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STAR WARS Han Solo Mudtrooper by Hot Toys (updated)

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GubernatorFan

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Introduction

Hot Toys has followed up its release of the Patrol Trooper (see HERE) from the Solo movie with two versions of the young Han Solo character. The second of these is Han Solo as a "mud trooper," serving in the imperial infantry on the muddy, swampy planet of Mimban. I have little attachment to the film and its characters, but I liked the Patrol Trooper for its relatively cool design and I liked the "mud troopers" for giving us what is still a slightly modified representation of the regular imperial army, which we hardly noticed in the Original Trilogy (primarily as "AT-ST drivers" on Endor). So I picked this up, primarily with the intention of making just that... But even if I don't care much about the film, its silly plot, grungy appearance, or its redundant trooper types (on principle), since I have it, it makes sense to review the set, which, for the most part, is very nicely done.

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Packaging: 4/4 stars

This is not a category where one should expect something new or exciting every time. In fact, there should be an expectation of consistency between related products, and to some extent that is dictated by Disney/Lucasfilm. The packing reflects that of the Patrol Trooper and (I suppose) the other Solo Han Solo set. We have the shoe-type box with removable lid, with a fine depiction of the product against the standard two shades of black background. A colorful cigar box band with additional images of the product runs across the bottom of the container. Inside, below the nice but useless card showcasing the figure in something closer to an action pose, there is the translucent lid and black trey assembly (both in plastic), holding the figure and its accessories. Everything is safe and collector-friendly.

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Sculpting: 4/4 stars

This category covers all the sculpted or molded portions of the set, although it is naturally dominated by the most elaborate feature, the head sculpt. The head is an excellent representation of the actor, complete with a bit of his smirk. Despite the youthful look, there is enough in the features to look realistic, and the hair stranding is very fine, as we have come to expect from Hot Yous. In common with some other recent Hot Toys releases, the head sculpt is (1) identical to that used for a previous set (the other Solo Solo) and (2) features removable and swappable hair pieces (with magnets) to accommodate optional headgear and other accessories (like the other Solo Solo and the Endor Leia). While neither of these practices is a problem in itself, it is an example of economy that ought to have been translated into savings for the consumer. But unless the price would have been even more outrageous than it already is, that does not seem to have been the case. It could be just my impression, but the way it is put together, the face seems a little bit too far forward inside the helmet.

The other sculpted/molded pieces are done with an equal attention to detail. They are clear and sharp, even where the detail is exquisitely intricate and fine, as on the gloved hand sculpts, the exposed "machinery" on the back armor plate, or the little communicator (?) unit on the right side of the helmet. The E-10 blaster rifle is very nicely sculpted, but sturdy enough to use even if it has a couple of articulated pieces. The gas mask features flexible ribbed hoses that are to be plugged into holes at the top of the back plate of the armor, which look great and work reasonably well, even if they are difficult to plug in.

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Paint: 3/4 stars

On the whole, Hot Toys' paint job is as excellent as usual. There are no obvious errors in the application. There is subtle texturing of the skin on the face and neck and glossy treatment of the eyes, giving the head sculpt a natural and realistic look. The hair pieces are well-painted, though perhaps a little flat, although the fine detail of the sculpt and the shinier quality of the paint highlights plenty of detail. The armor pieces (helmet, chest and back plate, shoulder guards, upper arm guards, and shin guards) are given a worn, slightly dirty appearance that works very well, and is carried over to the gas mask. Something like that, though perhaps less fine, is applied to the belt and utility boxes. The paint on the gloved hand sculpts distinguished between the matte rubber parts and the shinier leather parts of the gloves. The goggles are also given nice weathering, helping them fit in with the rest of the equipment. However, they are not translucent, which is a bit of a disappointment. Admittedly, they don't need to be, but Hot Toys has spoiled us with providing that feature to helmets (more often than not), and this removable accessory would have been a good place to do so again; arguably it would be easier to observe and appreciate here than in helmets like that of the Patrol Trooper.

