The Retro Collection Walmart Exclusive
Item No.: Asst. E9646 No. E9656
Includes: Black pistol, grey cape
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: April 2020
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: Landonis Balthazar Calrissian, simply known as "Lando," was a human male smuggler, gambler, and card player who became Baron Administrator of Cloud City and, later, a general in the Rebel Alliance. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Amazon now!
Smoothed out features on the 2020 figure aren't the only big change, you'll also notice the 2020 cape is a much lighter grey and the blaster is not only bigger, but blacker. It's unlikely anyone would mistake the 2020 figure for the 1980 original, loose samples of which are a paltry $20 these days. While the new 2020 one is fine - if you're just going to mount him on a wall and leave him on the card, the excellent execution of his 5 points of articulation or the slightly-off features of the figure won't matter as much as the cardback - I would nudge you to go to eBay and buy the genuine article. Or contact the people at Toy Anxiety in Phoenix, very nice folks, they could use the business.
While Hasbro's 2020 reissues of Bespin Luke and Hoth Han are softer and different, they're still pretty good. Lando didn't turn out as nicely, but it's probably good enough given you may be able to find it while hunting COVID supplies in your masks and it's only $10. I appreciate Hasbro and Lucasfilm getting religion about these kinds of figures, but the bulk of them just aren't the originals. They're good, but the new releases are literally beyond comparison. After all, Snowspeeder Luke and Grand Moff Tarkin have no real peers from 40 years ago.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Walmart through my pal Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich! Did you see his new Spector Creative YouTube channel yet? Click here.
Day 2,700: June 18, 2020