STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
For Day 22 of my post-Christmas reviews, I’ll be taking a look at the last of the Star Wars-themed figures I got this year, before once again returning to the world of Marvel (spoilers for tomorrow’s review?) Today, I’ll be looking at everyone’s favorite suave scoundrel. No, it’s not Han Solo, why do you ask? Okay, so it’s everyone’s *second* favorite suave scoundrel, Lando Calrissian!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lando was released as part of Series 5 of Walmart’s exclusive smaller-scale Star Wars: The Black Series line, the same assortment that brought us Wednesday’s Admiral Ackbar figure (along with Ahsoka Tano and a Royal Guard). Like Ackbar, Lando is a re-release of an earlier Vintage Collection figure. Also like Ackbar, I don’t have the earlier figure, so this one is new for me. The figure stands just shy of 4 inches tall and has 24 points of articulation. The Vintage Collection was where Hasbro finally started adding in some additional hip movement for some of the figures. Lando was from later in the line, when they started adding it to non-Jedi/Trooper characters. At this point the movement was still rather primitive when compared to lots of other small-scale lines like this, but progress is progress. The sculpt is generally pretty decent. He’s based on Lando’s General look from Return of the Jedi, which isn’t my go-to Lando look, but it’s a decent enough choice. The uniform is pretty solid and matches up with the onscreen costume. The holster is a separate, removable piece, which is actually pretty convenient, since it had a tendency to switch shoulder from shot to shot. The head sports a passable Billy Dee Williams likeness. It’s hardly perfect, but it’s about as close as any other likeness this line’s ever given us. The cape is cloth, and that’s probably the one major detractor about this figure. It’s not awful; the actual cape bit is decent enough, but the clasp, which is rather thin in the film, is replaced here by a rather thick spandex band. It’s totally inaccurate and ends up covering a good portion of the rather nicely sculpted collar. Lando sports some pretty decent paintwork. Nothing particularly spectacular, or super exciting, but the application is quite clean, continuing the upward trend from Hasbro as of late. Lando includes a small blaster pistol, which can be placed in the holster.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Just like Admiral Ackbar, Lando was a Christmas present from my Super Awesome Girlfriend, though there’s no special reason behind me getting this guy (aside from an offhand confirmation of “yeah, I like Lando”). While this isn’t my first choice of costume, this is otherwise a pretty solid figure, and I’m glad to add him to my collection!