Friday, February 26, 2010

Lando Calrissian (ESB 1980-82)




Lando, the guy who sold Han down the Imperial river. Lando, the guy who helped get him back. Lando, the smooth operator. Lando, the guy who wore Han’s clothes at the end of the Empire Strikes Back.

Lando – except for the very end of ESB – had one change of clothes during that movie, and this is it. He came with an already-on vinyl cape, and a laser pistol. This laser pistol is to the ESB line like the Stormtrooper blaster was to the last line – a lot of figures have it, with a minor alteration. Lando came on ESB and ROTJ cards, and had one variation – white was added to his eyes and teeth later.

Why should you own this figure? Five reasons:

1. Lando’s smooth, like a Colt 45.

2. Whisk that cape right off to simulate rescuing Luke off of Cloud City. Then put it right back on to woo the ladies.

3. Aside from the one Bespin Security Guard, this is the only African-American figure. C’mon, give a brother some respect!

4. This is your last chance to enjoy Lando before he gets really pretentious and gets a Skiff Guard Disguise and a General’s Uniform (with cloth cape no less!).

5. You can finally recreate the missing scene where Lando first meets Vader:

Vader: “So, like some people are coming and I want ‘em.”

Lando: “Yo, you get all up in my face in my crib? That ain’t right”

Vader: “I don’t mean no disrespect. I gots to collect my homies.”

Lando: “Sh*t, brother, that’s all you had to say.”

Yeah, something like that.

Backstory:

Lando, born on Socorro, is reportedly from a wealthy family, but gave it up to live a life of adventure. He eventually “settled down” on Bespin, and ran Cloud City operations. Then Lando betrayed Han, went to rescue him (In Han’s clothes from the first movie! I still can’t get over how weird that looked), helped save him, then blew up the second Death Star. After that he went back to his old way, flocking from one money-making venture to the other, apparently uninterested in being in the political spotlight after defeating the Empire. He does, however, pop up all the time in subsequent novels, often being referred to as “Uncle” Lando by Han and Leia’s kids. He got married about 18 years after the first movie, to Tendra Risant, a business partner he got really close to.

Want more? Lando's Wookieepedia article

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Lando, the third man to get interested in Leia, just like Luke (twin brother... yuk) and Han (ultimately husband).... with Lando the Love Triangle.. em... square is complete.

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