Collection: Legacy Collection
Source: A New Hope
Availability: November 2009
After rescuing Princess Leia, Han battles his way back to the Death Star’s hangar. The stormtrooper disguise came in handy, but now it’s his bold nature and his blaster that will free him from the Empire’s clutches.
Meh. We don't mean to come across immediately negative at the opening of this review, but the Legacy Collection Han Solo from the A New Hope wave leaves a lot to be desired. We apologize for being so blunt right from the get-go, but Han Solo was a figure that we were actually excited to see released, but the final product hasn't delivered as well as it should have. [Like his wave mate Chewbacca], Han Solo utilizes a very good (and older) sculpt but then he is made inferior with the inclusion of gimmicky (and inaccurate) accessories and disproportionate features. You all remember the vintage small head/large head Han Solo figures? It seems as if Hasbro was intent on paying tribute to the "large head" [corrected] variant from back in the day. The new Han Solo has a huge head and it while the likeness is not bad at all the size of it makes the overall figure look a little bit too goofy. It is a bit of a shame, because we like this figure and dislike it about equally. A revisit of the Han Solo (Death Star Chase/Escape) was certainly necessary and this figure is meant to be the update to it but we think Hasbro needed further tweaking before it was considered finalized and packaged for release. And since its ancestor is the VOTC Han Solo, you can rest assured that this figure does have great articulation and the finest of details. It's the finalized product that has the issues. While this may seem paradoxical, it is the best way we can explain it. The figure fails excellently. How is that for an oxymoron?
The removable Stormtrooper gear just doesn't work. The helmet is huge (obviously necessary to fit over his large head) and the Stormtrooper chest armor doesn't lay as close to his body as we had hoped. The two Stormtrooper pieces make Han feel incomplete. If Hasbro decided to take the figure in this direction, couldn't they have given us a few more pieces to play with for more versatility? In fact, the helmet looks to be a repack of the one that was included in the 2009 TLC Machook/Keoulkeech/Kettch Walmart exclusive Comic Packs set, so you can imagine just how ridiculously large and out of scale the helmet is. When posed next to your other Stormtrooper figures, you will instantly know something is very off. However, if you display your Han Solo without all the removable Stormtrooper pieces, you will indeed have a fair product because he honestly is not a terrible figure despite his "poor" accessories (unless you still take exception with his head). His Stormtrooper belt is not removable and his thermal detonator stays attached only with the assistance of an elastic band. We don't recommend removing the elastic band however because the thermal detonator barely stays on without it. Of course this is a very frustrating thing but we suppose it isn't the worst mistake Hasbro could make on our action figures.
Status: Han Solo is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the body of 2004's VOTC Han Solo figure, the belt from 2009's TLC Han Solo (BD 31), the accessories from 2009's TLC Machook/Keoulkeech/Kettch Comic Packs set with an all-new head.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: BlasTech E-11 blaster pistol, stormtrooper helmet, stormtrooper chest armor
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: R3-A2 body
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 91416/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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