The Good: Costume looks more or less right.
The Bad: Dumb animated look, Giant head, Heavy.
The Basics: Absolutely worthless, the Mighty Muggs Han Solo Hoth figure continues a poor tradition of a terrible toy line.
When I first encountered the Mighty Muggs Star Wars toy line, I looked at it with a sense of ambiguity and then surprise. The toys look like they might be plush as they feature animated versions of recognizable Star Wars characters. But no, the cartoon-like heads atop disproportionately smaller bodies simply revealed that the heads and toys were solid, like ceramic (they are, in fact, made of a super-hard, heavy plastic). This was especially disappointing to me when the Han Solo from Hoth that was gifted to me fell from my shelf and the head cracked in two (and chipped my tile floor).
For those unfamiliar with Han Solo as he appeared on Hoth, at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back (click here for that review!), the Rebellion has found refuge on the ice world Hoth. There, a bundled up Han Solo lays sensors to help the Rebels monitor for incoming attacks. Luke, on a similar mission, is waylaid by a Wampa creature and Han goes out into the frozen night to find him! This figure represents Han Solo bundled up in his winter coat for Hoth exploration.
The Mighty Muggs Hoth Han Solo figure is poor and anyone who has seen how Han Solo actually looked will recognize this bears little resemblance to Han Solo. This looks like a cartoon version of Han and the only way one might know it is him from Hoth would be the color of his outfit.
Han Solo is a human Rebel, seen on Hoth freezing and doing whatever it takes to stay alive in the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back. The figure stands 7" tall. Han Solo is dressed in a blue that is painted solidly onto the puffy body of the toy. There are no rank insignias on the toy.
This toy is a poor sculpt which looks like an oversized, fattened up LEGO figure and Mighty Muggs did not even put fur around the hooded face of Han Solo. The hands are open slightly and this allows Han to hold his ridiculous plastic blaster. Han’s goggles are painted into his forehead and this only enhances how silly this toy looks.
Han Solo, fighting on Hoth as he is, comes with one accessory, his blaster pistol. The two inch long choking hazard fits in Han Solo's right hand. This is a monolithically molded black plastic blaster that is simple and looks quite large for his hand. Still, the surface detailings, like the scope and ribbing on the barrel are pretty cool and this looks like the gun Han Solo actually used.
The Mighty Muggs toy line was designed for no good reason I can find, perhaps just because someone realized Star Wars fans would buy anything (I swear, we won’t!). This heavy toy can be harmful to children and is more intended as a display statue. Sure, it’s a ridiculous display statue, but that’s about it.
Han Solo comes with only five points of articulation, all of which are simple swivel joints. He has joints at the groin socket, shoulders, and neck. The elbows do not extend, so all arm posing is straight-armed. To be fair, the figure does stand up.
The Hoth Han Solo is part of the Mighty Muggs Star Wars collection, which no one I know (outside the person who gifted me one) would ever spend money on. The value of these is already declining because it’s a ridiculous concept executed poorly.
Want heavy, smooth and looking nothing like Han Solo? The Mighty Muggs Hoth Han Solo toy might be for you! For the rest of us, there are far better toy options.
For other Mighty Muggs toys, please check out my reviews of:
Hoth Luke Skywalker
Mola Ram (Indiana Jones Assortment)
Grand Moff Tarkin
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