HAN SOLO — EXOGORTH ESCAPE
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
“Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, was one of the great leaders of the Rebel Alliance. In the wake of the of the battle of Hoth, Solo fled with the rest of the RebelForces and evaded the pursuit of Imperial TIE Fighters as he expertly maneuvered the Falcon towards the perceived safety of a crater in the Hoth asteroid belt. Infamous for his bold plans that seemed to always defy the odds, Solo soon discovered that the unstable crater upon which he had landed the Falcon – and its crew made up of co-pilot Chewbacca, Princess Leia Organa, and C-3PO – was in fact the cavernous mouth of a giant space slug known as an Exogorth. In the belly of the beast, Solo and crew discovered an inhospitable environment of noxious fumes and parasitic, swooping Mynocks – bat-like creatures who ate through power cables and drained the energy from even the most impressive ships. With the life of his comrades and beloved Millennium Falcon threatened, Solo was called again to emergency action, and steered the Falcon to safety, barely escaping into space through the rapidly collapsing jaws of the ravenous Exogorth.”
Remember the Solo Han Solo Black Series figure that I liked so much? And remember how I said at the end of that review when I said I’d be sincerely disappointed if there wasn’t a Bespin Han of a similar quality released within the next year? Well, looks like I don’t have to be sincerely disappointed!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Exogorth Escape Han Solo was released as a SDCC 2018-exclusive offering for Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Black Series. Like Thrawn, Jyn, and the First Order Stormtrooper before him, he serves as a sort of a preview for a mass-retail released figure, specifically Bespin Han Solo, who is hitting stores in the latest round of Black Series figures. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Han’s articulation scheme follows the trend established by the Solo versions of Han and Lando, which is to say he’s got some really great range on a lot of those joints, especially the neck joints. I definitely appreciate this new style for the line, and it’s nice to have a Han can be more expressive than the rather stiff Smuggler version. The sculpt for this Han is all-new, and overall one of the line’s strongest offerings. The head sculpt is the main selling point, based largely on its improved Harrison Ford likeness. While we got a pretty good older Ford likeness from the TFA version, the younger Han has always been a tough mark. This figure has one of the best takes we’ve seen to date. It’s still not 100% there. The hair seems a little off, and the face goes a little bit more for caricature, but the overall appearance is very, very close. The body is a fairly balanced sculpt, proportion-wise. The shoulder’s could probably stand to be a little broader, but that’s a decidedly a minor issue. The detail work, especially on his jacket, is clean and sharp, and there’s some solid texture work all throughout. I’m also quite happy that they’ve changed up how they do the non-dominant hands, so that it’s a more sensible grip, rather than the weird claw grip we got with the last two Han releases. Han’s sculpt is aided by some absolutely top-notch paint work. He uses the printed face technique, which really further sells the likeness on the head. The SDCC release gets a little extra shading on the face than the regular release, but it’s definitely a minor change. The body paint is more basic, but he does get some nice weathering on his belt and holster. Aside from the minor paint difference on the face, the main thing that separates this release from the regular retail offering is his accessory complement. Both figures include Han’s blaster, which is mostly accurate to the Empire model of the blaster, apart from lacking silver paint on the barrel. In an effort to make this figure live more appropriately up to his “Exogorth Escape” subtitle, this Han also includes one of the Mynock creatures that had affixed itself to the hull of the Falcon, as well as his breathing apparatus he wears while walking around the Exogorth’s innards, a hydrospanner, and an extra left hand. The Mynock is a fun piece, and I really like the slightly transparent wings. I do sort of wish it had a flight stand of some sort, though. The rebreather fits nicely over Han’s face, though I would be careful about taking it off; those seams on the strap don’t look too durable. The hydrospanner is a nice scene-specific piece, which looks good in his off-hand. The left hand might actually be my favorite accessory in the whole set; there’s just so much Harrison Ford in how the hand is posed. I can practically hear him telling off Threepio!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was unable to attend SDCC this year (or any year, really; living on the other side of the country has that affect on you), so I didn’t have the opportunity to pick this set up in-person. Honestly, I wasn’t even sure I was going to get it, since the base figure’s getting a standard release and everything. But, Super Awesome Fiancee wanted the Doctor Aphra set, so I had to log onto Hasbro Toy Shop anyway, and this guy was just sitting there in-stock. I’m glad I splurged for the deluxe version. Bespin Han is hands down my favorite look for the character, and I truly love the extras they’ve packed in with him. By far, the very best version of Han in this line. Or any line, really.