HAN SOLO — MIMIBAN, STORMTROOPER — MIMIBAN, STORMTROOPER SQUAD LEADER, MUDTROOPER, IMPERIAL PATROL TROOPER, & TIE FIGHTER PILOT
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (HASBRO)
Solo may not have been quite the box-office-smash that Disney was hoping for, but it’s maintained a nice little following of fans, and by extension has managed to support a nice little selection of continuing merchandise. While its toy presence hasn’t been quite as pervasive as the three films that preceded it, there are still some fun pieces trickling out. Target’s picked up a healthy helping of exclusives, including today’s set, a selection of the film’s various Imperial forces, all in one convenient package!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
This set is a Target-exclusive boxed set, part of Hasbro’s continuing Solo line. It started hitting retail shelves about two weeks ago, and if other such sets are anything to go by, it’ll be staying on them for at least a little while.
It would be a little bit strange to have a Solo set that didn’t include the title character, and as luck would have it, he does spend at least some of his screen time in an Imperial uniform, so he still fits the overall theme of the set. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 7 points of articulation (get used to those numbers; they stand true for most of this set). The sculpt is “unique” in the sense that it’s new to this set, but not totally unique to just this figure. It’s a solid sculpt, nicely detailing Han’s environment specific armor from Mimiban. The goggles and rebreather are separate from the main head sculpt, allowing for a fully revealed or fully covered look, which means he can operate both as a Han variant or a troop builder, depending on your fancy. Also of note, the pre-posed arms, allowing for a proper handling of his weapon. It’s a nice change of pace after a couple of years of purely straight-armed set-ups. Han’s paintwork is solid, and pretty straight forward. Application is mostly pretty clean, and all of the important details are there. It gets the job done. Han is packed with a blaster rifle, of a different style than we usually see.
Perhaps the most difficult figure to find in the single-packed assortment was the Mimiban Stormtrooper. He was a new trooper and he was packed at one per case. Maybe not the best break-down, but at least Hasbro was nice enough to offer up a straight re-issue here. The figure’s sculpt has a lot in common with the Rogue One Stormtrooper; no actual shared parts, but a very similar styling. This new sculpt is pre-posed like the above Han, allowing for a proper rifle-holding pose. His helmet has been slightly tweaked to add his blast shield, and he also gets an additional cape piece. His paintwork is suitably muddy for the much more worn-in Mimiban armor, covering him in all sorts of much and grossness. The Mimiban Stormtrooper is packed with a larger marksman rifle, as well as one of the standard E-11 blasters.
Hey, remember that awesome Rogue One Stormtrooper? And then remember the Mimiban Stormtrooper? Great. Smash those two together and throw in a shoulder pauldron, and boom, you’ve got this guy. Not really anything new, but it makes for the best Trooper variant available in the modern line, so I’m definitely counting this one as a win.
Hey, remember the Han figure from up above? Great. This is the same figure. Okay, not exactly. The helmet and goggles are all one piece, and his rebreather is glued in place. Throw on a slightly different application of paint on his right arm, and a slightly different blaster rifle and boom, new figure.
Easily one of my favorite designs from Solo was the Patrol Trooper. It’s not a huge surprise, given that its really just a take on the Biker Scout, my favorite Trooper design of all time. The absence of the Patrol Trooper from earlier assortments was definitely my biggest complaint about the line-up. This figure gets an all-new sculpt, and boy is it a nice one. The details are really sharply defined, and very accurate to the film. It’s a slick design, and it certainly translated well into toy form. The paint work maintains the slickness, with clean application and a lot of smaller details that you might not expect to see on a lower end figures. There’s a lot of detail work going on there, and it makes the figure all the better. Since a full patrol speeder seems like a bit much to ask for in this sort of set, the Patrol Trooper instead has to settle for a Biker Scout-esque blaster pistol. Worse things have happened.
TIE FIGHTER PILOT
Though they don’t figure prominently into the film at any real point, there certainly have to be some TIE Pilots in Solo, somewhere, right? More importantly, Hasbro had this great TIE Pilot mold sitting around, and had only released it a single time, so I guess they wanted everyone to have another shot at it. This figure is sculpturally identical to the Rogue One version packed in with the TIE Striker. Like the Rogue One Stormtrooper, it’s one of the most screen accurate sculpts Hasbro has produced, making it a fantastic offering even in spite of its lessened articulation. The paintwork is ever so slightly tweaked from the last release, with a small bit of extra detailing on his helmet denoting that this figure is a higher ranking pilot than the last. That’s a cool touch. The TIE Pilot is packed with a mid-sized blaster, same as the prior release.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Care to guess where I got this Target-exclusive set? Did you guess “Target”? Good for you! You get the FiQ-No-Prize! I didn’t quite know when or even where this set was hitting, but I knew as soon as I saw that Patrol Trooper that I was getting one. So…I kinda bought this big set for one figure. I know, bad Ethan. In my defense, the Patrol Trooper is really, really good, and I found myself happy with all of the figures included, so I don’t at all feel like the money I spent was wasted.