40300 Han Solo Mudtrooper is the latest in a series of exclusive Star Wars minifigures, each packaged with a display base, which have been released during the last couple of years. I have really enjoyed this range so am delighted that one of the Solo: A Star Wars Story polybags is now widely available.
This polybag does not include a brand new character but it does take inspiration from an important scene in the film, during which Han Solo encounters Chewbacca for the first time!
75211 Imperial TIE Fighter contains a Han Solo minifigure wearing his Imperial Mudtrooper garb and this figure evidently takes inspiration from the same source. However, his attire is now almost entirely covered with dark tan mud, presumably reflecting the awful conditions in the underground pen where Han is condemned to fight a Wookiee named Chewbacca.
The muddy texture looks absolutely fantastic in my opinion, continuing all the way from Han's dark tan hair piece to his feet. There is no printing on the arms which is somewhat disappointing, although I like the rest of the minifigure. The double-sided head is particularly impressive, featuring a grimace on one side and a worried expression on the other. Both designs capture a great deal of emotion and suit the character perfectly.
The Completed Model
A simple display stand accompanies the minifigure and its design is consistent with others in the series. Technic pin holes allow you to connect the stands together and they all feature a lovely name plaque. It is interesting to note that official images show a sticker which reads 'Han Solo Mudtrooper' but the final version spells Mudtrooper as two separate words. This is unfortunate as it should be a single word, although that is a relatively minor detail.
Han Solo stands against a muddy backdrop that features a fallen AT-DT on the Mimbanese battlefield. This presents a clear contrast with the dark tan mud on the minifigure's armour and definitely captures the atmosphere of Mimban in the movie. Moreover, the copyright information is now concealed behind the base, following the example of 40298 DJ which was released earlier in 2018.
I was surprised to learn that LEGO were going to produce a muddy version of Han Solo in his Imperial Mudtrooper guise but this is a brilliant figure. The mud looks suitably slimy and it has been realistically mixed with a few areas of visible armour, remaining faithful to the source material while also capturing the slightly cartoonish quality that makes LEGO minifigures so popular.
However, exclusive characters are always preferable to new versions of existing minifigures and there are others who might have been more appealing. Dryden Vos, for example, is a notable absentee from the Solo: A Star Wars Story range. Even so, this is still a great polybag and I would recommend adding it to your collection.
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