HAN SOLO — ENDOR
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Han Solo volunteered to lead the mission to destroy teh new Death Star’s shield generator. He and his strike team landed on the forest moon of Endor, where they encountered Scout Troopers and Ewoks.”
While Luke and Leia got drastically re-designed looks for Return of the Jedi, Han wound up with an appearance that was generally pretty re-tread-y of his first movie attire. It doesn’t make for thrillingly different figures, and that’s probably why when we do get Jedi-inspired Hans, they’re almost always from the Endor segment, which does at least throw a trench coat over his main look, just to mix things up a bit, I suppose. That’s the look that finally got him in on the RotJ bandwagon for The Black Series, and that’s the figure I’m looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Han Solo (Endor) is another piece of the second assortment of the relaunched Star Wars: The Black Series. He joins the similarly themed Luke and Leia figures from the same set, and is figure #5 in the RotJ sub-set. Like the last two, he was also available in the “Heroes of Endor” boxed set earlier last year. The figure stands a little over 6 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Structurally, a lot of this figure is shared with the Bespin Han figure from 2018. I was overall pretty fond of that figure and his sculpt, so you’d think the re-use wouldn’t bug me…but it kinda does. Mostly, it’s because they keep some of the stuff I didn’t like about it, and don’t really fix the handful of issues that were present. The head proper is very similar to the last piece, but to my eyes it looks like the jaw’s a touch more prominent on this one. I don’t know if that’s intentional or just mold variation, but it doesn’t really help the issues of the prior figure looking kind of narrow-shouldered for Han. Nor does the new hair sculpt, which is just generally a bit poofier than the prior piece, again making the head look larger compared to the shoulders. Additionally, the jacket piece has been swapped for a vest, which doesn’t have the same high-sitting collar as the jacket, which makes the neck look longer and thinner, which just makes the head look larger and thereby makes the shoulders look again smaller by comparison. He also gets a new set of arms, which wind up looking rather on the scrawny side themselves; given how thin they are, but yet how baggy the sleeves are, Han must really not have any muscle mass to speak of under those sleeves. The whole thing is topped off with the trench coat, which is a cloth piece to match Luke and Leia’s ponchos. Trouble is, the coat just exacerbates the issues with the body, honestly, because it’s clearly tailored for a figure *slightly* bigger than this one. This results in it dragging at his feet and hanging down over his hands, making it look not unlike Han is a small child who has stolen his father’s coat. It’s not a very imposing or impressive look, and ultimately just adds to his gooniness. It honestly looks a bit better when placed on the Bespin Han, if I’m honest. Of course, even then, the jacket is also missing the pockets on either side, and the pattern generally seems a bit too dark for what Han wears in the movie, so it’s always a bit of a compromise. Even Han’s paintwork ends up a little rougher than previous entries, with some rather sloppy application on the shirt and belt, even going down to the strap for the holster. The face also feels like it has a bit too much color going into it, making it look like Han is a bit flushed. Han’s only accessory is his usual blaster pistol. It’s the same piece as the Empire version, but this time with the proper color scheme. It’s too bad they couldn’t also give him a few of the detonators or something, just to make the package a little more exciting.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Han’s Endor look has never been one of my favorites. Even in the films, after the coolness of the Bespin look, this one seemed like a bit of a step down, at least to me. It doesn’t help that it always seems to have rotten luck with figures. This figure is, unfortunately, not an exception, either. There’s no real smoking gun as to why this figure doesn’t work compared to the other two; it’s just a lot of small stuff that ultimately adds up to a figure that’s just not so great. It’s a shame, because this one feels like one that could have really shined, but it’s instead the weakest in its respective series. Oh well. At least it’s another Han Solo for people to buy.
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