HAN SOLO (Bespin Outfit) /
HAN SOLO (Cloud City Outfit)

  (The Empire Strikes Back)

Date Stamp: 1980

Release Date: 1981

Carded Availability:
  The Empire Strikes Back
  Return of the Jedi

Assortment No. : 39339

Retail: $2.49

Weapons and Accessories: 

  • Blue Bespin Blaster

  • Point of Interest: 
      This figure was included in the Cloud City Playset, but made it's first carded appearance on The Empire Strikes Back 41 back card. This figure also appeared as Han solo (Cloud City Outfit) on a Canadian exclusive skin wrapped card*. This figure was also packaged on the Dengar version of this card and sports a sticker over top of Dengar's nameplate. To date, there is only one known example of this variation.

    Comments: Talk about Essential Action figures. The vintage Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) figure is easily the best rendition of the former spice smuggler. Not only is it completely in the proper proportions --something this character's figures have a hard time being-- it's darn heroically sculpted. No matter what, it couldn't get better than this. Maybe that's why Kenner had to throw extra gimmicks like the proper weapon, material trench coats, and big honking Carbonite slabs with their follow up Hans...

    Major Variations: Though all vintage figures have minor variations, the Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) figure has no major variations. Though often mistaken by newer collectors, this figure actually was packaged with the Blue Bespin Blaster instead of the Rebel Blaster traditionally associated with the character.

    *The Canadian Skin Wrapped figures were produced for Sears Canada and were included as exclusive bonus figures in multi-packs created for the holiday catalog. Since these figures had not yet been released on card backs, Kenner produced them vacuum-sealed on lower quality cards that had every element a regular Canadian The Empire Strikes Back cards had save an actual character image or the individual colours on the name plate and behind the figure itself. The card back was completely unprinted. Though in some cases renamed from the mass released versions, the skin wrapped figures were: Dengar, Ugnaught, Lobot (Lando's Aid), Han Solo (Cloud City Outfit), General Veers, Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit), and R2-D2 with Periscope.

    Text & Photography by D. Martin Myatt.

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