Name: Han Solo (In Stormtrooper Disguise)
Type: Mini Busts
Number: Item No. 6569
Edition Size: 3500 (Collector's Club Edition)
Source: A New Hope
Availability: February 2005
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
What good is the Luke Skywalker (In Stormtrooper Disguise) Mini Bust without the Han Solo (In Stormtrooper Disguise) Mini Bust? Apparently he isn’t much good at all. Thankfully Gentle Giant Ltd. noted this and secretly began work on Han Solo right around the same time they began working on the 2004 San Diego Comic Con exclusive Luke Skywalker piece and reserved it for a Collector’s Club Edition Exclusive early the next year. Limited to same exact amount of pieces as the Luke Skywalker (In Stormtrooper Disguise) Mini Bust, Han Solo (In Stormtrooper Disguise) is produced at a fair 3500 pieces as well. Han Solo is done equally well, but there is a problem. While Luke’s armor is off-white (borderline cream colored in spots), Han Solo gets a sterling bright white stormtrooper outfit, so the pieces don’t match each other as nicely as they should. This is what happens when characters from the same scene get manufactured at different times. Even a few moths difference is enough to cause the disparity in the colors used.
So it’s definitely a slight disappointment that the pairing of these two Mini Busts will look off to collectors. However, the pieces are excellent when looked at as mutually exclusive from each other. Han Solo (In Stormtrooper Disguise) is perhaps the better piece for a few reasons. Firstly, the bright white armor looks so much better. The yellowing on the Luke Skywalker (In Stormtrooper Disguise) Mini Bust is a bit distracting. It’s doesn’t look terrible, but bright white is the way to go here. Secondly, Han Solo (In Stormtrooper Disguise) is superior because he comes with an accessory that fits perfectly in his right arm and hand. Gentle Giant Ltd. actually took the time to sculpt a separate Stormtrooper helmet that looks stunning in Han’s hand. It obviously cannot be used and placed over Han Solo’s head, but it’s a nice extra value-added bonus for this exclusive Mini Bust and we’re thrilled that Gentle Giant Ltd. decided to go this route.
Exclusivity: 2005 Collector's Club Edition
Date Stamp: 2004
Retail: $44.99 USD
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