season, the fourth wave puts Captain Lochley in plastic, as well as year five frequent flier Bester (though it’s not as good a likeness of Walter Koenig as, say, the Chekov figure from the Playmates Classic Star Trek collector’s set) and the previously unnamed Drazi and Gaim ambassadors. […]

Babylon 5 Action Figures Wave 3 (1999)

Babylon 5 action figures - photo copyright 1999 Earl Green / theLogBook.comIt was 1999 before the third wave of Exclusive Premiere’s Babylon 5 collection hit the shelves, and by that time, it was also obvious that this toy line was in trouble. With more than enough first and second wave figures still taking up shelf space, Toys R Us stores declined to carry the third wave, which now became a Diamond Comics exclusive. Diamond Comics carriers had been the only place to find the earlier waves’ variant figures; now they were the only place to find any of the new figures at all. […]

Babylon 5 Action Figures Wave 2 (1998)

Babylon 5 action figures - photo copyright 2007 Earl Green / theLogBook.comVery late in 1998, Exclusive Premiere released a long-awaited second wave of Babylon 5 characters by popular demand. In many toy stores, the first wave of figures were still warming the shelves, and were discounted from their lofty $8.00 price tag to around $3.00 each. B5 fans were eagerly picking up the figures, but the cold consumer reality of it was that it seemed like they were the only ones doing so. […]

Babylon 5 Action Figures Wave 1 (1998)

Babylon 5 action figuresIn 1998, Exclusive Premiere, the makers of numerous nostalgic pop culture figures and dolls, finally put in a bid to make Babylon 5 action figures. Though the cerebral nature of the series didn’t lend itself to a huge, exciting, Star Wars-scale line of toys – after all, how much action can an action figure of Ambassador Kosh really have? – it was nice to have, at long last, some fun little reminders of the B5 universe. In one of his Usenet postings, even series creator J. Michael Straczynski admitted to being a fan of the toys. […]