HAN SOLO AS STORMTROOPER
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
Okay, so let’s talk about a concept that I really miss: mail away action figures. Those cool little bonuses you’d get for collecting a bunch of proofs of purchase, or even just finishing a box of cereal. Hasbro used to be pretty big on them, but we haven’t seen anything like this in a good decade. It’s kind of a little sad. So why not reminisce a bit for better times and have a look at one of my favorite mail-away items, Han Solo as Stormtrooper!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Han Solo as Stormtrooper was offered in 1995 through 1996 as a Kellog’s-exclusive mail-away offer, featured on Froot Loops, as a part of the overall Power of the Force II line from Kenner. This was the second Han in POTF2, following the basic ANH Han from Series 1. As noted by the name, he depicts Han in his Stormtrooper disguise from his time on the Death Star in A New Hope. Believe it or not, this was the first time we got such a figure. Said figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation. Surprisingly enough, the sculpt is all-new, and doesn’t use pieces from any of the standard Stormtroopers. It still follows their lead stylistically, of course, meaning he’s still got that whole steroid abuse look going on. But hey, if you’re gonna blend in, you gotta actually blend in, right? He’s sculpted with a bit of a pose to him, like he’s right in the middle of a lunge or something, which is consistent with the rest of the line’s earliest figures. The head is a slight re-working of the early POTF2 Han head. It still doesn’t really look like Harrison Ford, but I can understand their desire for consistency. I also really like the addition of the collar to his neck; that’s a nice touch. His paintwork is fairly standard fair. The body’s on par with the basic Stormtrooper, and the head with the first Han, so he’s certainly at home with his line-mates. While the figure included no blaster (due to Kellog’s fairly strict no guns policy with their mail-away offerings), he did get his removable helmet, which looks just like the actual trooper head, and goes on quite nicely to boot.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This figure’s important to me. Not only was he my first Han Solo, but he was also my first experience with a mail-away offer. I was at the grocery store with my parents, and they let me pick out a cereal. I didn’t know what I wanted, but they were kind enough to point me in the direction of the Froot Loops with the Han offer, and that was just tops for me. Sure, this figure’s goofy and dated, just like the rest of the line, but I still think he’s awesome.