STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
“Smooth and sophisticated, Captain Lando Calrissian stands ready to retire from the life of a smuggler and instead become a full-time gambler (or “sportsman”, as he calls it), shuffling from card game to card game across the galaxy.”
For my second and third entries in this week of Black Series reviews, I’ll be moving over to the newest installment in the Star Wars franchise, Solo. I’ve looked at the smaller figures, as well as the Black Series release of the main character, but now I’m going to look at one of the other major returning characters, and one of the highest-praised parts of the movie, Lando Calrissian!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lando is figure 65 in Star Wars: The Black Series, released in the assortment that arrived on shelves alongside the other Solo-themed product. This is Lando’s second time as a Black Series figure, in rather quick succession, actually. He’s based on his main Solo look, which is certainly dynamic, and makes for a solid figure design. The figure stands just over 5 3/4 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. His articulation set-up is rather similar to Han’s, meaning he’s got quite a bit of range in most of those joints, and he’s a ton of fun to pose. His sculpt is an all-new offering, and does a respectable job of translating Donald Glover’s version of Lando into figure form. The likeness on the head isn’t quite as spot-on as Han or Rey; I think Glover might just have one of those difficult to capture faces. On the plus side, the face is very expressive, and very in character for Lando, so it’s a nice change of pace from the blander expression seen on other figures in the line. The cape and scarf are both separate, removable pieces, allowing you to mix and match looks, and give him a bit of variety. The softer plastic isn’t too restricting of the figure’s articulation, and it still manages to hold the details pretty well. Like Han and Rey, Lando makes use of the new face printing technique, to give his face more realism. It’s not quite as convincing here as it was on the other two, in part due to the more cartoony expression. Still, it looks pretty good, and it still avoids that lifeless look of the earlier figures. The rest of the paint is really bright, and quite eye-catching, but there’s one small issue with my figure; the bottom half of his shirt is painted yellow rather than molded. Not a huge deal, but on my figure the paint application is a little thin, so some of the underlying black plastic is bleeding through. It’s not terrible, but a little annoying. Lando is packed with his fancy blaster, which is the same model as included with his smaller figure, but this time it comes with a removable barrel attachment, and that’s pretty fun.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been on the look out for Lando ever since the figures first started hitting. I saw the ESB version a few times, but the figure never really grabbed me, so I never got him. So, this one carries some extra weight. He was a little tough to come by initially, but I managed to track him down during a completely not-toy-related stop to my local Target. He’s another strong figure, and like Han, I’d love to have a main Billy Dee Williams version of this quality down the road.