Ok, I've been slacking off here (really I just been ungodly busy). Han Solo is the figure of the week and the topic of our discussion. Han was first releast on 12 back card and can be found on most major types of card backs, I'll double check later but I believe Han wasn't available on POTF card. Han is highly notable because of his head. The first version had a head just a little to small for the body. But before the ESB line started (any one have a firmer date?) Kenner made a new head, this one just a little to big. The accessory was typically a bluish black blaster.
This is one of those figures I've got real mixed feeling about. I never knew of the head change as a kid (only learned about it 10 years ago). So I knew of was the big head version. I think the big head is terrible. I really can't say this about other figure, but I think/thought the big head version is/was so ugly I didn't want it as an adult/kid. The nose and the hair are both off in my opinion. The small head might be just a bit too small, but no where near as bad as the big head is. The same crack heads who did the Cantina Aliens must have reworked the head. Kenner just should have left well enough a lone. Ok the body. Again (and again and again) the left hand is useless and at an odd angle (who's he waving to?). The right arm's angle bothers my little, just a little too perposed. The shirt and vest are well done and I like the red stripes on each leg. Its nice detail Kenner could have easily skipped.
Han Solo is not a figure I had as kid, nor one that I wanted. Now I'm not big on collecting variations, but sometimes I do pick up a specific variation. Han is one of those cases. I picked up a small head version of Han off eBay in late '99. I thought it might be hard to find, but I guess not.