Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 31
Source: A New Hope
Availability: February 2009
Han Solo thinks this whole plan to save a princess from her Imperial captors is a very bad idea, but he changes his mind when Luke Skywalker says that there might be a large financial reward for the one who rescues her.
Is it really possible that we didn’t get our first Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise) basic figure until 2009? Wow! That is not to say that Han Solo didn’t receive his fair share of releases in other places in the toy line including some appearances in the Comic Packs, miscellaneous multipacks, Cinema Scenes, and many other sub lines. But it wasn’t until The Legacy Collection that we got him on a single basic figure card back. Good things certainly come to those who wait, because this Han Solo figure is excellent and long overdue. It is nice to get a movie accurate version of him with super-articulation (and without blue washes). If you have read our Luke Skywalker [Stormtrooper Disguise] Research Droids Review, you will remember that we commented that Luke is a bit shorter than Han. This makes for incredible authenticity to the film and proper scale and is something that is at the forefront of Hasbro’s minds in this modern era. We are extremely thankful for the attention to this particular detail. And while the parts to both Luke and Han are nothing new to the collective whole, the overall product is simply a pleasure. Even the Stormtrooper body that we're not crazy about seems to work better for Han Solo than other figures. Interesting how that works, isn't it?
Does the figure have small issues? Of course, but not enough to make us feel that it is inferior or not worthy of purchase. Although we are very happy to receive almost any figure with 23 points of articulation or more, many of these joints can be rendered useless if one point is inhibiting movement of all the others. For example, Han Solo’s legs are very close together, and though he has both knee and ankle joints, the width between his legs cannot be changed or altered width-wise due to the one range of motion swivel joints are capable of executing, Han can't be posed in many different ways unfortunately. Does this hinder the quality of the figure a little bit? Yes. Is it worth skipping over him because of this? No. The hip ball joints (as seen utilized on both 2008’s TAC Commander Gree (08 03) (and subsequent TLC reissues) and 2004’s VOTC Luke Skywalker (in addition to 2009’s TLC Luke Skywalker (BD 38) figure) are really necessary for the Stormtrooper/Clone Trooper sculpt (and those disguised in them too). We are really hoping that Hasbro will develop a template for both so that we can start getting the definitive versions of all in the near future. This clearly should not be cost-prohibitive to Hasbro, imagine how many extra troop builders collectors would buy if we had, say for example, a hip ball jointed Stormtrooper figure? Oh, we are drooling already! If this type of joint can be added into the super-articulated mold, it will make the ultimate figure. We beg Hasbro not to be penny wise and pound foolish here.
Status: Han Solo is a slight retool of the figure from 2007's TAC Chewbacca/Han Solo (No. 04) Comic Packs multipack. This time the figure comes with a new belt and has been repainted.
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: removable helmet, BlasTech E-11 blaster pistol, removable thermal detonator
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: R5-A2 right leg
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 87835/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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