Name: Lando Calrissian
Collection: Heroes Of The Rebellion
Number: Item #2153
Edition Size: 750 (Exclusive) 1500 (Regular)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: November 2009
License: Sideshow Collectibles
We find it particularly interesting that although Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back tends to be a fan favorite, Sideshow Collectibles takes their time with releasing 12 inch figures based on this Star Wars source. But a little goes a long way and every figure has paid off so far. Released without a fancy subtitle (like most of their other 12 inch figures), the simply labeled "Lando Calrissian" is a spectacular display of typical Sideshow splendor and we are floored by how well Lando has been captured in one-sixth scale. The figure is a success in multiple ways. His portrait is beautifully sculpted and although he has a slightly sneered look on his face, he favors Billy Dee Williams' characteristics and traits perfectly. His hairstyle is flawless and his accuratel skin tone has been matched and colored beyond expectations. We doubt we will receive a better likeness of Lando in this scale. The exclusive version comes with the tiny radio device where he warns the citizens of Cloud City to escape before more Imperial troops arrive. It is a miraculously small accessory that could get easily lost. But the amazing this about it is the level of detail Sideshow was able to include with it. This is not simply a "little stick" that they threw into the box. It has been designed with buttons and multiple different pieces and it is just a perplexing little accessory that completely takes us by surprise. Sideshow keeps shrinking their exclusive pieces on 12 inch figures, but we can't deny just how incredibly well they are indeed made. On top of the exclusive accessory, he comes with a pair of interchangeable hands. He is finally outfitted with two guns including a Rebel blaster and an Imperial blaster. We have seen both of these weapons before so nothing is new in this area.
Lando Calrissian has one of the most authentic and accurately designed costumes we have ever seen on a 12 inch figure. The colors are perfect and the physical feel of the fabrics are pleasant to the touch. Multiple kinds of fabric were used too and they all have different textures and drapes depending upon what part of the costume is being inspected. The light blue shirt has been sewn in a linen like material and the navy blue edging details sewn on top of gives it a very stunning ringer looking style. His pants match the edge details of his light blue shirt and they too have been woven in a very light linen material. His chunky black belt is awesome and accurate to the prop seen in the film. We are so impressed with it not only for its amazing design and how good it looks, but also because it has leather parts that make it extra faithful to the one seen in the film. The crevices and pattern on it are nearly identical to what we saw in Episode V. For the first time ever on a 12 inch figure, Lando has been designed with low-top boots. Examples of this attention to detail is exactly what Sideshow Collectibles is known for and we are extremely thrilled that they gave Lando Calrissian all the attention he deserves. His wristband too is remarkable and although it is packaged on the wrong hand, it can be easily relocated to the correct right hand. The best part of his entire outfit is his trademark cape and let us express up front what a gorgeous piece of fabric it is. It is lined with an outer layer cut from an ultra fine "wool" crepe type of fabric with an inner thicker "silk" layer with a very fancy design. The pattern on the inner layer is breathtaking and it completely looks like the one we saw in the film. It is the perfect length and while it doesn't come with a chain to attach to his head, there is a bendable wire that will hug his neck as needed to secure it to his body. It falls off sometimes when you pose him, but overall it is just beautiful. Clearly the cape itself added extra cost to this figure. But we wouldn't take Lando any other way.
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