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General Lando Calrissian - TVC - Basic (VC47)

Name: General Lando Calrissian
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC47
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: March 2011
License: Hasbro

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One thing we absolutely adore about The Vintage Collection is seeing the original 92 (there are at least 100) vintage Kenner figure updated and placed on the gorgeous packaging. While Hasbro has introduced the Prequel Trilogy into this collection (and it has been a pleasure to get so many characters from Episode II and Episode III into the line), Hasbro has been reluctant to reintroduce the original 1985 The Power Of The Force collection packaging. We sort of understand why. They don’t want to bring back the expensive-to-make coins again, but perhaps there were some other workarounds they could have done (like maybe use the episode specific Saga Legends coins from 2007 instead of character specific coins) to ensure that the figures that make up the rare 15 figures from of old get released in their original manner. But that’s not what Hasbro decided and we have to tell you that it is indeed a minor let down. The very first (one of the original 15) The Power Of The Force figure to be introduced into The Vintage Collection is General Lando Calrissian. And yes, Hasbro couldn’t even keep the name the same. If you remember, this figure was originally called Lando Calrissian (General Pilot) and we're not sure why the sudden revision here. Another change they made was the name pill and figure background color was changed from teal blue to orange and we also find this a little bit odd. Thankfully however, where Hasbro lacked in killing nostalgia, they more than made up for with a brilliant sculpt and awesome design for Lando. This is a great action figure. His head sculpt may initially strike you as bizarre, but it will grow on you. We are disappointed that Hasbro messed up his mustache. It's two separate pieces, left and right, and something they got right on older action figures. It seems like they got a little bit lazy on this release. Despite this, we now have a definitive version of General Lando Calrissian (despite a few small issues).

It’s unreal that 7 years have passed since the last release of Lando in this outfit. While it was reissued in the fan favorite Original Trilogy Collection, Lando Calrissian (Death Star Attack) ('04 #21) made its debut in 2004’s Star Wars line. Limited with not-so-good articulation and a plastic-molded cape which prevented the figure from moving well, Lando Calrissian was almost in need of a resculpt as soon as he was released. (That may be too strong of a statement, but hopefully you'll know what we mean.) Maybe we should put things into better perspective because there was actually a worse version of him that was released in the Freeze Frame phase of The Power Of The Force collection. So we have come far with each release. Moving along, General Lando Calrissian brings new things to the table for the very first time and these things should show to action figure collectors that Hasbro has once again delivered an incredible product for us to savor in our collections. General Lando Calrissian is super-articulated. And the icing on the cake is that he comes with ball-jointed hips (really unexpected for this character). This is not too shabby for someone that just really stands near and then sits in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. (Although, he did dance with the Ewoks in this outfit, didn’t he?) But between the inclusion of many premium articulation points, Lando Calrissian has a whole new body shape in the basic figure line. While we absolutely adore this figure, we are worried that the older versions we have including 2004’s VOTC Lando Calrissian and 2007’s TAC Lando Calrissian In Smuggler Outfit (No. 39) may not look right in a lineup along with this figure. His head is much narrower and he is significantly slenderer. This may not be the worst thing in the world (that he doesn’t match in stature to the older figures) as Hasbro will have to update the others at a later date.

Lando Calrissian comes with a gorgeous soft-goods cape that is extra long. But the elastic strap that holds it up onto his body is much too thick and has too much slack so the cape hangs too low off the shoulders. If you look at any movie stills that contain Lando in this outfit, you’ll immediately notice that the cape falls right below the collar. On the action figure, it will fall to right above the shoulders. Hasbro would have been best advised to use a plastic clasp or binder to hold the cape closer to his body. Since nearly all figures come with ball-socket head joints anymore, it would have been easy to pop off his head to remove it. Anyway, we don’t mean to come across so critical because we love this figure. And there is a lot to be thrilled with here. Lando also comes with a holdout pistol and this gun can be housed in a removable holster that drapes across his chest. Previous versions didn’t have a removable holster. This is a very nice touch on the figure. The paint job on the figure is excellent. It seems that for the first time Hasbro has nailed the paint operations exquisitely. The yellow blood stripes running down the outside of his legs are fantastic and the light blue pants with the two toned tan upper body just look remarkable. With the advent of technology, Hasbro has added incredibly detailed gadgets that we haven’t really paid close attention to until now, like his wrist commlink and pouches on his belt. These were there on older versions, but they just look better now obviously. General Lando Calrissian has a powerfully strong connection to the vintage era. As one of the original “rare” The Power Of The Force figures, he holds extra strong interest in the collecting community. This is absolutely Hasbro’s best effort making him to date and we of course couldn’t be happier having him in our collection. We would however love to see the return of The Power Of The Force card back artwork before The Vintage Collection goes away.

Collector Notes

General Lando Calrissian

Status: General Lando Calrissian is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

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

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: soft-goods cape, holster, pistol

Date Stamp: 2011

Assortment Number: 28439/97568

UPC: 653569622178

Retail: $8.99 USD

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General Lando Calrissian

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Added: March 11, 2011
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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