Collection: Legacy Collection
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2009
Han Solo never intended to join the Rebel Alliance, but circumstances threw him into the battle. His breath mask provides him with oxygen while on an asteroid, where he has landed the Millennium Falcon to hide from the Empire and make repairs to his ship.
In the 2009 Legacy Collection Saga Legends line, Hasbro decided to show some love for The Empire Strikes Back and released one really awesome and one really terrible figure in it. The awesome figure was Chewbacca (SL15) [Mynock Hunt] which sported a great paint job and marked the first time this figure was included with a gas mask. The terrible figure is the figure the subject of today’s review. Much to the chagrin of [nearly all] collectors, Hasbro dusted off the outdated Han Solo (Bespin Capture) figure from the 2000 Power Of The Jedi line to include in the modern Saga Legends line. Ironically, Han Solo (Bespin Capture) was the groundbreaking figure of the POTJ as it was the first figure to sport a “ball jointed” shoulder (which was also carried forward into other figures later in the line). But time wasn't too kind to this figure and it looks a lot more like a good POTF2 figure than a defining POTJ figure like say Tessek or FX-7. To make matters worse, Hasbro decided to make him different enough from the original release, so if you are a one-of-every-figure collector, then this is another to add to your list.
Han Solo has a few changes from the 2000 Power Of The Jedi figure. First, his gone is no longer gray and has been cast in black. It appears to be the same exact mold however. The color blue that has been used to color his sleeves as well as dye the plastic molded vest is in a different and darker shade of blue for this release. And lastly, the rather bright yellow blood stripe has been eliminated in favor of a more natural (and screen inaccurate) appearance. And while this is qualitatively our own opinion here, we think the paint job of the face was much better in 2000 than it is in 2009. The gas mask accessory makes this figure specific to the mynock hunt scene while landed in the space slug, so we think this action figure qualifies as “new enough”. We have been clamoring for a new Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) for quite a while now, but this certainly wasn’t the way to deliver him. And while an all-new version is inevitable in the very near future, we would have rather seen a more modern updated figure thrown into the Saga Legends line than this figure.
Status: Han Solo is a repaint of 2000's POTJ Han Solo (Bespin Capture) figure and now includes a breath mask in place of binders.
Articulation Count: 8 points
Articulation Details: swivel neck, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: breath mask, blaster pistol, removable "vest"
Date Stamp: 2000
Assortment Number: 93248/87995
Retail: $7.99 USD
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