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I'll have too see if I can fit him somewhere in between my other 100 Han Solos....
*sigh.. Oh TLG.
But other than the small bits of detail, I don't see much else to like considering it is another Han.
Bottom line, I would have much rather preferred this type of intricate printing on a different character. Not one I've already seen in a new "outfit" several times.
PS I wont be following this thread since its mostly a whinge-fest, so PM me if interested.
Though, to be fair, this Han is well in line with last year's minifig-sized Hulk... which I also recall people complaining about.
P.S. i like the Hulk-figure! I guess a lot of people complained about the printing/colour-quality!
First off, I'm disappointed, but hopefully I am not coming across as whining. I apologize if I am.
Too answer the question..
Certainly just putting them all side by side, none of them would seem very special. A minifigure in black armor and a chromed figure that the average SW fan wouldn't even know existed.
However, those minifigures are both somewhat special. For the ARF trooper first, we have gotten several minifigures of the same format. Same helmet, torso, legs, etc.. This one came in all black. That certainly isn't very special at all. However, off of the top of my head I can think of 2... 3 different variations of this figure (may be missing 1 or 2). So while it remains a somewhat similar figure, it also keeps some sort of "exclusive" feel to it.
TC-14 could be considered yet another rendition, that of C-3PO. Again, same head, same body, same legs. This one was unique for the chrome, which I would consider "exclusive". Plus, it was silver chroming, which has its own charm to it. The bright yellow eyes clashed against the shiny silver are actually quite nice in my opinion. It certainly isn't my favorite figure, but it is nice. While there have been lots of C-3POs, they've been mostly the same. While this would seem to hurt the TC-14 more, it doesn't. I don't have dozens of C-3POs cluttering my shelf, I only have a few. Why? Because I don't need to buy every single C-3PO that comes in a set, considering that it is the same as the last one. While drawl, and perhaps a seemingly weak point, I'd consider it a rather major pull to why the TC-14 can still be considered a nice exclusive.
While most of those tiny arguments may not appeal to you, my main one would reside in the Han figure itself.
Don't get me wrong, this is a nice figure and I will be getting some. It's absoultely beautiful printing. I love the colors. I think it is a fantastic figure.
What ruins it than?
I would have liked something more exclusive... something "new", per say. There have been more Han Solo variations than I can count with my fingers and a LEGO mininfigure's hands. Too many. I can think of so many other figures that would have been more unique and that have not been made very many times. I'd go insane if they made a chrome Jango fett.
They've made a beautiful figure... but this figure could just be thrown in a LEGO hoth set. TC-14 couldn't be thrown in a set. Shadow ARF? Yes, you could make an argument that it could be thrown in a set, but at the same time it warrants the exclusive feel with the somewhat shiny silver and all black armor.
In other words, while I feel I wouldn't have any problem pulling out this Han figure in a set, I do feel I'd find it more unique to pull out a shadow ARF. Maybe that is just me.
So yes, it is a item, but it is also a promotion.
This is NOT a freebie. Too anyone who argues that, you are incorrect. I would term it a freebie if it was given to me for free.
This is a promotional item, meant to bolster sales. LEGO will do what it feels is best too generate more sales.
Since I am spending $75 too get this item, I would have liked something more unique. Something I feel like I wouldn't pull out of the average LEGO set. Instead they give me a nice figure, that I do feel like I could pull out of an average LEGO set. For $75, I would like a more unique bonus.
I've rambled quite a bit.. sorry folks.. LEGO minifigures get me talkative. :o)
That said, if he shows up in a mass market set somewhere down the line, that's obviously a problem. But if he stays exclusive, which I'm giving TLG the benefit of the doubt on to be sure, he's easily the second best Star Wars promo minifig they've done.
First, they could easily throw TC-14 into a 'Short Negotiations' set if they wanted to. Not that that would likely be a popular set, but it still seems at least possible.
Secondly, there are dozens of silver protocol droids scattered throughout Star Wars, so if I were to get, say, a standard version of E-3PO, it would essentially work for every other silver protocol droid. And TLG has shown a willingness to toss generic droids into sets, especially lately, so that doesn't seem out of the realm of reason, either.
At the end of the day, I'm just glad we're getting something unique AND sensible this time around, and I hope TLG will offer more promos like this one in the future.
I don't think they could throw the LEGO exclusive chrome TC-14 into short negotiations. They could put TC-14 into short negotiations.
If i'm correct here, and I may not be remembering that "one set", but they've never had a chrome figure in a set.
That's TC-14s saving grace. Yes, it's another protocol droid, but we can't ignore the fact that it is chrome. The chrome keeps it unique and out of the reaches of putting it in your average LEGO set.
