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Han Solo (In Trench Coat) - TSC - Vintage

Name: Han Solo (In Trench Coat)
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: N/A
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: April 2006
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars films that changed the universe forever, with The Saga 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 re-creations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. 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!

Probably one of the most underrated figures in the first wave of The Saga Collection's vintage-styled figure line was Han Solo (In Trench Coat). For some bizarre reason, he was the sole peg warmer of the group. And this is particularly interesting just for the fact that you needed to buy him to get the George Lucas (In Stormtrooper Disguise) figure. See, this was one of the earliest Ultimate Galactic Hunt promotions and Hasbro made it a bit difficult. Unlike the 2007 promotion when you could use the foil stickers from any vintage figure, the 2006 promotion required you to get one of every figure in order for your documents to be valid. (Editor’s Note: This sounds vaguely familiar folks, doesn’t it? Build A Droid was pretty much run the same way.) Still, there was good reason to pick up all of the 2006 vintage figures because they all contributed equally to balance out your collection with some really great figures. Han Solo (In Trench Coat) is one of our favorites, not only because it is made so well, but also because it updated a rather terrible 1997 The Power Of The Force figure. And interestingly, the best (and most accurate) figure before it was the 1984 vintage figure. Hasbro faithfully replicated the spirit of the 1984 figure while making it screen accurate and included a ton of articulation as well.

Han Solo (In Trench Coat) has the most wonderful soft-goods for an action figure we have seen in quite some time. The drape silhouettes his athletic frame quite well and the camouflage pattern just looks perfect. It has been woven from a fabric that has the feel of cotton and yet it has enough stiffness to maintain its shape and allow for some freeform manipulation for your posing needs. The trench coat is easily removable and what lies underneath is a spectacular work of action figure art. Aside from having a slightly barreled chest, Han Solo looks very sharp and very authentic to his movie appearance. While you may initially think he is just a retool of the 2004 VOTC Han Solo action figure, he actually is quite a bit more than that. He absolutely borrows that figure’s legs, but most everything else is all new. Many collectors believe that the head was also used from the 2004 VOTC Han Solo and while we see the similarities, we are inclined to believe they are different, even if only in the slightest way. Clearly the two different portraits have their own unique paint jobs, but we also notice some unavoidable differences in their sculpting as well.

Han Solo (In Trench Coat) is splendidly colored and we love the versatility in his articulation. Granted, this figure likes to move, so you may lose some patience getting him to stand just so. We recommend taking your time and getting it right because the final results are incredible. A figure that may just be the absolute definitive version, it may just be hard for Hasbro to beat this figure. (Editor’s Note: The Han Solo figure from the 2008 TLC Shield Generator Assault Battle Packs set may just be the slightly superior “Endor” Han Solo. We have taken the trench coat from the 2006 figure and placed it on this figure and we have to say it is overall a little bit more impressive.) The vintage-styled figure line from Hasbro has been so rewarding to hardcore and long term collectors. And many feel that not enough characters made it out in this premium line. But Hasbro did give us some great main/core characters, popular aliens and awesome army builders to round out this group and we think the selections have been ultimate perfection. Han Solo (In Trench Coat) is too a perfect candidate for the vintage line and he is also almost perfect as an action figure. This outfit has always been popular and you can now toss the 1997 figures away. This is where it’s at people. This is a great figure indeed!

Collector Notes

Han Solo (In Trench Coat)

Status: Han Solo (In Trench Coat) is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the legs from 2004's VOTC Han Solo figure. The rest of the figure is all-new.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: soft-goods trench coat, blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2004

Assortment Number: 87062/87129

UPC: 653569136883

Retail: $9.99 USD

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Added: May 26, 2010
Category: Saga Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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