STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
Continuing off of what I said about Leia and Han yesterday: given the sizeable role of Han in The Force Awakens, it was no shock that he was the first of the pair to get added to the toyline. It was a bit surprising that he was not offered in the higher-end 3 ¾ inch line, though. However, that’s something that Hasbro has now amended, if perhaps not quite in the way we were expecting.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Like Leia, Han was released in the fourth series of Walmart’s exclusive 3 ¾ inch Star Wars: The Black Series. This is the second Han in this line (though the first one was from Jedi) and the third Force Awakens Han overall. So, how is this not quite the Han we were expecting? Well, in case you hadn’t noticed, he’s wearing his cold weather gear, which Han has for (parts of) the attack on Starkiller Base. It’s not a look that he has for long, and it’s certainly less of a signature look than the black jacket. With that being said, it’s far less of an issue with Han than it was with Leia, since this isn’t Han’s first figure from TFA and it’s also not a bad look. The figure is about 4 inches tall and has 24 points of articulation. The sculpt isn’t quite as good as his 6-inch counterpart, but it’s not bad. The body definitely gets the best work, with tons of really great texturing on the jacket in particular. I’m also glad that the holster can be plugged and unplugged from his leg, allowing for some additional movement that the prior Han did not. I’m having trouble seeing much Harrison Ford in the head, but I think that may have more to do with paint than anything else. Structurally, the head sculpt doesn’t look too far off from the 6-inch version, which was pretty good. So, about that paint. It could definitely be better. The body isn’t bad, but the head is a bit of a mess. Ignoring the brown hair (which seems to be a licensing thing), the application on the eyes is just off. They’re not properly placed and they’re at least twice as big as they should be. Han’s definitely got the crazy eyes going on. The brown hair and larger eyes also have the misfortune of making him look far younger than he should, which is not what you want from an old-man Han. Han includes his blaster pistol, which is nicely sculpted and very well painted.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Just as with Leia, I didn’t find Han at any of the Walmarts near me. In fact, I didn’t find him at all: Super Awesome Girlfriend did! Han’s a figure that could definitely use some improvement. He had a high bar to clear after the truly amazing 6-inch Han, and he didn’t quite do it. That being said, he’s certainly not a bad figure. I’d be curious to see if a better paint job could breathe some new life into him.