Solo Made Star Wars Toys Better, Sort Of

Not into firmware updates for toys so much.

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There are almost as many different Star Wars toys as there are stars in the sky, and there are almost as many different varieties, too. There are some really awesome Star Wars toys, and some of the lines aimed at collectors are absolutely top-shelf. But then there are the mass-market figures that vary in quality. Those old Kenner figures definitely scratched the Star Wars itch back in the 1980s, but by modern standards they’re really primitive.

That’s not to say those old figures aren’t charming as hell, and I think eBay prices will back me up, but as far as quality of sculpt and articulation, we’ve come a long way. But the increase in quality isn’t a straight line. There have been… some dips. The Force Awaken toys were a bit of a step back in terms of Star Wars figures, but it looks like the toys for Solo have brought the toys back to a pretty decent level of quality.

Star Wars Force Link 2.0 Lando Calrissian & Kessel Guard 2-Pack

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I don’t know about you, but I’m going to see Solo mostly for Donald Glover’s young Lando. He just oozes cool in the original trilogy, played expertly by the legendary Billy Dee Williams. From the promotional material, it definitely looks like Glover is going to give the role the performance it deserves. This toy has spoilers for Childish Gambino’s This Is America video, so that’s a plus.

Star Wars Force Link 2.0 Qi’Ra (Corellia) Figure

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Qi’ra is the streetwise character in Solo played by Emilia Clarke, who you may remember as Sarah Connor from Terminator Genysis. Did you see that one? Cool concept but the execution wasn’t great. Anyway, this is one of the new Force Link figures, which uses near-field communication technology similar to what you might find if you cut open your amiibo collection.

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Toys are so much like video games now, it’s unreal. Technologically they’re borrowing from each other, right down to requiring a day-one update. Yeah, this needs a firmware update right out of the box. It also looks like a Ben 10 toy, kind of? But you get a young Han Solo figure and the ability to unlock all the other Force Link toys to their fullest potential. I consider that a “win,” my friends.

Star Wars Force Link 2.0 Han Solo Landspeeder and Figure

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This is Solo’s landspeeder in the upcoming film and I think it’s still pretty safe to assume ever since the XP-38 came out, they just aren’t in demand. But the toy, on the other hand, probably is. It doesn’t actually hover, which is a huge bummer, but it does feature a crumple-zone and ejecting seats for realistic crashing action.

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At first glance, it kind of looks like they just didn’t put a lot into the paint job on this one, but it’s also the Millennium Falcon when it was fresh and clean and hadn’t gone through all the trials and tribulations of Chewy and Han’s careers as smugglers. Knowing that, it’s a pretty detailed toy, but there are definitely cooler Falcons out there, like that ridiculous $800 LEGO kit, for example.

Seth Macy is IGN’s tech and commerce editor with a collection of toys that looks puny and pathetic compared to Max and Brian’s. Follow him on Twitter @sethmacy.

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