Sunday, August 28, 2016

Product Review: Squeaky Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite

This squeaky Han Solo encased in carbonite is part of Petco's extensive Star Wars product line. Like the Death Star treat ball, this is one of those products that just makes sense to me. Unlike those eggs with pictures of characters on them, or plushes with giant heads, which feel like the result of several panicked people rushing around going "We have GOT to come up with more ideas!!! Quick! Somebody just shout something out!"
Unique-shapd Star Wars Han Solo dog toy
Photo by Erin Koski

This? This is art. Han Solo frozen in carbonite has been the inspiration for a ridiculous number of products. ThinkGeek.com currently offers an ice cube tray, shower curtain, business card holder, mini fridge, throw rug, and cutting board featuring Jabba the Hutt's favorite trophy. There also exists a bottle opener, smartphone cradle, giant door decals, and probably lots of stuff I didn't even find on my brief but intense Google search. Sideshow Collectibles even offers a lifesize replica complete with film-accurate details, for only $7k. Such a deal!
Star Wars Han Solo frozen in carbonite squeaky
Photo by Erin Koski

This toy speaks to me because it isn't something they could make half a dozen character variations on. They can't just slap Darth Vader and Chewbacca and BB-8 in there and call it a day. There are dozens of cheap, unimaginative toys in this product line, but just a few that shine as thoughtful, unique creations. The Death Star pull toy is one of these. Han Solo frozen in carbonite and equipped with a squeaker is another.

Pros: Nice solid vinyl squeaky with enough detail to be clearly recognizable for what it is. Has a compelling squeak, according to Sisci Godzilla.

Cons: Sized more for smaller dogs, a potential choking hazard for giant breeds.

Bottom Line: I'll never look at rectangles the same way again.

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