Solo (Echo Base Outfit)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2010*
* Wave 1 of The Vintage Collection was available at some retail stores as early as June 2010
Hasbro has the uncanny ability to find the most brief and obscure costume changes in the Star Wars films to make so many of our favorite characters and keep the line fresh and new. We of course love this because it adds so much diversity into our collections. While we wait and wait and wait for a modern and super-articulated update to the Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) vintage figure we need (and to which Hasbro says is coming shortly), they have managed to squeeze in a few other “holdover” choices in its place or to allow for more time in the interim until they can perfect it. (And they’ve also managed to rerelease the old 2001 Han Solo (Bespin Capture) figure as the 2009 LC Saga Legends Han Solo (SL16). But don’t let us get off track with that irritating mistake.) The 30 (77-07) line gave us the awesome (but very scene specific) Han Solo With Torture Rack (No. 38). It was a great choice and an awesome figure. But a Han Solo figure with fly away hair, a painful look on his face and an un-tucked shirt is hardly an acceptable update for the official Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) modern figure need. And we have also received quite a few different versions of the Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) figures too. But behold, Hasbro’s clever toy makers were clearly fixated on the Millennium Falcon “mechanic” scene where Chewbacca attempts to start up the engine on the massive vehicle which causes a small explosion and a lot of smoke and Han screams “Turn it off! Turn it off!” This is the only scene in the movie where you can find Han Solo in his Bespin outfit while wearing his Hoth parka coat. This mixed outfit is a version of Han Solo that we didn’t pick up on to be completely honest with you. But we couldn’t be more thrilled that the figure has received a coveted spot in the basic figure line.
For all intents and purposes, Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) is a retool of the 2008 TLC Han Solo (BD 1) figure. And while that particular figure is not one of our most favorites incarnations of Han Solo by any means, it’s reinvention into The Vintage Collection brings about a new appreciation of it for us. And we think it should have been reserved for the TVC figure first. It is important to note that the 2008 TLC figure also has its roots from the 2006 VTSC Han Solo (In Trench Coat) figure. Clearly Hasbro is making great use of their library of parts. Not too much has changed from the basic frame of the 2006 figure to this new one. But between the new paint jobs on the figure and belt, the newly added outer coat, the new arms and the newly tooled welding accessories, Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) brings a lot more new to the table than old. All the various parts work well together and besides a slightly awkward slant when standing, this Han Solo figure is quite an impressive visage. We have to remember that Hasbro still needs to find ways to contain costs periodically throughout the various Star Wars lines and this Han Solo figure was a perfect way to take advantage of this. And yet Hasbro has still made this figure look completely brand new. We are just thrilled with the final result. We don’t think of a better way that Hasbro could have used so many older parts and make something so incredible. And just because Hasbro reuses parts doesn’t mean that they don’t apply extra pizzazz into the parts they incorporate to make the new figure unique. If you look at Han’s coat, it is clearly one of the best designed accessories the line has seen. You’ll have to hold the figure in your hands to appreciate it.
Status: Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the legs and body from 2006's VTSC Han Solo (In Trench Coat) figure and the arms from 2007's TAC Han Solo With Torture Rack (No. 38) figure. Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) also comes with new head, outer coat and accessories.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed waist, 2 swivel legs, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: welding mask, welding torch, removable sleeveless outer coat, BlasTech DL-44 heavy blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 97571/97568
Retail: $7.99 USD
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