This Hoth Chewbacca was released individually carded in the The Power Of The Force 2 toy line in 1998. Chewie can be seen briefly with snow on the fur when him and Han Solo confront the Probe Droid in The Empire Strikes Back.
The figure has 6 joints, with swivel joints in the neck, shoulders, the waist and both legs. Chewie stands well by himself, but he does have peg holes in both feet so he could be placed on a stand. The bulky bowcaster sits very loosely in Chewbacca's right hand, but it doesn't fit into his left. The bandolier is molded into the figure, and goes from his upper body, all the way below the waist. So when you turn the waist, the bandolier "splits in two pieces" and looks broken.
The paint application on Hoth Chewbacca is pretty cool, with lots of snow on the fur. The head sculpt looks pretty cool too, with an open mouth, roaring at the Probe Droid. Unfortunately, the figure is fairly small for Chewbacca, and he stands at about the same height as a regular Star Wars figure, instead of a head taller. Overall, this Hoth Chewbacca was a decent effort back in the days, but Hasbro has since updated the figure's mold and released much nicer sculpted Chewbaccas, including the "Hoth version".
Chewbacca - like all members of the Wookiee species - was indigenous to the jungle planet of Kashyyyk. Honorable - intelligent - and friendly - though fierce and dangerous when angered - Wookiees were a proud species who once made contributions to the Galactic Republic. Wookiee senators represented Kashyyyk in the Galactic Senate. Their respectable position changed - however - when the Imperials seized power and began enslaving the extraordinarily strong Wookiees as laborers. In Chewbacca's case - he escaped slavery and death with the help of a young officer by the name of Han Solo - who destroyed his military career to save the innocent Wookiee. A life debt was established - and Chewbacca joined Han in his adventures through the galaxy. Later on - the duo played significant roles in the Rebel victory over the Empire - and the Wookiee species was restored to its position of honor in the galaxy.