This volume we talk about a certain scruffy looking nerf herder. But lets start with something not in last volumes A to Z...
Bootlegs toys and other Star Wars collectibles were made primarily in countries where Star Wars was not commercially released in theaters. Most Star Wars bootlegs originate from the eastern bloc countries: Poland, Hungary, and Russia. The most notable carded bootlegs are Turkish UZAY carded figures. They also issued a couple of mini-rigs. The card photos for these figures show a cheesy images of the action figure in a pose, some with pyschedelic backgrounds.
Bootleg Level 1
These are the most common bootlegs. Basically these are exact copies cast from original toys. They can come carded, bagged, boxed, or loose. Usually the packaging mimics the packaging of the toy line being bootlegged though sometimes only one package may be copied and used as a generic package for all of the bootlegs.
Bootleg Level 2
These are very similar to level 1 bootlegs except there is one major difference, the size is altered. They can be larger or smaller than the original but the main qualifier of the level is that size is changed while all else remains an exact copy.
These are toys that are influenced by a line of toys but far enough removed to possibly escape copyright infringement, yet recognizable enough to see the influence of a line.
In any case, these things are fun to collect, and there's always something new to discover. This photo shows a neat non-articulated rendition of Kenner's Han Solo figure. Its a direct copy, there has been no limb substitution and the paint directly mimics that of the licensed version. I was told by the person I bought this figure from that it came from Poland. A similar Han figure can be seen here.
We will go more in depth with the different types of bootlegs in future volumes but until then......
A New Hope Han
There were 3 different versions of the original Han Solo figure. The first was scrapped before tooling, the second was the large version and the third was a small head (pin head).
The change was made based on looks.
A former sculptorremembers Harrison Ford as a plauge because it was so hard to get a good likness of him. But that could be said of all the figures.
As you will notice his arm is bent, which is a Han figure staple until the Endor Han (the Hoth and Bespin versions weren't as bent).
This made him look more like a cowboy, which I think George Lucas wanted him to be a western type so this fits right in.
His smuggler blaster is the best gun in the whole vintage line and one Luke would adopt.
The only downside to this figure are the skinny legs. Hans Imperial pants were very iconic as is his waist coat and needed to be show off better.
Therefore I give this a 8/10
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