Hello. What have we here?

For a while now I’ve wanted to take a look at the different Landos from Kenner’s Star Wars line much like I did with the Leias. Even with few costume changes there were still three versions of Lando in the vintage run.  Colt .45 not included.

Lando Calrissian, 1980

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The original the way most people remember him as the Baron Administrator of Cloud City all decked out in monochrome blue on blue.  If Solo was going to have best bro you can sure bet he’d be a smooth-talking cat with a thirst for malt liquor dressed like a sci-fi version of Superfly.  The figure nails the look seamlessly right down to the shirt collar and snazzy belt.  He also sports the last of the vinyl capes in the Star Wars line as Kenner soft goods.

Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise), 1983

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When I was a kid I didn’t have many Star Wars figures, but this version of Lando was one of them I did have. I’ve always loved the “sneaking around in enemy uniforms” cliche ever since The Wizard Of Oz , and the fact that this figure had a removable helmet really pushed him over the edge for me.  Additionally this one is a prime example of of how far Kenner had come in terms of sculpting.  The intricate details really speak for themselves.

Lando Calrissian (General Pilot), 1984

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A general, huh?  Somewhere pre-Jedi Lando gets promoted as does Han Solo.  The Rebelion is gearing up for their last-ditch effort in defeating the Empire so they may as well promote everybody,right? His look is similar to the duds other members of the Rebe high command are wearing save for one distinguishing feature: a CAPE.  That’s right.  Lando’s still keeping it real with a touch of soulfull flair, and the resulting toy doesn’t disappoint.

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One response to “Hello. What have we here?

  1. “You truly belong here among the clouds.”

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