HAN SOLO — HOTH
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES ARCHIVE (HASBRO)
“Han stuck with the Rebel Alliance and helped establish its new base on the ice planet Hoth. After Luke didn’t return from a routine sweep of the planet surface, Han headed out alone into the frigid cold to find him.”
Luke wasn’t the only one to get the deluxe Hoth cold-gear treatment for The Black Series in 2015, and he’s likewise not the only one to get the Archive treatment in 2021. Both times around, Luke was accompanied by his good buddy Han, in his own set of cold-weather gear. And I’m taking a look at that Han figure today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Han is another figure in the third assortment of Star Wars: The Black Series Archive. Like Luke, he too was originally released in a deluxe set in 2015, where he was originally packaged alongside a Tauntaun. Unlike Luke, he’s one one release between these two; the figure got a head swap and was packed with Hoth Leia for a two-pack in 2018. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 25 points of articulation. Han’s articulation scheme is rather similar to Luke’s, being a rather archaic offering compared to other figures. The mid-torso joint works a bit better on this guy than on Luke, at least, but otherwise, it’s pretty much the same, right down to the cut joints for the wrists. Han’s sculpt is a straight re-use again. It’s not the worst sculpt, but it’s far from one of Hasbro’s best. The actual body’s not bad; the details are a bit sharper than Luke’s, and the proportions aren’t quite as off. The real issues have to do with the head. Firstly, like a number of the Han heads, it sits too high on the neck joint. The actual head is actually made up of three separate pieces, for the head/hat, the hood, and the goggles. This is accurate to the film, and gives the sculpt some extra depth, but introduces its own set of problems. The main head is rather under-scaled when compared to the rest of the body, presumably to compensate for all of the other parts. The face has an okay likeness of Ford, at least. The hood and goggles are decent pieces in their own right, but in the case of the hood, designing it to be removable costs the aesthetics a bit. There’s a rather noticeable seam on the back of the hood where it’s designed for removing, and due to the head sitting as high on the neck as it does, it doesn’t actually sit flush with the rest of the coat. Since it’s, you know, supposed to be the same garment, and all, that’s kind of a big deal. With careful posing, it doesn’t look quite as bad, but it’s still off from every angle no matter what. It all winds up being a rather silly venture anyway, since there’s no reason to actually remove the hood, since it’s not a look that’s ever seen in the movie, and it really just ends up looking goofy. Without an alternate head, or a hood piece pulled down, there’s no practical reason for the hood to be a removable piece. He’d be better off with the hood permanently attached. The figure’s paint work is a notable change-up from the original release. In addition to getting the face printing to differentiate him from the original release, this figure also takes the opportunity to correct the jacket’s color from the blue of the original release to the proper brown. The 2018 release made this change too, but this is the first time we’ve gotten the hood in the right color. Han is packed with his usual blaster pistol. It’s a little light, but it’s consistent with what he originally had (minus the Tauntaun, of course).
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Han’s original release was the same deal as Luke, being more difficult to find, lower quality, and just a bit too expensive at the time. I did *almost* get one during Amazon’s first Prime Day, when he went on sale, for something silly like $5 off, but, again, it was hard to make it worth my time. I mostly snagged him because I was getting Luke. Honestly, he’s not as good as the already rather mediocre Luke figure. The hood and head is a huge issue, and in general, he’s just not a terribly fun figure to mess with.
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