While everything is nicely done, there are certain inconsistencies that detract from the paint execution. The blaster rifle has traditional and fine weathering with silverish or gunmetal grey wash and the shinier finish on the lens is a nice touch, but the golden weathering at the bottom looks simply and poorly painted on. The boots have a very fine and realistic weathering making them look used, worn, and dirtied up; but this is not extended to the pants or coat, which look worn but fairly clean, except perhaps for the occasional dusty edge. Then there is the cape, which is gloriously speckled with drops of mud, but again, contrasting with both the much cleaner pants and coat and with the much finer weathering on the boots. I realize I have ventured into the outfit category, but these observations apply to the paint and coloring of the set. In and of itself, everything is well-done, but taken together, the degree of weathering seems to defy logic.

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Articulation: 3/4 stars

Like so often in the past, Hot Toys is capable of providing excellent articulation but more often than not incapable of allowing for it in the fully clothed set. In this instance we have the added benefit of a separate neck piece, allowing for two points of articulation in the area (at the top of the neck and at the base of the neck), which is an improvement on the usual practice (where the neck is either integral to the head sculpt or to the upper torso). The armor pieces get a little in the way of mobility at the shoulders, and at the ankles (where the shin guards could dig into the top of the boots and possibly cause damage), although this is the fault of the film costuming design rather than Hot Toys. However, Hot Toys insists on using hefty padded undergarments that end up severely limiting articulation, especially in the thigh area (a problem possibly exacerbated by overly tight pants, although in this juncture I don't know which part of the clothing is more at fault). The idea is to make the exterior layers of the outfit sit more naturally, but for the most part this makes little difference while having a more palpable impact on the functionality of the figure. If you want to put your Mudtrooper in any ambitious action poses, you might do well to carefully undress him and remove the padded undergarments -- it can only help. As it is, without modifications, I could barely get him to sit down, in an awkward way...

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Accessories: 3.5/4 stars

The set includes the clothed and armored figure and a number of additional items. Spare/alternate parts include an extra pair of wrist pegs, a second hair piece to be worn under the helmet and with either the chin strap or the gas mask (which has its own strap), and two additional pairs of hands, for a total of three pairs (relaxed hands, fist hands, and trigger hands). There is a rectangular base and stand with a permanently attached card on top, printed to simulate a muddy surface; the base features a shiny nameplate with "Star Wars" and "Han Solo" written on it. The real accessories are the E-10 blaster rifle, which is articulated with moving parts at the back (butt stock) and front; the helmet (which attaches to the alternate "helmet-hair" hair piece with both a magnet and a sort of plastic peg); a separate chin strap for the helmet, to be used if not employing the gas mask; the gas mask, with its flexible ribbed hose (which attach in the holes on top of the back plate); the goggles, to be worn on top of the helmet. There is a little leaflet (not shown) that provides instructions as to how to use the accessories safely. Given that, apart from some of the alternate parts, everything can end up on the figure or used by it, and that we saw the "Mudtroopers" equipped with all this, this is not an overly lavish selection of accessories. On the other hand, it is difficult to imagine what else could have been provided with this set.

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Outfit: 3.5/4 stars

The visible parts of the outfit are fairly simple: the cape, the coat, the pants, and the boots; the padded undergarment also features the visible collar of what is supposed to be the shirt beneath the coat. They all look great by themselves, although the degree of weathering applied to them as a whole is both inconsistent and arguably illogical. The pants are perhaps a little tight, limiting articulation, although the problem might really be limited to the padded undergarment. The cape is recreated very elaborately and given a fair amount of wear and tear (not just weathering), but it does not seem to be truly functional, and posing it can be an issue (there are no wires to help you achieve a desired look). The boots are soft, allowing for good ankle articulation, although the shin guards do get in the way for some poses. There is an extra strap with its two ends handing over the chest and shoulders -- this is apparently supposed to be for the gas mask when it is off, but since that comes with its own straps, you are probably meant to conceal the extra strap in the folds of the cape if you use the gas mask.

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Fun Factor: 3/4 stars

Without other figures seen alongside the "Mudtroopers" and with the limited articulation at the thighs, these figures will not live up to their theoretical full potential. The assortment of equipment/accessories allows for some variation, but army building is likely to be cost prohibitive. Still, the sets are very well done overall, and if you are a fan of the look or of the film, you are likely to appreciate them. They certainly seem to have sold out like hot bread even at the preorder stage, and command disturbing prices on the secondary market.

