Monday, October 22, 2012

Power of the Force 12" Han Solo & Carbonite Block

One of the best things about toy collecting or any kind of collecting, is that you never know when you may stumble onto something that would add onto your collection.

I stumbled onto this figure when a bunch of my friends and I were "toy window shopping."
I usually won't pick up such figures but that Carbonite Block really caught my eye and the price was very reasonable.

The packaging is pretty simple with a big window to showcase the figures.
The design is similar to the green Power of the Force design commonly seen on the 3.75" cards.
There are twistees but not that much. Enough to secure the figures and not drive you crazy.
You could easily take out the figures without damaging the packaging.
I found it funny that 50% of the back shows Lando Calrissian while Han in Carbonite takes up a little corner...and I thought we were buying a Han Solo figure.

Lando Calrissian?

The sculpting on the Han Solo figures by today's 12" standard is poor.
However for a mass market toy produced in the 1990s, I guess you can't compare.
I do like the vintage feel of the figure. I guess you can spot Harrison Ford in the sculpt if you squint hard enough and tilt you head to the left...  
The "arm cuffs" were a nice touch to the figure.

I did not notice that part of the white shirt has started to brown due to age until I got him home...oh well I can live with that cause Han was not the reason why I bought this.

Han comes along with a blaster that has a red projectile. I am sure it can shoot but at the point of this review, I still can't figure out the firing mechanisim.

The real reason why I got this figure is the Carbonite block.

Some little trivia the freezing process, the gas was pumped into a freezing chamber where it was mixed with molten carbonite into a solid block. The gas was released later at its destination or at the processing center.
Darth Vader ordered the modification of a freezing chamber on Bespin's Cloud City so that he could freeze Luke Skywalker—eliminating any chance of escape—to transport him to the Emperor.
As a test, the process was tried on Han Solo.
I really like the sculpting on this.
There is a good amount of details and at first glance it does look movie accurate.

Unfortuantely, it is not one solid piece but hollow inside.
Hence it is very light and I can't stop feeling that the amount I paid for this actually is for the Han figure.
If only I could have gotten this loose for a cheaper price. 

Nice details on the control panels

I though it was cool to hang the Carbonite Block onto my Toy room's wall.
Maybe a Leia in Boushh disguise would look great with it...


[Retro-Z] said...

okay i was doing all right until, the last photo... look away, far away!

LEon said...

Wow this is vintage! Power of the force. You may change his clothe to Indiana jones since his white shirt is brown


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