Lando Calrissian (Jabba's Sail Barge)
Released February 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on March 26, 2004
When I was but a wee lad, Kenner made a Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise that as a kid, was one of my favorite toys. In 1997, they did it again with a new version that, while a little beefy, was one of the best figures available at the time. Now in 2004, they revisit Lando Calrissian (Jabba's Sail Barge) with a highly posable version that, except for the lack of knee joints, is quite possibly the best we'll ever see.
This figure is packaged with a base, helmet, pistol, and vibro-axe.
I'm biased-- I just love Lando figures. Even the bad ones. Thankfully, this is one of the better ones, and as such a required purchase for me, you, and everybody you know. It isn't perfect, but it is awesome.
The detail has been upped, as has the realism of proportions. No more wacky giant torsos here, folks.
The same basic head sculpt was used on the first three Lando figures in this generation and a new one was introduced in Power of the Jedi. This one is different from that one, and we must say, seems very pale for a man of his skintone. I've heard this has to do with detail and the materials used, as really dark skin tends to mask the facial expression on a small action figure, but it still looks decent even if it's not a perfect likeness. While the image in the picture seems to look stern and have larger eyebrows, my sample looks perfectly fine and has a nice face to boot. (Funny how that works.) The head rests on a ball joint, so it can look every which way and, if you desire, be popped off. Lando can also be posed to have both hands holding a lightsaber quite well, which the recently release Luke couldn't do without looking a little wonky.
Articulation on Lando is great and easily the best Lando yet in this sense. You can find joints at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and waist. This is great because he can stand guard, do some action battle poses, or look up from the bowels of the Sarlacc. If they made such a thing, which they didn't. Knee joints would harm the sculpt of the pants which, I gotta say, look incredible. You will never look at another action figure and say "wow, those are some decent pants." But this time, you will. It's just that great.
The armor is fantastic, the trigger finger on his right hand is separated, and there's just really so much going on right with this figure that it's amazing that this isn't typical for a Hasbro figure just yet. The paint on my sample was superb, and unlike the 1997 version, his pants are clean. There's a holster for his blaster too, so as far as the figure itself goes there's really very little to improve upon.
Finally, for your amusement, here's what he looked like in 1997.
This set includes a base, gun, helmet, and vibro-ax.
The base is nothing new, so you know what to expect from the gunmetal grey rectangle with the Star Wars logo stamped on it. Like before, if you string these together, sometimes the ones on the end pop up. It's weird. And, really, not something that should be happening.
Lando's helmet is a little tricky to get on and off since it's rubbery and you're probably going to be wary of ruining it. It fits like a glove, thankfully, and the rubbery part actually is pretty cool because you can pull it down to reveal his face a little, just like he very awkwardly did in Return of the Jedi.
The blaster is the same one included with the recently released Luke, only cast in black and completely unpainted. It looks great, though, and we're glad it's here so he can go shooting things.
The staff, on the other hand, isn't as good as it could be. Anyone looking for the worst offender for rubbery weapons has a new whipping boy. This thing is limp as all get out and frankly, it might be bad for the health of the accessory in the long run. It looks good, I'm happy to say, but it's just very rubbery to the point where it will undoubtedly annoy many collectors. Still, it looks good, and since few of us really play with our toys, fewer will notice.
For 2004, the late-2003 revision is still being employed. More of the same, folks.
Figure distribution in 2004 is random and spotty, and I have yet to see this one in stores. As such, keep your eyes peeled.
Don't miss this one. Seriously... don't. It's really great and one of the finest Landos ever released. It's also a great outfit, and let's face it, you could use a few more Skiff guards. Buy it, buy two, just be sure to crack one open and mess with it a little. It's a great figure.
Our regular sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in March 2004.