Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise)/Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise)
Collection: Heroes Of The Rebellion
Number: Item #2179SC
Edition Size: 2000 (2009 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: A New Hope
Availability: July 2009
License: Sideshow Collectibles
It was only a very short matter of time before Sideshow utilized their awesome Imperial Stormtrooper sculpt to make new collectibles. Starting off as a big tease, Sideshow eventually announced that the Luke Skywalker/Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) 12" figure set was going to be the Star Wars exclusive at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con. The set is awesome and it is one of Sideshow's finest moments (yes, they have many of these steller moments). This remarkable pair has been eagerly anticipated by Sideshow collectors and it was a very clever choice to use these figures as exclusives! Exclusives are always more limited and Sideshow made quite a statement by making this edition size only 2000 total pieces. But extreme exclusivity coupled with a large price tag defends the argument that this is what a high end collectible should be (and that they should indeed see limited release). Sideshow Collectibles improved where they could on the original 12" Stormtrooper body and then added a whole new level of authenticity and made a spectacular product. These 12" figures are full of the charm the onscreen characters had and it is quite an accomplishment to have "live" characteristics be forever immortalized in plastic. 12" figure two-packs are not all that common and Sideshow is wise to utilize this platform for truly special and unique sets that make the most sense. There was quite a bit of fuss that the original 12" Stormtrooper figure was too dull, but Sideshow listened to those comments carefully and have given these figures a brand new shiny gloss. It is quite impressive and remarkable how a little clear gloss makes this armor look! We actually wish our regular Imperial Stormtroopers figures had this now. We really thought that the Imperial Stormtrooper figure couldn't be perfected, but Sideshow has broken our expectations in half and given us a beautifully executed product. Both Luke's and Han's portraits are simply unbelievable and you may be critical of the skin tones, but these are two figures which simply must be enjoyed in person. It is clear that photographs are unable to capture or appropriately grab the life that is evident in the faces of these figures. If you do not own these and have no plans to add them to your collections, then you'll just have to believe us that these look even better in person.
You will likely be already familiar with the armor design. Sideshow did a fantastic job with the regular Imperial Stormtrooper the first time, so besides the new gloss finish, the armor is exactly the same. It is important to note that the accessories are NOT the same. Sideshow took a new approach for the Rebel heroes in these outfits and has sculpted the Stormtrooper helmets with an infinite amount of detail. The detail in completely mind-boggling and it has come out better than we had ever hoped. Not intended to be utilized as functioning helmets, they are simple counted as accessories here to give the figures a whole new level of authenticity. We love this convention because after all, if they could wear their helmets, they would just be two more Imperial Stormtroopers! Luke's and Han's hands have been designed especially well to hold these helmets and this is a big plus. There is nothing worse than being given a great accessory that is impossible of being held by the figure. Sideshow ensured that all parts interact well with each other. The standard Stormtrooper blaster has been included and fits in the right hand attachment very well on both figures. Luke Skywalker's utility belt is unique from Han's and has a place to store the commlink he used to communicate with C-3PO as well as the famous grappling hook he used to swing across the bridge with Princess Leia. (See photos for reference.) Another amazing feat Sideshow was able to accomplish with this figure set is that Luke Skywalker is shorter than Han Solo. We are not sure how they did this, but the height difference is effective in driving home the point that Luke was indeed a little short for a Stormtrooper (but that would also imply that Han Solo is too tall for a Stormtrooper). We congratulate Sideshow on this effort to make these figure true to scale and as authentic as possible. They are truly an amazing duo of Rebel Alliance heroes!
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