Fantastic Piece (and Price!) That's Make You The Envy Of Fans Here Or Far, Far Away!
Apr 8, 2014
If you’re anything like me, then you grew up loving the original STAR WARS Trilogy. Sure, you sat through that Prequel Trilogy mostly because you only really wanted to know how it would all come together, and – JarJar be damned – you still found a way to enjoy it despite all of the obvious shortcomings. But there’s nothing like those original characters – Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and the rest – and you’re always on the look-out to add yet one more collectible to your collection.
The problem is that – as times have changed – so has pricing. Gone are the days when George Lucas or his merry band of manufacturers would offer up a truly inspired item for an honest price. They learned long ago just how much fans like us are willing to spend for our various fascinations, and they’ve milked us dry. Still, I persist; I’m always poised at my PC watching the various sites – monitoring the various web portals – keeping my eyes peeled for something that’s truly exceptional while remaining affordable to mainstream America.
That’s why I’m so thrilled I came across this HAN SOLO IN CARBONITE Bank from Diamond Select.
Without sounding like some carnival barker, I’ve seen countless versions of this same design throughout the last few decades; and, while I’ve always wanted one, I’ve been hesitant to spend what makers have been asking as a suggested retail price. True, I’m always surfing over to Ebay, hoping that some stockbroker now selling off his collection in order to avoid bankruptcy is willing to take, but nothing has ever come down to the level of what I – your ordinary chump – have been willing to spend.
With this purchase, I get the best of all possible choices. While the moldwork is far from perfect – there are some minor bubbles around Solo’s face if you look close enough (I do), and I would be nice were the fingers more pronounced in their frozen/rigor state – this is one nice-looking Mona Lisa in plastic. For one, Solo appears to be rendered in about the proper dimensions (about a ten-inch action figure), and the base is all molded in terrific proportion. (FYI: the entire piece is an impressive and eye-catching twelve-inches high!) The platform is done up in the same style as the Carbonite freezing chamber featuring prominently in STAR WARS: EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and the side detail (presumed to be the block’s operating mechanisms) look downright awesome.
A few friends of mine have come into my den, and they’ve always noticed the bank. Immediately, they give the usual kudos, and then they’ve all asked the same question: “How much did THAT set you back?” To my delight, they’re all shocked when I tell them that, with shipping, I paid less than thirty bucks.
It’s rare that a manufacturer in this day and age come along with a piece deserving such mainstream praise, but Diamond Select hit one out of the park with this release. In fact, I might build a small case for it, throw up some blue backing, and light it all once hung on the wall. It’s deserving of such a mantle in my man-cave.
STAR WARS: HAN SOLO IN CARBONITE BANK is licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM Manufactured by Diamond Select Toys. Made in China.
HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE. Wonderfully priced and an honestly great looking desktop piece make this STAR WARS HAN SOLO IN CARBONITE BANK something for the young-and-old kid in your life. I have one, and it perches perfectly atop my PC tower, reminding me with every chilled glance of the dangers bounty hunters near and far, far away pose when paired up with the might of the Galactic Empire.
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