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Luke Skywalker - OTC - Vintage

Name: Luke Skywalker
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Number: N/A
Source: A New Hope
Availability: July 2004
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars trilogy that changed the universe forever, with The Original Trilogy Collection. This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. The finest recreations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Original Trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. And, as a tribute to the dedication of Star Wars fans everywhere, we are re-releasing elements of the original packaging that harken back to the creation of Star Wars action figures, which began over 25 years ago with the Original Trilogy. May the Force be with you!

The release of The “Vintage” Original Trilogy Collection Luke Skywalker action figure is bittersweet. How can an action figure have so many incredibly positive elements, but then possesses some things that make us wish that it underwent some further tweaking before getting released? That’s pretty much where we stand with 2004’s VOTC Luke Skywalker action figure. No doubt a very exciting release on many levels, Luke Skywalker has some smaller issues that ball-up making them seem bigger than they are. We wish that when Hasbro decides to release an action figure in premium packaging that they ensure that they’re releasing the best/ultimate version of the character they can. Let’s breakdown the positives of this release first. Luke Skywalker looks unbelievable in this packaging. The homage paid to one of the first 12 action figures from 1978 (and a proud member of the Early Bird Kit) is nothing short of heartwarming. Luke Skywalker has never looked better in this classic packaging. But the sad thing is that he doesn’t look perfect. Definitely a premium figure no matter how you slice it, Luke Skywalker comes with more articulation than expected as well as updated accessories up to and including a soft-goods shirt and a newly sculpted lightsaber. Perhaps it is these extra additions that make us forget what we want to see changed with this action figure.

As mentioned, Luke Skywalker comes with three accessories: a soft-goods shirt, lightsaber and removable belt. If you remove Luke’s shirt he is bare-chested underneath. This is a first for an Episode IV Luke Skywalker action figure. And it’s something that we truly love about it. The soft-goods are bulky sadly, but they still look pretty good on him. Some collectors have tailored it down a bit (we’re not sure what methods they utilized) to give it a more fitted look, but we think with a little patience you can situate in a way that doesn’t look that bad. Luke Skywalker receives to special points of articulation: a ball-jointed torso and two ball-jointed hips. As you can imagine, this gives Luke Skywalker an incredible amount of movement and he can stand in positions that you might not think are possible. Indian style, running, leaning, and hunched over are just some of the positions you can capture with this updated action figure. The all-new belt accessory contains the buckle and droid caller details. These aren’t removable but look fantastic nonetheless. But the belt is close fitting and fastens around the shirt and his waist snuggly to help secure that fitted appearance. Overall we’re very happy with this update. The paint job even looks great and most of the impressive details of this great paint job can be found in the lower leg wrappings. Hasbro really did a fine job with these. But what's up with the brightness of his skin color?

So what’s so bad about Luke Skywalker then? It seems as if we have itemized a plethora of positivity with it. Well, we’re not crazy about his portrait. The likeness doesn’t favor actor Mark Hamill and we would be more inclined to state that his features have been inspired by a rodent more than a human. There is something very off with his head sculpt and we’re not so quick to join with other collectors in congratulating Hasbro on mastering Luke’s likeness with this release. At best, its looks like a generic human with blonde hair. This of course can pass for any “Luke Skywalker” action figure, but we hold Hasbro to a higher degree of expertise and the head sculpt they used just doesn’t measure up. That being said, we are still fond of this update. While better head sculpts exist on more inferior action figures, we’re still thankful to get an all-new sculpt. Besides, when you see this figure in the packaging, you’ll just glance at the plastic action figure inside of it and absorb the magnificence of the classic vintage packaging instead. Luke Skywalker delivers a whole new level of articulation to the collecting community. He should excite you about what Hasbro can and will continue to bring into the basic figure lines of the future. You may want to complain about the likeness too, but customizers everywhere are already beginning to give him their choice of new likenesses. For us, we’ll wait for Hasbro to do that. This is a great start towards perfection however.

Collector Notes

Luke Skywalker

Status: Luke Skywalker 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 torso, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: soft-goods shirt, removabe belt, lightsaber

Date Stamp: 2004

Assortment Number: 85214/85213

UPC: 076930852149

Retail: $9.99 USD

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The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 1)
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia Organa

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 2)
Darth Vader
Lando Calrissian
See-Threepio (C-3PO)
Yoda

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 3)
Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm)
Boba Fett
Chewbacca
Stormtrooper

 
Added: May 4, 2013
Category: Original Trilogy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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