STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Han Solo reinvents himself after leaving behind his old life. Now, Solo is growing increasingly comfortable traveling with law-benders and scoundrels.”
Yes, that’s right, the Solo product is finally here. And it arrived…with a bit of a whimper, really. Maybe I’ve just been more invested in the last three of these things, but the Solo product launch just kind of happened, low-key, with no announcements, no build-up, nothing. Well, I spent some time tracking down a handful of items for myself, and I’ll be looking at the Black Series release of the main character today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Han is part of the latest assortment of Star Wars: The Black Series figures, which officially started hitting stores last Friday. He’s numbered 62 and is one of four figures in the first assortment to be specifically from Solo. He’s the fourth Han in the line, and, of course, the first not to be based on Harrison Ford. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 26 points of articulation. Han’s articulation is some of the best we’ve seen in the line. Range of motion on the elbows is almost equivalent to a double-joint, and the posabilty of the ball jointed neck is downright astounding. Han gets an all-new sculpt, which at this point in the line is hardly a surprise. It’s definitely up to the line’s increasing standard of quality when it comes to sculpts. The details are all very crisp, and he looks quite a bit like Alden Ehrenreich. If I have one complaint about the sculpt, it’s that I’m not a huge fan of the non-dominant hands on these figures having this weird empty grip they’ve been going with as of late. Of course, that’s exceedingly minor. A good sculpt can still be brought down by bad paint, but I’m happy to say that isn’t the case on this figure. The Black Series figures have begun implementing the same face-printing technique that Marvel Legends has begun using on their MCU figures, an Han is my first figure from this line to feature it. I’m very happy with the end result; he looks very lifelike, and definitely avoids that sort of dead-ness that some of the earlier Black Series figures possessed. Moving past the face, they’ve even put some slight accenting on his hair (something that is far too often overlooked) and his jacket, thereby preventing him from being quite as bland as some of the figures in this line have ended up. Han’s only accessory is his DL-44 blaster pistol; it’s still a good piece, and this isn’t a huge change of pace from prior figures, so I can’t really complain.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I had plans for Friday morning when the Solo product hit, so I didn’t really have the chance to go out and look for it first thing. I instead settled for stopping at a Target on the way back from said plans, which is where I found this guy and…pretty much nothing else. So, this guy it was. I gotta say, while I liked the look of the figure in the package, I had no idea what I was getting into here. This is, hands down, the best Han Solo figure that Hasbro has produced to date. It’s just a little sad that it’s not actually a Harrison Ford Han Solo. If we don’t get a Bespin Han of equivalent quality to this one within the next year, I will be sincerely disappointed.