Han Solo was the one member of the OT Big Three that didn’t see any drastic outfit changes in Return of the Jedi. He only really had two outfit changes from his pre-Carbonite Bespin look and adding a poncho to his Star Wars attire.
Han started buying new clothes to impress Princess Leia in Empire and immediately went back to his old ways once they declared their love for each other. Where was I? Hasbro didn’t have to do too much work for a proper ROTJ Han Solo figure and this latest Endor version covers his main looks.
I do realize we need that jacket-less Bespin outfit though I’d prefer that in Empire Strikes Back deco. I got Han, Luke and Leia in one order, but with the fewest changes I figured it made more sense to start things off with everyone’s favorite smuggler.
Packaging: I’m so glad someone at Hasbro decided it was time to mix up the Black Series packaging. They really had started to look dated over 100 figures with no real changes.
And I appreciate them borrowing a page from Marvel Legends with the accent colors for the respective waves. Return of the Jedi gets the green accent — fitting for Luke’s new lightsaber color — and it makes the murals stand out too.
Han’s bio catches us up to his whereabouts after rejoining the fleet following his rescue from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt. The copy writers are doing a great job on these bios.
Likeness: It’s weird how much older the Big Three looked in Return of the Jedi. Han looked like the carbonite kicked in a few more years on him. The head sculpt did a good job of reflecting this older appearance although Harrison Ford’s hair was thicker and wider at this point.
That’s captured on the package artwork, which makes it a little odd that it wasn’t done on the figure.
I might be biased, but the ESB head sculpt was better. This head is rounder and fuller while his hair should be just a tic thicker along the sides.
Han’s shirt flares out around the left collar, which would have been way too obvious if Hasbro ignored it. I’m pretty sure the lower half is a reuse of the Bespin Han, which makes sense given the solid sculpt work on that figure.
Paint: Before the more hardcore ROTJ fans come for me, yes I do realize Han’s pants are different from Star Wars. They’re brown instead of black. The white shirt is a bit dingy like an off white, again on model from the film.
My Han’s face is a little rosy like he was tanning in the Endor sun or got really close to that Ewok sacrifice fire. Besides those redder areas, the face printing looks terrific.
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Scale: Han Solo is the tallest of the Big Three and is about eye to eye with C-3P0 guy in the Original Trilogy and should be looking down at both Luke and Leia. Hasbro hasn’t had a lot of trouble keeping the scale consistent with the Big Three and this is the case here as well.
Articulation: No problems here either. Han is engineered similar to the ESB version so he’s got better than average articulation despite the lack of double-jointed elbows.
The neck has great range allowing for some fun posing to show off Han’s personality more and the joints are nice and tight to better hold poses.
Han Solo has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (with swivel)
- wrist hinge
Accessories: Like the twins, Han’s big selling point here is his removable cloth forest moon style trench coat. And perfectly fitting for Han, he doesn’t care about wearing a helmet, which is ironic given his helmet hair.
The coat is tailored nicely and is a very nice fit for this scale. Hasbro does good work on the cloth materials for the SWB figures I’ve grabbed this year.
Han also has his trusty blaster. The stock is lowered this time although quick reference pictures show it in a raised position.
Han’s vest is also removable so you can recreate his Jabba’s Palace look as well. Gotta appreciate the versatility.
Worth it? I got Han for standard retail price of $20. There’s been a few sales already at some places so you could get him for $18.27 now — not a bad deal for a new figure.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Besides the hair and the ruddy face, this is a really great ROTJ version of Han Solo that unlike Luke and Leia covers all of his various looks from the film.
Where to get it? GameStop is basically the only retailer that seems to carry new figures in stores. I’ve seen all of the Endor wave over my last few visits. Amazon has Han Solo in and out of stock as well. Entertainment Earth has him up for pre-order with a November(?) release.