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Value: 2.5/4 stars

Preordered and without including the shipping, this set cost me $228 (USD). The regular price (provided you can find it in stock) is about $235. Compared to many other Hot Toys products these days, this is not a totally outrageous price (and the set is not light on content), but the prices are clearly inflated to begin with, considering the prices of similarly (or more) elaborate sets by other companies. The secondary market prices (especially on eBay) are easily $200 on top of that, or almost double. This is a very disturbing trend. The sets are pretty great, but I would have never considered them at $400+, and I would be surprised if anyone else would. I don't quite understand why, knowing how high in demand these are (even at the preorder stage), Hot Toys did not increase its profits by making more of them (it does not benefit from the extra-inflated secondary market prices). Given the re-release of other relatively recent sets, perhaps it will do just that sometime in the near future, unless it has already arranged for the production and shipping of more product.

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Things to watch out for

Not a whole lot. I was worried that the gas mask might scratch the face, but it did not. While handling, the sling came off from the blaster rifle, but it was easy to reattach. The articulated parts of the rifle, especially the butt stock, seem fragile, so it might be a good idea to be careful with those. Avoid poses where the bottom of the shin guards may scratch or dent the top of the boots. It is always a good idea to be extra careful with wrist pegs (heating the hands if necessary), although the hands work easily enough, and Hot Toys included a pair of extra wrist pegs just in case.

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Overall: 3.4/4 stars

This is actually a very nice set overall, and a very fine representation of a cool looking character and trooper type. What hurts it in the rating is the price (all the more onerous because of the negated army-building potential), the limited articulation precluding more ambitious action pauses, the very limited choice of potential companion figures (if any!). The quality is there, but, as is so often the case, there were some choices that should have been made differently.

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Where to Buy

This has been sold out in most venues even while on preorder. You can try eBay, but be prepared for outrageous prices. Or you can check out Sideshow (HERE) and Timewalker Toys (HERE), which have it on wait list. Presumably, other retailers might obtain additional product down the line.

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What do you think?

Extra photos in Post 11 below.

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Always enjoying your reviews that are much more revealing about the figure potential than many others, thanks to these dynamic poses and the use of all available options and accessories!

I like this young Solo more and more in the end, Hot toys did a fine job on the likeness (so the curse is definitely on harrison Ford at HT :p) The outfit looks awesome as well, pretty sure you're hapy with this one!

Ephiane

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Thanks for showing ! I know there are HT Lovers and haters Laughing The prices are high, but the quality is it too. I love the gloss effect of the eyes in Your pictures. Nothing is so great like HT figure eyes. You can use a magnifier on it and see the small veins

Valiarde

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That is a great review, you covered everything and presented it with nice pics!




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Ovy

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Although I will never buy them, I always like to read your reviews.
Similar to you, not much attachment to the movie, but this  outfit was my favourite and I liked the mood they created on that planet. (How many planets did they visit?)


The mud splatters on the cape fit the spacey star background. Isn't that the same cape the Red Army used? (Forgot the name)
I think 'industrial' weathering will never be as good as from an experienced customizer. Looks like every part here was weathered for itself, while the customizer guy has the whole figure in their grubby hands and makes it dirty.
These massive underpaddings are a weird choice, but I guess the target group doesn't do photo stories or muddy outdoor shootings with an expensive figure like that. You could buy 10 black series mud troopers.

Stryker2011

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Excellent and thorough review, Guv. All legitimate and fair.


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GubernatorFan

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blackpool wrote:Always enjoying your reviews that are much more revealing about the figure potential than many others, thanks to these dynamic poses and the use of all available options and accessories! I like this young Solo more and more in the end, Hot toys did a fine job on the likeness (so the curse is definitely on Harrison Ford at HT :p) The outfit looks awesome as well, pretty sure you're happy with this one!

