Name: Lando Calrissian
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2004
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Before 2004, Hasbro had produced two versions of Lando Calrissian (based on his appearance in The Empire Strikes Back) for the basic figure line. In fact, the very first modern Lando Calrissian action figure was one of Hasbro’s earliest efforts. That figure contain exaggerated proportions and quickly aged out as obsolete before the second version was released in the Power Of The Jedi line in 2001. Coming with a much improved sculpt and likeness than the figure in 1996’s The Power Of The Force line, the Lando Calrissian (Bespin Escape) figure satisfied many collectors with its enhanced features despite the action pose. Limited in articulation, collectors still pined for a better version that would contain more articulation and perhaps an even better likeness. That wish was fulfilled with 2004’s VOTC Lando Calrissian figure. The official peg-warmer of this lineup, Lando Calrissian brought high levels of accuracy to the Lando Calrissian character and it was embraced by many collectors as almost definitive. The one issue from preventing it from being definitive was of course the swivel joints in the elbows. It still escapes us why Hasbro went as far as they did with this action figure then stopped at the elbows. It’s definitely discouraging. Still, Hasbro did a great deal of good here and Lando Calrissian should rank as the best for a while.
Despite being designed with swivel elbows, Lando Calrissian still comes with 14 points of articulation. The swivel elbows are joined by a ball-socket head, two ball-jointed shoulders, two swivel wrists, a swivel waist, two swivel hips, two ball-jointed knees and two ball-jointed ankles. The range of movement that this figure has in the lower body is nothing short of amazing. We again attribute this to the way in which the swivel joints were cut in the hips coupled with excellently designed ball-jointed knees and ankles. You will be surprised to see all of the freeform movement this action figure possesses and you’ll be impressed by how realistic Lando Calrissian looks in various action poses. His arms to allow for a healthy dose of movement as well and he can be posed holding his blaster with both hands. When you’re able to attain these types of poses, it’s harder to find fault in an articulation point that is typically annoying, like swivel elbows for example. Lando Calrissian has a lovely head sculpt. Some collectors think it looks nothing like the character while others are thoroughly shocked by the likeness. Head sculpts and how exact they are always in the eye of the beholder. Let’s just say we love it. Lando Calrissian also comes with a non-removable soft goods cape that is beautifully sewn in multiple layers and decorated with multiple colors. It looks gorgeous.
Status: Lando Calrissian is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: blaster
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 85238/85213
Retail: $9.99 USD
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