BOBA FETT & HAN SOLO
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
We’re starting to wind down on the Star Wars: The Last Jedi stuff. Yesterday’s Finn review marked the last of the actual Last Jedi offerings I’ll be reviewing (at least in this round of stuff), but as with every new Star Wars release, there’s a healthy helping of items based on prior films. As TLJ is the second film in this new trilogy, they’re putting out more than a few items based on the Original Trilogy’s second part, Empire Strikes Back. I’ll be taking a look at Hasbro’s latest versions of Han Solo and Boba Fett from that film today!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Han and Boba were released in the two-pack assortment of The Last Jedi figures, alongside the previously reviewed Rey and Elite Praetorian Guard pairing. This is one of the two ESB-themed items in the initial product launch.
They just can’t keep the Fett-man down, can they? If the Star Wars toyline went too long without at least one Fett, it would surely collapse into some sort of null field of pointlessness, right? Fett’s the glue that holds the fandom together! Gotta keep those Fett-fans happy. Or something like that. Anyway, this new figure stands just shy of 4 inches tall and has the standard 5 points of articulation. Now, after years and years of lots of nearly identical Boba Fetts, you might be wondering what sets this guy apart from the pack. He’s an all-new sculpt, and it may well be the best sculpt we’ve ever seen on a Boba Fett figure. It’s at least the best small-scale Boba we’ve gotten. The last 5POA Boba I looked at had a number of issues that prevented him from being the best he could be, but this figure really tackles a lot of the issues I had with that and a lot of the other 5POA figures head on. One big issue I’ve had with a lot of the basic figures is the rigidity of their poses. This figure fixes that, giving Boba a slightly offset balancing of his weight. It’s effectively still a straight standing pose, but it adds just a little more character, and makes him look a touch more human. It also resembles the pose Boba had in the initial promo shots from Empire, which is a fun bit of nerdy trivia. The sculpt also gives us a very nice take on Boba’s armor, with all of the details being sharply defined, and nicely recreated. The head’s definitely my favorite part, as it’s easily one of the best Fett helmet sculpts ever produced. It’s a spot-on recreation, and I just really love it. Boba’s sculpt is aided by a pretty awesome paint job, which follows the trend of improvement on Hasbro’s part. The paint is clean and sharp for the most part, and there are a lot of really nice details. There are a few details missing, but mostly minor stuff, and he looks far better than some of the earlier figures. Fett is packed with his large blaster, his small blaster, and a big bulky thing that replicates his flamethrower. Both the figure and the big bulky thing are ForceLink compatible, but as of yet I don’t have anyway to figure out how to test the sounds they make.
Han was actually completely absent from the product launch for The Force Awakens, so it’s a little bit amusing that he’s included this time around, despite not being in the movie (well, at least as far as we know). This guy’s sporting Han’s spiffy jacketed look from Empire, which is my favorite look for the character, and which seems to be less common than you’d hope when it comes to toys (seriously, how do we not have this look in The Black Series yet?). The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and has 5 points of articulation. No real surprises there. At first glance, this figure’s sculpt looks to have some parts in common with the Force Awakens figure. An actual comparison of the two figures reveals that there are no parts actually shared between the two, but they appear to at the very least have started from the same basic source files. Not gonna lie, this figure’s far from perfect. One of the things that makes the jacketed look my favorite for Han is how sharp he looks, but this figure ends up looking a little bit schluby. The real culprit behind this is the waist. The waist is too low, which in turn makes the jacket too long, which has the illusion of making his arms look too short and gives him the appearance of his gut having out over his belt. If the waist were a quarter of an inch higher, the figure would look a bit better. The likeness on the head also isn’t one of Hasbro’s better Harrison Fords. From some angles it’s manageable, but from others he barely even looks human. It definitely feels like they took their old Han sculpt from TFA and tried to de-age it, which hasn’t quite worked. On the plus side of things Han’s jacket’s pretty nicely detailed, and I appreciate the texturing on the stripes on his pants. The paint on Han is kind of “meh”. It’s okay in some spots, but there’s more noticeable slop here than on other recent figures, and worst of all, his got weird placement on his eyes, which just throws the whole figure off. I hate when that happens. Han’s packed with his blaster, which can be placed in the holster if you so choose. I was happy to see it was actually the correct version that he carries in Empire, not just re-used from a prior Han.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like Finn, I didn’t grab this set on Force Friday. I had seen it beforehand, and I mostly checked out the Han figure, who left me kind of cold, and mostly ignored the Boba Fett, since the Saga Legends Fett did nothing for me. So, on Friday I focused on the TLJ stuff and left this behind. Then I saw some photos online, and realized what an improvement Fett was, and slightly regretted not grabbing them. When my Target re-stoked the basic figures, they also marked the two-packs down a bit, so I got these two alongside Finn. Boba’s fantastic. He’s rivaled only by the 6-inch Black Series figure in terms of coolness. Han’s okay. Far from the worst Han Solo figure, but nothing particularly amazing, which is a shame, since I’m always eager to get a new Bespin Han. Alas, I’ll just have to hang in there for the next version. This one will do until then.