Packaging - ***
The boxes are the same shape and size as they have been for the past year,
but the general appearance has improved and it feels as if the cardstock is
heavier, providing better protection for the figure inside. All in
all, it's still the usual blue box we've all seen already. One
personal observation are the photos on the front. They seem to be more
clear and bright, a nice change from the low res pixelated images as of
The sculpt on Lando is above average and it seems as if Hasbro is continuing
the trend of creating head sculpts that look more like the actor who played
it. The first Bespin Lando sculpt was fairly decent enough but it's
nice to see an entirely new sculpt for his appearance in ROTJ.
The AT-ST Driver is a vast improvement over the previous Imperial Officer
figure, but I still can't help but think that this is supposed to be Chevy
Chase. The face sculpt is indeed well done and looks just fine
underneath the helmet and goggles. A generic face sculpt is always a
plus when it comes down to the Imperials.
Paint - ***
Paint ops are fairly decent across the board. Lando is pretty
standard, much like other 12" figures with paint on the hair, eyebrows,
mustache, and eyes. The AT-ST Driver does have a more impressive paint
application on the head since the hair is given different colors, showing
the aging man behind the AT-ST. There's even a small scar painted onto
this AT-ST driver's cheek. It is an unnecessary detail but well done
Articulation - *** 1/2 (Lando), *** (AT-ST
The new Lando figure gets a nice score thanks to the body design that
includes the new kung-fu grip hands and the additional point of
articulation in the lower neck (allowing the figure to look down).
All other points are the usual fare found in these figures.
The AT-ST Driver meanwhile goes with the older way of doing things, using
the standard plastic black gloves for hands. The driver does
however, contain a better ball joint neck articulation giving much more
range in motion.
Outfit - ***1/2
stands out the most when seeing both of these figures on the shelf were the
outfits. Lando's gear and armor looks fantastic and it feels as if the
fabric used is both thinner and lighter. The lighter fabric allows the
clothing to fall more naturally instead of bunching up all over. The
helmet for Lando looks great but I do wish that something was done to keep
the helmet on his head a little better. The single best feature on
Lando's outfit is the holster on the side, allowing him to store his
blaster. It's always great when the outfits do more than just hang
AT-ST Driver also received a lighter jumpsuit which allows for better
poseability. The jumpsuit is kept together with velcro and actually
appears a little big for the driver. The Driver comes with a helmet
and separate pair of goggles to complete the costume. The helmet is
the best thing here, as there is elastic to keep the helmet securely
attached to his head. The goggles also have elastic to tie around the
head but unfortunately, mine seems to be too big, without the ability to
adjust it. But assuming that this might have been a minor flaw with
mine, the guys at Hasbro still did a great job with both outfits.
Accessories - ****
The overall score for Accessories does get a slightly better score with the
help of some extras that are part of the outfit. Lando comes with a
removable helmet, blaster, and force pike. The AT-ST Driver comes with
blaster, removable helmet, and removable goggles.
Value - ***1/2
These figures will be about $19.99 at most locations and this is a set that
should please most collectors. Most 12" figures of late weren't
impressive enough to buy at regular price but both Lando and AT-ST Driver
have weapons and removable gear, making it a better buy.
Overall - ***1/2
I haven't been too impressed with most of Hasbro's 12" efforts
but there are a few that really are worth having. Lando Skiff Disguise
and the AT-ST Driver are two that I was certainly eager to get my hands on
once I saw them on the shelves. Good sculpts with pretty accurate
outfits and removable head gear makes these two the ones to get.
Where to Buy -
I picked both of these up at Disneyland for $25 each (not so bad after a
discount), but they will soon begin showing up in greater numbers for $19.99
at Toys'R'Us stores, Target, and Wal-Mart across the country.
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