Thursday, October 31, 2013

If It Weren’t For The Outfit . . . The Han Solo Mighty Muggs Figure Would Be Unrecognizable!

The Good: Costume looks more or less right.
The Bad: Dumb animated look, Giant head, Heavy.
The Basics: The Han Solo Mighty Muggs toy continued the trend in Star Wars Mighty Muggs whereby the figure was only really recognizable due to the costume painted on!

Han Solo, despite being vastly overproduced in the main toy line, actually only suffered Mighty Muggs treatment twice! The oversized, animated-in-appearance “figures” cursed Han Solo with the Hoth version (reviewed here!) and the standard, original A New Hope version. The original Han Solo Mighty Muggs figure is an appropriately ridiculous-looking statue/figure that appeals to a very tiny niche of collectors, which might be why there were no other Han Solo’s than the original two!

Mighty Muggs toys look like they might be plush as they feature animated versions of recognizable Star Wars characters. However, 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 is as true of the Han Solo as it is of other Mighty Muggs figures.

For those unfamiliar with Han Solo as he initially appeared, throughout most of A New Hope (reviewed here!), on both Tatooine and the Death Star. There, Han Solo wore a white and black smuggler’s outfit. It is the vested version of Han Solo that is the subject of the original Mighty Muggs figure.

The Mighty Muggs Han Solo figure is poor and anyone who has seen how Harrison Ford and Han Solo actually looked will recognize this bears little resemblance to Han Solo. This looks like a cartoon version of Han, though the costume is distinctive to the character (though Lando wears the same outfit at the very end of The Empire Strikes Back).


Han Solo is a human smuggler, seen on Tatooine and the Death Star as he appeared at the beginning of A New Hope. The figure stands 7" tall. Han Solo is dressed in a white and black outfit that is painted solidly onto the puffy body of the toy. There are no rank insignias on the toy, though there are details like the belt buckle and blaster holster painted onto the body of this Mighty Muggs toy.

This toy is a poor sculpt which looks like an oversized, fattened up LEGO figure and the Mighty Muggs has black hair on its head. His expression is a grimace, which is appropriate to Han Solo, but this puffy version looks nothing like the character as Han Solo had a very angular face. The hands are open slightly and this allows Han to hold his ridiculous plastic blaster.


Han Solo, scoundrel in debt to Jabba The Hutt as he is, comes with one accessory, his blaster pistol. The two inch long monolithic black plastic firearm fits in Han’s right hand and looks as goofy there as the rest of the figure. This is a very blockish accessory for a very unrealistically-rendered toy.


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 (which turned out to be true enough to make multiple lines of Star Wars Mighty Muggs financially viable!). 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 Han Solo is part of the Mighty Muggs Star Wars collection, which no one I know would ever spend money on. The value of these is already declining because it’s a ridiculous concept executed poorly.


Only the very most devoted fans with far too much money to spend would waste their capital on the Han Solo Mighty Muggs toy.

For other Star Wars Mighty Muggs toys, please check out my reviews of:
Imperial Guard
Plo Koon
Qui-Gon Jinn
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Younger)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Older)
Luke Skywalker
Hoth Luke Skywalker
Grand Moff Tarkin
Bespin Luke Skywalker


For other toy reviews, please visit my Toy Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2013 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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