HAN SOLO (ECHO BASE OUTFIT) Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
When the original Kenner collection ended in 1985, it left collectors wanting for many unproduced Han Solo figures including Ceremonial and Stormtrooper versions of the scoundrel. Within the first fifteen years of Hasbro's modern collection the issue was addressed and we would have more versions of Han Solo than we could ever have imagined. Among the many firsts we saw was 2010's The Vintage Collection Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) figure, which was offered in the first assortment.

Hasbro revealed four of the figures in the first wave of The Vintage Collection at the UK Toy Fair in January 2010, but the first wave, which also included new figures based on Dengar, Leia (Hoth Outfit), Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues), the generic and very Kenner-esque AT-AT Commander, C-3PO (See-Threepio) with removable panels, the first ever single carded Dack Ralter, (Twin-pod) Cloud Car Pilot and Darth Vader along with repacked 4-LOM and Boba Fett figures; wasn't fully revealed until the International Toy Fair the following month. This assortment began showing up in July 2010.

In the U.S., all eleven figures shipped with starburst stickers on the card front and pamphlets in the blister for a mail away Kenner style Boba Fett figure with a rocket-firing feature. In Canada, the initial release, which was found only at Walmart stores, didn't have the offer, so there were no stickers or pamphlets included. By the time the figures hit Toys "R" Us Canada, however, the offer was included. For whatever reason the stickers misspelled Fett's name as 'Bobba'.
U.S. Product Packaging
North American Tri-Logo Product Packaging

2019 Photo Real Rerelease
Armed with new revolutionary paint application procedures, Hasbro went back to four action figures from The Vintage Collection's first year of products that didn't see International distribution when they were hitting shelves in North America. The VC03 Han Solo figure featured below shipped with VC02 Princess Leia Organa, VC08 Darth Vader, and VC23 Luke Skywalker (Endor) in April 2019. All four figures are on updated cardbacks, but each retains its original VC number.
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Product Information
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Year: 2010 / 2019
Original Retail: $9.99 / $12.99
Assortment Number: 97571/97568 / E5185/E0370
Placement Number: VC03
UPC Number: 6 53569 49860 5 / 6 30509 78541 4
What's In The Box?
  • Han Solo Figure
  • BlasTech DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol
  • Removable Jacket Vest
  • Welding Mask
  • Welding Torch
About This Figure
  • Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) is a kit-bashed figure that uses the legs and torso from the 2006 The Saga Collection Vintage subset Han Solo (In Trench Coat) action figure and the arms from the 2007 30th Anniversary Collection Han Solo (With Torture Rack) action figures. The head was designed for this figure.
U.S. Card Variations
  • Card Front: There was only one printed card front for the regular edition of the VC03 Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) figure
  • Card Back: There are two known variations on the back of the regular edition of the VC03 Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) card. The first version had the Age Warning logo beside the Warning logo on the left hand bottom portion of the card and had "COLLECT THESE AWESOME CHARACTERS! (Each sold separately.)" and "Original figures and packaging illustrated here are not available." printed mid card. The second version moved the Age Warning logo to the bottom between the Lion Mark and the Hyperspace logo and did away with the above mentioned text in favor of "Original figures in packaging from 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, and 2000's illustrated here are not available."
  • Released simultaneously, Hasbro produced special foil versions of select figures in the first two waves of The Vintage Collection's 2010 collection, including the Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) figure. All the foil cards were short packed and boasted much smaller print runs. The Foil to Regular production ratio was roughly one to every ten.
North American Tri-Logo Card Variations
  • There were three versions of the regular edition VC03 Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) sold in Canada. The first, found only in the initial shipment to Walmart in July 2010 did not have the mail away offer, so the card didn't have a sticker or pamphlet. The second version, which was readily available did feature the offer, but the starburst sticker had a typo, so it promoted a special "Bobba Fett" figure offer. A third version of the regular edition was released with a corrected sticker that replaced "Bobba" with "Boba".
  • Released after the initial assortment hit shelves, Hasbro offered special foil versions of select figures in the first two waves of The Vintage Collection's 2010 collection, including the Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) figure. All the foil cards were short packed and boasted much smaller print runs. This figure, along with the VC08 Darth Vader, 2010 wave 2's VC18 Magnaguard and VC19 Clone Commander Cody featured the mail away order form in the blister, but didn't have the starburst sticker on the card front.
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Photography by Rich Alot and D. Martin Myatt

Additional Photography by Suzan Lund

Text by D. Martin Myatt

U.S. Card Variations Catalogued by Vince Zannelli

Canadian Card Variations Catalogued by Scott McDonald

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