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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Action Figure Review: Lando Calrissian from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro
Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Cape, blaster, and comlink.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Lando has some pretty good articulation. There are definitely some weaknesses (the elbow articulation is a bit limited) but overall Lando can attain most poses you'd hope from him. He's solid, durable, and is practically a one-man disco powerhouse. Yup, just like good ol' ToyFare magazine I still love putting Star Wars figures in disco poses. Because why not?
* Technically, there's nothing wrong with the work on Lando's outfit. Without the cape (which I'm going to get to in a minute) Lando's outfit is pretty standard. The paintwork is clean for such a simple design although the Baron Administrator state belt (the cummerbund like belt around his waist) does add a bit of sharp detail, to the look.
* Poking out of his right sleeve is Lando's wrist communicator. It's a really, really tiny little piece of tech but the paintwork is pretty solid. I love small details like this that show some attention to detail. Now please, please, please Hasbro! Please give us a Lobot!
* Lando includes the DH-17 blaster pistol he's sporting in so many publicity stills. It's a great blaster with a clean paint application on the barrel. It's nice to finally have one of these in the Black Series (although the Death Squad Commander from the 40th Anniversary Series has one, too, but I found him after I found Lando).
* Lando comes with one other cool accessory: His little portable comlink. This thing is pretty accurate, even though it's really, really small. It makes for some great poses. Heck, now Hasbro just needs to make a Lobot to go along with this Lando. I really, really want a Black Series Lobot!
* Let's talk about the headsculpt again. From the front there's just something off about it. I absolutely see some Billy Dee Williams in it but you know who else I'm seeing? Lionel Richie. I'm not sure if it's the shape of the face, the hair, the skin tone, or the lack of Lando's trademark grin, but there's something about this headsculpt that just misses the mark a bit. I really think a grinning headsculpt should have been included.
* I know that articulation is sometimes going to ruin sculpt, but why oh why did Hasbro not try to add mid-torso articulation point where Lando's shirt meets his belt? That would have just made too much sense and really wouldn't have cost too much so far as range of motion goes, right
* I know it's tough to see in this picture, but Lando's waist and upper thighs are are very different shade of blue than his pants. It's noticeable, probably more noticeable because Lando's wearing a pretty simple outfit. Weird, huh?
more diverse posing options for Lando Calrissian and I think the lack of a soft goods cape hurts the figure overall.
I haven't actually reviewed any other Lando Calrissian figures on the site before. If you're looking for more Black Series: Phase III figures, though, check out the following:
442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu)
C-3PO (Resistance Base)
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot
Imperial Shock Trooper
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016)
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Princess Leia Organa
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8
Rey (Starkiller Base)
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
X-Wing Pilot Asty