LANDO CALRISSIAN in GENERAL’S GEAR
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Proving his impressive flying capabilities and natural leadership qualities during the battle of Taanab, Lando is appointed General in charge of the attack on the second Death Star.”
In addition to a whole stock of disguised looks for their infiltration of Jabba’s Palace at the film’s beginning, the heroes of Return of the Jedi all also get new, fancy, high ranking uniforms as the film progresses. No longer content to just steal Han’s clothes, Lando picks up some new toggs to go along with his promotion to general within the Rebellion ranks. It’s pretty standard Rebel officer fare, but with the addition of a cape, because if you’re gonna be as suave as Lando, you gotta have a cape! It also serves as the perfect excuse to give Lando just a touch more toy coverage, thereby giving me more things to review. Alright!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lando in General’s Gear was added to Kenner’s Power of the Force II line 1998, and was the third, and final, Lando to grace the line. It’s honestly not terribly surprising; they really just added his looks in the order that they appeared in the films. I suppose they could have throne us a curve ball and given us Lando in Smuggler’s Gear (i.e. Han’s clothes), but the world just wasn’t quite ready for that yet. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation. His sculpt was all-new, which actually surprised me a bit, because I could have sworn the head remained the same between all three Landos. It’s very similar to the one used on the other two, but not quite identical; his features are a touch more refined. The rest of the sculpt is notable because, despite the fact that by 1998 the line had pretty well abandoned the hard pre-posing of earlier years, this guy’s stance really isn’t neutral. I mean, sure, it’s not quite as disco-ready as the first Lando, but he’s definitely got quite the wide stance going there. Among other things, it makes it quite hard to get him into the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon, which is sad, given that’s really the primary purpose of this particular look. Pre-posing aside, this is actually quite a nice sculpt. The detail work is all pretty sharp, and the texturing on that removable cape in particular is really sweet. The paintwork is pretty standard for this line, so application’s more on the basic side, but generally pretty clean. Some of the details are a bit sharper than previous Landos, especially on the face, showing the line’s upward trend of improvement. Lando was packed with a blaster pistol and a freeze frame slide showing him in the Rebel briefing.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My Lando figure growing up was the Skiff Guard Disguise version, but I recall my cousin Rusty having this version of Lando among his collection. In fact, through various interminglings of our collections, I believe I even managed to wind up with the cape floating around my collection for a good while. The figure, however, I waited on. He came from a large trade in at All Time, and was one of the few I didn’t already have, so boom, there he was. He’s probably the best PotF Lando, truth be told, though maybe not quite as fun as disco Lando.
Thanks to my friends at All Time Toys for setting me up with this guy. They’ve got a decent back stock of Power of the Force, and other cool toys both old and new, so please check out their website and their eBay Store.