Luke Skywalker
Hasbro
Released June 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on June 9, 2004

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While this isn't the first-ever Star Wars figure with the ability to walk on his hands, Luke Skywalker does bring a few firsts to the toy line. This very collector-friendly figure can perform a headstand, swamp out his arms and head, and even take Yoda for a ride. While figures have been able to do these things for years, this is the first time Hasbro has ever included an interchangable head with a Star Wars toy, and frankly, it's great.

This figure is packaged with a pair of heads, four arms, and a base, as well as a piece of the Dagobah training backpack.

Sculpt/Articulation/Gimmicks/Paint

Luke is completely new, and Hasbro deserves points for putting the figure and its potential remolded variant in one package rather than selling us two figures.


In his default configuration, Luke is posed read to carry Yoda through the swamps and train to be a Jedi. For reasons unknown, he includes shoulder straps but not the entire packpack (which is included with Yoda) and in the package, it looks great. Out of the package, it's screamingly incomplete.



On the left is his default head, and on the right is his headstand one. Both are cut from the same cloth and in the right light, look a lot like Mr. Hamil. In the wrong light, they just look like a decent human head. The detail on this particular noggin is pretty good, with a solid color of hair, and nicely detailed facial features that really bring the figure to life. I don't know how I feel about both having an open mouth, but it does give the sense of physical exertion in the toy, which is something you don't see often and when you do, it doesn't always work well. (Case in point: Geonosian Rescue Mace Windu.) Considering you get two heads for the price of one, Hasbro did admirably and I'm glad they found a practical use for the ball-jointed head beyond just increased posability.

The straps are easily removed from Luke's hands, but without them he just looks a little funky. As far as detail goes, he's light years ahead of his 1996 predecessor, and not nearly as dirty. He has a good fairly normal pose, fantastic yet simple sculpting, and better-than-expected arms. The figure's pants and boots don't exactly match up with the original Saga release, which is unfortunate given they're both the same (as far as I can tell, anyway.)

Hasbro basically improved the figure to the point where it's hard to see what kind of improvements could be asked for next. There's a real sense of quality here, event he pants look super-realistic.

Some have complained that the figure is basically forced into one of two poses, but in all fairness, Luke didn't do all that much in this outfit. In addition to running around the swamp and headstands, I think he also sat down once or twice. As such, the figure as it stands is great.

Accessories

This set includes quite a bit, including backpack straps, some extra body parts, and a base.

The new Dagobah wave has a new base, technically two new bases. Luke has one, and everybody else gets the other. Luke's is unique in that it has handprints in the mud to hold him in place, which really look great and are the kind of detail I enjoy seeing on scene-specific bases. Things like footprints, felled droids, and more bring a display to life, and this really helps.

The base can be put in a number of configurations, and it's fun to see what kind of swampy mess you can come up with.

The highlight of the set is this-- the ability to ride Luke and force knowledge into his head from about two inches behind his ear. It's a little weird to look at from the back, but from the front or side it looks quite natural. Unfortunately, this is the thing that might make you want to buy extra Yodas and Lukes, so if you're a display fiend, prepare to shell out some extra bucks on this one.

Packaging

Ladies and genltemen, boys and girls, behold. This is it. This is the cardback you've wanted from the start.


There's a lot to the packaging, surprisingly. The double-border is just like the original Kenner packaging, and the black background is also very similar to the old toys. Also, the font of the name plate is similar to (if not the same as) the old days. Beyond that, there aren't a lot of similarities to the old days. Instead of a big photo, there's a background showcasing the environment that character belongs in, and I'm surprised Hasbro made three different Dagobah backgrounds.

The back of the card is completely new, but quite colorful and striking. It's a departure from the past few years, but it's a welcome improvement and something I'd like to see more of in the future.

The nameplate for the figures is a sticker, and the plastic bubble is grooved so it fits snuggly in place and won't be off-center. Customizers will probably have a field day with this packaging, as there are a lot of generic elements you can easily change out andcreate a package that's very specific to your tastes.

A photo of a variant Luke packaged in his headstand mode has surfaced, but it may just be a mock-up. As such, keep your eyes peeled for a new variant if you're in to such things.

Availability

As of today, this figure is not yet available in the USA, but looking at future assortments he should be really easy to get and shipping for a good long time.

Fin

Since Dagobah Luke hasn't been available since the glut of 1996, a lot of fans are ready for a new version, and this one is a real improvement. Combined with Yoda, this should be one of the must-buy items of 2004, just because it looks so great together. Be sure not to pass on this one... you'll be missing out if you do.

Our sample was obtained from some guy in May 2004.









 
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