Star Wars Rebels Mission Series
Item No.: Asst. A5228 No. B0129
Includes: Blaster, lightsaber, Luke figure
Action Feature: Blaster fits in holster
Availability: March 2015
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: Luke and Han face life-threatening dangers on the ice planet Hoth. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!
Commentary: Get this set. I can't imagine whey they didn't single-card these two, as Hoth Han Solo is pretty fantastic. In terms of sculpt and deco, it's very similar to the 6-inch figure we just looked at last week - it just lacks a few key details, a little silver and some markings on the gloves. Oh, and there's only five joints and no removable parts, but other than that? Basically the same look and feel.
For you old farts, this figure is the real deal. The jacket is more of a brownish color, but the sculpt is pure 1980. Han's goggles are on his head, his arms are straight, and he looks like he needs a new Tauntaun with a trap door. This is exactly what I pictured the future of Star Wars figures to be in the early 1990s. And you might be saying "Adam, you really thought that the action figures of the future would have slightly better paint and significantly better sculpting?" Well, pretty much yeah.
I was originally expecting Star Trek-style 4 1/2-inch figures for five bucks, but clearly Kenner didn't want to go that route - so when I heard 3 3/4-inch, this is more or less what I figure we'd get. The figure holds his gun just fine, and he can hold Luke's lightsaber. The silver barrel on his gun is a real surprise, but the lack of painted straps on his boots is not.
This is a great little set for the money, and given the similarity between the big and small figures that just hit I can't necessarily say you need both. I need both - each one does different things for me. But on a shelf, side by side, the similarities are oddly striking.
Day 2,144: April 14, 2015