Name: Han Solo
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Number: OTC #35
Source: Expanded Universe (Hasbro Concept)
Availability: October 2004
Han leads a strike team to the moon of Endor, to destroy the shield generator protecting the second Death Star high in orbit. Han has to get inside the Imperial bunker to disable the generator. To do that, he commandeers the uniform of an AT-ST driver and pretends to be an Imperial trooper. His trick works, and the team successfully completes its mission.
The Original Trilogy Collection sought out to reach three goals. It intended to release a selection of all-new figures, reissue key OT characters in older sculpts (some with all-new paint operations and others straight repacks), and rerelease recent figures from the previous Star Wars “Saga” line that whose retail lifespan was cut short with the sudden announcement of the Original Trilogy getting released on DVD for the very first time. Although just simply called “Han Solo” in the new The Original Trilogy Collection, this figure originally saw life as Han Solo (Endor Strike) in the final phase of the Star Wars “Saga” line. Hasbro borrowed many of the parts from the AT-ST Driver from 2002’s SW Imperial Forces Toys R Us exclusive multipack to make this version of Han Solo. Arguably, they’ve done a pretty good job overall.
While fans were excited to see this unique interpretation of Han Solo, many others wondered why Hasbro didn’t just update another but better articulated generic AT-ST Driver instead. Fans and collectors desperately wanted an all-new AT-ST Driver sculpt but that wasn’t in the immediate cards for now. (Editor’s Note: Hasbro updated the AT-ST Driver sculpt in 2010’s SW [SOTDS] Attack On Hoth TARGET exclusive multipack.) Han Solo was part of the final wave of the 2004 Star Wars “Saga” collection. Honestly the figure looked a bit rushed. A decent sculpt and a good likeness were marred by poorly applied paint operations. Han Solo as a result was one of the worst looking action figures in 2004. Thankfully his release in The Original Trilogy Collection gave Hasbro a chance to perfect those said paint operations and deliver a much better quality action figure.
Status: Han Solo is a slight repaint of 2004's SW 2004's SW Han Solo (Endor Strike) ('04 #19) figure. This time around the figure receives tighter and cleaner paint operations.
Articulation Count: 10 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel gloves, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: blaster, removable helmet
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 85385/84715
Retail: $4.99 USD
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