Thank you very much. I like the actor well enough in other things, though I had trouble buying him as Han Solo. Perhaps they could have gone for a more original plot and had him as one of Han's numerous illegitimate offspring having adventures of their own in the Star Wars galaxy. Smile I completely agree that Hot Toys has managed to get the likeness right more successfully here than with Harrison Ford.

Ephiane wrote:Thanks for showing ! I know there are HT Lovers and haters Laughing The prices are high, but the quality is it  too. I love the gloss effect of the eyes in Your pictures. Nothing is so great like HT figure eyes. You can use a magnifier on it and see the small veins

You are very welcome. And I agree. I mostly love the HT products and hate their prices. Smile Sometimes the combination of the two -- high price and things that could have been done better -- makes me a little overly critical, for example over the unnecessarily limited articulation. But, yes, they knocked out the likeness out of the park with this one.

Valiarde wrote:That is a great review, you covered everything and presented it with nice pics!

Thank you very much, I'm glad you liked it.

Ovy wrote:Although I will never buy them, I always like to read your reviews. Similar to you, not much attachment to the movie, but this outfit was my favourite and I liked the mood they created on that planet. (How many planets did they visit?) The mud splatters on the cape fit the spacey star background. Isn't that the same cape the Red Army used? (Forgot the name)
I think 'industrial' weathering will never be as good as from an experienced customizer. Looks like every part here was weathered for itself, while the customizer guy has the whole figure in their grubby hands and makes it dirty. These massive underpaddings are a weird choice, but I guess the target group doesn't do photo stories or muddy outdoor shootings with an expensive figure like that. You could buy 10 black series mud troopers.

Thank you very much! I think they visited at least four planets, but I'm not an expert on this film. The oppressive mood was fine for this planet (but why does every Star Wars planet have to have just one kind of environment!?), but I think the whole movie was dark, dirty, and grungy, to the point of being a turn off -- to me. I don't know about the real world counterpart to the cape, but you are quite possibly right. My comment about it not being functional is that the thing that looks like a hood can't be made to work like one, and once you get it a bit unfurled, it is all but impossible to get the cape to sit more compactly. Though I didn't try a water treatment. As for the weathering, I think they could have done a more consistent job of it -- making it look more similar between cape and boots, and added a bit more in the right areas on the coat and pants. I would imagine the heaviest weathering should be at the bottom (boots), then less above that (pants), even less above that (coat), etc. And yes, no problem for a museum pose. Smile

Stryker2011 wrote:Excellent and thorough review, Guv. All legitimate and fair.

Thank you very much, Mark, I'm glad you agree.


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Mudtrooepers where by far my most favorite thing about Solo, your review is also great I personally prefer to read what another fellow collector has to say about something.

I think I should try making a WWI-esque mudtrooper at some point.


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Glad my sis got her Solo before they were placed on a waitlist

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Theboo-bomb wrote:Mudtrooepers where by far my most favorite thing about Solo, your review is also great I personally prefer to read what another fellow collector has to say about something.

I think I should try making a WWI-esque mudtrooper at some point.

I agree, they were pretty cool. And thank you. I'm sure you'll do a great job putting together a Mudtrooper or your own variation of one. And of all imperial trooper types, they do come closest to the conventional WWI (or II) look.

MerylAkiba wrote:Glad my sis got her Solo before they were placed on a waitlist

I'm also glad I preordered, which is something I generally don't like to do. There were no disappointments with this product -- what you see in the promotional images is what you get.


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A couple of extra photos. Note the red acrylic (?) square on the goggle strap -- I don't think it showed on any of the photos that made it into the actual review above.

As a result of this exercise (the presentation of the product), I have a new and greater appreciation of all the special effects work (infinitely more complex than mine) done by John Knoll and the rest of the crew at Lucasfilm.

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Like someone else said, I also find this to be one of the few cool things in the movie. Great figure and thorough review. Very nicely illustrated, too.

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ZombieTestSubject wrote:Like someone else said, I also find this to be one of the few cool things in the movie. Great figure and thorough review. Very nicely illustrated, too.

Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked the review and my pretty remedial graphics skills. Smile


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GubernatorFan wrote:Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked the review and my pretty remedial graphics skills. Smile

Welcome. They are certainly much better than mine for sure. And like I said elesehwere I love what you did with this set turning it into the original trilogy AT-ST driver.

