STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
Today marks another Star Wars: The Black Series review. This is a great line, and it’s steadily becoming one of my favorites. This time around, I’ll be looking at my personal favorite figure from the line: Han Solo. Han is of course the last piece of the main trio, and is my favorite character of the three, so there’s a lot riding on this figure. Does it deliver? Well, yeah.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Han was released as part of the second series of Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series line. Like the others in the line, he’s got a figure number, #008. Han is presented in his main look from the first Star Wars movie (The real one). It’s a good choice because it’s probably the look most people think of when they think of the character. He stands just about 6 inches tall, and features roughly 25 points of articulation. Han features a brand new sculpt. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn good. With one or two exceptions, the articulation is integrated well into the sculpt, a great improvement over Leia. His arms seem a bit too skinny, and I think the neck may be just a smidge too long, but with decent posing, neither of these issues is overly noticeable. The paint is really the figure’s weakest point. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t do much to bring out the sculpt. In particular, I feel like the likeness on the head sculpt would be better with a more complimentary paint job. As it stands, it looks the slightest bit off. Don’t get me wrong, it’s obvious who it’s meant to be, but it could be phenomenal with the proper paint. On the flip side, the highlight of the figure is his accessories. Decent accessories tend to be a rarity these days, but Han seems to have lucked out, with his trusty blaster pistol, a spare set of gloved hands, his regular belt, and the belt and blaster he stole from a Stormtrooper on the Death Star. The accessories are all really great, and allow you to display with just about every look he has over the course of the film.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
In my previous two SW:TBS reviews, I’ve used this section to express some conflict between my feelings of the source material and the quality of the figures. Not this time. This figure is pretty much everything I wanted from the line when it was announced. He’s a really great figure all around, and really shows off where this line can shine. Plus, he’s Han Solo. How can you not?