Is it somewhat boring? Yes, it is, but honestly I don't think there is any perfect minifigure that they could make (except for that chrome Jango.. fingers crossed). Obviously not everyone is going to be enamored by a single figure.
Does this mean I want every single exclusive figure LEGO makes too be chrome? No, not at all. If every figure was chrome, it wouldn't be special.
However, I would like a figure that I get the feeling of, "this is exclusive". If I'm holding that Han Solo in my hands, sitting in it's little polybag, I don't think I'll get that feeling.
Might sound lame to a lot of people, but that is a feeling, after spending $75, that I would like. LEGO doesn't have to give me anything, obviously, but I still did spend $75. Agreed. Don't think because of all my rambling talk that I disagree with you. I'd LOVE to have incredibly detailed figures such as this one be in promos. Just not Han, and not a figure I feel could be pulled out of many sets we've already had. But most importantly.. and just to say it again.. not Han.
I mean.. chrome Jango Fett...
I liked TC-14 very much, especially because I was fortunate to snag a C-3PO out of a set and I don't think I'll be paying $300 for one.
Simply chroming a figure just to be chroming it is a bit lazy, but TC-14 has never been in a set and that is what makes it special to me.
Yes, E-3PO and TC-14 look the "same" or do they?
It'd embarrass the length of the "red standing by" comments.
All against, say "ney"?
Well that was easy, the "I's" have it. :)
Everyone and their brother has a basic Han figure. We've had Chrome Stormie, Chrome Vader, Chrome C-3PO, Chrome TC-14, now where is our Chrome R2-D2? :)
This thread, of course, seems to indicate that, at least in the AFOL community, they can churn out any old chromed junk and it will be an instant success, but I'll go ahead and remain in the minority that would take a really beautiful minifig like this one any day of the week over chrome 'just because we can' Jar Jar. TC-14 was an extremely disappointing promo for me, but I still picked up a few because, as I mentioned, there are tons of silver protocol droids. Still, it was an odd choice of character - most adults hate the prequels, and most kids would likely have preferred a more interesting character. This is, however, the first year I'm legitimately pumped for the promo and I will do my best to acquire several of this figure as, so long as he stays exclusive, I think he'll draw much more than any of the past May the 4th offerings.
I like the Han Solo and I liked TC-14. I think anything in the Star Wars universe that is metallic should...well...look metallic.
C-3PO (and even TC-14) made sense because he's ACTUALLY shiny. Artoo's dome is silver, but it's an extremely matte silver. So there again, putting out a chrome R2-D2 just for the sake of having a chrome R2-D2 is something I wouldn't really love to see.
U-3PO - Metallic Silver
E-3PO - Metallic Copper
TC-14 - Metallic Chromium
Not for me, but my son would love it, so I'd love one...
And for the record, a chrome R2 makes perfect sense. I don't have one sitting next to TC-14, so I need one. :) Perfectly good enough reason for me!
Personally I would have preferred a more obscure character as the promo figure....something completely out of left field like a highly detailed sandperson would have left me thinking "very cool".
Me, I like the chrome or other flamboyant, unique aspects or accessories for the promos. I feel it takes it to a new level especially when you won't find such minifigs/polybags "in the wild."
I find myself absolutely unmotivated to get this promo, whereas last year's shiny TC-14 did enough for me to get one (but only one). Basically, on the heels of 2012 minimal 5/4-BF-Xmas offerings, the realist in me is fully prepared for this to be the worst 5/4 event yet. Lego, prove me wrong.
2011's BF/Xmas was a high water mark for promos, because they combined free shipping, 15% off and you got the pair of very cool Xmas vignettes. Also, they tossed a lot on sale, including some diamonds (IF, EN, WTS). Maybe I was simply spoiled by that. As much as the Han fig is "good," I cannot even come close to caring about this minifig, especially when there has been so much promo lameness as of the last year.
Lego managed record profits, yet the promos and discounts on the big events are diminishing. 2012 gave only the single, smaller Xmas scene for the holidays, now we get yet another dilution of a central Star Wars character for 5/4. Where is Lego's marketing team looking? Where are their social media people looking? They sure as heck aren't looking at the blogs. Why not a chrome Jango? Why not a glow in the dark Boba? Why not a shiny chrome Naboo royal starship poly? Why not anything else that makes you go "WOW" at instead of this Han fig that most people are going "meh" at?
Btw, I've seen a few people posting the pictures of Han from the calendar. What does the calendar say about the rest of the promos for 5/4 (shipping, discounts, etc.)?
A poster of a chrome Jango Fett...
Not sure if this Han promotion will be enough for me to pull the trigger on something this May 4th. Depends on which larger sets are discounted.