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Thanks again. There was a lot of graphic editing here -- multiplying figures, scaling, placing within other images, etc. Normally I shoot against a printed or projected background. Glad this turned out ok, but it was a lot of work. And yes, I totally got this to make an original trilogy AT-ST driver. But ended up doing that with some parted out pieces I managed to find.


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OMG you with your amazing photos again! Laughing
Amazing. Thank you. Smile

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AerynDiana wrote:OMG you with your amazing photos again! Laughing Amazing. Thank you. Smile

Thank you so very much (and welcome). I'm really glad you liked them. I do prefer to work with printed or projected (better yet real) backgrounds, but this belongs to my short-lived digital experimentation phase (like the Star Wars Silver Linings Story). Don't know how much I will fall back on it, but I guess I've learned a trick or two. Smile


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There is no doubting the quality of the Hottoys figures! they are really well made and again it shows here. Personally, I think the sculpt has a fantastic likeness, and is beautifully photographed Very Happy

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BAMComix wrote:There is no doubting the quality of the Hottoys figures! they are really well made and again it shows here. Personally, I think the sculpt has a fantastic likeness, and is beautifully photographed Very Happy

Thank you very much. I agree, this is one of their most successful likenesses. I wish they had been that spot on with Harrison Ford. Smile


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GubernatorFan wrote:
BAMComix wrote:There is no doubting the quality of the Hottoys figures! they are really well made and again it shows here. Personally, I think the sculpt has a fantastic likeness, and is beautifully photographed Very Happy

Thank you very much. I agree, this is one of their most successful likenesses. I wish they had been that spot on with Harrison Ford. Smile

true, but it isn't bad really, I've seen worse Laughing

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Mos Eisley it ain't, but they still look great in it. Like they wandered in from another time/space dimension.


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GubernatorFan wrote:Mos Eisley it ain't, but they still look great in it. Like they wandered in from another time/space dimension.

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Let's just hope the Falcon doesn't get stolen from the pub car park out back! Laughing Laughing Laughing

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BAMComix wrote: Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy  Let's just hope the Falcon doesn't get stolen from the pub car park out back! Laughing Laughing Laughing

LOL. I thought your BAM agents would protect it. Or will Scotty take it for a ride? By the way, I meant to say, I've been enjoying the rest of your flickr photostream!


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GubernatorFan wrote:
BAMComix wrote: Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy  Let's just hope the Falcon doesn't get stolen from the pub car park out back! Laughing Laughing Laughing

LOL. I thought your BAM agents would protect it. Or will Scotty take it for a ride? By the way, I meant to say, I've been enjoying the rest of your flickr photostream!

Laughing Laughing Laughing . Yeah, most probably!

Hey, thanks for checking out my flickr, It's where I post most of my comic stories bounce bounce

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BAMComix wrote:Hey, thanks for checking out my flickr, It's where I post most of my comic stories bounce bounce

No problem. Thanks for having it. So much cool and fun stuff to be found there. Among others, I loved Chun-Li with R2. But I haven't gone through all of them yet.


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GubernatorFan wrote:
BAMComix wrote:Hey, thanks for checking out my flickr, It's where I post most of my comic stories bounce bounce

No problem. Thanks for having it. So much cool and fun stuff to be found there. Among others, I loved Chun-Li with R2. But I haven't gone through all of them yet.


I will be posting more from there soon Very Happy . I hope you enjoy the rest of the pics. You will see my journey from action man / joe to 1/6 Very Happy

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BAMComix wrote:I will be posting more from there soon Very Happy . I hope you enjoy the rest of the pics. You will see my journey from action man / joe to 1/6 Very Happy

Oh I'm exploring it gradually, and enjoying it pretty thoroughly.


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GubernatorFan wrote:
BAMComix wrote:I will be posting more from there soon Very Happy . I hope you enjoy the rest of the pics. You will see my journey from action man / joe to 1/6 Very Happy

Oh I'm exploring it gradually, and enjoying it pretty thoroughly.

Thank you! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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