STAR WARS: GALAXY OF ADVENTURES (HASBRO)
At launch, Galaxy of Adventures‘ primary focus was on the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, Rise of Skywalker, but it was not without a few throwback figures. For the second assortment, they stepped the Original Trilogy content up, adding two of the trilogy’s core characters to the line-up. It’s hard to imagine any Star Wars line without a Han Solo, and fortunately we don’t have to do that for Galaxy of Adventures, because here he is!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Han is one of the two new figures in the Series 2 pack-out for Galaxy of Adventures. As of right now, he’s only available in this particular assortment, but I fully expect that he’ll be mixed into another case packout this year, since that seems to be the way Galaxy of Adventures is going to be working. While Luke was based on his Return of the Jedi appearance and Vader was definitely an amalgamation, Han is in his A New Hope attire. It’s actually a little bit surprising, since his smaller GoA figure was in the Bespin look, but either one makes for a strong Han appearance. The figure stands 5 inches tall and he has 23 points of articulation. His articulation is pretty much the same as all of the other GoA articulation, meaning that he’s quite posable, and also quite steady on his feet. There’s a slight restriction at the right hip, where he’s got the holster, but it’s actually not as bad as it is on most recent Hans. You can still get him to sit without too much trouble. Han’s sculpt follows the stylization of the rest of the line, and I really feel that Han translates the best of the human figures. Something about his design just really jibes well with the aesthetic. It helps that he’s also got one of the most expressive faces in the line to date; that cocky grin is perfect for Han, especially his earlier incarnation. It’s not a Ford likeness, but it’s a good character likeness for Han, and not even trying for the Ford likeness honestly puts him ahead of most versions of Han that aim to be more realistic. Like other figures in the line, he’s just generally got a very clean appearance about him, which works well in figure form. Han’s paintwork is by and large pretty clean; there are some slight spots of bleed over on the stripes of the pants, but other then that he looks quite good. Like the Rey from the two pack, the coloring on the face is stepped back a notch from the first series, making for a slightly better look in my eyes. Han is packed with his usual blaster, which fits nicely in his hand or his holster without issue. He also has a spring-loaded arm, much like others in the line.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Han was on my list of figures I wanted even before I’d tried out the rest of the line, mostly because his prototype was just one of the better ones they showed off in that initial wave of photos. He was definitely high on my want list. Fortunately, Max was able to score one for me just before the holiday season. He’s a very solid figure, and easily one of my favorites from the line so far.