‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: The 8 Coolest Toys, Board Games, and Playsets
Our favorite action figures, play sets, and games geared toward the origin story.
As the release date for the Han Solo prequel flick, Solo: A Star Wars story approaches, stories of the film’s production woes and director switches fade like twin sunsets into the Tatooine sand, leaving only sweet anticipation. While we all wait to see if Alden Ehrenreich can step into Solo’s swagger as easily as Harrison Ford, or if Donald Glover can actually get any more awesome, take a moment to pore over some of the coolest toys from Solo: A Star Wars Story currently on shelves.
Star Wars Force Link 2.0 Han Solo Landspeeder and Figure
Solo features a breakneck race/chase sequence no doubt inspired by George Lucas’s reckless, car-obsessed youth (an era captured in his directorial debut, American Graffiti, starring Solo director Ron Howard). Now you can relive young Han’s speed demon days with this replica speeder, complete with a 3.75-inch Solo. The speeder and figure are compatible the new “Force Link 2.0” tech (which recreates phrases and sound effects from the movie) and the vehicle features a “crumple zone” that recreates crash damage and an ejector seat that tosses both driver and passengers.
Lego Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon
In the Solo era, the fabled fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy is still a pristine, well-polished Corellian freighter. Now Lego has captured this iconic ship’s salad days with this set that comes six minifigures, a completely tricked-out cargo area (up for a game of holochess?), and an escape pod that, when removed, gives the ship’s front its signature two-pronged look. We have to wait until the release date to find how Solo famously made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, but, at 1,414 pieces, this set is sure to keep us busy until then.
Black Series Figures
While the 3.75-inch figures are great for young Star Warriors, Hasbro’s Black Series, which offers higher quality detail and way more articulation, are designed with the hardcore fan in mind. The first Solo series features Han, Lando, and Q’ira, a mysterious woman (played by Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke) that has some history with Solo. Plus, every Star Wars movie features new stormtroopers, and Solo is no exception. The Black Series’ Range Troopers look like a cross between Rogue One’s Death Troopers and the snowtroopers that stormed Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Funko Pop Figures
Funko’s bigheaded vinyl figures have gone from novelty item to must-have geek accessories, with characters from almost every franchise you can name getting the Pop! treatment. Now, thanks to Funko’s latest round of figures, the Solo scalawags can take up residence on your desk or shelf space. The Solo line offers a slew of new characters, including Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett and Jon Faverau’s four-armed alien pilot, Rio Durant. There’s also a sweet new Chewbacca, looking heist-ready with some sleek goggles and a new blaster.
You don’t need to be a smuggler or a bounty hunter to take control of the galaxy in this Solo-ized take on the classic board game. The game swaps out the well-known properties for locations from the movie, including the Imperial Academy, a Droid Arena and the infamous Spice Mines of Kessel. Players try their luck by buying up planets and draw Smuggler and Scoundrel cards to turn the odds in their favor.
Han Solo Card Game
According to Star Wars lore, Han Solo won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian in a card game. We can’t promise that the stakes will ever be that high for you, but if you want to know what it’s like to wheel and deal like a true scoundrel, you and the kids can try your hand at this Solo-themed card game. The goal is to get as close to zero as possible, but a roll of the dice can change the game for good or for ill. Never tell us the odds!
Star Wars Galactic Heroes Smugglers and Scoundrels Pack
For the preschool-age Star Wars fan, Hasbro has these toddler-friendly figures that manage to both awesome and adorable at the same time. The kiddies can invent their own adventures in that galaxy far, far away with this all-inclusive Solo set featuring pint-size recreations of Han, Chewie, and Lando, as well as a Range Trooper and ruthless pirate Enfys Nest.
Let’s be honest, it’s Chewie’s galaxy and Han, Lando, and the rest of the crew are just living in it. So for those of us who can’t get enough of that big, loveable Wookie, Play-Doh has served up this Chewbacca figure that lets you give the walking carpet a much-needed trim. Grow out some Play-Doh fur on the big guy and then give him a trim with the custom BB-8 scissors. And, for the stylish among you, Chewie’s famous bowcaster becomes a comb, ensuring that he’ll always be the best coiffed Wookie on any caper.
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