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Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) - TVC - Basic (VC50)

Name: Han Solo (Bespin Outfit)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC50
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: June 2011
License: Hasbro

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It only took exactly 30 years, but we finally have our definitive update to the vintage Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) figure. Although he technically isn’t 100% perfect, he is indeed one of the most anticipated figures collectors have been waiting for a definitive update to because it’s one outfit that Hasbro has ignored for such a long time. (And we had our share of many unacceptable placeholders for way too long like the 2007 TAC Han Solo With Torture Rack figure and the incessant repacks of the 2001 POTJ figure. Sorry, we're just not crazy about that figure. We know a lot of you like that one a lot.) But our assertion that the new 2011 figure is definitive should clearly apprise you of the fact that Hasbro has done a remarkable job with this recent The Vintage Collection entry and we are so extremely thrilled with how it came out. Hasbro gave us a cool yet bizarre Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) (VC03) figure in the first wave of The Vintage Collection and before we took a moment to appreciate it, we rolled our eyes and asked ourselves how much longer were they going to make us wait before making an update to that classic vintage figure. We really just had to wait slightly under 365 days (almost a year to the day to be quite frank with you) to finally get that perfected Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) action figure and we can absolutely confirm that the long wait has been more than worth it. Trust us when we tell you that you’re going to have to overlook some of the fine detail errors because to not appreciate just how remarkable of a figure this is would be probably the single most egregious mistake you’ll ever make as a collector. Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) warmed our hearts in the same way that Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) (VC04) did, perhaps more so since we had to wait so much longer for an update. From the proportions of his body to the likeness of his portrait, this new Han Solo figure is the reason why we collect. It’s just simply impressive how Hasbro can capture so much in a 3.75” action figure anymore. And Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) should prove to you why the Star Wars line is still the best toy line to throw your money at and collect.

We should probably address the few flaws this figure has so we can move right along and jump into explaining why it may be one of the best figures of the year! We initially didn’t want to waste space here complaining at all about Han Solo (Bespin Capture), but it’s probably still worth mentioning how he could absolutely be made flawless. Han Solo’s holster is not entirely correct. Remember how Hasbro updated 2011’s TVC Jango Fett (VC34) figure by painting straps around the thighs where the bottom of the holster lies against the leg? Well, they missed this detail on Han Solo and below the belt he is a little too reminiscent of his appearance in A New Hope. This really isn’t a deal breaker for us but we understand why this would upset other collectors. (But keep in mind this figure still looks absolutely incredible!) We think that the use of ball-jointed hips wasn’t ideal here, but it looks much better on Han Solo than it does on Lando Calrissian. The hips and legs are borrowed from 2011’s TVC General Lando Calrissian (VC47) and it's a shame that this enhanced articulation doesn’t work the way you would want ball-jointed hips to as they create a curvy and slightly awkward silhouette. To be honest with you, Han Solo at certain angles looks to be a little bit too “hippy” (especially from the backside). (This is very minor, but noticeable if you look for it.) But pretty much everything else with Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) is pure perfection. One of the best parts about getting this figure in 2011 is its packaging. To get the consummate Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) in reproduction packaging like the way he very first came to us in 1981 is something too spectacular for words. The Vintage Collection packaging is a huge part of the Star Wars collecting experience and Hasbro is giving us some incredible updates from the original line long ago. A figure this well-made is more than worth the upwards of $10 (or more) you are going to have to pay for it. You know how powerful nostalgia is.

Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) has incredible articulation and can pretty much be posed in any manner you wish. Leaning, stepping forward, bending over and standing at attention are just some of the multiple options you’ll have with this figure. Han Solo has ball-joints pretty much everywhere except the waist, wrists and hips, so you can imagine what flexibility he has. And the articulation is really only the tip of the iceberg. Small things like his opened up navy blue jacket showing the white undershirt beneath and the flawlessly painted yellow blood stripes running up his legs are executed with precision that we have come to expect as a collecting people, yet looks refreshingly new since it is done with such relative ease. And sometimes we take for granted how sublime these details make the action figures look so good. The color palette used to decorate him is also near perfection, except the ankle joints have been cast in brown and it looks a little odd when his boots are black. (But we have been used to these mismatches for years.) Why can’t Hasbro get this right? It seems like it would be a simple quality control fix. Collectors may be on the fence with Han Solo’s likeness, but we adore it and do not think Hasbro could have made it any better. Our particular sample has a little bit of bleeding in the white of his eyes and it’s something that we don’t think is typical. It could even be specific to our sample (and perhaps even some others). He’s well accessorized and comes with the goggles and welding tool he used to try to fix the Millennium Falcon while they tried to flee the Imperials directly after the Battle of Hoth as well as his signature blaster. Han Solo (Bespin Capture) will rank as on of the best figures in The Vintage Collection. Trust us on this one. This is one figure you’ll definitely need to own.

Collector Notes

Han Solo (Bespin Outfit)

Status: Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the hips and legs of 2011's TVC General Lando Calrissian (VC47) with an all-new upper body. The lower body works much better on Han Solo than it did for Lando Calrissian.

Articulation Count: 14 points

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

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: blaster pistol, welding goggles, welding tool

Date Stamp: 2011

Assortment Number: 28618/97568

UPC: 653569622260

Retail: $8.99 USD

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Han Solo (Bespin Outfit)

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Added: July 6, 2011
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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