- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hasbro adds to an already voluminous collection of Black Series, 6-inch-tall action figures devoted to George Lucas’ space fantasy with its new group spotlighting the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

The latest highly articulated gems include Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, a couple of specialty Stormtroopers and Donald Glover as one of the most recognized gambling smugglers in a galaxy far, far away.

Figure profile: (from packaging) Smooth and sophisticated, Captain Lando Calrissian stands ready to retire from the life of a smuggler and instead become a full-time gambler (or “sportsman,” as he calls it), shuffling from card game to card game across the galaxy.

Accessories: Hasbro’s new Photo Real paint application process, using an advanced inkjet printing system to deliver more consistent and finer details to a character’s facial sculpts, really comes to light when examining Mr. Glover’s likeness in his Lando action figure.

Specifically, he looks plucked right from the movie with one eyebrow raised and his cocky expression, famed mustache and a slight goatee, sideburns and a hairstyle midway between a subdued, side-parted afro and Jheri curl.

His plastic costuming is equally impressive with a bright yellow shirt with rolled-up sleeves; a removable, long draping black scarf (with white accents); a removable over-the-shoulder cape (black on the outside with a blue interior); black pants; and shiny black boots.

He also gets a soft plastic holster to hold his rather large, silver blaster pistol that has a removable barrel (maybe a silencer) when not pointing it at cheaters and Imperial forces.

As far as poseability, Lando has a whopping 30 points of articulation that include double-hinged knee joints, thigh swivels and ball-jointed ankles to easily position him in nearly any stance.

Although Lando is impressive, fans of the Empire’s minions will also be smitten with a few of the other recent Black Series release.

Here’s a pair worthy of adding to the bad guy collection.

Range Trooper: This soldier mostly encased in white, scuffed-up armor offers an exaggerated version of the Hoth Troopers seen in “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.” I loved the faux-fur collar around his neck, the detailed, complex mechanical-style boots, long, soft rubber coat, battered square helmet and translucent yellow visor. Also wielding an E-11 style blaster, it is one of the best-looking trooper action figures that I have seen since the Shadow Stormtrooper.

Mimban Stormtrooper: This Walmart exclusive offers a figure wearing the traditional white armor from the original film trilogy except caked in plenty of mud and grime, obviously showing the result of a major, dirty firefight. The figure also gets a soft black cape and E-11 blaster.

Price: $19.99.

Read all About it: The home of “Star Wars” sequential art, Marvel Comics, offers the five-issue series “Star Wars: Lando — Double or Nothing” ($4.99 each) starting May 30. Set prior to the film, the story features the smuggler on an adventure to help rescue a crime lord’s minions enslaved by the Empire while looking for love and cash along the way.

What’s it worth: With now over 60 action figures devoted to the 6-inch Black Series, Hasbro has created another collecting addiction for “Star Wars” saga toy devotees.

Although the price point might be a bit high for parents of younger fans, collectors should gladly pay the price, considering the artistic and technological craftsmanship afforded to Lando and all of the latest “Solo: A Star Wars Story” figures.

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