SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (HASBRO)
Conspicuously absent from the early product for Solo were figures of Tobias Beckett’s distinctive crew of smugglers from the beginning of the film. Though their roles weren’t huge, both Thandie Newton and Jon Favreau delivered really strong performances. Newton in particular was praised by the film’s writer as being “too good for her role”, and famously wore a dress bearing images of action figures of all of the Star Wars-verse’s black characters (I believe from her own personal collection, though I may be misremembering that) to the film’s red carpet premiere. I hope she gets the chance to add her own figure to that selection!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Val (Mimiban) is part of the fourth series of the Solo line, which happens to be most actually Solo-themed assortment, and likely will prove the most difficult assortment to find in the long run. What’s interesting about this Val is that, though she’s wearing the same outfit as her 6-inch counterpart, they’re listed as being from two different locals. This one is billed as being from Mimiban, which isn’t quite accurate, since she was wearing an Imperial disguise while there. I mean, she does *technically* wear this gear right as they’re leaving Mimiban, but it seems odd to list this one as specifically her “Mimiban” appearance, especially if there’s any chance at releasing versions of Beckett’s crew in their Imperial get-ups (please?). The figure stands about 3 1/2 inches tall and she has 7 points of articulation. Like a good number of the Solo figures, she has wrist joints included, which certainly make themselves handy. She also has a much easier time keeping standing than her partner Tobias, which I’m certainly counting as a plus. Her sculpt is a decent enough offering. I’d rank it above Beckett in terms of detailing and accuracy, though I can’t say the likeness is one of their best. Black Series Val was spot-on, but this one seems a little off. Still, she’s certainly passable. Val’s paintwork is, like the sculpt, definitely serviceable. There are some slightly un-even spots, but for the scale, she’s really not bad. The figure is packed only with a single blaster, just like her larger counterpart. However, at the lower price and smaller scale, this is less of an issue.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I grabbed Val at the same time as I grabbed Beckett, largely due to that whole thing with Walmart clearancing them out. Admittedly, she’s a better figure than he is, but she had the misfortune of being added to my collection just a few days after I got the much more technically impressive Black Series release, which did sort of steal this one’s thunder.