When pictures first surfaced of the Saga Hoth Han figure, the Collecting World suddenly was divided into two camps. One who thought the coat should be Blue like the Vintage version and one who thought it should be Brown like the POTF2 version. Most photographic evidence from the film stills support the Brown group. Now, with the release of the DVD there is even more support for the Brownies.
Staff member Dave Castle was kind enough to take some shots of the DVD some of which come from the Empire of Dreams
and some of which come from the Production Stills both of which are on the 4th Disc of the Set. I don't think there needs to be much more proof than what is presented here in these shots.
So many will question, why in the world did Kenner back in the day make Han's coat the Navy Blue Color it is? Quite simply, they messed up. This wasn't uncommon as the Blue Snaggletooth, the bodies of the rest of Cantina Aliens, 2-1B's legs and the 4-LOM and Zuckuss name switcheroo testify to this. In fact, thanks to one of the neater pieces of Vintage Memorabilia, Bill Cable of CreatureCantina.com
, at one time was in the possession of the actual licensing slick used by LucasFilm to tell Kenner and other license holders how Han in Hoth Gear should look in their merchandise.
If you look closely at the Slick you see a bunch of different numbers and codes, one of which calls out the Jacket as 405U.
These codes correspond to a Pantone Color. Pantone is used in the Graphics Art industry as universal color system. Consulting a Pantone Color Chart
one comes up with:
BROWN! Kenner may have read the slick wrong, gotten too far into figure production and LucasFilm not really being the control freaks they are today let them slide on the error. Perhaps there was a screw up at the factory and the switch was made then. Perhaps the Brown didn't look right and they wanted Han to stand out. Any of these could have happened.
I have yet to see as much proof or reasoning from anyone from the Blue crowd. I've been waiting since 1999...prove me wrong