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Chewbacca/Han Solo - LC - Comic Packs (2)

Name: Chewbacca/Han Solo
Collection: Legacy Collection
Number: 2
Source: Expanded Universe (Marvel Comics' Star Wars #3)
Availability: August 2009
License: Hasbro

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In a daring – some would say reckless and ill-advised – plan to rescue Princess Leia from Imperial clutches, Han poses as a stormtrooper and Chewbacca as a prisoner aboard the Death Star. Their subterfuge allows them to walk freely through the halls of the Empire's new battle station to reach the cellblock where the princess is being held.

Collectors starting chomping at the bit when Hasbro announced the Chewbacca/Han Solo Comic Packs set based on Marvel Comics’ Star Wars #2 comic book. We really didn’t care much that we were getting action figures in funky colors, but because we got one step closer to a movie accurate version of Han Solo in stormtrooper disguise. (Editor’s Note: The Legacy Collection brought collectors this figure finally in 2009 in the basic figure line as BD 31.) And while the first pressings of this Comic Packs set in the 30 (77-07) line had Han Solo donning blue stormtrooper armor, Hasbro cleaned it up with subsequent releases almost making it movie accurate. The helmet still came with red details just pushing the figure out of definitive status,but we were close! Now this running change set has been carried forward into the Legacy Collection lineup. The two-pack is nothing to rave about that much. Any pairing of Han Solo and Chewbacca are ultimately cool, but Hasbro seemingly thought they could squeak by an older 2001 figure and make it modern. Unfortunately it didn’t really work this way. This Comic Packs set has its moments, but you’ll likely only be interested in 50% of it 50% of the time, if you catch our drift.

Hasbro dug out the 2001 POTJ Chewbacca (Millennium Falcon Mechanic) figure and tried to make it fit in the Comic Packs line. Interestingly Hasbro etched a 2005 date stamp on the bottom of his foot so it makes us wonder if they did any tooling tweaks to it. Still, the figure fails terribly. Not only is Chewbacca much too lanky, he comes with extremely limited and prepositioned articulation that does nothing for the figure at all. The legs are sculpted in a “foot forward” motion and makes balancing it quite a task. And we’re not even certain that Hasbro nailed the color of Chewy’s fur from the comics onto the action figure with much accuracy at all. Chewbacca in Marvel Comics’ Star Wars series is very bulky and looks more like a sasquatch than a Wookiee. So a super tall and thin interpretation of him for this Comic Packs set just doesn’t really work that well. Despite the figure not being terrific, we can appreciate the paint job Hasbro has given it. There are multiple shades of brown and tan and it appears if Hasbro gave it a nice final wash as well. But it’s wasted on this sculpt. Great paint jobs can certainly enhance any action figure, but who really wants an action figure with this limited articulation.

Han Solo is actually quite good for an action figure. He feels a bit too short for a smuggler in stormtrooper disguise, but Hasbro used some of their best catalogue parts to bring us a well constructed kit-bashed figure. Unfortunately, they're not entirely compatible with each other. He borrows parts from 2004’s VOTC Han Solo figure 2004's VOTC Stormtrooper figure and the legs from 2006’s TSC Sandtrooper (SAGA 037) figure. Bu this time the figure comes with a newly revised torso. The figure is loaded with premium ball-jointed articulation which should elate collectors of all types. The ball-jointed torso is a little loose on our sample and it is sometimes hard to get Han Solo to stay in an upright and erect position. The legs from the 2006 TSC Sandtrooper (SAGA 037) figure are positioned much too closely together, so the included ball-jointed knees and swivel hips are nearly rendered useless as a result. And one last issue we take with the figure is that his hands are sculpted in a way where it’s very difficult to insert/place a weapon in them. Still, it’s wonderful to have an updated version of Han Solo in stormtrooper disguise. This set is a deal as far as cost goes, but you may want to wait until Han Solo comes by himself. But more importantly, we'll probably never understand why Hasbro felt this Comic Packs set was worthy to be considered for repackaging in the Legacy Collection.

Collector Notes

Chewbacca/Han Solo

Assortment Number: 87506/87504

UPC: 653569429104

Retail: $12.99 USD

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Chewbacca

Status: Chewbacca is a straight repack of the figure from 2006's TAC Chewbacca/Han Solo (No.03) Comic Packs set.

Articulation Count: 8 points (8 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: swivel neck (1) (inhibited movement), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel right elbow (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: bowcaster

Date Stamp: 2005

Han Solo

Status: Han Solo is a straight repack of the running change figure from 2006's TAC Chewbacca/Han Solo (No.03) Comic Packs set.

Articulation Count: 23 points (14 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: blaster pistol, removable helmet

Date Stamp: 2005



Legacy Collection Comic Packs Wave 1

Darth Vader/Rebel Officer (1)

Chewbacca/Han Solo (2)

Yuuzhan Vong/Kyle Katarn (3)

Borsk Fey'lya/Wedge Antilles (4)

Luke Skywalker/Deena Shan (5)

Ki-Adi-Mundi/Sharad Hett (6)

Lumiya/Luke Skywalker (7)

Darth Krayt/Sigel Dare (8)

Legacy Collection Comic Packs Wave 2

Clone Trooper/Clone Commander (9)

Clone Trooper Lieutenant/Clone Trooper (10)

Ulic Qel-Droma/Exar Kun (11)

T'ra Saa/Tholme (12)

Stormtrooper/Blackhole Hologram (13)

Legacy Collection Comic Packs Wave 3 (Entertainment Earth Exclusives)

Jarael/Rohlan Dyre (15)

Deliah Blue/Darth Nihl (16)

Baron Soontir Fel/Ysanne Isard (17)

Montross/Jaster Mereel (18)

Legacy Collection Comic Packs (Internet Exclusives)

Plourr Ilo/Dllr Nep

Legacy Collection Comic Packs (Walmart Exclusives)

IG97/Rom Mohc

Storm Commando/General Weir

Added: December 12, 2016
Category: Legacy Collection
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
Score:
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