Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 1
Source: Expanded Universe (Return Of The Jedi Deleted Scene)
Availability: July 2008
With the help of his friends, Han has freed himself from Jabba the Hutt and a grisly death in the Sarlacc Pit. As he and his companions walk through the desert to the Millennium Falcon, they must fight their way through a fierce Tatooine sandstorm.
The very first figure in The Legacy Collection was a bit of a disappointment for us. Don't get us wrong, we were thrilled to finally have three figures from that most elusive deleted sandstorm scene from Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi, but the final product in this case just didn't come out that great. Han Solo is super-articulated, but you'd be surprised that this does very little for his overall aesthetic. It doesn't help him stand up any better and no matter how much we 'play' with him, he just won't stand in a natural pose. And though we truly do intend not to pontificate here, this is really just the start of the problems. This action figure suffers from a disproportionate frame because he has a large barrel chest coupled with very skinny (and almost pre-positioned) legs. Additionally, his arms are nearly impossible to lay flat against his body so his arms constantly remain at a bizarre 20 degree angle. In an age when Hasbro's standards are exceptionally high, we don't understand why they let this egregious error slip by and release a figure with this big of a weakness. And while you're ready to ask if the problems stop here, we unfortunately have to answer that question with a resounding 'no'. His head joint is rendered useless because of his scarf severely limiting any movement and it will pop off if it is attempted to be twisted or turned. This again is completely unacceptable, especially for action figures that cost over $8.00 after tax now.
There are however, some good points to this figure. His coloring is spot on and although some additional dirty marks would have made him perfect, his scarf looks good enough to overlook the mostly clean figure. After being sandblasted by the storm, Han Solo should be anything but clean-looking. And even though Hasbro started off making this figure with a fairly good template (the 2006 VTSC Han Solo (In Trench Coat) figure), it didn't translate well into this figure. If you remember, the 2006 figure didn't look that great either once his trench coat was removed as his legs were much to thin for his body among other issues. Han Solo's new head sculpt is not terrible, but we're not sure if it has the best expression we have received of the character. There have certainly been worse Han Solo head sculpts in the past, so we can't be too critical about this one except that he looks a little confused. We will however be very critical about his waist joint. It is just plain annoying. It is very loose (on our sample) and it seems that is should move at the belt line, but it doesn't. And when you turn Han over to view his back, there is a big hole visible from the rear due to the inherent nature of the joint. It only disappears when he is bent to lean back at a very awkward angle. This is quite a shame. It may be worth your while to see if the head scarf on this figure would look better on the VTSC Han Solo (In Trench Coat) figure because that one is definitely the superior figure.
Status: Han Solo is a retool of 2006's VTSC Han Solo (In Trench Coat) figure with an all-new head and accessories.
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: 3
Accessory Details: blaster pistol, goggles, scarf
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: R4-D6 left leg
Date Stamp: 2006
Assortment Number: 87673/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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