HAN SOLO – CANTINA
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (HASBRO)
“Inside Mos Eisley’s cantina, Han Solo just negotiated a lucrative deal to transport two men to Alderaan – enough to pay off his debt to crimelord Jabba the Hutt. But it’s too late: bounty hunter Greedo has come to collect – though all the Rodian gets is a shot to the chest from Solo’s blaster.”
Towards the end of their run with Power of the Force II Hasbro officially started putting their name on the line, and also used this as sort of an excuse to circle back around and give us new and improved standard versions of the main characters. After going a whole year with no Han Solo figures (which seems downright crazy if you ask me), they offered up a brand new figure of him in his classic smuggler’s outfit from A New Hope.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cantina Han Solo was released in the 1999 assortment of Power of the Force II figures. He was designed specifically to go with a new version of Greedo, and is meant to directly recreate Han from the encounter with Greedo in the Mos Eisley Cantina. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 10 points of articulation. He had knee joints! You can’t begin to imagine how big a deal that was back in ’99. It was all so that he could sit at a booth at the cantina. A non-existent booth, but hey, that’s not the point. Han’s sculpt is one of the finest the POTF2 line had to offer. His proportions are actually pretty realistic, he’s slightly pre-posed but not extremely so, and he’s even got a pretty decent Harrison Ford likeness. The detail work on his clothing, the shirt in particular, is quite impressively handled. I also really like the posturing of his hands; it adds a lot of life and character to the figure. Han’s paintwork is all pretty standard fare, but it’s still pretty good. It’s all pretty cleanly applied, and matches up pretty well with the movie. Han is packed with his usual blaster (which was notably less over-scaled than prior versions). Also, as a 1999 release, he was part of the whole CommTech venture, so he comes with a CommTech stand. I never actually got the reader, but it still works well as a somewhat unique looking stand, so there’s that.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I remember getting this guy with some money I’d gotten for my 7th birthday. My parents took me out to Toys R Us to use the money, and this guy was amongst the figures I bought. I’m not entirely sure why, but I just liked him for whatever reason. To this day, he remains perhaps my favorite Han Solo figure in my collection, and definitely one of my favorite Power of the Force II figures. He holds up quite well!