HAN SOLO IN CARBONITE
STAR WARS: THE POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“After escaping from Imperial forces in the Hoth system, Han Solo and Princess Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO, landed the damaged Millenium Falcon on Bespin’s Cloud City for repairs. The four put their trust in the city’s administrator, Lando Calrissian, unaware of the dangers awaiting them. A dashing ex-gambler and long time acquaintance of Solo’s, Calrissian had grudgingly made an agreement with Darth Vader to betray Solo and his friends. In return, the band would be set free once their capture had lured Luke Skywalker into Vader’s grasp. The Dark Lord had no intention of keeping any promises: on his order a carbonite freezing chamber was modified for use on humans, especially Luke Skywalker, to render him helpless for safe delivery to the Emperor. To test the chamber, Solo was frozen and then turned over to the Bounty Hunter Boba Fett. for delivery to the crimelord Jabba the Hutt. He became the favorite decoration in Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine, until a daring rescue attempt led by Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia freed Han and returned him to the enduring cause of the Rebel Alliance.”
Man, they went all out on that bio, didn’t they. Not much need for me to add anything, so here’s a Han Solo figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Han Solo in Carbonite was originally released in 1996, as part of that year’s first assortment of Star Wars: The Power of the Force II figures. The figure saw a number of re-releases over the course of the line’s run, and is one of the more common figures out there from the line. He stands about 4 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation. Han is depicted here just after being freed from his frozen carbonite prison at the beginning of Return of the Jedi. We can tell he’s an “after carbonite” figure from his lack ofthe shackles he had in Empire. Technically, I guess the hair could also be a tell, but all of the early PotF2 Hans had the exact same hair anyway. The head is the same one used for all the other Han figures from this line (well, barring the final one from just before the end), which doesn’t have much in the way of a Harrison Ford likeness. At least they were keeping it consistent. The rest of the figure’s sculpt was new to him. He’s still got the really exaggerated proportions and super tight clothing, but is otherwise one of the tamest sculpts to come out of this line. He’s pretty much just in a basic standing pose, with no goofy mid-step thing or oddly bent arms. The one main inaccuracy that stuck out at me was the shirt, which follows the pattern of his A New Hope shirt, rather than the more detailed ones from Empire and Jedi. It’s far from the worst mistake, and 9 out of 10 people wouldn’t notice it, but I am that tenth person. The paintwork on Han is about on par with the rest of the line. It’s fairly basic and the colors aren’t terribly thrilling, but it gets the job done. Han’s main accessory is, of course, the carbonite block. It’s a pretty cool piece; the front is a pretty faithful recreation of the movie prop, and the flip side is hollow, with a clip at waist height, allowing for the figure to be placed on the underside. Han also includes a small blaster, patterned on the one he uses to save Lando from the Sarlac.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This version of Han was the second Hon Solo I owned, following the mail-away Stormtrooper disguise figure. He was procured on a trip with my grandmother, I think, though I’m not 100% sure on that. It’s irrelevant at this point, because I don’t own the figure anymore. I rather foolishly sold it about 15 years ago, on the basis that I already owned other Hans, which doesn’t even makes sense to me anymore. The figure you see in this review is a replacement, which, like the last several PotF2 figures I’ve reviewed, was picked up during the Farpoint charity auction. This figure’s actually a bit better than I remember him being, and is probably the best of the Hans from early in this line (though the later ones kind of surpassed all the others). Not bad at all.