STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Lando Calrissian has been called many things over the years; con artist, smuggler, and rogue. He never expected to be called a leader and war hero…but then, he never dreamed that the Empire would force him to betray his best friend.”
This deal is getting worse all the time! What deal? I don’t actually know. I didn’t have a decent intro for this thing, so there you have it. I’ve been pretty steadily working my way through my Power of the Force II collection over the last two years, but with all of the new stuff I’ve been picking up, sometimes they fall off my radar for a bit. They’re back today, though, and I’m looking the receiver of progressively worse deals, Lando Calrissian himself!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lando was part of the first series of Power of the Force II figures, released in 1996. He’s based on the character’s debut appearance from Empire. It’s rather distinctive, and quite frankly, it’s my favorite of his looks. This figure would mark the second time it would show up in plastic form. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and has the usual 6 points of articulation. Lando, being from the line’s very first assortment, is also victim to the worst of the line’s stylization. He’s rivaled only by the farm boy Luke for the title of “beefcake,” and that deep lunge of a pose he’s got going on certainly accents his disco-inspired garb quite well. But really, can we talk about the fact that his poofy and loose-fitting shirt from the movie is seen here stretched to capacity over Lando’s rippling pecks and abs? Because boy is it. Like, how does one get oneself jacked like that? I’m genuinely curious. That’s a talent, to be sure. Lando gets a souped up cape to match the rest of him. This thing is super thick, and super heavy; I guess if his cape is this heavy, that explains how he got so jacked. The whole thing’s topped off with a head that’s identical to the one on the skiff disguise Lando. While it’s not a perfect likeness, it’s still one of the better efforts from the earlier PotF2 figures, and it’s leaps and bounds beyond any of the vintage Landos. Lando’s paintwork is actually kind of unique for one of these figures, what with all the blue. He looks quite clean, and pops out from the display, as he most certainly should! Lando is packed with two different blasters. He’s got the one he stole from a Stormtrooper, as well as one of his own, more suited to his personal flair.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Lando isn’t a figure I had growing up, but when I started filling in the gaps in this line a few years ago, he was definitely near the top of my list. I ended up grabbing him from Lost in Time during one fo their sidewalk sales, and I certainly was happy to find him. Lando is perhaps the goofiest, most ridiculous of all the initial PotF2 figures, but that works in his favor, making him perhaps the most memorable, and certainly a lot of fun.