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Lando Calrissian - OTC - Vintage

Name: Lando Calrissian
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Number: N/A
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2004
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars trilogy that changed the universe forever, with The Original Trilogy Collection. This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. The finest recreations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Original Trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. And, as a tribute to the dedication of Star Wars fans everywhere, we are re-releasing elements of the original packaging that harken back to the creation of Star Wars action figures, which began over 25 years ago with the Original Trilogy. May the Force be with you!

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.

Lando Calrissian is packaged in a beautiful “vintage styled” card back that is properly sourced to The Empire Strikes Back. The packaging as a whole is fantastically nostalgic and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Lando Calrissian hasn’t looked better in packaging that was original available in 1980. The “Vintage” Original Trilogy Collection truly casted 12 of the most popular characters from the Original Trilogy. Obviously Hasbro had to knock out 12 main characters to make this line successful, but for the most part they divided up each Original Trilogy film evenly with four characters that best represent them. Thankfully with Lando Calrissian it works without question. It’s a shame that Lando Calrissian didn’t sell through like the other figures in The “Vintage” Original Trilogy Collection. His quality is significantly better than Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi and C-3PO, yet those two figures sold out almost instantly by comparison. While we can’t claim that Lando Calrissian is in need of any paint operation enhancements, we do know that we would love to see this figure updated with ball-jointed elbows. He needs this desperately and until that update happens it just won’t be possible to classify this version of him as definitive. As a carded action figure however, do you really care? What’s the point of having 14 points of articulation if you don’t even know they’re there?

Collector Notes

Lando Calrissian

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

UPC: 076930852385

Retail: $9.99 USD

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The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 1)
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia Organa

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 2)
Darth Vader
Lando Calrissian
See-Threepio (C-3PO)
Yoda

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 3)
Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm)
Boba Fett
Chewbacca
Stormtrooper

 
Added: May 7, 2013
Category: Original Trilogy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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