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The Black Series [Phase III]

Han Solo - TBS [P3] - Titanium Series (05)

Name: Han Solo
Collection: The Black Series [Phase III]
Number: 05
Scale: Titanium Series
Source: A New Hope
Availability: May 2017
License: Hasbro

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Smuggler, Scoundrel, Hero. Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, was one of the great leaders of the Rebel Alliance.

Happy 40th Anniversary 3.75” Star Wars collectors! To celebrate four decades of the film that started it all, Hasbro felt 3.75” Titanium Series action figures with minimal articulation and lousy paint jobs should tide you over until they never make them for The Vintage Collection line. Five characters from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, including Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, and Han Solo won out amongst the others. And Hasbro produced them in 3.75” scale, but under the Titanium Series banner instead. Die-cast metal action figures already failed. During The Saga Collection and the 30 (77-07) lines, Hasbro produced a collection of 3.75” metal action figures (also called the Titanium Series). They introduced bounty hunter and troop builders in the line, but they couldn’t save it. The line was abruptly canceled, and about a half of a dozen figures never made it out. A decade later, Hasbro once again steps into the pool of Titanium Series, only to release five more characters that no one wants. Han Solo finishes up the first wave of 2017 Titanium Series 3.75” figures.

Most of the figures in the Titanium Series line come dreadfully painted, and Han Solo is no exception. Hasbro utilized a considerable amount of half-toning to give the figure detail. But it comes across as odd when looking at the figure carefully. The paint operations aren’t messy or bleeding; they’re not applied well. That’s the problem here. Hasbro positioned Han Solo in an action-oriented pose. The arms extend in a fight or flight mode, and the right hand accommodates the included DL-44 blasters: one standard and one with a translucent red blaster effect. Han Solo has highlighted brown hair, blue eyes, and pasty skin. It’s a fair likeness of the on-screen character, but we believe the sculpt is better than the pain operations make it appear. The colorful side of the display stand features a picture of the Millennium Falcon with the ramp down. The whole presentation imitates the card act of the vintage Kenner figure. Han Solo looks excellent displayed in front of it, but you’re stuck with limited options for posing the figure. And there is no lower body movement at all.

Hasbro officially confirmed the Titanium Series line at 2017’s New York International Toy Fair. JTA revealed all of the figures in a series of teasers and rumor reports months before that. While not ideal, it may not be fair to dismiss the line as an utter and complete waste of time for Star Wars collectors. Now, there are plenty of things that not too many people will be able to overlook, like the lack of articulation and the medium from which they’re produced (metal). Han Solo has a dynamic pose, minimal articulation, and complementary accessories that interact with the figure well. All figures in this line come with a display stand. In our opinion, this line’s selling point is the display stand, which breaks down into base and backdrop. The backdrop is reversible, and the reverse side features a silver and black image of the character. It’s designed with an artistic interpretation of Han Solo. Admittedly, the display stand looks lovely. The set also comes with four removable footpegs. Oh, and for articulation, the head sculpt moves via ball-socket articulation, and the rest of the figure is ball-jointed and swivel articulation. The MSRP is $14.99.

Collector Notes

Han Solo

Status: Han Solo is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 8 points (6 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1)

Accessory Count: 8

Accessory Details: blaster, blaster with effect, display stand (base and reversible backdrop), 4 foot pegs

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: C1860/C1857

UPC: 630509536542

Retail: $14.99 USD

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The Black Series [Phase III] Titanium Series Wave 1

Darth Vader (01)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (02)

Luke Skywalker (03)

Princess Leia Organa (04)

Han Solo (05)

Added: May 31, 2020
Category: Black Series [Phase III], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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