Han Solo Wave 1 Star Wars 3 3/4″ Figures from Hasbro Review
When a new Star Wars movie is about to hit, you know a whole slew of new products and action figures are on the way! I thoroughly enjoyed the Han Solo movie and I hope we get another one because (spoiler alert!) I want to see where Qi’ra goes next with Darth Maul and Han’s first encounter with Jabba the Hutt. All the actors played their roles well and the backlash before it even hit was unwarranted.
We’ve had two Force Friday events before Star Wars movie hit the theatres over the last few years and many toys were supposed to be out a few Fridays before the Han Solo movie was released. In many places, nothing was out on the shelves or available online. My nearest Walmart and Toys R Us stores had nothing with the new packaging available for at least three or four weeks after the supposed street date. I think many retailers held onto stuff as they were liquidating any Black Series and 3 3/4′ figures from Rogue One and The Last Jedi.
I wasn’t worried, though. I bought all my stuff from Northmen Collectibles and I had the stuff I wanted the week after it was supposed to be on the pegs/shelves. If you’re still having a hard time, especially in Canada, make sure to check ’em out!
In this feature, I’m taking a look at all the figures that came out alongside the movie. Most of the characters are in the movie but in this first wave, there were some sets and figures that had nothing to do with the Han Solo movie. I’m not sure as to the rationale behind it, but it is what it is.
Here’s my usual disclaimer: I buy these things and keep ’em in the package. It’s not because I’m thinking I’ll get rich off them. I hang them up and display them that way. With that said, here are the figures I picked up. There’s also a video run-though from my YouTube channel embedded at the end of this.
You may also ask, “where the hell is the Han Solo 3 3/4″ figure?!?” Well, he comes with the new Force Link 2.0 device and I didn’t pick it up yet. I probably will soon enough but then another part of me is waiting until they’re at least half price like both the other Force Link 1.0 sets currently are. If you want to see him and some of these other characters in action figure form, check out my look at the 6″ Black Series figures featuring a few of them.
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)
I’m starting off with the figures that have nothing to do with the Han Solo film first. I didn’t do the research I should have before I filmed my video that is at the end of this feature. Sometimes I get the chance to do vids first and then I have to do pics later. I call it the “quiet house opportunity.” When it strikes, I use it.
Anyway, I wasn’t sure when filming what the difference between this figure and the previous one I looked at before was. Turns out, there’s nothing. Not one thing. It’s a repack so the only thing that may be different is the quality of the paint job on the figure. Even the image used on the card is the same. If I didn’t get the figures shown here as a lot, I probably would have passed on this. There’s really no point grabbing this figure unless you’re a carded figure completist.
The same can be said about this figure as Luke. This is a repack and nothing has changed. The only other time you could get Maz, though, was if you bought the four figure set. I suppose collectors that couldn’t find (or skipped) the set can now have her in their collection.
Broken record time! This is also a repackaged figure. I guess the plus side on this is you get K-2SO’s blaster. Horray!
Darth Maul & Qui-Gon Jinn
Now we’re talking! Some NEW figures. Well, these two aren’t new characters, of course, but it’s been a while since we’ve gotten a Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn in this scale (well, for me anyway).
I really like the sculpt on Maul’s face and the textures on his robe (which is removable). It’s also great to see the probe droid included as well. I’m sure for most, both these figures are what’s gonna move this set off the shelves.
As for Qui-Gon Jinn, the sculpt seems to be there, but the paint work on it is atrocious. I’m really not a fan of it at all and I’ve got to do some more sleuthing on the Net to see if other people’s figures suffer from the same lackluster job mine did.
Starting off the new figures based of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is Chewbacca. I haven’t read too many people’s opinion’s on the movie online because I liked it and I don’t need to waste my time reading other people’s hatred and disdain. (Spoiler alert) I thought the way these two met was a decent idea, but for Han to know some Wookie (Shyriiwook) out of the blue and speak it for Chewie to not rip him a new one seemed a little forced. After that, Chewie understood all of Han’s English, so why would it have mattered in the first place if Han knew Chewie’ dialect? (End)
All that aside, while Chewbacca didn’t look younger per say, I think the little details in the face made it appear that it was a slightly different version of Chewbacca than we’ve seen before. The double bandolier is a nice touch because it does differentiate him from other appearances in other films and action figure forms.
The sculpt and blending of colours on the fur are all done well and this figure is an absolute hit in my books. I know people will bitch about the limited articulation, but I’m displaying them, so it doesn’t bother me.
I’m actually surprised Stormtroopers didn’t play a bigger role in the film than they did. Then on the flip side of that, the story wasn’t focusing on The Empire. You could see the control The Empire had on Corellia and the presence of the Troopers was enough for you to infer that The Empire was tightening it’s grip.
I was a big fan of the figure in the Black Series 6″ scale and it’s represented well in this scale. The cape and the weathering is awesome and I’ll say again that I hope Hot Toys reveals this figure sooner than later.
Qi’ra’s figure in this scale also turned out well. I’m surprised with how great the sculpt is on the face! While this may not be the most exciting figure for kids, I’m sure collectors will be picking it up. Seeing how Qi’ra had a few costume changes in the film, I’m curious to see if Hasbro will be pumping out more variations of her or if she’ll warm pegs.
Just like the Mimban Stormtrooper, I really liked The Black Series version of this figure and am hoping Hot Toys releases one in the sixth scale. I enjoyed the brief time they were in the film and once you see it, their outfit makes total sense. More variations of Troopers are must-haves in my books. Great job on this figure!
Lando Calrissian and Kessle Guard
I was really curious as to why Lando wasn’t released on a single card but placed in as a two pack. It doesn’t matter to me, though, because I like scoring a figure as cool as the Kessle Guard and would have bought it on a single card as well.
The figure, along with the Kessle Guard are both exceptional for figures in this scale. I think the sculpt of the heads (the face and helmet) are fantastic and the paint on both of them make me wish so many past figures had this much love, especially with the Kessle Guard.
A side note on the film: I really, really loved Donald Glover in this film. I don’t watch too many movies so I wasn’t familiar with him or his work beforehand. As soon as he began talking in the movie, and watching his mannerisms, I though, “yeah, that’s Lando.” Billy Dee Williams would be proud.
I was pleased with Alden Ehrenreich’s performance as Han Solo, too. People bought too much into the “he can’t act” rumours and stuff. If he got help on the set, then good for him because I thought he portrayed a young, confident, and cocky Han Solo very well. As for the “there’s only one Han Solo and that’s Harrison Ford” argument, this is a prequel, people! Ford can’t get younger or cast for the role. It wasn’t like Ford was replaced in The Force Awakens either. I just don’t get the hate.
Enfys Nest & Swoop Bike
I’m still on the fence on the Enfys Nest figure. There seems to be something missing with it. Perhaps the intricate parts of the costume isn’t being reflected enough with this figure, or there are too many paint details missing. The fur doesn’t come through well enough, the detailing in the chest plate area is lacking, and I think the visor on the helmet isn’t popping like it should. I guess I’ll really have something to compare it to when The Black Series figure ships hopefully within the next month.
The Swoop Bike is decent although it’s not the most appealing vehicle. Then again, was the Scout Trooper’s Speedbike really? This is the one purchase that I’m featuring here where I think I’d have to take it out of the of the box to really get a solid opinion on everything. Too bad I don’t have the room. The box is appealing, though!
Thanks for checking out my thoughts on these figures. Enjoy my thoughts in the video!