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Luke Skywalker - TLC - Saga Legends (SL 22)

Name: Luke Skywalker
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: SL 22
Source: A New Hope
Availability: January 2009
License: Hasbro

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Luke Skywalker always dreamed of becoming an Imperial pilot, but he never imagined that he would one day sit in the cockpit of an X-wing and battle the Galactic Empire. Soon after joining the Rebel Alliance, Luke becomes a hero when he fires the shot that destroys the Death Star battle station.

Hasbro announced that the vintage-styled Kenner action figures would be making a return in The Saga Collection during Toy Fair 2006. And the five figures announced were eagerly anticipated by collectors. One figure, Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot was instantly debated in collectors’ forums. What was up with that head sculpt? Is he Luke or it is a rain-soaked mouse? Despite the portrait not being perfect, the figure had some really good elements and was the perfect base to update him and make him better (as well as introduce new X-wing pilots into the basic figure lines). Hasbro found the perfect opportunity to update the VTSC figure in 2008’s TAC Droid Factory line which was the perfect introduction to The Legacy Collection which followed the summer of that same year. Interestingly, Hasbro made some critical improvements to Luke Skywalker. Some were approved, but others were denied by Lucasfilm Ltd. Specifically, the newly tooled head sculpt got two thumbs down so Hasbro was forced to bring back the same head sculpt that came with the original 2006 version. What is a toy maker to do?

Then it came time for Hasbro to pick a cast of characters to fill slots in the Saga Legends line. This Droid Factory version of Luke Skywalker in his X-wing pilot gear was chosen to round out the third wave of The Legacy Collection Saga Legends assortment. Again, despite the terrible head sculpt, Hasbro carried forward the other corrections that made this figure better. Specifically, the straps of his orange flight jumpsuit have been updated to silver (as compared to the drab gray straps on the VTSC version). Some other slight deco changes were made as well making this the definitive version of Luke Skywalker in the outfit needed to pilot an X-wing starfighter. Again, an all-new head sculpt is required in order for this figure to be considered definitive, so we all have wait until Hasbro gives us a brilliant new version of this character to make our collections happier. Besides the head sculpt issue, collectors are also annoyed by the fact that Hasbro has not fixed the lightsaber hilt issue. Luke Skywalker still comes with Darth Vader’s lightsaber hilt and it’s been a bone of contention for years.

It’s good to know that Hasbro is committed to picking the best figures to use for their Saga Legends assortment. We’re very happy to see the updated figures get repackaged in this line instead of the older versions. And what’s particularly exciting is that many of these figures are receiving single carded status for the very first time! Figures like this Luke Skywalker, Plo Koon (SL 9), ARC Trooper Commander (SL 23) and others have only been available in two-packs before their respective releases in the Saga Legends line. This makes packaged collectors very happy, especially those who only collect basic figures. These figures feel like brand new releases to these types of collectors. And technically that’s exactly what they are. A figure like Luke Skywalker may seem a little tired at this point, but it’s important to notice the updates to the figure and what makes it different from the original sculpt. And let’s not forget that Luke Skywalker is a major character in the Star Wars universe. Is it possible to release too many action figures of him in the basic figure lines? Have you ever seen Luke Skywalker become a peg-warmer at any point? We can’t ever recall an instance of that.

Collector Notes

Luke Skywalker

Status: Luke Skywalker is a straight repack of the figure from 2008's TAC Luke Skywalker/R2-D2 Droid Factory (6 of 6) set.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket neck, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel gloves, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: removable helmet, lightsaber, lightsaber hilt

Date Stamp: 2005

Assortment Number: 92091/87995

UPC: 653569393825

Retail: $7.99 USD

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Added: September 4, 2012
Category: Legacy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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