Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Action Figure Review II: Hot Toys "Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope" 1/6th scale Han Solo

continued from previous toy blog post...

Here's Hot Toys MMS261 "Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope" 1/6th scale Han Solo 12-inch Collectible Figure (from my October 2015 haul, posted on my toy blog HERE) in one of his signature pose with pistol drawn and shooting at the bad guys. Funny thing is, he was a bad guy himself (smuggler, scoundrel and all) until he decided to join the Rebellion in their fight against the Galactic Empire. The fact that Han shot first (clearly it was a case of self-defence because Greedo would have shot him if not for his quick reaction) and killed Greedo the bounty hunter at the Mos Eisley cantina on Tattooine only goes to cement his character.

So many 1:6 scale Han Solo figures have been released so far but this Hot Toys Han Solo has to be the best one by far. Everything looks good on the figure, from his outfit consisting of off-white V-neck top, black vest, brown belt, brown leather blaster holster belt (quick-draw holster), navy pants with red pattern (Corellian blood stripe), and black leather boots to his weapon of choice, the DL-44 heavy blaster pistol and the detachable droid caller located on his belt. A droid caller was a small handheld device that worked in conjunction with a droid's restraining bolt. Its signal compelled a droid to stop whatever it was doing and report to its master. I have a question: why does Han need a droid caller? He doesn't own any droids and we never see him calling any droid in all the films. Luke Skywalker has one and that's because he has two droids (R2-D2 and C-3P0) his uncle Owen bought from scavengers before he got killed for it.

Harrison Ford's previous work in American Graffiti eventually landed him his first starring film role, when he was hired by Lucas to read lines for actors auditioning for parts in his then-upcoming film Star Wars (1977). Lucas was eventually won over by Ford's performance during these line reads and cast him as Han Solo. Star Wars became one of the most successful movies of all time worldwide and established Ford as a superstar. He went on to star in the similarly successful Star Wars sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), as well as the Star Wars Holiday Special (1978).

Han Solo was deemed the 4th greatest movie character of all-time by Empire magazine. Entertainment Weekly ranked the character 7th on their list of The All-Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture. On their list of the 100 Greatest Fictional Characters, Fandomania.com ranked Solo at number 15. IGN listed Han Solo as the second greatest Star Wars character of all time (behind Darth Vader), as well as listing him as one of the top 10 characters who most needed a spin-off, saying he was "Arguably the coolest character in the Star Wars universe".

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Check out the close-up pictures of Hot Toys MMS261 "Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope" 1/6th scale Han Solo 12-inch Collectible Figure

Close-up picture of Hot Toy's 1:6 scale DL-44 heavy blaster pistol. The DL-44 heavy blaster pistol was considered one of the most powerful blaster pistols in the galaxy, delivering massive damage at close range. Possibly the best known duplicate of a real gun, the DL-44 blaster pistol prop was built from a Mauser C96 handgun, sometimes with a sniper rifle scope. The modifications are obviously added on to the exterior, though the distinct "broomhandle" grips are still wooden.

Check out the Hot Toys 1:6 scale Han Solo belts: brown belt for his pants and brown leather blaster holster belt (quick-draw holster) for his DL-44 heavy blaster pistol.

NEXT: Hot Toys MMS262 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope: 1/6th scale Chewbacca Collectible Figure Review

Related posts:
My Star Wars Collection from July 2008 - lots of pictures HERE
Hasbro Star Wars Silver Anniversary (1977 - 2002) Han Solo and Chewbacca's "Death Star Escape" action figures posted HERE
Check out Han and Chewie's ship, the Millennium Falcon Legacy Collection by Hasbro posted on my toy blog HERE
Sideshow Collectibles "Star Wars" 1:6 scale Luke Skywalker Red Five X-Wing Pilot figure review posted HERE and HERE
Comparison pictures between Sideshow 1:6 scale Luke Skywalker and Hot Toys 12-inch Luke Skywalker posted HERE


Unknown said...

Is the gun made from rubber?

alex teo said...

No, it's not. It's plastic moulded then painted.