STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Once a smooth-talking smuggler, Lando Calrissian changed from a get-rich-quick schemer to a selfless leader in the fight against the Empire.”
Okay, well, I’m not quite into the backlogs of my collection yet, but I’m running on fumes in regards to new stuff. This week, I’ll be looking at a few things that are new to me, along with some things that I just hadn’t gotten around to reviewing, all under one common theme: Star Wars: The Black Series. So, let’s kick things off by taking a look at one of the main heroes of the Original Trilogy, as well as one of the returning faces for last year’s Rise of Skywalker, Lando Calrissian!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lando Calissian is figure 39 in the Black Series line-up. He hit shelves alongside the Royal Guard, Qui-Gonn, and a Tusken Raider. Kind of an eclectic selection, but there it is. Though it’s the third figure I’m looking at, this was Lando’s first figure in the line, and is based on his attire from Empire. The figure stands just shy of 6 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Lando is pretty standard for the era of the line in which he was released, being wedged between Rogue One and Last Jedi. The line hadn’t quite made it to the improvements we would see in the latter half of the Last Jedi product, so compared to the other two Landos, he’s a noticeable step down in terms of both articulation and level of detail in the sculpt. The lessened details are most noticeable on the head. While this guy doesn’t look *unlike* Billy Dee Williams (in fact, he’s got a more than passing resemblance, to be fair), he certainly doesn’t have the spot-on likeness we saw on the Skiff Disguise Lando. The rest of the body is a decent enough sculpt, if somewhat stiff in what you can do with the articulation. The cape is a rather bulky rubber piece, which kind of restricts what can be done with the arms. If you’re going to want any sort of gun-wielding pose, the cape’s gonna have to go. The cape is also rather on the soft side when it comes to the details, which is really in contrast to the rest of the figure. You can see they put effort into putting texturing into the sculpt, but it’s almost like something went off in the production process. Lando’s paintwork pre-dates the move to the face printing, so he’s not nearly as lifelike or subtle on the detailing as figures that would follow. He’s better than some of the figures that preceded him, though, and at least what paint is there is pretty crisp and cleanly applied. Lando is packed with a blaster and a communicator, which pretty much covers the important extras he needs in this look.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The whole assortment that Lando was part of was a little tricky to find. I did see Lando in person once, but I was low on funds, and ultimately had to pass. When I got Skiff Guard Lando, I figured I was good, but I happened upon this guy at a Five Below a couple of months back. For $5, I definitely wasn’t passing this guy up. He’s a step down from more recent figures, but he’s certainly not a bad offering, and he doesn’t stick out quite as badly as some of the earlier figures did. Now I’ve got my whole core Empire cast finally!