The Retro Collection Walmart Exclusive
Item No.: Asst. E9646 No. E9650
Includes: Blaster pistol
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: April 2020
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: After the Battle of Hoth, Han Solo sought refuge with Organa—with whom he had fallen in love—Chewbacca, and C-3PO on Cloud City, which was operated by his old friend Lando Calrissian. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Kenner's original design still looks good - Han's jacket is blue, the holster has the sculpted loop at the top, and everything is where it should be. It just all looks a bit different. Wrinkles aren't quite right, but they're present. The grooves and ridges on the original toy are a lot more pronounced, but one detail Hasbro tends to miss is the general wonkiness of the originals. In Han's case, the gloves and boots are all painted cleanly while Kenner's originals frequently have wrists unpainted (or overpainted) and pants that overspray on the underside of the figure's legs aren't entirely uncommon. The flesh tone is a bit better on the new release too, so from a distance I would go as far as to say the 2020 rerelease may be the one you want. Particularly if your eyes aren't perfect.
Much like the figure, the blaster seems to be a copy of a copy - some of the details around the scope don't look quite right. Everything is more or less close to where it should be, but you can tell they made it a bit different either on purpose or because it was overlooked. Han has zero problems holding his blaster, and the joints are very tight. I'd say the hip joints seem exceedingly tight, but hey, we'll see how it holds up over time. May his crotch not explode. Get one if you can find him! And a split belly Tauntaun from 1982.
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Day 2,693: May 26, 2020