HAN SOLO’S LAND SPEEDER (w/ HAN SOLO)
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (HASBRO)
“Han is cagey about where he scored this overpowered M-68 land speeder, saying little beyond that its previous owner no longer had need of it. The M-68 is a design from the ancient Core World of Corellia, now a principal starship production facility for the Galactic Empire.”
This week sees the release of the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story. The film’s been the source of its share of controversy since day 1, with its entire premise being based around re-casting a very prominent pop-culture icon. The firing of its initial directors a good way into production didn’t help either. Of course, the replacement director is Ron Howard, and he’s pretty top-notch, so I’m trying to go in with an open mind. Anyway, I’ve got some of the toys, and I’m kicking things off with the main man himself and one of his vehicles.
THE VEHICLE ITSELF
Since he doesn’t yet have the Falcon at the time of this new movie, Han’s got a few different toys. If Star Wars has taught us anything, it’s that before a main character can get a space ship, they have to have a land speeder of some sort. Han gets one that’s more of a sports car than the one that we saw Luke driving in the first movie, but that sort of fits his character, right? Anyway, Han’s Speeder was part of the new Solo product launch, as a mid-sized vehicle (it’s at the same price point as the A-Wing and Canto Bight Police Speeder from The Last Jedi). There’s less assembly on this guy than on other vehicles, with just the back tail fin needing to be popped into place. The speeder measures 9 1/2 inches long by 5 inches wide. It’s got no articulated parts, not even the steering wheel, which was a little disappointing, but not incredibly surprising given other vehicles in this range. As far as scaling goes, this is definitely the least scaled down of all the modern Star Wars vehicles, and going by what we’ve seen from the film, it looks like it’s not terribly far off from the intended size. The sculpt is, of course, unique, and does a respectable job translating the design from the film, which looks to be a decent melding of the Prequel and Original Trilogy sensibilities. I like it a lot. Paint’s kind of basic, but it gets the job done, and there are at least a few cool dings and scrapes to make it look a bit more “real.” The speeder has an action feature built into it. There’s a spring under the driver’s seat, and it pops up when the front of the speeder is depressed, as if in a head on collision. I’m guessing this is related to something that happens in the film, but time will tell. The only real downside of this feature is the use of rubber for the front of the speeder, as I’m not quite sure how that will hold up long-term.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Included with the vehicle is your main character, Han Solo, in his new, non-Harrison-Ford-y form. This figure gives us a slightly different look than the standard jacketed look we’ve been seeing most places. It looks to match the vehicle, though, which makes sense. It’s a different look, though, and I quite like it. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has the usual 5 points of articulation. His sculpt is new, but I’m going to assume the head’s probably shared with the other 3 3/4-inch Han figures from this line. It’s a decent enough match for the actor, though clearly not at the same level as the larger Black Series figure. The body’s a pretty decent piece as well. The vest is separate, and can be removed if you so choose, though he’s definitely not designed with that in mind. His legs are a little boxy for my taste, but for the most part, his proportions and build do seem pretty realistic. Han’s paintwork is about par for the course on this line. Its clean overall, and the important details are all there. They’ve attempted some dirt detailing on his boots, but it really just looks like paint splatters. Han is packed with a blaster, which is curiously different from his usual model. He has no holster for it, but he can hold it well enough.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My first stop looking for Solo product yielded only the Black Series Han, and no small-scale offerings. My second stop was more successful, but it was on this second stop that I discovered that to get a smaller Han, you’re pretty much locked into at minimum a $30 purchase. Given the choice between Han and the new Force Link reader and Han and a Speeder, I felt the speeder set was the better value. Going by what I’ve seen on shelves, I’d say most fans agree with me. This is a pretty fun set, provided you’re into this style of line. If you liked the small vehicles from TLJ, you’ll like this one. If you’re looking for something less toy-etic, this might not be for you.