Name: Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: Expanded Universe (Return Of The Jedi Deleted Scene)
Availability: February 2012
We know that Hasbro likes to release action figures by theme whenever possible. This worked very well for the Build A Droid line since you needed to buy all the figures to construct the pack-in pieces into a new figure. The early waves of 2012 also follow this protocol. Hasbro released 12 figures in wave 10 to coincide with The Phantom Menace 3D in theaters and then wave 11 is based on Return Of The Jedi deleted scenes exclusive to the Blu-ray box set. There are some wonderful characters in this wave. We’re especially thrilled about Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit) because it’s the only all-new figure in this wave, but we wonder if he should have been released as a “deleted scene” figure instead of the standard Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise) figure instead. We’re not saying that the deleted scene accessories shouldn’t have come with him. No, we’re more than ecstatic that they’ve been included here. But just like 2010’s TVC Wicket (VC27) figure, Lando could [should] have been released on a replica card back from 1983 instead with those “extra” pieces tucked in along for the ride. Like we’ve mentioned, there was a blatantly obvious theme running with this wave of The Vintage Collection. But we can’t help ache in our hearts that we were so close to getting a modern vintage Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise) figure yet it’s completely out of reach (at least for 2012).
Lando Calrissian is actually an artistic triumph. But it does have a few small issues. Nothing is so bad that it would prevent us from buying it, then again, not much of anything prevents us from buying Star Wars figures, but there is one glaring “mistake” that is very obvious. Lando’s skin color is too pale. Billy Dee Williams possesses a moderately medium brown complexion and this action figure is much too light. That being said, the head sculpt is of an incredible quality. It looks similar to 2011’s TVC General Lando Calrissian (VC47) but to the nth degree better. His moustache doesn’t overtake his facial features and the expression in his eyes is just about as accurate as we can recall from Return Of The Jedi. Once you remove the outer plastic head covering, there is a soft-goods poncho which is also obviously removable. And underneath that poncho lies a super-articulated modern update to that blessed 1983 figure. Honestly, some of the paint operations look a tad rushed, but overall we now have a definitive modern update to Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise). The removable helmet, skiff guard blaster and force pike are also all included and these accessories are phenomenally sculpted and function wonderfully on Lando’s person, whether in his hands or atop his head. You catch our drift. It’s only when you set him up in the skif guard disguise do you realize just how much you wish he came in the same packaging from the 80s. Such is life we suppose.
Status: Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 7
Accessory Details: removable skiff guard helmet, skiff guard blaster, force pike, goggles, plastic molded head covering, soft-goods poncho, remote
Date Stamp: 2011
Assortment Number: 49689/37499
Retail: $9.99 USD
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