The Vintage Collection Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. 97568 No. 28439
Includes: Pistol, cape, removable holster
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: February 2011
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: Celebrate the legendary Star Wars saga that changed the universe forever! This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. Iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are captured with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. May the Fore be with you! (Taken from the figure's packaging. There is no bio.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' TV tray.
Commentary: Hasbro's General Lando Calrissian figures have been a mixed bag. The first one (actually a Kenner figure) in 1998 was a little beefy-- but he looked good. The 2004 one was pretty neat, but the proportions still felt a little off. In 2011, we have probably achieved as close as we're going to get to perfection with this release. The legs are shared with Bespin Han Solo, but the rest of it is pretty much unique to Lando. The cap hangs well, or as well as can be expected for a toy of this scale, and the deco more or less works great. The hair seems a smidgen bushy for Billy Dee Williams, but you've got the costume, the cape, and the moustache-- the ingredients are basically here, but the look and feel is essentially just close enough. (It's like most Luke figures-- it's LIKE Luke, but it's not always like Mark Hamil.)
Articulation is good-- and by good, I mean it's done with your vehicles in mind. The hips have lateral movement (hence why they may look a little strange), allowing him to sit in the pilot's seat. With no holster on his hip to get in the way, it's arguably a better pilot than most Han Solo figures turned out to be, although getting him in just the right pose is still a little tricky. With just enough detail on the uniform, this is likely to be the best, and I assume last, take on this character for a while. (If history is any indication, the soonest we'll see another one is in 6-8 years.)
Collector's Notes: Rather than reproduce the original The Power of the Force cardback, Hasbro put Lando on a Return of the Jedi card-- while true to the movie, it's not how the original toy shipped. It still looks cool, and I appreciate the fact that it's something different. To date this figure has only shipping in one revision of one wave, so if you see him piling up that's just demand-- there's as many of this Lando as there are of Dagobah Luke, so far anyway.
Day 1,642: September 29, 2011