HAN SOLO — BESPIN CAPTURE
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE JEDI (HASBRO)
“A smuggler before he joined the Rebel Alliance, the daring Han Solo stayed alive by keeping his guard up and his blaster ready. Unfortunately, when he arrived on Cloud City with Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO, Solo had no idea he was walking right into a trap… and a fateful confrontation with Darth Vader.”
In the wake of The Phantom Menace‘s tie-in line not quite performing the way Hasbro had hoped, they rolled what remained of that line into a full-franchise covering line dubbed Power of the Jedi, which also boasted updated takes on a few of the Original Trilogy designs as well. The main characters got a little bit of coverage, mostly serving as a continuation of the slightly improved figures from the end of Power of the Force. There were two Han Solos included, one of which was based on Han’s super fly Empire attire, which is the one I’m taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Han Solo (Bespin Capture) was released during the first year of Power of the Jedi‘s run, hitting during the second round of figures. He was the first of the two Hans in the line, and the first Bespin Han since 1998. In the subsequent year, we’d gotten the updated Cantina Han from A New Hope, so the aim of this one was really just to bring the Bespin design up to that same quality. The figure stands a little over 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. While he didn’t get to keep the knee articulation from the Cantina Han, this guy still got some slightly improved articulation, with universal joints at the shoulders, as well as swivel joints at both elbows. Han’s sculpt was an all-new one, though the head is clearly based on the same sculpt as the Cantina Han, much like how all of the late run PotF Lukes had the same updated features. The likeness isn’t bad for Harrison Ford, especially compared to other sculpts from the same era. The body sculpt is a pretty strong piece itself; the proportions are generally pretty well balanced, and the detailing is pretty sharp. The jacket is perhaps a touch long for its proper length, but it’s not terrible, and the fact that it’s a separate piece does add a lot of depth to the overall look. His paint work is generally pretty solid. The colors are more on the subdued side, and apart from a little bit of slop on the right sleeve, the application is pretty clean. Han was originally packed with his blaster (which can be stored in his holster) and a pair of cuffs. Mine is lacking the cuffs, but he’s still got the blaster, which is a much smaller sculpt than prior versions.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As a kid, I remember really wanting this figure, but Power of the Jedi was one of those line’s that never really had consistent distribution, so I never saw one in person. Over the years, I kept my eye out for him, and I eventually got a hold of one a couple of years back, courtesy of the House of Fun in New Jersey. He’s a pretty solid little figure. I don’t generally get Power of the Jedi stuff, but this guy’s one that feels like a nice extension of PotF, and he’s honestly just my favorite Bespin Han.