Name: Luke Skywalker
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (Movie Heroes)
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: June 2012
Luke Skywalker destroys an AT-AT walker at the Battle of Hoth. He attaches a zip line to an Imperial walker to pull himself up to the vehicle's undercarriage. After planting an explosive in the walker, Luke releases the zip line and drops to the ground. Moments later, the bomb detonates and rips apart the walker.
So, are Movie Heroes figure coming with less articulation or not? If you’re Luke Skywalker then the answer to that question is a resounding no. Hasbro has changed the way they are presenting figures in kid-focused lines. Articulation has gone out the window and core character will be coming to the buying population is a more simplified manner. However, in a surprising move, Hasbro dusted off one of their most popular collector-focused Luke Skywalker (the one in his snowspeeder pilot uniform) action figures of all time to also bring into the Movie Heroes line. We are actually happy to see a figure this well-designed makes its way into this line, but we do have to confess that it might not be entirely a great move for collectors. You see, Hasbro made him inferior (our words) for his placement in the Movie Heroes. Movie Heroes is about ultimate play value for kids and Hasbro is doing their hardest to include some action features in the figures and weapons for the figures they include in this line. And even in spite our early judgmental tone, Luke Skywalker is “fun” at worst and “not for collectors” at best. Luke Skywalker action figures tend to always remain popular and no matter how much articulation he includes, he is always a surprising hit with both kids and collectors. Hasbro felt the need to add more play value to this super-articulated figure and this is the point where the figure may become lackluster for collectors. Or you can just accept him as a kids’ figure now.
Luke Skywalker quite honestly isn’t all too different from his original release. He is a retool and repaint of the hugely successful 2009 LC Luke Skywalker (BD51) figure. There are more changes to this version than you may be aware. If we had to choose, we’d say that the 2012 figure has a better paint job. Fine details like in the face, the hair line, the silver buckles, snaps and ammo garter have been tremendously cleaned up for this release. In fact, the tightened up paint job makes the 2009 figure look a little too inferior. But more importantly, Hasbro retooled the midsection of Luke Skywalker in an effort to create a new hole on a pouch that hangs on his belt to accept the included zip line accessory. The pouch is wider this time around yet it isn’t obtrusive. However, the zip line backpack is. The backpack fits along the waistline on the lower back snuggly. At one end is a grappling hook and at the other hand is a handle, or magnetic device so Luke can rappel himself up to the body of the AT-AT walker, both secured by thread. Also of note, there is an added plug that sticks out from the left side of Luke Skywalker’s waist. We’re sure it works in tandem with the zip line backpack, but we’ve been unsuccessful to figure out how it interacts with the figure. (We’ll leave that up to MacGuyver, we mean Jayson Krebsbach, from Yakface.com to figure that out.)
Status: Luke Skywalker is a retool and repaint of 2009's LC Luke Skywalker (BD51) figure. This time the figure receives an all-new midsection with a hole to accept the new zipline accessory. The figure's suit is a different shade of orange and his hair is darker.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: removable helmet, lightsaber, grappling hook gun, backpack with zipline
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 37288/36563
Retail: $9.99 USD
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