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Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) - TVC - Basic (VC95)

Name: Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC95
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: April 2012
License: Hasbro

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They say you learn something new everyday. Trust us, that is a very true statement. When we started seeing packaged samples of The Vintage Collection’s Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit), we got all cocky and overconfident thinking that Hasbro made a mistake in naming the figure differently than how it appeared in the 1982 The Empire Strikes Back lineup. We thought that Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) was incorrect as we grew up with this vintage figure being called Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear). But we learned just recently that some early Tri-Logo and/or Canadian samples labeled this figure as Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit). So Hasbro is technically correct here, although it didn’t appear this way in the United States. But it really doesn’t matter how this action figure gets named because Luke Skywalker is his cold weather Hoth gear may just be one of the most long-awaited action figure updates in ages. The wait was grueling and some may find the 2012 update a bit grueling (we’ll get to that more in a minute). The sad thing is that Luke Skywalker isn’t going to meet everyone’s expectations because Hasbro focused on a very scene-specific look for him. Then they tried to balance Luke’s other appearances into the same figure somewhat unsuccessfully. Are you confused by the points we are attempting to make? Don’t despair because we’ll go into them all thoroughly.

Quite honestly, Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) doesn’t meet our personal expectations we had for it either, but we do love what Hasbro has achieved from the perspective that Luke is based on one specific scene. We’ll go into detail about that right now. Do you remember the opening scene of The Empire Strikes Back and the first moment we saw Luke Skywalker riding his tauntaun? Luke appeared as a stop-animation puppet (and thankfully hasn’t been replaced to date with CGI – something we’ve feared for years George Lucas would do to enhance “his” vision). It is this stop-motion animation puppet that is the basis for 2012’s TVC Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) action figure. It isn’t based on Mark Hamill. It’s based on an object. But because Luke didn’t appear as a stop-motion animation puppet throughout the duration of the entire film (and also appeared as actor Mark Hamill), Hasbro had to work in some removable parts to make it more versatile for “both” appearances, especially for a product in an action figure line. If you fully assemble Luke Skywalker, you’ll have a pretty swell action figure. But once you remove the scarf/goggles combination accessory, you’re left with a rather wonky looking action figure. When Luke removed his goggles in Episode V, we could see his scarf hanging sown from his helmet. Unfortunately, this detailed couldn’t work in tandem with the intended look of the figure and you’re left with an appearance of Luke almost as if he is wearing a turban.

That being said, if you “cover up” Luke’s face, you will have before you an amazing action figure. Luke has been perfectly designed to straddle 2011’s TVC Luke Skywalker’s Tauntaun that was available as a TARGET exclusive. (And surprisingly he doesn’t look too small upon it.) The details on his outfit are perfectly replicated from the waffled texture on many parts of his clothing to the parts that complement his clothing like his boots and belt. Hasbro scores high marks in all of those areas. Ideally, Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) should have come with two interchangeable portraits instead of trying to kill two birds with one stone in the manner that they did. But we don’t think we will need to worry about a variation of this figure down the road in some exclusive set. Remember how upset we were with 2007’s VTSC Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) figure because he came with his parka hood down? Well, we received plenty of “hood up” versions since that 2007 release and Hasbro has more than made up for the initial lack thereof of what we considered a completed figure. We expect to see the same thing (or something similar) happen with Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) as well. Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) is necessarily complete yet either. Yes, he has great accessories and great functionality, but until Hasbro masters the aesthetics, we’ll be hopeful to see a definitive update hopefully in the no too distant future. Don’t get us wrong, we have smiled over how cool Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) looks on his tauntaun, but we want accurate versatility for other scenes in which he appears, not just good enough.

Collector Notes

Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit)

Status: Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, ball-jointed waist, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, blaster pistol, removable goggles/scarf combination

Date Stamp: 2011

Assortment Number: 37511/37499

UPC: 653569731894

Retail: $9.99 USD

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Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit)

The Vintage Collection Wave 12
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Added: April 24, 2012
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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