WAMPA & LUKE SKYWALKER (HOTH)
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (HASBRO)
“Wampas are powerful furred bipeds that dwell in the snowy wastes of the ice world Hoth. These hulking predators have razor-sharp fangs and claws, yet move with surprising stealth, relying on their white fur for camouflage while hunting prey such as tauntauns.”
As with any good Star Wars line, Solo isn’t afraid to pepper in a few things from prior movies to keep the older fans happy. A running sub-theme since TFA has been figures based on Empire. Today’s offering, Luke and the deadly Wampa, continues that trend.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
The Wampa and Luke are part of the first assortment of deluxe sets from the Solo line. They fulfill the same purpose as Last Jedi‘s Creature Sets (and, in fact, this is just a re-purposed Creature set, and one of the other two in the assortment is a straight re-release of one; only Enfys Nest’s Swoop Bike doesn’t fit that descriptor).
The Wampa’s a rather straightforward monster, really. It’s just a space-yeti. A simple adventure story trope with a sci-fi bend, perfectly emblematic of Star Wars at its best. As a fairly humanoid monster, it’s also an easy choice for toys. This is the third Wampa we’ve gotten at this scale. The Wampa stands 5 1/2 inches tall and has 18 points of articulation. If the articulation were perfectly mirrored as it is on most figures, that count would be 1 higher, but as it stands, this Wampa, like other Wampas, sacrifices a little articulation in the name of spectacle. A more simple peg/swivel joint makes for a more easily removed right arm, thus allowing you to give the Wampa the “battle damage” inflicted upon him by Luke’s light saber slash. The figure’s sporting an all-new sculpt; it’s somewhat aesthetically similar to the Black Series release, but this one’s more accurate to the movie design by my eye. The level of detailing on the sculpt is definitely impressive. He possesses some of the same issues of joints breaking up the fur that the Black Series Chewbacca had, but at this scale, and with the bulkier nature of his design, it’s less noticeable. The paintwork on the Wampa is actually a fair bit better than the photos attached to this review might lead you to believe. In person, the yellowish accenting on the fur is subtler, and not quite as garish. It could perhaps be a little better, but I don’t hate it, and it’s certainly better than no detail at all.
LUKE SKYWALKER (HOTH)
Luke in his cold-weather gear is kind of a natural companion piece for the Wampa, since they spend their scenes on Hoth together. Luke’s Hoth gear is a popular variant, from the vintage line onward. It’s actually been released as recently as the Star Wars: Saga Legends Mission Packs, but despite that, this figure is an all-new one. He stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation, if you count the moving scarf on his head. The sculpt is pretty solid. He’s based on his appearance post-Wampa attack, which seems sensible. That means no goggles and with some facial scarring. It does a nice job of capturing the design, with some cool detailing on the quilting and such on the outfit. The facial likeness is a good match for Hamill as seen in the movie, and the scarring even appears to have been sculpted, rather than being just painted on. The pose is pretty nice as well, being a fairly basic standing pose that also looks nice dangling upside down from the ceiling. The paint on this figure is pretty decent. It’s fairly basic, and kind of subdued, but it matches the movie well. Luke is packed with his lightsaber and his blaster pistol (which is technically inaccurate for the post-Wampa attack look, but the empty holster would be sort of silly).
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been looking forward to this set ever since it was shown off during the initial Last Jedi showings. The old Hoth Luke was a favorite of mine, and I’ve never had a Wampa figure. Despite not being a “new” offering, it was near the top of my list of wants. It’s one of the last items I found, as it would appear it’s the shortpack of the case, at least initially. I really like this set. The Wampa is one of the best small-scale Star Wars figures that Hasbro’s put out recently, and Luke’s nothing to slouch at either.