HAN SOLO with SMUGGLER FLIGHT PACK
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Many labels can be applied to Corellian-born Han Solo: pirate, gambler, smuggler and Rebel hero. It is doubtful that the last title would have applied at all had he not agreed to transport Ben Kenobi, Luke Skywaker and two droids to Alderaan in his Corellian freighter, Millennium Falcon. After unwittingly becoming part of a mission to rescue Princess Leia, Solo was drawn more and more into the cause of the Rebel Alliance, becoming one of the most significant figures involved in the rebellion against the Empire. He played an essential role in the Battle of Yavin, and led the strike-team on Endor’s moon that facilitated the destruction of the new Death Star. He escaped form countless dilemmas simply because of his daring and skill as a blasterslinger and pilot – talents he retained form his days as a smuggler/gambler. He also retained a couple of other things, one of them being his trusty smuggler pack, a tool which served him extremely well during inner-atmospheric piracy jobs.
Designed and built by Solo with the help of Chewbacca, this item is basically a weapons-jet pack with a huge mechanical grappling claw attached at its base for massive lifting and cargo transport. It was assembled from old swoop parts, discarded starfighter pieces, and construction-machinery robotics. Much like the Millennium Falcon itself, the pack does not appear impressive or dangerous – concerning its appearance Solo often becomes defensive: “Well it isn’t supposed to look pretty!” However, the swoop engines provide break-neck propulsion while two repulsors engage a silent hover mode that allows atmospheric flotation up to a maximum of one-hundred meters depending on the cargo. The pack allows Solo some flexibility; he can dock the Falcon and then speed in below sensors with the smuggler pack, picking up any cargo or booty before transferring it back to his ship. Twin laser cannons, appropriated from a badly damaged stock light freighter, swing over his shoulders to create a high-powered defense module. The grappling claw has magnetized pinchers which can be de-magnetized at the flip of a switch. It is extremely durable and able to lift objects weighing up to fifteen metric tons.”
Well, with a bio like that, I hardly need much of an intro here, now do I? Especially after more or less covering the weird Deluxe line-up thing for Power of the Force II with last week’s review. So, you know, this one’s very similar to that, but it’s Han instead of Luke. How about that?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Han Solo with Smuggler’s Flight Pack was part of the first Deluxe Series of Kenner’s Power of the Force II line, added in 1996. The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. Much as was the case with the Stormtrooper and Luke, Han’s sculpt is quite similar to the Series 1 Han. Not exactly one of the line’s finest or anything, but it’s got this sort of charming quality to it, I suppose. The only change of note between the two releases is the addition of a second vest to the torso. You know, in case the single vest wasn’t enough, right? Gotta add that second. But certainly don’t add any extra sleeves. That would be too much. His color work is more or less the same as the earlier release. There’s some orange and silver added for the new vest. Doesn’t feel super Star Wars-y, but it’s not un-Star Wars-y, either. The application’s pretty clean and consistent, so that’s good. The big selling point for all of these was the big gimmick accessory, and that’s consistent with Han here. He’s got his “Smuggler’s Flight Pack,” which the bio presents as a pre-existing thing that’s sort of a signature of Han, despite the whole “not showing up anywhere other than this toy ever in the whole canon of Star Wars” thing. But, you know, there it is. It’s big, it’s goofy, and it makes it virtually impossible to keep the figure standing. I guess it’s kind of fun, but it also really doesn’t feel like a Han sort of thing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Deluxe Han really never appealed much to me as a kid. It’s only recently that I’ve really started picking them up, and it’s really only because of ease of access. Han came into All Time as part of a larger collection, and the seal on the bubble had broken, so he was a rather easy grab. He’s goofy, and odd, but he’s still an intriguing look at that road not travelled.
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