After being appointed a general Lando Calrissian took the Luke Skywalker Empire Strike Back role in Return of the Jedi. That meant he spent a brief amount of time with the main crew before going on his own separate adventure. Granted, Lando had an important part to play in destroying the Death Star, but he missed out on all the fun in Endor.
That’s probably why the Black Series General Lando Calrissian figure is so prominent on shelves now. He seems like the 2022 Greef Karga and Kuiil where he will be the constant figure on the shelf holding it down for the Black Series. Maybe when Nien Nunb gets added to the line these will start flying off the shelves? I didn’t care at all though as I’m not skipping any Lando figures even if this is his least exciting incarnation.
Packaging: I’m still really digging the new packaging. The accent colors make it clear which property the figure is from — in this case the bold green indicates Return of the Jedi figures. He’s the seventh figure from ROTJ.
I also love the connecting artwork. It’s a great take on Billy Dee Williams and the cool extra touch of the Millennium Falcon speeding away after triggering the Death Star’s explosion.
The bio is exceptional fully explaining Lando’s role in taking out the Death Star.
Likeness: Hasbro’s sculptors did a tremendous job of capturing Williams’ likeness. This is the likeness test where you could just show someone the head and they’d be able to tell you who it is and if they paid attention to the higher, fuller hair would know this is Lando from ROTJ.
It reflects a slightly older version of Lando although it’d been nice to have one with a slight smile or projecting a bit more confidence in Han to get that deflector shield down.
Lando’s general togs are pretty plain. It’s a collar shirt under a vest. His general badge, collar studs and right wrist communicator are well detailed.
One of Lando’s distinguishing design elements is his assortment of capes. Hasbro opted to make Lando actually didn’t keep the cape on while he flies so it was smart of Hasbro to make it removable. The cape clasp is closer to Lando’s neck than it should be as the cape should drape along his shoulders beyond the collar.
Lando’s torso and legs seem wider than Endor Han Solo. Those two are around the same size making Lando’s clothing look like a bad fit and baggy. That’s especially true with the shirt, which has too many folds and creases.
It’s interesting that Hasbro went with different knee arrangements for Lando. His left leg has more of a triangle shape while the right is more hexagonal. Lando’s torso joint is higher up than other figures creating a break line that detracts from the shirt flow and unintentionally creating a cross pattern on his chest.
Paint: Lando’s hair was more brown than stark black. There’s a few scraps on my Lando’s shirt, but the detailing on the panels and medals are solid.
Lando’s vest should be a bit darker as there was a noticeable color difference from the sleeves and collar. It’s there when you look close enough, but not nearly obvious enough from a distance.
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Scale: Lando and Han are about the same height, which means he’s taller than Leia as well and definitely looking up to Chewbacca. He’s not really around the rest of the core cast in this attire save for Han so his height isn’t as big a concern.
Articulation: The interesting thing with General Lando is he really didn’t do anything but sit in the Falcon’s cockpit.
I wonder if Hasbro would try a HasLab of the Falcon’s cockpit since so many memorable scenes played out there and it’s not something that could be done justice in a regular retail offering.
Anyway, Lando can accept Han’s offer to take the Falcon. Sit down with no problem and celebrate at the Endor village with no problem.
General Lando Calrissian has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- butterfly shoulders
- wrist hinge
Accessories: Lando comes with a blaster. It’s small enough to fit into the chest holster. It’s tiny, but again, Lando didn’t actually use a blaster while going after the Death Star.
It’s a nice inclusion and I’m glad Hasbro decided to make it removable. I suppose you could also count the cape and holster as accessories since they’re not part of his Falcon piloting look either.
Worth it? You can Lando now for $15. That’s a great price for a Black Series in 2022. Since he’s not as flashy as some of the other figures or have alternate costumes like Han, Luke and Leia, this is a solid price point. I wouldn’t pay $22.99 for him.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Beyond the paint on the vest I’m pretty happy with how Gen. Lando turned out. Now we just need a few more members of his Falcon cockpit crew to have some more fun.